Appreciation is a Powerful Drug

When you tell someone 'thank you', or 'miss you', or 'wish you were here', it's saying that you notice them and you're grateful for what they bring into your life. You observe what they do when you're around, and you care when they are not around.

Dear Men: Court Me like This

The standards for dating, in my eyes, have been playing a game of limbo for years: how low can you go? How low can you go? And yet when you try to stick to a higher principle, it can seem discouraging because that immediately shrinks the eligible bachelor pool down to 1.5 men in a 100 mile radius. Yet I have decided that when I am ready for another go-around on the roller-coaster of romance, I will not settle for less than I deserve.

The Gifts my Ex’s Gave Me

My most recent breakup has led me to contemplate all of my past relationships. When you're in smack in the middle and full of new love, they seem amazing. When they're removed from your life, you sob in wrenching pain; eventually, months later, you wonder what you ever saw in them and roll your eyes at your past self and her choices. But for me, years down the road, I am thankful for all of my failed relationships because they each have shaped a part of who I am.

Things My Students Taught Me

The ability to have a career where I am able to get a taste of pretty much every other job on the planet is a beautiful thing. The best thing is, while I'm teaching my students, they're really teaching me.

Choosing the First Domino

Each time you are faced with a decision, all of the options will lead you in a specific direction. It does not necessarily mean that any of the choices will bring you to a better or worse place, it simply means that the destination will be slightly different.

Do YOU

When you admire someone, you naturally want them to think highly of you. And as the saying goes, imitation is the highest form of flattery. But the thing is, if you are truly admiring the right people, they will want you to become the best version of yourself, not the second-best version of them.

Mature Communication

Communication is the lifeblood of any relationship. This includes communicating the good AND the bad. If you only communicate the positive and sweep the negative under the rug, this is like living on a diet of sugar; it's delicious, but not life-sustaining. However, if you only focus on the bad and leave out the good, that's akin to being on starvation rations; eventually, that relationship will look as bad as a wanna-be Instagram model.

LIVE for Something

Yesterday I was listening to a song, and one of the lyrics stood out to me: "Why isn't anyone willing to die for anything anymore?" (paraphrased). At first glance, being willing to die for something is the ultimate commitment.  You are willing to lay down your LIFE for this thing, which means you are willing... Continue Reading →

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