When Life Makes You Wait. And Wait. And Wait Some More. (Post 29)

Impatience in a time of waiting is excruciating. You’re excited for what’s next, but it’s still in the unreachable distance. If you don’t watch out, you could end up spending your entire life waiting. Think about it: A few years ago, you were probably waiting for something that you now have. And now that you…

Drowning in a Sea of Words: What Happens When We Filter Out the Noise? (Post 26)

Words are everywhere. Conversations. Videos. Recipes. Labels. Advertisements. Texts. Notifications. Emails. Graffiti. Social media. Music. Blogs… We live in a noisy world. There’s always something or someone vying for our attention. Eventually, messages lose their value. The burden of deciphering right and wrong in every single message that comes our way is overwhelming. At some point,…

Why Are Older People Picking on Millennials? Put an End to Intergenerational Bullying (Post 25)

What happens when you Google “Millennials are…” or “Millenials don’t…” or “Millenials can’t…”? These are the autocompleted recommendations that appeared under my search box — “Millenials are the worst.” “Millenials don’t know how to save money.” “Millenials don’t want to work.” “Millenials don’t have manners.” “Millenials can’t succeed.” This isn’t Google’s vindictive plan to make…

Beyond the Looking Glass: Recognizing Others (Post 24)

Have you ever really admired, respected or been attracted to a specific person, and they kept popping into your mind throughout the day? This might be an introvert thing, but when I can’t stop thinking about someone else, the majority of my thoughts are centered around how that person might perceive me. So I’m really…

Cultivating Confidence (Post 23)

It takes having confidence to understand what confidence is. So if you don’t have it, how do you cultivate it in your life? I’ve learned from a lifetime of timidity and self-doubt that confidence isn’t as unattainable as it may seem. Acceptance is the root. Willingness to fail is the stem. Unbreakable determination is the…

What Makes You Laugh? (Post 22)

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” – Kurt Vonnegut Biographies about comedians tend to hold stories of misfortune and sadness. Contrary to logic, the funniest people you know tend to be the ones who battle serious problems…

Create! Especially If You’re Not an Artist (Post 21)

We were made to create. Just look at how we were manufactured: complimentary thumbs and fingers, ability to walk on two legs, controllable vocal chords, bodies that can twirl and leap and frolic, minds capable of dreaming up entirely new worlds and philosophies. Art can appear meaningless and unproductive to some, but beauty truly is…

Be Mindful of Where You Cast Your Burdens (Post 20)

People freely share the intimate details of their lives to the entire internet without a second thought. Writing personal information online seems so harmless. We only consider who we hope will read our post and forget that everyone else can also see it. Most information shared on social networks isn’t problematic. But then there are…

Word Cloud Breakdown of the Top 40 Songs of 2016 (Post 19)

Music is all around us. Some people are rarely seen without ear buds. So what are the masses listening to? After a visit to the top 40 charts of popular songs in 2016, copying the lyrics of every song on the list, and pasting those lyrics into the text box on  wordle.net, this is what happened:…