If You Give a Kid a Day Job…

For years, I've been contemplating a career switch. While I currently enjoy my work in quality assurance, I can't help but long for something more than documentation, compliance, and perpetual wrist-slapping. I think I would enjoy something more tangible, with an end product or a happy customer. I remember many years ago hearing the suggestion... Continue Reading →

The Sum Of Passion and Perseverance

Several years ago, I saw Angela Duckworth's TED talk on "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance," followed shortly thereafter by the reading of her book with the same name. Enamored by the idea that anyone can reverse engineer the habits of high achievers, I've been continually working to practice grit in my everyday life.... Continue Reading →

Don’t Forget to Polish Your Pyramid

My brain has been shot the last several months, so I've resorted to using my old journal as prompts. I'm slightly embarrassed by the poorly-formed ideas of my younger self, yet also so proud of her tenacity, insight, and compassionate nature. I'm grateful for the clues left behind by my lost and wandering mid-twenty-something self.... Continue Reading →

The Truth About Heroes & Warriors

During my first semester of college, I had a wonderful English professor who introduced me to some of my favorite thinkers and helped me change the way I see, analyze, and interpret the world around me. My final paper in that course was titled "Perception, Reality, and the True Source of the Shadows", taking together... Continue Reading →

Are You A Trickster or a Martyr?

After a brief hiatus, I am continuing Elizabeth Gilbert's online course, What is Creative Living? The third portion of the course involves identifying the ways in which we serve our creative life, and the ways in which we needlessly sacrifice joy. Humans have been making art for 30,000 years, and you can bet that the earliest artists... Continue Reading →

Hobbies, Jobs, Career and Vocation

I have been continuing the What is Creative Living? online course hosted by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and several other books. The second portion of the course involved some videos on the difference between hobbies, jobs, career, and vocation. The second assignment was to sort through my daily activities and distinguish between hobbies,... Continue Reading →

Curiosity Cat Scan

Over the last few days, I've been going through an online course led by author Elizabeth Gilbert titled, What is Creative Living? After watching a few inspiring videos, the first assignment was to conduct a "curiosity CT scan," in which I was to conduct a brief, 20-minute analysis of my mind, identify anything shiny that caught my attention,... Continue Reading →

Vacant Mind, Busy Hands

A few days ago, I posed a question to myself and to my readers: If you had a full year and $100k, what would you do? Since that posting, the universe has sent a few signs to remind me to slow down and focus on the next 24 hours, rather than trying to plot out... Continue Reading →

How Would You Spend One Year and $100k?

Growing up, my mother repeatedly told my siblings and me: "Do what you love and the money will follow." As a teacher-turned-entrepreneur, she walked the talk. She transformed her passion for educational books into a calling, and  successful one at that. I feel as if I'm at a juncture in my career. Four years ago,... Continue Reading →

On Seeking Purpose

As the minutes silently transform into days and slip toward some distant eternity, I can't help but wonder where my destiny lies. I cannot suppress questions regarding the purpose of my being here. The tasks and necessities all seem so trivial and mundane at times, yet I know that is far from the case. I... Continue Reading →

Thinking in Three Dimensions

One of my favorite childhood hobbies was solving jigsaw puzzles. I started with simple shapes and quickly graduated up to the boxes filled with 1000 pieces. My parents always gaped at the way I was able to mentally rotate and place the pieces, visually building the picture in my mind before translating that vision on... Continue Reading →

Self-Assessment in a World of Noise

There is an overwhelming abundance of tools to discover your purpose, and just as many people advising us that a clearly defined purpose is the key to happiness. I find it curious and amusing that humans are the only creatures that have rejected their sole biological purpose--gene propagation--in favor of the lifelong, stress-inducing journey to... Continue Reading →

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