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5 Things I Learned from Playing Online Survivor

5 Things I Learned from Playing Online Survivor

Greetings my avid readers (or something like that). If you’re still there–thanks for hanging in there with me. My life has seen a lot of changes since I last wrote. Finished up my first quarter of graduate school, turned 29 (WHAT), moved my life to Chicago, nursed my ailing cat (more info here: https://www.gofundme.com/helpforjuju). And  know that’s no excuse for my lack of musings, but I’ll…

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Posted 139 weeks ago

5 Reasons I Love Social Media for Social Justice

5 Reasons I Love Social Media for Social Justice

Well hello again! I really have to apologize for the lack of updates. Life has been a whirlwind as of late. Applying and getting into grad school, preparing to move out of state, wrapping up work-related projects, saying goodbye to the place I’ve called home for the last five  years can really make it hard to sit down and put thoughts on paper. However, with my new school schedule I hope to be…

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Posted 171 weeks ago

Defining American

Sometimes, when I hear a word, images and stories immediately come rushing into my head.

American.

Betsy Ross sewing stars and stripes. Laura Ingalls running across the prairie. Blonde-haired, blue-eyed kids watching fireworks. The Oregon Trail. Hands on hearts screeching out the Star-Spangled Banner. A picture of Uncle Sam.

“Hey, you!” Uncle Sam says.

I look around.

“You!” He barks. “I want you!”

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Posted 192 weeks ago

10 Cardinal Karaoke Sins

10 Cardinal Karaoke Sins

Does anything beat the feeling of screeching out your favorite nostalgic hit and becoming your own rock star?

Ok…well , besides cheese.

I’ve loved to sing for a long time. Along with choirs and musicals in school, as an adult I’ve always enjoyed karaoke. When I lived in China in 2007, I discovered KTV–the delightful private room karaoke where you can drink, eat snacks and sing until 4 in the…

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Posted 196 weeks ago

The Myth of Perfectionism

The Myth of Perfectionism

I’m my long absence from blogging I’ve been doing soul-searching. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. A lot of day dreaming. And a lot of deep-dives into myself with the help of a therapist.

Something that has come through all of this, something about myself that I’ve never realized before, never had a name for is something my therapist calls paralyzing perfectionism.

When she first told me that I…

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Posted 203 weeks ago

#Quarterlifer How-Tos: How to Plan a (huge) group trip! (And not want to kill everyone involved)

#Quarterlifer How-Tos: How to Plan a (huge) group trip! (And not want to kill everyone involved)

Why hello there, friends! I feel like I sound like a broken record every time I post here, but I bear the same message: it’s been a while. Gosh, what have I been up to since last we talked? I moved, the bee eff moved in, had to soothe the poor traumatized no-longer-man-of-the-house kitty, weekend-long workshops to plan, leadership seminars to attend… Whew! And oh! The topic at hand: …HAD THE MOST…

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Posted 216 weeks ago

Becoming Leaderly

This post also appears in a slightly abbreviated form in the May 1 edition of  YNPN Twin Cities’ online newsletter: The Bridge. 

On night one of the inaugural EPIP-YNPN Leadership Institute last week, we experienced a World Cafédiscussion for which I offered to play table host (mostly so that I wouldn’t have to switch tables, but anyway). After hearing the amazing thoughts of my fellow cohort…

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Posted 228 weeks ago

Quarterlifer How-Tos: Cooking Pea Tips!

Quarterlifer How-Tos: Cooking Pea Tips!

And now, for another foray into the world of culinary arts.

peatips

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Posted 230 weeks ago
<p><a href="http://upandcomingquarterlifer.com/?p=440">All About Me: Why my daughter will have blue hair</a></p>

<p>Okalie dokalie everyone! So, I know I promised a weekly/semi-weekly/monthly/whenever the heck-I-want-ly segment of “All About Me.” While I will always use my own experiences to illuminate my opinions and views on things, these segments will be more focused inward: something that I’m thinking or feeling or experiencing or doing in my own life.</p>

All About Me: Why my daughter will have blue hair

Okalie dokalie everyone! So, I know I promised a weekly/semi-weekly/monthly/whenever the heck-I-want-ly segment of “All About Me.” While I will always use my own experiences to illuminate my opinions and views on things, these segments will be more focused inward: something that I’m thinking or feeling or experiencing or doing in my own life.

Posted 232 weeks ago

Sweet Surrender

Everyone hold up your white flag. So much of the time it feels like we’re at war. Every day is a battle we have to win. But, what if we stop fighting? Is it even possible?  To stop attacking other people and ourselves, and just surrender?

sweetsurrender

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Posted 233 weeks ago
 
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