You Are What You Repeatedly Do

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” —The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Change your habits, change your life. I’ve proven this to myself in ways that have often surprised me. I quit smoking one day at a…

On Grief and Loss

Grief has resurfaced in my life in the past week. Subtle, quiet, it sneaks in and sidles up beside me, comfortable like a well-worn pair of shoes, though not nearly as loved. I was 22 years old when my mom died. Two years, eight months and two days have passed since then. I’ve had some time…

It’s Called Consumerism Because It Consumes You

At last, my friends, the resolve to pull myself out of the pit of debt I created has finally come to fruition. But as I take a moment to appreciate this hard-won victory against my credit card and spending habits, I know it is only the beginning of a longer life journey. True, eight months…

Not Selfish, Just Self-Empowered

What is it that makes someone an adult? Is there a defining moment in your life? I know it’s not age. Contrary to what I believed during my entire childhood and adolescence, it has nothing to do with having the freedom to do whatever the hell you want. I didn’t give it much thought during…