Cultivating Effortful Joy

Cultivating Effortful Joy

Most people want to experience more joy. Joy in life, joy in work, joy in leisure. But it is often assumed that you have to find this joy. A quick search of the keywords “find joy” returns numerous results including how to find joy in your everyday life,...
How Prioritized Lists Can Help You Manage Your Time

How Prioritized Lists Can Help You Manage Your Time

Some days it seems like everything is priority number one. It can be difficult to manage a work life balance. How do you prioritize your life? I am a list maker. Every since my elementary days I gravitated towards making prioritized lists. They are a way to clearly...
The Dogfather: When Life Revolves Around Four Paws

The Dogfather: When Life Revolves Around Four Paws

I’ll never forget February 2nd, 2019. I had just finished a round of golf with some of my closest friends when my girlfriend sent me a picture of the cutest husky puppy of all time. She had been asking for a dog for a few months at that point. I kept telling her to...
It Just Wasn’t Meant To Be – How to Show More Empathy

It Just Wasn’t Meant To Be – How to Show More Empathy

Offering words of comfort can be a natural response. We, humans, tend to be empathetic and have a hard time standing idle when someone is breaking down. But knowing the right thing to say is not something we are taught in school. We want to offer support, but we have...
The Struggle of Finding a Career to Love

The Struggle of Finding a Career to Love

Someone once said, “If you chose a job you love, you will never work a day in your life.” Unfortunately, many of us haven’t found that job yet and aren’t exactly sure how to. I know I’ve had many ideas of what I thought I wanted to be, but I think I just...
Evolving Friendships – From Besties to Your Tribe

Evolving Friendships – From Besties to Your Tribe

I exchanged friendship bracelets with my girlfriends in elementary school, in middle school my BFF wore the other half of my gold plated heart charm, and in high school, we got matching tattoos. Now, at nearly thirty, I am lucky if I see her once a year. Some say that...
Learning to See Work Differently

Learning to See Work Differently

Over the course of a lifetime, the average person will spend 13 years and 2 months at work. That’s more time than socializing with other people (1 year, 3 days), more time than eating (4.5 years), and more time than Netflix (about 8 years). For all this time spent,...
The Best Days Lie Ahead

The Best Days Lie Ahead

Although our brain allows us a free replay button, there is no pause button and no fast-forward. Still, there is excitement in the both the continuity and the uncertainty. Sometimes when I watch particularly good shows or movies on Netflix, I pause mid-stream at...
The People We Leave Behind

The People We Leave Behind

  I was six years old when I learned to forget important people. It started with Michael, who exists now only as a memory that I struggle now to hold on to. Michael was my best friend for my first two years of school. I remember vaguely learning to read alongside him,...
The Key to Power is Giving it Away

The Key to Power is Giving it Away

It seems almost counter-productive to say that if you want to expand your power in any given situation, you need to give it away. But this doesn’t change that it is true. The reason this works is pretty simple once you get into the details. In order to gain power, you...