2016: A Look Back

There’s something about the new year that makes me want to blog. Sad to say that I haven’t written for myself in almost exactly two years, but blogging thrice weekly for work has a way of doing that to you. When I come home, the last thing I want to do is get back on a computer…

Fated to Pretend

“Yeah, it’s overwhelming. But what else can we do? Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute.” —MGMT, Time to Pretend Today was the first time I truly listened to the lyrics of the song, and I was struck by how much I relate as a twenty-something. Time to Pretend is about…

Life Has Its Own Plans in Store for You… Trust It

“An oak tree is brought into creation by two forces at the same time. Obviously, there is the acorn from which it all begins, the seed which holds all the promise and potential, which grows into a tree. Everybody can see that. But only a few can recognize that there is anther force operating here as…

Know Where You’re Going in Order to Get There

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively. —Eleanor Roosevelt The concept of happiness as a by-product is the foundation upon which The Seven Habits book stands. The paradox,…

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…

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…

Change Your Life, One Day at a Time

To preface this, I should have started this blog a long time ago. I wrote my first post with the intention to start a blog in 2014. Seven months later, and I am finally picking up where I left off. It seems only fitting that I write about how much has changed over the last year,…