The personal development industry will be worth $56 Billion by 2027, but is it really good for us?

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From books to podcasts, online articles to TV shows, self-help is everywhere right now and it’s booming. Estimated to be worth around $40 billion and set to grow to $56 billion in the next six years, personal development is a thriving business arena.

Self-help industry gurus are household names: Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, Rhonda Byrne. We are following their millionaire morning routines. We are filling our heads with their voices on the drive to work. We are shaping our businesses, our relationships, our very lives around their formulas and advice. All with the promise of a huge reward.

Recently though…

The amazing story of Lisa McVey’s fight for survival against one of America’s most predatory criminals.


Lisa McVey had always been a survivor. Growing up a victim of abuse, daughter of a mother with drug and alcohol problems, Lisa was sexually assaulted on a regular basis between 14 and 17 years old. Forced deep into depression, even contemplating suicide, Lisa had no way of knowing that her experience with abusive men would one day save her life.

Lisa’s Abduction

With an alcoholic mother who lost their home due to addiction, Lisa had to fend for herself from a young age.

When she was 14 years old, Lisa moved in with her grandmother and her grandmother’s partner. …

Another slap in the face for women as Moms were specifically targeted by government guidance

The Government withdrew its infographic after it was branded sexist. The problem is, it’s entirely accurate.

When lockdown was first imposed, the sense of community was overwhelming. We pulled together, shopping for vulnerable neighbors, clapping on our doorsteps for key workers, and covering our homes in chalk rainbows and ‘Thank You NHS’ slogans. It was almost like a trip to the sentimental unity of wartime Britain; everyone was helping everyone else out and fighting the common corona enemy.

Weekly, updates live from Downing Street flooded the airwaves as people embraced a new set of rules and made sacrifices that they’d never expected to be asked of them:

Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.

We did…

The most remarkable break-up story ever saw a couple falsely imprisoned for a murder that they didn’t commit, and a killer roaming free.

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When the body of a young woman was discovered not far from her Oregon home, Laverne Pavlinac hatched a plot that she’d regret for the rest of her life. After gathering information on the crime, Laverne called the police department and named her boyfriend, John, as the murderer.

What followed was a series of bizarre events that saw the couple behind bars for a crime they didn’t commit, and the real killer roaming free.

A series of terrible events

On the 21st of January 1990, the body of 23-year-old Taunja Bennett was discovered in remote woodland near the Columbia Gorge, just outside of Portland, OR…

Melissa Moore is a stunningly beautiful woman, who just happens to be the daughter of a serial killer.

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Melissa Moore’s father, known as the Happy Face Killer, murdered eight or more women. Rather than fall victim to the trauma surrounding her father’s crimes and arrest, she processed the events of her childhood and now works with families of perpetrators from around the globe.

In recent years, Melissa spoke about her memories, sharing the early warning signs of the monster hiding inside of the man she knew as Dad.

Early memories of her serial killer father

Even if you’ve always thought his work is overrated gobbledygook.

Portrait of the Bard, William Shakespeare. Black and white sketch of Shakespeare’s face. When it comes to understanding Shakespeare, even if you hate it, there are a number of methods you can use…
William Shakespeare portrait by Martin Droeshout (1622)

According to the Oxford Dictionary, William Shakespeare wrote more than one-tenth of the most quoted lines ever spoken in English.

That makes his work second only to the Bible in terms of how often we hear it quoted.

The Bard wrote an average of 1.5 plays per year; 37 plays in total, plus 154 sonnets, plus poems, plus everything that has been lost and can’t be counted…suffice to say, he was prolific.

1700 English words are first seen within his works and he’s credited with coining countless words and phrases.

It’s not surprising then, that Shakespeare is widely studied. …

The teenage killer had pledged six women to the demon in exchange for a Mega Millions Super Jackpot win

Photograph of television showing the two victims.

This week in London a 19-year-old man was found guilty of murdering two sisters in cold-bold. It later emerged that Danyal Hussein committed the heinous deed as part of a self-made contract with a demon; apparently, the killer believed that he would be rewarded with a lotto win if he sacrificed six women.

Hussein was on a government program for risky individuals

After accessing concerning material on school computers, Hussein was referred to the British Government’s counter-extremism program, Prevent. Aged only 15 at the time, Hussein accessed far-right and extremist material and expressed long-held beliefs around satanism and the occult.

In 2018, Hussein was discharged from the ‘Channel Program,’…

He didn’t bank on me tracking him down and confronting him.

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This weekend my fiancé and I experienced that nightmare situation familiar to many a digital native...a missing iPhone.

Cry havoc! How would we survive?

My partner’s phone had disappeared during a freak supermarket evacuation — yes, really — that’s another story.

Initially, we thought he may have dropped the phone, but when I logged onto ‘find my iPhone’ and checked its location, the phone was moving away from us and towards Burger King!

Now iPhones are clever gadgets, but I’ve never seen one drive a car nor eat a burger…someone had pilfered our phone.

One thing this thief didn’t expect…me…

Writing on Medium is a Dream Come True

Don’t fall for the furus. If you want to make honest money online — here’s how.

Picture of a woman appearing to be thrilled and holding up one finger, indicating the headline. Make money online — the best side hustles for 2021.
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I make $1000 per month for working approximately seven hours per month.

If I want to scale up, I can work more and this is a dream come true for me.

The rest of my time isn’t spent in a hammock; I have a main job, I have children, I have hobbies and ironing.

In my seven hours, I deliver quality and I get paid fairly for it.

In this article, I’ll tell you about my side-hustle and why it’s the best one out there.

Why am sharing this?

Live Better, Longer

In the USA, 88 million+ people have prediabetes and 84% of them do not know.

A Snapshot of Diabetes in the US — CDC

According to the CDC, more the 34 million people are living with diabetes in the United States alone. 88 million people have prediabetes (blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet for a diabetes diagnosis) but 84% of those suffering, do not know.

Once diagnosed, Type 2 Diabetes is often permanent and is now being identified in people of all ages, although most are aged 45+ when they are diagnosed.

Receiving a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes is life-changing. You may require medication and have to take blood tests every day, sometimes multiple times. …

Jessie London

PGCE English + BA Literature. Tech Entrepreneur for 15 years. Now a Writer. Main interests: Wellbeing, Books, Feminism, Crime, Business & Relationships.

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