Articles by Kristin Wong

Kristin Wong

Kristin Wong is a freelance writer who has written for MSN, Bankrate, and NBC News. She regularly contributes to Lifehacker and Mental_floss and is a recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism award. Kristin chronicles her experiences as a full-time freelance writer at her blog. Visit: www.kristinwong.com


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Yesterday I took a three-hour lunch. Which sounds excessive and luxurious (and not to say it wasn’t), but I’ve also worked an average of 50 hours a week for the past three months.  I’ve worked every weekend, hunched over my laptop, forking oatmeal into my mouth, thumbing through beach photos on Instagram. I take breaks…

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Sensitivity isn’t exactly embraced in our culture. It’s considered weak, whiny, and vulnerable. It’s much better to be impassive, indifferent, and thick-skinned. Here’s another idea. “Grow thicker skin” is some of the most useless advice around on how to deal with rejection. I’ll admit, it’s a somewhat subjective phrase, but let’s break down the metaphor for…

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When it comes to negotiating salary, most of us need all the help we can get.  I’m convinced that 90% of learning how to negotiate is just getting past the implosive mixture of feelings that keep you from asking in the first place: guilt, shame, inadequacy, intimidation. There are, however, a few negotiating tips and tricks…

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We’ve discussed the idea that money is just a tool. You want to give it a purpose by tying it to your values. Once you know those values, it’s pretty easy to establish your financial goals. If family is important to you, your goal might be to provide your kids with a college fund. If…

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In Part One of this three-part series, I talked about my own realization that money itself is not the goal–money is a tool. When you make it the goal, you don’t accomplish anything meaningful, aside from accumulating more money. Which is fine, I guess, but without a purpose, money is just paper. What’s more, it’s…