I like many Americans consume true crime like it is my morning bowl of cereal. I can’t get enough of it some days. I think it is cause I have an addiction to detective shows since I was little. But there is another reason why I am talking about true crime today. As someone that studies politics and policy in the classroom, I can’t help but under if the we as a nation of Americans are doing enough to have justice in America. Upon a recommendation by my Pinterest feed I started listening to the Serial Podcast.
October is domestic violence awareness month. Recently the podcast at my university, PEP Talk, covered a local organization that assist those that are affected by domestic violence. They talked about how in the year 1994 that efforts were made to help prevent violence against women. Funding was made available and nonprofits were able to expand their operations. However, many still face the crisis of domestic violence. Examples of this crisis can be found in the Me Too movement that spread across the world.
Have you ever been asked what would you do with a million dollars if you won the lottery today?
I know I have like at least 20 times. Each time I give a different answer because I have no idea what that kind of money is like.
How often has money clouded your thoughts? Has it made sad or happy?
Many think that if they had a little more money they would be happy. I see this especially true in my family. My grandmother grew up in the Great Depression in America when money was an item that one would scarcely come across. She spent her youth pinching every penny and dime that she could to feed and care for her family. My mother and father worked multiple jobs while studying in college to pay tuition and bills. So the feeling like there is never enough money is a familiar story to my family history. However, I recently learned that the money after a certain point does not make you happy.
ollege is a transitional phase most go through in their life. However, it is a constant juggling act. You have to balance your personal life with school and work. It can be very stressful. I often makes one say, “I can’t adult today” meaning that they are struggle to reach the real world expectations they carry around. Guess what? You are not alone. I have muttered these grumblings occasionally too. It is ok to feel like this. But if you are like me and seek shortcuts and tips on how to make things a little easier or how to understand them better I think I may have found the solution for you.
As I get ready for midterms at college and upcoming job interviews, I can’t help but feel the stress. We can’t ignore the fact at some point in our lives we have felt the grip of stress pressing upon us. It can tear you up inside if you aren’t prepared to handle that stress. Science has proven stress can cause bodily harm so what should we do about it. So I decided to research a hack. A hack that would address when we know stress will be coming into our lives.
Exercising seems like a love or hate things. But does it have to be? Is there a hack for making exercising easier? I have to admit that I have my own love/hate relationship with my local gym. I hate using the weights but love doing the exercise class. Well Emily Balectis has news for you! If you change your vision then you have the possibility of exercising becoming easier for you. How? I will let her explain.
Who in the world believes that animals are able to understand us? And not with limited speech commands, but on an emotional or deeper level. We see videos of animals mourning the loss of a beloved trainer or friend. They become attached to certain items that carry value to them. I even have moments where I think my little 10 pound dog is a doggy psychic cause she comes and cuddles me when I am upset at a show or locates her human friends that she misses in a group of people. So can Belle feel human emotions or have human like traits?
We prepare ourselves on how to treat our physical injuries. We take first aid for serious injuries and teach our children on where are the bandages for their scrapes and cuts. However, we fail to prepare ourselves for loneliness, rejection, and depression. We fail at creating tools in our lives that would help us during these challenging times. It has become a such apparent issue in our society that it has become a topic for research for Guy Winch. He addresses his research during his local TED Talk called Why we all need to practice emotional first aid.
If you open up any history book in America, what do you see dominate the pages? It is photos and listings of white men that ‘shaped’ our present environment, but there is a group of people missing from the history line. It is WOMEN! I know the women in my family were innovators and forces of change, but their efforts can often go over looked. It makes you wonder how many women are left from the story line simply because they weren’t born male. Well, one woman’s organization decided to start telling the stories of how women changed history.
If I say the word creativity what do you think it means? How does it apply to your life? Do you think that you have creativity? The dictionary says that creativity says “the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work”. I have worked in teaching, marketing, and other such profession that could be considered creative. I love books, drawing, and writing which are creative hobbies. However, I can not tap into my creative talents 24/7. I am only human. With my activities and some of my past jobs involving the need for creativity, I recognized the need for the immediate generation of creativity when you need it. So I had thought to myself, there had to be some way to trigger this power. I think I may have found the answer during my commute while I listened to the TED Radio Hour. They had an episode called Jumpstarting Creativity where people like Tim Harford spoke on how to rekindle and harness it.