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Ill-Advised

You can’t stand in a grocery store check-out line without happening upon unsolicited advice. While headlines like “How to Make Every Man Want You” and “The Top 5 Breast Exercises for Perky, Kate Upton-y Boobs” (seriously, that’s a headline right now on the Cosmo website), are taken lightly by most of us, I’ve recently noticed…

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Comfort vs. Happiness

I have a terrible habit of obsessing over my iPhone when I’m on the T. Even when I don’t have service, I flip through my apps, look at old e-mails, go through photos, etc.  I’ve tried to combat the addiction: I bring a book, I bring headphones, I bring a pen and paper. Still, I…

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Slow Down, You Crazy Child

Whenever I’m feeling particularly restless, I have a tendency to start making plans: big plans. In the past week, I’ve contemplated quitting both my jobs, applying for graduate school in Bologna, Italy, teaching English for a semester in Thailand, WWOOFing around Europe for six months, obtaining an Indian visa, registering for a CELTA class, learning…

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Expanding Your Narrative

If you’ve ever taken a basic psychology class—or even read a self-help book or two—you probably are familiar with the term “cognitive dissonance.”  In any case, you’ve surely experienced it—that uncomfortable, even painful, feeling you get when you try to hold two contradictory or inconsistent beliefs in your mind at the same time. Everyone experiences…

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The Art of Writing…

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”  – Gustave Flaubert I came across this gem the other day while at work, and it immediately resonated with me. It was one of those moments when you happen upon a saying so near to how you’ve always-never-known you felt, that you could…

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A Writing Prompt, An Inspiration

Recently, in a fit of quarter-life-crisis neurosis, I spoke with a very wise friend about some uncertainties regarding my future, career, and life in general. Here’s what he said: “I think you should try to think of why you get inspired when you do and try to make that happen as often as posible.”  Then…

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Let Your Voice Re-Invent Itself Every Day

“With consistency, a great soul has simply nothing to do.” [R.W.E] One of the reasons I started this blog was to prove to myself that I could keep up with it. Now, hear me out. Blogging is technically quite easy; so easy, in fact, that bloggers across the globe have created over 60,000,000 blogs on…