5 Ways To Use Your Time As An Unemployed And Dispassionate Youth

While I may have found a part-time job, I still do all of these.

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1. Explore different possibilities for the future.

I want to be a writer, nurse, veterinarian, executive producer, wine sommelier, sunglasses tester, pilot, director of marketing for a backpack company, sneaker model and professional horse trainer. I’m assuming there isn’t a job that would allow me to be all of these at once, unless I was an actor or something, so it’s probably best to pick just one or two to follow through with all the way. But that doesn’t mean you have to give everything up – lots of things you might like to do are good to have as hobbies. For example, while you may not end up tasting and talking about wine for a living, that doesn’t mean you have to give it up – you just won’t be paid for downing that bottle of Cab all by yourself on a Tuesday night. Follow your dreams!

2. Go…

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7 Reasons Why, Exactly, You Should Travel

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Let’s face it: traveling takes planning, is expensive and, depending on where you’re going and who you’re going with, can be a little nerve-wracking. Your Facebook feed may be giving you wanderlust — what with that one rich friend posting an endless stream of cocktail-clinking photos in Mykonos — but to take the plunge yourself, to say, “Looks like it’s time to leave my comfort zone for a while,” is still a serious decision.

Nonetheless, it’s one of the best decisions you can make. There are always a million reasons not to do something, so when it comes to hopping in that plane, train or automobile and leaving behind what you know for however long, be it one week or one decade, there are many truly great reasons for why you should indeed start packing your bags. After all, there are certain things about yourself, about others, and about life…

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25 Wise, Inspiring Steve Job Quotes That’ll Make You Want To Change The World

After reading the biography on Steve Jobs, I’ve really come to admire the man, despite his crazy mood swings. He was brilliant in a way that I’m not sure anyone else is.

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This weekend marks the release of Ashton Kelso Kutcher playing the role of inventor, entrepreneur, former CEO of Apple Steve Jobs in the film obviously titled, Jobs. While it’s often said that Jobs wasn’t the nicest of guys, he played a significant role in some giant steps for technology, and also said some pretty wise words from time to time. So, here they are, 25 Steve Jobs quotes:
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.
When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re…

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17 People

So The West Wing is my favorite show. It’s off the air, but I have the whole series in a boxed set for my viewing pleasure. Well, tonight, in my third re-watch of the whole series, I happened to be at the point in season 2 where I watch the episode titled “17 People.” Once I got through the whole series the first time, I realized that this was my favorite episode. However, not until tonight did I really think about why it was. Here’s what I came up with as my reasoning as to why “17 People” is my personal favorite episode of the whole series:


The episode flips back and forth between two story lines: one with two of the senior staff members, Sam and Josh, along with some of their aides, and one with two other senior staff, Toby and Leo, along with the President. Now, these two story lines are vastly different. Sam and Josh are working on a speech for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The speech was written by other staffers and was supposed to funny, but it turns out that it is, in fact, not funny at all. So Sam and Josh gather some aides and try to make the speech seem less dull. This story line has a light-hearted feel to it; it’s jovial and there are jokes being thrown around, along with some friendly debates.

The Toby/Leo/President storyline is of a much different caliber, however. Toby senses that the Vice President is gearing up to run for President, which he doesn’t understand because the current President is going to run for re-election, and the VP doesn’t ever oppose the incumbent on the ticket. So, needless to say, Toby knows there’s something wrong and goes to see the President and Leo (chief of staff) about it. It’s from his conversation with them that Toby learns the President has Multiple Sclerosis. The President has only told 16 people, now including Toby, about his diagnosis. The public doesn’t know and other senior staff don’t know, and Toby takes issue with the lack of disclosure for various reasons.

I believe the reason I love this episode so much is because of Toby. Though it’s strange to me, I think I relate the most to Toby. Toby is quiet and doesn’t like to make a big fuss about things, but he’s like the steady force within the senior staff, keeping everyone together and in line. He sarcastic and witty, but deep down he truly a cares a great deal about what he does and who he works with. I see a lot of myself in Toby, though if you saw his character in action, that may seem strange (it still is to me…). When Toby finds out the President has MS, he wants to know everything about the disease and how it affects the President. He also brings up the point that because the President hasn’t told the public about it, it looks like he’s committing fraud. Toby’s demeanor is one of anger and betrayal, yet he cares so deeply. He comes off as upset, but it’s mostly because he’s afraid of what the public will do when they eventually find out, whether or not the President will be impeached, and what would happen if the President had an attack. It’s this side of Toby that I truly love, and I think Aaron Sorkin did a beautiful job portraying the realistic consonance of betrayal and a deep care for loved ones.

So not only do I love the Toby story line and how well it was written and portrayed, but I also love the opposing storyline of trying to make a script funny. The two halves made a perfect whole, even without CJ (the press secretary and the only one who’s a woman) in the episode.

27 Things I’ve Learned At 27

Number 14. Yes.

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1. You can’t please everybody. Unless you’re dead. But even that can piss some people off.

2. Be nice, or at least be civil. No, it won’t make you the most lovable person in the world. Do it anyway.

3. Eat right as much as possible. No supplement can magically make you healthy and flush out the junk you put in your body.

