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People skills

The need for specific skill sets fluctuates with the overall need of the economy. At scale, that need has been digital skills. It's no wonder millennials face a roller coaster of emotions when deciding on 'developing a set of skills' or 'finding a career'. We're in a...

Asking questions

"A prudent question is one half of wisdom." - Francis Bacon To consider, act, and show care for our current and future selves is a prudent way of thinking. To improve, we start by admitting that we do not know all that there is to know (and generally speaking, never...

Reward Thyself

Why is it that when we reward ourselves, we are almost always choosing to do things that are only a reward in the short-term? Good workout today? Reward thyself: Cake and Ice Cream Result: must commit to a grueling workout tomorrow (one we probably won’t do). Finished...

Cheap Healthy Foods

So, this isn't really a "secret" anymore, but there are far too many folks who I run into that LOVE LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, but have NEVER HEARD this (seriously? you're missing out on $ and health), so I decided to write a quick blog about it. When people tell me...

Introvert AND Extrovert

Imagine taking every social construct we know to be true, and duplicating it with a  digital reality. Each platform like a new dimension. We can be whomever we choose to be, and not one world needs to have likened carry over. 

Toilet Paper Teachings

Never are we more resourceful than when the toilet paper is running out. We get by cleaning our bum with 2-3 (sometimes thin) squares-per-wipe. It's impressive, really. Yet, time and time again, we overuse TP when it's in abundance -- a new roll -- without considering...

Never in Routine

It’s a blueprint to follow, but not a set of commandments. If we feel like we’re eternally damned for not following routine (which is common), then no routine is going to work in our favor anyway. It has to be firm enough, but also adaptable and flexible, because our lives demand that. Too rigid, and a routine can be harmful. 


My houseplants taught me a valuable lesson. What's the key to being a successful houseplant-parent? Is persistence the key to successfully raising houseplants? That sounds busy. Nobody has enough persistence in their tank after work, family, and other life passions to...

Band Geeks

Did you beg your parents to let you join the band? No? I didn't either. Others may have, but to my knowledge, taking intense musical lessons was not highly sought after by my elementary and middle school peers. It's peculiar to me that so few children are envious of...

Gift of Existence

How simple is that? Just to be alive.

People reproach us for discovering it. Is it jealousy?

But we must be unapologetic in that feeling. 

You can’t be ashamed of that.

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