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Hello and thank you for following me. My name is Rose Bak. I am a writer based in Portland, Oregon.

I am a dedicated multipotentialite which means I have a wide array of interests and creative pursuits. I write about everything from yoga and mindfulness, business, personal finance, self-help, animals, humor, aging and so much more.

In addition to my work here on Medium, I am a published author of romantic fiction, I teach accessible yoga and I work in social services.

Here are some of my most popular posts for you to enjoy. Thanks for reading!

Business and Personal Finance


Self-Help and Life Lessons



The ongoing pandemic threatens to throw tens of thousands of more people onto the streets — including children, veterans, and the elderly.

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Photo by Brandi Ibrao on Unsplash

In cities all around the country you see them everywhere: people who are homeless. Camping in parks. Lined up for shelter. Sleeping in their cars.

Most urban areas have been experiencing increasingly high rates of homelessness and instability over the last ten years. According to the National Alliance to End Homeless, on any given night over 567,000 people are homeless, and an estimated 950,000 people were in emergency shelters or transitional housing.

The homeless population includes veterans, children, LGBTQ youth, survivors of domestic violence and increasingly, the elderly. Members of the BIPOC community, i.e. …

How I learned to love yoga with my larger body.

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For years I hid in the back of yoga classes, making myself as small as possible.

As a plus size person, I was always very aware that I was the largest person in any yoga class. It made me uncomfortable. I would see people moving into positions that I could not access easily, either because of the size of my body or because half of my spine is fused and does not bend.

Back then I thought that everyone had to look exactly the same in yoga poses, like those synchronized swimmers you see in the Olympics. I was the oddity, the one who didn’t fit in.

None of us are as unique as we believe, especially when it comes to coffee.

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If you like coffee and live in even a moderately-sized city or town, you are bound to end up at Starbucks at least every once in a while. The coffee giant is as ubiquitous as McDonalds, with stand alone stores, drive-throughs and kiosks in grocery stores and airports.

I have spent a lot of time at Starbucks over the years. It’s not because I “love Starbucks” as one ex-boyfriend liked to assert. It’s not that I think their coffee is the best or that their food is particularly good either. …

That $1200 will disappear fast.

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Will we get another stimulus check or not? That’s the question. Several politicians have promised to get Americans another round of stimulus cash before the holidays. It’s already December, though. Congress only has a few weeks between their Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks to make something happen.

The last stimulus bill was approved in March of this year. That bill created several benefits, including forgivable grants for small businesses, extended unemployment benefits, and a $1,200 payment to most adult Americans.

According to an analysis completed by Statistica, the average rent in the U.S. is $1,468. The U.S. Census Bureau determined that the average mortgage payment is $1,500. Of course, this varies wildly by area and amenities, but the fact is, while the $1,200 most of us received in spring was nice, it wasn’t even enough to cover a one-month housing payment for the vast majority of the country. …

Here’s how you can save money and get the best deals.

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Cyber Monday is here. With the global pandemic dragging on and many people avoiding crowds, Black Friday was a big let-down for most retailers. They’re banking on Cyber Monday to help them get into the black, and willing to offer you a deal to help it along.

What is Cyber Monday?

Simply put, Cyber Monday is the online equivalent of Black Friday. Cyber Monday is the first Monday after Thanksgiving. It was first created in 2005 when retail groups noticed that there was a sharp uptick in online sales following the Black Friday shopping weekend. …

It’s always a good idea to diversify.

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You like money, right? So do I. That’s why I was excited to hear about the new Creators program at News Break.

If you are not familiar with News Break, they bill themselves as the number one news aggregator in the country. They bring together a plethora of local, regional and national news tailored to your particular interests.

People love this app. It’s the number one news app in Google Play and number three in the App store for people who like Apple products. They have 45 million active users and log 1.5 billion (yes billion) page views per month. …

Peace begins with you, but you’ve got to work at it.

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How often do you feel at peace with yourself?

I was in a yoga class one day and the teacher-led us in a guided meditation.

“Imagine a time you were at peace with yourself,” she began. “Remember how you felt then, what it was like to be at peace.”

And I thought, “Huh? At peace with myself? When was I at peace with myself?”

And I thought some more. The meditation ended.

I thought some more. Class ended and I kept on pondering.

I couldn’t think of a time when I had been at peace with myself. I thought some more, days went by, and the instructor’s question kept popping into my head. …

Why some people get irrationally angry at minor noises — and what you can do if you are one of them.

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Did you just yawn? That’s so annoying.

I have a confession to make: every time I hear someone yawn I become irritated. Enraged even. In fact, there is a direct correlation to the loudness of a person’s yawn and how much I want to punch them in the face.

Also, if someone chews their food too loudly, or groans when they get up, or breathes too loudly, or makes any other body-related noises, it’s all I can do not to start screaming at them.

If these types of noises don’t bother you, it likely sounds completely irrational and unfair when I share that certain noises impact me so much. …

How this holiday shopping frenzy came to be — and how it will be different this year.

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The Christmas shopping juggernaut is upon us. It kicks off with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and the day that is officially considered the first day of the Christmas season in the U.S.

How did we start using “Black Friday” term to describe the biggest shopping day of the year?

The term “Black Friday” initially was coined to mark the devastating stock market crash in 1929.

It became associated with the day after Thanksgiving in the 1950s, where the police department in Philadelphia started using the term to describe the chaos of Christmas shopping. …


Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance writer, author and yoga teacher who lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit or follow @authorrosebak on social media.

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