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Everything is Everything

So, I just did something surprisingly hard. I went back to the final blog post I wrote in 2019 to read my predictions and public plans for 2020. Yes, the article is cringeworthy. But it wasn’t cringeworthy in exactly the…

What makes you feel in control?

Like you, I’ve been experiencing a full range of emotions during the past few weeks.I consider myself to be a pretty grounded person. I can usually find the ground even when things feel topsy-turvy. But this time, with the…
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You Need a Lot of Space to Be Limitless

You guys, you guys! Did you know the end of the decade is right around the corner?Something about endings and beginnings make me extra reflective. Does it feel like this ending snuck up on you? I’ve definitely been feeling…

Is Boredom the Key to Happiness?

I’m thinking about how to embrace boredom in the digital age. Technology has changed my life. At the risk of dating myself, I grew up before the Internet was available in nearly every home around the globe. When I was…
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Quieting the Inner Critic Or How I’m Teaching Myself Self-Compassion

“Come on, dumbass, what are you doing?” “Pay attention! Stop being stupid!” “Stop wasting time and get to work!” “Well, you’ve screwed up again. Surprise, surprise!” Good God, this person is an asshole. Who is saying this stuff? Who in…

Are You Making Music or Just Passing the Time?

Today marks the official one-year anniversary for The Pocket Phd. Woo hoo! I’m celebrating by taking a long weekend in the mountains of Asheville. I can’t wait to get on the road. But right now, I have a headache and…

2017, I’m Coming For You!

I’ve spent too much time this week trying to compose a “profound” post to recap the year. Instead, I’m just going to leave you with some parting thoughts (most of which are decidedly not profound) about 2016. “You can’t hurry…

Feel Like Slacking Off? 4 Tips to Outsmart Your Inner-Slacker.

I spend a lot of time writing in coffee shops (well, one coffee shop in particular), which means I get to observe all kinds of people working, socializing, and slacking off because that’s what people do in coffee shops. Fortunately…

Are You Monday Morning Quarterbacking Your Business?

Last night while I was watching the New England Patriots snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in a Super Bowl XLIX (2015) rematch against the Seattle Seahawks, I started thinking about what the Monday morning quarterbacks would say. There…
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Stand In Your Value Or Bad Asses Don’t Work for Free

Since you read this blog, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you’re awesome. That means a few things: (1) you would never think of sh*tting where you eat; (2) you would never think of doing…
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You have super powers

It’s October, which makes everyone think about Halloween. I barely noticed that October is here, but I did notice this article about trending Halloween costumes for kids and it got me thinking. According to one survey, more kids will be…