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I've been doing a lot of reflecting over the past year. I wrote my first book, Power Your Happy: Work Hard, Play Nice, and Build Your Dream Life, which chronicles my journey toward starting PopSugar.
The process allowed me to reminisce about how much I have grown as a person—but also how much of my youth I continue to hang on to. As both an entrepreneur and an individual, staying true to my core values and my passions has been essential to my success and my happiness.
As I spent time with the Adweek editorial staff selecting this year's Young Influentials honorees, I was reminded yet again about the values and characteristics that I hang on to from my youth.