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What Happened to Common Courtesy?

Maybe I'm too old-fashioned,well-rounded, and open-minded. Maybe I care about what other people think more than most.  Maybe I'm in the minority, but what ever happened to common courtesy? It used to be everywhere around me, in some places more than others.  I've lived in multiple states and grew up around plenty of different lifestyles and cultures, but most of my childhood … Read More

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Written Thoughts: Music Competitions

Music competitions are great for artists at the expense of the music itself. … Read More

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Exhausted and Anxious

Exhausted and anxious. Tired and scared. Confused and lost. These are the words that describe most people. Which explains their need to be told what to do. They’re tired, scared, and lost. They just want to sit back and not think. They want to be told what to do. They accept … Read More

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When Charting Out the Big Picture, Don’t Forget to Include the Legend

If you’ve never taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), it basically boils down your personality to four categories. These categories are represented through an abbreviation, like INTJ or ESFP. Each letter represents a preference between opposing categories: Extroversion … Read More

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Forget Banning Bossy. Be A Boss Instead.

First, Sheryl Sandberg asked women to lean in, and I’m all for that. Now, she’s asking people to ban the word bossy from their vocabulary, and I just can’t get behind it. First of all, there’s not enough research to confirm that the word bossy is indeed correlated to … Read More

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Why Friendships Are Hard to Maintain After College

Friendships change as a post-graduate.  This seems to be a running theme for everyone who has been through the education system for over 15 years.  Friendships that were formed through the forging of classrooms tend to fall apart on the wayside.  This is not caused by arguments … Read More

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This is What Happens When You Budget

Oh what an ugly, foreign word "budget" can be.  Even to adults like you in the real world who have (or don't have much) money yet still get by without one.  Budgeting always sounded restricting, like I was doing something wrong.  Restricting spending in order to do... what?  Save … Read More

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To All the Night Owls Who Can’t be Early Risers

The early bird catches the worm. Well that sucks for us night owls, doesn’t it? In fact, societal norms don’t favor nocturnal people. We’re associated with being too lazy to get things done and/or being insane for doing god-knows-what in the wee hours of the night. While our … Read More

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In the Name of Efficiency

When it comes to work ethic and career, I’ve been given two slightly conflicting pieces of advice: 1. “Treat your job as if you want to be in that job for the rest of your life; if you put your all into it, people will want to put you in better places.” 2. “Excel only at … Read More

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Why You Should Stop Calling Yourself “Undateable”

Every Valentine’s Day, it seems like cynics are suddenly everywhere. I’m surrounded by people getting ready to celebrate “Singles’ Awareness Day” and scoffing at those who are in a relationship. Which is fine. If you happen to be single on Valentine’s Day, why not take the … Read More

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What Does Snapchat Say About Our Culture?

In Tibet, Buddhist monks participate in a religious art called “dul-tson-kyil-khor” (or commonly known as “sand mandalas”).  Monks participate in this tradition as a way of healing the environment and the world around.  For example, 20 Tibetan monks came to Washington DC to build … Read More

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What is True Love?

Lust vs Love. Love vs In Love. Romantic Love vs Platonic Love. With so many different ways to love, one type of love baffles me the most – true love. True Love’s What?! As a Disney fanatic and a sucker for chick flicks, I grew up hearing and believing in “one true love” … Read More

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Calling All Adults: Volunteer More!

No matter who you are, what you do, or what you think you have, there's always someone out there worse off. That's what motivates / guilts me daily! How do I cope with this up and down? Helping those less fortunate any way I can. One of those ways is VOLUNTEERING. Kid Mandy … Read More

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Art Inspires Life (Or, Why Art vs. Science is a False Dichotomy)

So, it’s 2015. You know what that means, right? It means, this is the year we get our flying cars, Black & Decker food hydrators, and of course, our hoverboards! …well, we only got one of those but the year’s still young. But really, this new milestone does bring up … Read More

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