Is You O.K.?

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Our personalities have been and continue to be affected by the circumstances of our lives. Having a difficult relationship with family can affect one’s self-view. Growing up without friends can make someone feel that they will be a loner forever. Being laughed at or booed off stage can cause a person to never want to speak in front of others again. Being around violence can give the belief that being violent with people is normal. These scenarios can lead to a life crippled with anxiety, depression, anger, and self-doubt. When we get into conflicts with people, it is difficult to think of the person lashing out as suffering from those symptoms. It is also difficult to recognize when we are suffering. Reflection has made me realize that my anxiety, depression, anger, and self-doubt wer…

World Kindness Day

Image taken at the Grove Apple Store by the instructor Billy

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 was National Kindness Day. I learned this through a section of the Calm app called Daily Calm. It touched on being kind to yourself and then being kind to others. One thing that comes to mind when I think about kindness is listening. Instead of rushing to get somewhere or lost in thought, being able to listen to others is a great way to show love and kindness. I’ve had an issue where I often gave unsolicited advice to people, to the annoyance of many. Instead of hearing them out, I would interject with what I thought a proper solution would be. This has been one of the main things that I’ve wanted to improve on. My interrupting and interjecting was drawing a wedge between me and my loved ones. I have set out to turn that around. From researching online …

How Much a Dollar Really Cost?

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Growing up, the topic of money was often evaded. There’s no secret that a majority of schools in America don’t teach children how to budget, invest or how to better understand taxes. A 2016 gobankingrates.com survey found that 69% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings. If ever hit by an emergency, most of that 69% will be assed out*. They will have to resort to credit cards to make up for the lack of cash. Ultimately resulting in more debt.  Debt can be overwhelming. There are different methods of dealing with it but it’s important that it is being dealt with. There are many who would much rather ignore the bills than develop a plan and escape from their clutches.  There were times when I have shredded bills without opening the envelope. If I didn’t see it, then I wouldn’t fe…

OG Ben Franklin

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While I was absorbing copious amounts of YouTube content, I learned that if I really wanted to start seeing positive changes in my life I shouldn’t be afraid of staying up until 3 a.m. I really wanted to see a change so I followed this guidance for a little over a month. After following this guide for a week, I was feeling quite sluggish. This road to success was not a road I wanted to continue on. One of the most meaningful things I’ve learned from my time in Japan is the need for balance. Sleeping for four hours or less was not my idea of balance. I decided to adjust my schedule to fall asleep at 10 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. I figured the time I have alone in the morning would be great to work on my shit. The minimum recommended amount of sleep for individuals aged 18-6…

Spread Love is The Brooklyn Way

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It is around the time of year where I am responsible for reviewing my insurance and making changes to my plan. This week I received a pamphlet titled “My Voluntary Benefits Guide” which provided information on Critical Illness and Accident Insurance. Here are a few facts I found: - “Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack or stroke.”* - “Every 10 minutes 847 Americans suffer an injury severe enough to seek medical help.” These stats are just two of many that show how often people have life-changing events. I’m sure there are many of us that have known people who have been in such events. With the limited amount of time that we have on this planet, mixed in with how suddenly we can get injured or die, why is so much of our time spent arguing and fighting? Having di…

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