2021 (Year in Review)

I really lived this year. My year was broken up into thirds. The initial third consisted of my first real relationship in 5 – 6 years. It was a strange experience, diving back into something that I last had when I was 28. It became very clear that I was rusty, and had a lot […]

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The Love You Have

May this post serve as a reminder. I just finished a good workout, but it wasn’t easy. A large part of me didn’t want to do it, and so I battled and bargained with myself. I drank coffee. One cup became two became three. I told myself I would put it off until after lunch, […]

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Stay or Go

When you can’t change your location, sometimes you have to change your mind. One of my early posts was about my escapist fantasy. In this fantasy, I’d leave without telling anyone. I’d pack up all of my belongings, drive off into a romantic sunset, and find a new place to live. Sometimes, I pictured working […]

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Happiness (Part IV)

Don’t worry, we’re almost there. Part of being happy is realizing that even during the worst period of your life, that there were good moments too. It’s too easy to paint my twenties with a broad brush, and to say that they sucked. It’s simply not true, and I don’t think it’s ever wise to […]

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Happiness (Part III)

About to graduate high school, I should have been over the moon. I wanted to feel the excitement of the people I saw in movies, people who did stupid things and lived life with a reckless abandon that wasn’t feasible when the grades still mattered. I hadn’t been the coolest person in high school, and […]

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Happiness (Part II)

When you’re young, you don’t ask yourself if you’re happy. Most of us are happy in our our youth, but when you get older it’s no longer assumed. When you’re older happiness is something you have to fight for. There’s so much negative energy in the world, so many reasons to not be happy, that […]

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Happiness (Part I)

***This is the first in a series of essays on the topic of happiness, and I’m very excited about it. As I started writing, I realized I had much more to say than could be contained in one post, and I didn’t want to release one long-form essay, since people would tune me out. Okay, […]

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Rebuilding Year

Sometimes you have to tear the whole thing down. I try to maintain a positive worldview, but life is not a constant stream of positivity the whole way through, at least that’s never been my experience. There have been peaks and valleys. There have been good times I thought would never end, and there have […]

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The Power of Laughter

After one of the best Thanksgivings in recent memory, I couldn’t help but think about how much I laughed. There were so many moments where I struggled for breath, when I clutched my burning stomach, when I fought through the lack of oxygen to add to conversation to keep the comedic ball rolling. I laughed […]

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If you’re reading this, it means you’ve made it through 2017. Congratulations. What a crazy year it’s been. I self-audit, and this is one of those times of the year where it’s impossible not to. A New Year comes around, and many people make resolutions to better themselves in some way. Of course, many of […]

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