• Why keep a commonplace book? It's easy to overlook information that interests us when we are overwhelmed by the volume of information we see every day.

    Capturing Words of Wisdom – Creating a Commonplace Book

    There’s something I learned about a few years ago and it’s something I would have enjoyed knowing earlier. But better late than never. People have created and maintained books or notes that serve to collect thoughts, quotes, moments of introspection, transcribed passages from reading — anything of purpose worth reviewing later. These books and collected notes are called a commonplace book. Why keep a commonplace book today? It’s easy to overlook the information that interests us when we are overwhelmed by the volume of information we are exposed to every day. Fundamentally, a commonplace book is a collection of quotes we find interesting and relevant to what we believe or what’s contrary…

  • searching for simplicity can help remove distractions to your personal vision and goals.

    Finding a Path to Simplicity & Connectedness

    I see a new school year begin and I think all the new students thinking they have everything figured out. It took a long time but I’m finally learning about what success means to me. Before I started Pharmacy School I was doing alright but I thought I needed more. I saw others with nice cars and nice homes and thought that should be my goal. Possessions and the pursuit of objects were the things that were to make me happy and give me a sense of fulfillment. So, I worked hard at my job and at working into getting into Pharmacy School. When I arrived at school I was…

  • We find ourselves under pressure to produce & succeed. We fear not measuing up & must learn how to stop Impostor Syndrome from controlling our fate.

    Impostors, Imitations & Limitations

    Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you weren’t right for a job, inadequate in some way, or just unworthy of praise for a job well done? I’ve had this feeling when I failed out of Pharmacy School. Despite any of the successes I had up to that point. It started as a negative feeling that began to take root at the core of who I was. This overwhelming feeling that I was not good enough. This mentality can make us fearful of being exposed as a fake or impostor, leading to poor social, personal, and professional progress and growth. We could find ourselves under pressure to produce and…

  • We are surrounded by rules that tell us what we can't do, so why not make rules for what we can do.

    Make Rules for Yourself

    We live in a world of collaboration and rules we agree upon to make society work. We vote for people when we agree or disagree with these rules and hope for the best. If we think about it, our lives are nothing but rules anyway. We have rules at work, rules at educational facilities, and rules for society. These are the rules that tell us what we can’t do. Yet, how often do we have rules for ourselves say what we can do? It’s more often than not that we don’t have rules because either we are too busy to figure it out, we don’t know ourselves well enough to…

  • Skepticism can be a tool to differentiate fact from fiction as we sift though all the information presented to us on a daily basis
    Life Lessons

    Having Skepticism – A Perspective on Certainty

    For the most part, we are creatures of habit. These habits can be created and influenced by our family, friends, employers, colleagues, and in general, society. The path is typically the same: we learn something, we do this for a while, or we give up on it. Then it becomes second nature, like tying our shoes, or it doesn’t. It’s the “use it or lose it” type of learning that enables us to tie our shoes or forget that foreign language we learned in High School. What I want to suggest is the adaptation of our perspectives towards having skepticism to what we’re told and what we learn. The mind…

  • Appreciation is a pillar to our perspectives in attitudes and happiness. Appreciation helps us focus on the present.
    Life Lessons

    Appreciation – A Perspective on Atttudes

    I’ve been in a little writing slump and it got me thinking about appreciation and how appreciation helps in our daily lives. I’ve written about attitude and the difference between deserving and earning. These attitudes can impact our perceptions whether we have a positive or negative attitude, or if we think we deserve something rather than earning. The attitude we choose, color the world around us. It also changes how we interpret the things which go on around us. How we choose to see the world can impact how we view expectations and outcomes. Expectation and appreciation First, let’s talk about expectations. Expectations are a forward-looking and past reviewing point…

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    Adding Value – A Thank You

    A lot of what I write is about how we can add value to ourselves. This brought moments to mind when I was down and hope was just a dim light in the distance. I thought about the times I felt like giving up. The moments between joy We’ve all had moments where we thought we were down. If we are lucky, there was someone there to help us get back on our feet. Somone reached out to us then I starting thinking about how often do I reach out to others. I started this website a year ago because I wanted to share my experience in failing out of…

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    Dealing with Failure – A Year in Review

    It’s been a year since I started this site as a way of dealing with failure. Things are looking well and I couldn’t imagine a year ago what I would be doing now. It all started with a post about my experiences of failing out of Pharmacy School. I had no idea what I was going to do. There was all this time and effort spent and it felt like for nothing. The things I wanted to do but couldn’t because I was so focused on getting into the school. Everything evaporated before my eyes. It’s one thing to fail out at an undergraduate level, you can take a year…