Putting the “Me” in “Memory”

Dear Reader, How good is your memory? I recently went through one of my old email addresses to find specific information about a doctor's appointment from years ago. In my searches, I stumbled upon a picture of me in high school at a choir concert. While the choir concert was important at the time, today,... Continue Reading →

Living from Deadline to Deadline

Dear Reader, Do you like deadlines? Although I always considered myself to be the sort of person to get work done early, I am relying increasingly on deadlines to motivate me to get started on anything at all. For example, I have two meetings coming up in less than 24 hours, this means that preparation... Continue Reading →

The Umpteenth Time Around

Dear Reader, Do you remember learning how to ride a bike? Well, even if you don't, I'm sure you struggled the first time around (I definitely did). Almost everything that we do, we had to learn at some point or another. Just think about writing. We literally struggled for years on this task. Can you... Continue Reading →

The Art of Mental Fumigation

Dear Reader, Why is it that one good night’s sleep will not make up for six bad ones? Or, why taking up aerobics won’t undo the damage of years spent chain smoking? For some reason, life doesn’t really offer too many quick fixes. I’ve been having some trouble with my iPhone lately. Sometimes the screen... Continue Reading →

Stressing about Stress

Dear Reader, How do you deal with stress? Actually, better question... do you deal with stress? Stress is real. It is your body’s emotional and physical response to tension. While some stress here and there is normal, chronic stress wears on your body like a disease. I was on the phone with my mom today.... Continue Reading →

Little Acts of Conflict

Dear Reader, What is your conflict orientation? I recently learned about 3 orientations to conflict: yielding (low assertiveness/high cooperativeness), problem solving (high assertiveness/high cooperativeness), and contending (high assertiveness/low cooperativeness). In short, those who have a “yielding” orientation are more likely to back down/ give in, those with a “problem-solving” orientation are more likely to pursue... Continue Reading →

In the Moment

Dear Reader, Life is comprised of a million unique little moments. In each moment of our lives, we make a sub-conscious decision – to live in the moment or not. It's binary. Living in the moment means actively engaging in your senses and experiencing the present. Living in the moment means that you are neither... Continue Reading →

Out of Nothing

Dear Reader, Creativity takes time. At my job, I am responsible for handling administrative functions and other logistics. Much of what I do is the implementation of other people’s plans and ideas. While I’m good at my job, sometimes working as an ‘arm’ rather than a ‘brain’ can be mentally draining. However, every once in... Continue Reading →

Occupying Free Time

Dear Reader, If you were unexpectedly granted an evening free from work or commitments, how would you spend it? My guess is that how you consider this question is heavily influenced by whether you are more of a planner or more of a go-with-the-flow type — a type A or a type B. I am... Continue Reading →

That Hole Where Friendships Used to Be

Dear Reader, How do friendships fit into your life? Naturally, we tend to make friends with the people around us and with the people who share our interests. If you think about your own friends (from any point in your life), you can probably group these individuals into categories, for example work friends, school friends,... Continue Reading →

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