4. Make time for exercise. Nature designed you to move. Get your butt off the couch.

5. Do what you love but avoid getting yourself in jail.

6. Be wary of self-proclaimed experts of everything. It’s impossible for one person to know it all. They’re either crazy or trying to wheedle money from you.

7. That being said, have a healthy amount of skepticism and open-mindedness.

8. Speak your mind when you must. The world often gives way to people with agendas; being passive is like laying…

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40 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Lose Yourself And Travel

My personal motto is in here ❤

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“I beg young people to travel. If you don’t have a passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya. Have your mind blown, eat interesting food, dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful. Come back and you’re going to see your country differently, you’re going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You’re going to get a sense of what globalization looks like. It’s not what Tom Friedman writes about, I’m sorry. You’re going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking twelve miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can’t get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end…

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To me, a book is a piece of someone’s soul laid out on paper for the world to read and criticize. I think it takes a lot of courage, and maybe a dash of insanity, to be an author, but I think the resulting effort is a beautiful thing.

There were some…


There were some really amazing things that I learned when I was Chris and I wanted to share those things with you guys because I think it’s helped me be here today…

First: opportunity. I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work…I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. Every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job until I had my next job. So opportunities look a lot like work.

Number two: being sexy. The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it. Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous.

The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said when you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is and that your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get in too much trouble and maybe get an education and get a job and make some money and have a family…but life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own thing, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life— don’t live one, build one— find your opportunity, and always be sexy.

– Ashton Kutcher

This speech was given in front of a crowd of teenagers and celebrities at the Teen Choice Awards tonight. I think that not only is it so apropos for teenagers, but it is actually relevant to everyone that was sitting in that audience and watching the show on TV.

Hell, it’s relevant for anyone.

They tell me I’m too young to understand, They say I’m caught up in a dream


This song, “Wake Me Up” by Avicii, is my new obsession. First of all, it has been described as David Guetta meets Mumford and Sons. I fucking love those two artists and, together, they’re amazing. So hence one reason why I love this song. But the biggest reason I love this song so much is that it so accurately describes my life right now.

This song, and the accompanying video, describes someone who is young and lost in life. Someone who knows they aren’t where they belong, but is also not quite sure where they do belong. Someone who doesn’t want to listen to everyone saying they’re too young to understand life, yet is scared of not knowing what’s going to happen. This song is about living life while you’re young and gambling on the future. THIS SONG IS ME.

I’m young, fresh out of college, and completely lost. And, honestly, I don’t know how I became so lost. It’s like it sprang up on me one day and I had a really big “OH SHIT” moment. I was finding myself in college, but I had no fucking clue I was really so goddamn lost. I have no clue what I’m doing or where I belong, but I do know that I don’t belong back at home. I will always love home, but I need to move on. It’s something that I feel deep in my core and it’s driving me absolutely insane that I can’t afford to move. As of right now, I dream of going to grad school in LA just because it is so far from home, a completely different atmosphere, and filled with hopeful dreamers. I hate when people tell me that “oh, it’s expensive to live in California!” Well, no shit Sherlock. But do you know how many people live there on less than I would be if I got into grad school? Grad schools adjust their stipend based on the cost of living. So obviously I would make more than living somewhere else. Like, stop telling me that shit. Grad school is not a glamorous life, I am well aware. But life is not always glamorous. I do appreciate advice from those who have life experience, but you know what? I need to gain some life experience of my own and the only way to do that is to figure it out on my own. You learn from mistakes, okay? LET ME MAKE THEM. And yes, I am scared of what will happen. I have no fucking clue how my life will turn out. I have nothing planned. But it’s a risk I want to take. Let me gamble on the future. What’s life without a little risk? I’m young. I wish I could stay forever young, but with the the wisdom of someone older, like the lyrics imply. But that’s not how life works. So let me live up my life while I’m young. I’ll gain the wisdom in time. But for right now? I want to explore, dream, and discover.

Lyrics to “Wake Me Up”:

Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can’t tell where the journey will end
But I know where to start
They tell me I’m too young to understand
They say I’m caught up in a dream
Life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes
Well that’s fine by me

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost

I tried carrying the weight of the world
But I only have two hands
I hope I get the chance to travel the world
But I don’t have any plans
Wish that I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life’s a game made for everyone
And love is the prize

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost

I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know I was lost

I know I mentioned this in my Darren Criss post, but like how fucking cool is it that I actually made a friend at that concert that I still hang out with?! Like, that is so awesome! I never knew I wanted that in life until I had it. And the fact that I met someone from FRANCE and still talk to her through social media. Oh, and speaking of social media, one big reason I totally love Tumblr is that you meet people from all over the world who have the same interests you do! Like today someone I follow asked if anyone wanted to chat, so I sent her a message. Well I found out that she lives in Sweden! So we just kept messaging back and forth about what life is like in our own cities and about our travels. Like, that is so fucking cool that a website can bring together people from all over the world who have similar interests and we can become friends. I definitely feel like this girl and I could become friends, and how cool would it be to say that I have a friend in Sweden?? I already have Céline in France…

No matter the pros and cons of social media, I will always think it’s amazing how it brings people together. I’ll have to write a longer post on that later…