8 Ways My Life Got Better By Sharing My Deep Thoughts Online

1. My writing got better. Some of the world’s greatest writers recommend writing even when you’re not inspired. By forcing myself to deliver weekly/monthly blogs, my writing and thinking got significantly better. It’s kind of fun (not really) to see my progression from my first blog on Never What You Think to now. Also, keeping […]

Going Inside Inside Out: The Importance of Sadness

DISCLAIMER: THERE ARE [A LOT OF] SPOILERS IN THIS BLOG FOR DISNEY PIXAR’S INSIDE OUT Last month, Disney Pixar released its latest film Inside Out. While geared towards its main audience and has their typical whimsical and warm feel, I argue that this film is not a typical Pixar film. The story revolves around change […]

5 Ways You Will Better Yourself With A Second Language

I am one-fourth Croatian and three-fourths a bunch of other white people, mostly European. I grew up hearing a few Croatian and Polish words from my dad’s side of the family. My grandmother on my mom’s side is fluent in French. I have aunts who married into my family from China and Taiwan. Spanish is […]

Leave My Skinny Body Alone

I’ve always had French fry-shaped body. And I’m just learning that that’s okay. When I was younger, I never had a problem with my self-image. I played sports, my parents fed me healthy food, and I felt good. I didn’t think about my straw-like figure at all. Ever. But eventually, both my classmates and the […]

Community is Needed in Classrooms

If I’ve stressed anything in all my writings on Never What You Think, it’s that community is important to life.  It helps us get our heads out of ourselves and recognize that there are others in this world.  It helps us recognize that our individual actions affect a greater body.  All in all, it just […]

Are Tattoos No Longer Taboo?

When my happy-go-lucky liberal parents were kids, those who chose body art like tattoos had a shadow cast upon them. Tattoos were for thugs, criminals, and “loose” individuals regardless of the symbolism, amount, or size of the design(s). A tattoo was a “taboo” thing that only taboo people wanted. It was harder to get a […]

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 […]

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 vs. Introversion, Sensing vs. iNtuition, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. Like most personality tests, it’s […]

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 discouraging young girls from becoming leaders. […]

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 culture has become a little more sympathetic […]