"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
A twentysomething's relationship with free time is complicated.In high school, the few hours of respite we received from the structure of homework, sports, chores, and extracurriculars was a breath of fresh air. College was the same. The structure of the educational system taught us to despise anything that stood between us and our free time. And then we left the educational … [Read more...] about “Free Time” in Your 20’s and How to Get It Right
"There is a certain terror that goes along with saying “My life is up to me.” It is scary to realize there’s no magic, you can’t just wait around, no one can really rescue you, and you have to do something. Not knowing what you want to do with your life—or not at least having some ideas about what to do next—is a defense against that terror." - Meg Jay, The Defining … [Read more...] about How Do I Pick a Direction for My Life?
If binge-watching Netflix is wrong, you don't want to be right. Right? At least that's what you'll tell yourself until you wake up tomorrow in a puddle of Mountain Dew and tears, slightly tanned by the glow of your television. Or not. I don't know your life. But no matter how you slice it, on-demand television has become the socially acceptable crack-cocaine of our … [Read more...] about Quit Binge-Watching Netflix (Warm-Turkey)