The world and I are consumed by scarcity. Here are a few of my daily thoughts: I don’t get enough sleep; I don’t eat well; I don’t always do my best work; I don’t exercise as much as I should (though I’ve heard it relieves depression); I don't have enough stuff; I wish I could avoid those people (but I really hope they like me).I am convinced that where I ought to be is … [Read more...] about Garden State of Mind
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This is a guest post for the Christian website The Rising. To read the article in its natural habitat, click here. Oh, college. I miss you so much. I miss the 13.7% chance of walking into any room and discovering free pizza. I miss the days when I only experienced the p.m. version of 8 o'clock. But most of all, I miss the friends. I miss having 45 of every 50 … [Read more...] about Why Don’t I Have Friends Anymore?
This is a guest post for the Christian website The Rising. To read the article in its natural habitat, click here. “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” — Mark Twain I started the 2016 Presidential election cycle hopeful. I was going to watch all of the debates. I was going to vote in the primary. I was going to respectfully … [Read more...] about Why Not To Care About Politics
"I don't always think about 19th-century Russia, but when I do, I make sure it's Dostoevsky (not Dos Equis)." Let me start by saying that Russian literature is not my forte. I normally don't have the attention span for a book that can double as a child's booster seat. But when words like "the greatest novel ever written" are thrown around, I get a little curious. When I … [Read more...] about Can You Change The World In Your 20’s?
You’re busy. I get it. You get lots of emails. You work a lot. You’re really important to lots of people. You usually get nods of approval when you talk about the depths of your busyness.But I’m not impressed.Look, everyone is busy. It’s not impressive anymore. Bragging about being busy is like a fish bragging about floating downstream. Neither busyness nor floating requires … [Read more...] about Un-Priorities
Everyone likes to be first… except when it comes to arriving early.It’s uncomfortable. Small talk is required. You could even be mistaken for someone with a lame social life, desperate for friends.Arriving “fashionably late,” on the other hand, is quite awesome. It ensures you avoid awkwardness. It displays to everyone that you’re quite important and your time is (apparently) … [Read more...] about Is Being “Fashionably Late” Actually Fashionable?
In elementary school I had a good friend named Jacob. One day, I learned that Jacob's parents were getting a divorce. Although I had once watched an episode of Frasier, I still had no hope of offering any helpful words to my friend. The best I could do was help him fight an imaginary alien invasion in my backyard. Armed with a few water guns and an imaginary grenade launcher, … [Read more...] about How To Help A Friend Through Their Parents’ Divorce
Not so long ago, I worked for a non-profit. Did I change the world? You better believe it. Was I compensated adequately? Not quite. The thing about sacrificing money for passion is that it shouldn't also mean sacrificing financial stability. Even though I was making less than $1,000/month, I was still able to save 30% of my income month after month. This protected me from … [Read more...] about Suck Less At Saving Money In Your Twenties
Cooking as a single person sucks. It sucks so bad. It sucks because we don't have families to eat all of our terrible leftovers. It sucks because multiple courses require too much effort. It sucks because no one wants to cook alone. It sucks because we don't have the time, skill, or patience to cook for ourselves. But there is no need to give up hope. I have a solution. It's … [Read more...] about Batch Cooking for Lazy Singles
I am the only person in the world that dislikes cheat codes. Call me a man of simple pleasures, but I prefer my Sims to earn their money the old-fashioned way. I mean, if I'm going to steal a purse from an elderly woman in Grand Theft Auto, I don't want to minimize any of the risk with a cheat code. I live on the edge. Sometime in my twenties, though, I discovered the … [Read more...] about You’re Lifehacking Wrong