Investing In Yourself Pays High Dividends

Posted on | April 28, 2011 | View Comments

It is difficult at times for me to write some of these pieces.  On one hand, most of the time I have to speak about myself and it is usually something I am doing or have learned to do.  It is never my intention to come off as preachy or in a “do as I do way” but with frequent mentions of myself, it is likely to be construed that way by at least a few people.  On the other hand, it is difficult to make a serious point without going first and discussing my own involvement and relation to the topic at hand.  I need to go first so those reading can understand my basis.

From Thurs- Sunday November 4th-7th of 2010, I spent a total of 50 hrs at the Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within event and it was certainly a life changing experience.  Read more

Why I Like Valentine’s Day

Posted on | February 14, 2011 | View Comments

It is that time of the year again and today is Valentine’s Day. Out of all holidays/celebrations, this one seems to get a lot of hate to the point where there are “F**k Valentine’s Day” parties.   I have always felt it is a bit petty when single people tend to bash Valentine’s Day. Dating someone and loving them should never be the cause of happiness, it should be an extension of it or something to add to and complement you life. It isn’t embarrassing that you’re not with anyone, it’s embarrassing that you’re saying the day sucks because you’re not with someone. Read more

Old People Say The Darndest Things

Posted on | November 16, 2010 | View Comments

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”  -George Bernard Shaw

“Every time you say ‘Act your age!’ I hear ‘Be sad with me!’   -Sween (

For a long time, I have continually had to hear people older than me bring up fun stories from when they were younger and then conclude with how “those were the days” or “I miss those days.”

Those words and the thought of growing old sounded TERRIFYING to me.  I remember being a kid and thinking that I would mature or evolve when the time is right. One day, I would say goodbye to a lot of my friends & fellow classmates and go to college—and I would be okay with it because the time is right. The same belief I thought would carry me through college and throughout the rest of my life but it in fact has not.  I am not sure I ever felt the time was truly ever “right” at the occurrence of all those events.  I have grown to accept it and understand that sudden, new changes were now a part of my reality. Read more

Separating the Art from the Artist

Posted on | October 28, 2010 | View Comments

It has come to my attention as of late that our opinions and perceptions of celebrities and athletes can often shape the way we think of what they create or how they do their job.  Sometimes more emphasis is put on who they are than what they do– yet the reason these individuals are even relevant is because of their career or what they do.

Two individuals I would like to discuss are Kanye West and Alex Rodriguez.  Kanye West is a well-known hip hop recording artist and producer and has made a huge impact in the music industry over the course of his career.  People have always had their criticisms of him due to comments he has made about how he deserved awards he did not win as well as other comments he has made that were deemed outrageous or arrogant.  None of that compared to last year at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when he jumped on stage while Taylor Swift was receiving her award and proceeded to essentially tell her that her video was good but she did not deserve the award because Beyonce’s video was better.  For those actions, Kanye became the subject of backlash from the mainstream media and people all around the nation. Read more

My “Live As If You’ll Die Today” Experiment

Posted on | October 19, 2010 | View Comments

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”  -James Dean

I have had the above poster hanging in my room for the last six years.  It is a very interesting quote and is really an intriguing idea that can give most people that momentary feeling of inspiration, drive and empowerment.

For many years, I was a person who took moments for granted.  I ALWAYS valued time & knew it was precious to me—sometimes even more than money because you could always get more money but not necessarily more time.  When I was younger though, there always seemed to be tomorrow or another time so it was not necessarily too big of a deal.  Read more

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