Conventional wisdom tells us, something to the effect of, “the way to achieve a happy, fulfilling and meaningful life is to find and live your ‘true’ passion”. This idea is fundamental to a variety of newly (ish) formed philosophical approaches to living, everything from the non-conformist, “Do What You Love (DWYL)” movement to digital nomadism. This wisdom is helpful only if you subscribe to the … Continue reading The myth of the singular path
Recently, a friend of mine shared stories of her adventures in rejection therapy, an annual tradition where, for 30 days straight, she purposely seeks out interactions and situations that will most likely result in her being rejected in some capacity. My initial reaction to her accounts could only be described as a wondrous cascade of curiosity, amusement and sheer confusion. Learning that rejection therapy is, … Continue reading What you need to know about rejection therapy
The idea of permanence, in many cases, sounds good, right? What feelings come to mind when permanence is associated with a job, friendship or romantic relationship, to name a few? Security? Comfort? Freedom from worry and anxiety? When you take the time to think about your job, friendship, or romantic relationship, from a logical or factual standpoint, it can be argued that permanency or certainty … Continue reading Permanence: a false sense of security?
For the past few months, I’ve spent time in online communities geared towards frequent and long-term travelers, many of which promote the coveted digital nomad lifestyle. A digital nomad, simply put, is someone who is location independent and uses technology to perform their job, in theory, abandoning the more “corporate” 9:00-5:00 grind. Social media has a tendency to glamorize the digital nomad lifestyle, portraying people … Continue reading A hard truth of digital nomad life
Initiative fatigue. It’s a thing! Admittedly, in a fit of delusion, I thought there was a chance (emphasis on chance) I may have accidentally coined the term, but thanks to the power of interweb searching, I’ve learned the idea of initiative fatigue has already been defined for education leaders. Seeing as I’m not in academia, I decided to remix the existing definition to better match … Continue reading Do you have initiative fatigue?
When was the last time you pressed the “reset” button? I mean a complete and total reset, leaving behind what’s familiar and being presented with a blank slate. This topic has come up recently with friends both old and new, so through discussion I’ve learned about their experiences navigating what it means to start over. Having uprooted myself seven times and counting, I’ve reflected on … Continue reading What happens when you start over
To a certain extent, we all have an idealized version of ourselves. It could be something as small as: Who we say we are: “I’m really ambitious! I’m spending 10 extra hours per week teaching myself a new programming language” Who we actually are: (falls asleep with laptop on chest, streaming Netflix) To something as big as: Who we say we are: “I’m an open … Continue reading The gap: who we say we are vs. who we actually are