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The problem with seeing dragons everywhere…

In the 1800s, sailors would stamp unexplored, dangerous territories with the phrase, “Here be dragons.” It was meant to serve as a warning that if you ventured this far, you ran the risk of great peril. If you sailed off into the distance, a fire-breathing, sea-dwelling monster was sure to swallow you up. “Here be dragons.” It was a phrase used to warn people about the dangers of the unknown, but it was only used for the...

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5 encouraging books for discouraging times. 

Right now, I feel like my thoughts fluctuate between two different positions: Things will go back to normal soon. Everything is going to be fine. There’s great opportunity hidden in the midst of uncertainty. You can do this! Things will never be normal. Everything is terrible. Will the clothing store I worked at in high    school, Maurice the Pants Man, rehire me? You can’t do this!   The cool thing is that some days, I have...

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A text I sent my friend that I think you might like, too.

The other day, a friend texted me a question. It wasn’t Dolly Parton, if that’s what you’re thinking. It was a different friend. Dolly Parton and I don’t even text that much because she doesn’t have my number and we only met that one time, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to manifest Dolly Parton into being my best friend. My friend, who was not Dolly Parton, texted me this: “I have a weird question for you – what have...

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3 things to do when you want to eat your feelings.

People always say that you shouldn’t eat your feelings. I agree with that in principle, but have you ever tried a feeling?  Feelings are delicious. That’s what no one is ever honest about. Feelings are so good.  And they go with everything. Nervous about losing your job? Add a side of dipping feelings. Global pandemic that’s turned everything upside down? Season it with feelings.  Anxious that your kids are going to forget how...

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The truth no one wants to admit about Millennials.  

“Do you know what the big issue is with Millennials?” he asks me. I don’t, it could be one of a million things at this point. For a group best known for their laziness, they sure have been busy ruining a lot of things for older generations.  “They don’t look you in the eye when you’re talking to them.” He answers. I immediately take my eyes off my phone and stare into his awkwardly for the rest of the ride to the airport...

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Toddlers are terrible coworkers. 

I love skiing.  Few things make me feel alive like stepping off a ski lift and seeing an entire mountain range waiting. I love how quiet and loud it is at the same exact time. I love bombing steep groomers, navigating powder through the woods and the feeling I have driving away from the resort exhausted from a full day. Skiing is my favorite thing to do and it’s also a dumb hobby to have in Nashville. It’s hard to enjoy big...