It was Nov. 25, 2020 when I first started drafting this post. At that point, I'd deactivated my Facebook account a couple of days before. This wasn't the first time I'd done this, but I had the feeling it was going to be the last.
I recently saw an ad campaign by a certain furniture/home décor company. In the ad, a family is around what is presumably a Thanksgiving dinner table, and a lady in her 20s-30s gave a smug and pretentious grin at her "mother-in-law" who was apparently impressed with her dinnerware. The punchline went something along the lines … Continue reading To Hell With Your Matching Mugs
Some pro's and con's of positive and negative mindsets (and my proposed alternative to both)
I heard this quote at my local box, and it really moved me. "I'm not a CrossFitter, I just go to a CrossFit gym." Let me tell you why it moved me, and why I think it applies beyond the CrossFit gym. Here is some context, to help: I'm a very competitive person by nature, … Continue reading Lessons in Failure
Hey. How are you? Wait, don't answer that, let me guess... you think you're "basically" an adult, and you feel like you have plenty of time. You can't wait until you go to college, because you feel the near-certainty that comes with it: the inevitable independence, the guaranteed increase in knowledge. You've overgrown a city … Continue reading Dear Sixteen Year-Old Me
When I was 16, I picked up a surfboard for the first time in my life. (Coincidentally, I learned in the very place I'd find myself several years later, happily engaged. But we're not there yet.) It was much larger than I'd expected, and took a lot of effort to move it across a beach. … Continue reading What Surfing Has Taught Me About Dealing with Life
I generally consider myself a confident person. But I had a really weird body image day a few days ago. Some of my closest friends uploaded pictures of our amazing reunion in Chicago. I wore a makeshift crop top because it was hot as hell, and my friends encouraged me to do what is now … Continue reading Skin Deep, And Then Some: The Insidious Nature of Body Image