Mind Power: Stronger Than You Think (Day 18)

Placebo effect. The fascinating reaction the mind has when it believes a stimulus is affecting behaviors, moods or physical well-being when in reality the stimulus is non-existent. For example, you could give someone a non-alcoholic beverage and tell them it’s loaded with alcohol. Some people, if they fully believe the drink is in fact alcoholic, will act tipsy…

Resisting the Throw-Away Culture (Day 17)

Recycling is a beautiful thing. The environment applauds those who take the time to responsibly dispose of unwanted and unused inanimate objects. But it’s a different story for the many hundreds of thousands of people who’ve been deemed unproductive and, therefore, discarded by the general masses. Here’s the definition I’ve created to explain this phenomenon:…

What Happened to Good Customer Service? (Day 16)

Long gone are the days of receiving service with a smile. Don’t expect an employee at the local grocery store to waste their precious time helping you find the quinoa aisle. Isn’t rice good enough for you, ma’am? I might just be too hard on customer service workers, but I can’t understand the undeniable shift in…

A Short Note of Gratitude (Day 15)

I ran out of time today. I’ll keep this post short. It’s been one of those days where everything’s off by a beat, so I’d like to use this as an opportunity to mention some things I’m grateful for. Bike rides through beautiful Michigan countryside. Early morning sunlight that filters through the dissipating fog. People who show love in…

Perfecting Patience. Sometimes it Takes Awhile (Day 14)

After six months, 1243 pages, more defined right forearm muscles, and an experience of the awe and amazement produced from reading one of the most brilliant works of literature ever written, I have finished Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. The last sentence had me closing my eyes and holding my breath as I soaked in the…

When You Honestly Don’t Deserve It (Day 13)

In a culture of participation trophies and pats on the back for a job not-so-well done, it’s hard to admit to ourselves when we’ve fallen short. Sometimes you actually just don’t deserve it. … Whatever ‘it’ is. Attention. Recognition. Sales. A relationship. A promotion. New leads. Etc. As a society, we’ve been trained to tell…

A Millennial’s Misconceptions About Networking (Day 12)

In college, I silently protested networking. I hated everything about it. It felt cold, corporate and a game for money hungry scumbags. Now that I’m over a year out of college and in the market for a new job, I’ve learned to absolutely love it. Yeah, I’m slightly disappointed in my 18-22-year-old self for not…

Date Ideas For the Adventurous (Day 11)

I’m not an experienced dater nor have I been on enough dates to have any substantial advice on the topic. However, I am very good at coming up with creative ways to spend time with people. My favorite memories involve some kind of adventure—even if it’s just sitting around the dining room table with friends, sipping tea and brainstorming…

Pain and Purpose (Day 10)

You can do everything in your power to avoid pain. Or you can accept it and allow it to strengthen you. The problem with pain is you can’t do a whole lot to control it. There are remedies to reduce its effects, but they’re temporary and don’t heal what’s broken. At the end of the day,…

Finding Purpose in the Doldrums of Unemployment (Day 9)

A few weeks ago my temporary full-time job came to an end. At the beginning of the job search, I was excited for the new possibilities and curious to learn more about job searching strategies. Now I’m reaching the point where my energy is much lower and I’m feeling doubtful of my job prospects. I…

Things that Don’t Bother Country Kids (Day 8)

Kids who grew up in the country are their own breed. They tend to be tough, adventurous and aware of their resources. When country kids grow into adults, there are certain things that just don’t seem to phase them like they do suburbanites and city slickers. Aftermath of Predator-Prey Dynamics If you have outdoor cats,…

Benefits of Keeping a Blog—Even If Nobody Reads It (Day 7)

I’m still a new to blogging, but I’ve already noticed some perks to posting new content every day. There’ve been drawbacks too, but the benefits make it worth the effort. New eyes When you publicly commit to writing a blog post every single day, there’s pressure to find interesting things to focus on. I’ve found myself digging…