Kurt Vonnegut’s Powerful Advice For Life: How to Grow Your Soul

Kurt Vonnegut

Back in 2006, a group of students at Xavier High School were given an assignment from their English teacher. They were asked to write to their favorite authors and ask him or her to visit the school. Five of those students chose Kurt Vonnegut. He was the only author to write back. Because he was […]

Breaking Bland: The Poor Man’s Guide to Unforgettable Travels

Poor Man's Guide to Unforgettable Travels

*Note: This is a guest post by Peter Renegade from RichRenegade.com. $80,000 of student loans and insatiable wanderlust don’t exactly mix. Unfortunately, that’s where I found myself after college graduation. While I always envisioned myself traveling during my 20’s, reality came crashing down in the form of $600 monthly loan payments. Like any desperate college […]

3 Ridiculously Simple Rules to Get Into the Best Shape of Your Life

Rules to Get Into the Best Shape of Your Life

Have you ever asked one of those big weightlifters in the gym for advice on how to get into shape? I have. They often go on long tangents describing specific workouts they do and talk on and on about what foods to eat and supplements to take. It’s all extremely detailed and unwieldy information. It […]

A Lot Can Happen in a Year: 2014 + Announcements + Best Posts of the Year

A lot can happen in a year

The coming of the New Year is always a weird time for me.  For most of the year, I try to be in the present and concentrate on what I’m working on.  But this time of year I tend to focus on all the things I’ve done and what plans lay ahead. It never seems […]

The Starving Homeless Cat and Lessons on Making the World a Better Place

The Starving Homeless Cat

When I was living in Morocco, I saw stray cats everywhere. Often hissing and scratching whenever anyone came near, they were angry and filthy. People kept their distance. Moving to Houston, I was confronted with a similar problem. While nowhere near as bad as Morocco, there were a few feral cats in my neighborhood. One […]

6 Tips to Do Crazy Things that Scare You

Do Something Crazy

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt When I was a little boy, I was afraid of just about everything. Too shy to make many friends, I kept my social circle small. I shunned change and risk-taking; the thought of doing something crazy like traveling to another country didn’t appeal to […]

6 Things Everyone Hates But Should Actually Be Thankful For

Things Everyone Hates But Should Be Grateful

Over the years, gratitude has been getting a lot of attention. As well it should. Counting our blessings has been shown in studies to improve health, mood and mental well-being. The benefits seem endless. Making lists of what you’re thankful for is therapeutic because we can focus on the good and forget about the bad. […]