For January, I decided to abstain from the consumption of alcohol. Even though we have another week of January left, I can already report that it’s been a personally positive and socially interesting experiment and I would recommend trying a dry month, or even a week because there are some very obvious benefits. I’ll share …

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As I mentioned in my earlier posts this year, I have decided to reinvigorate my dating efforts this year. Of all of the applications available, I have found Bumble to be the most fruitful…to some extent. After chatting with an interesting person for the last week or so, he canceled on me twice. I wasn’t …

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I had a moment this weekend where I just realized how good life is. I’m starting the year off on a high note. I’ve been working really hard. This past week was my first week back at work, no days off. We are already flush with new searches and I met with several candidates. Three …

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Recently, a Loop location for the popular workout chain, CorePower Yoga, was installed on the second floor of my office building. They offered a pretty compelling deal that included a weeklong free trial. My very first class was a 45-minute iteration of Yoga Sculpt, which I believe is unique to the Loop location so that downtown …

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A lot of people are posting about the ways they’ve changed in the last 10 years because we’re entering not only a new year but an entirely new decade. As with all people, there were instances and even periods of angst, but my accomplishments and personal development have mostly eclipsed that. I believe that I’ve …

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While I’m slowly but surely on the mend, I’ve had a lot of alone time in between long sleeps and tiny chores around my apartment to think about the upcoming year and some of my goals. What’s been swirling in my head is my move in mid-May, hopefully to a lovely one-bedroom close to my …

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In the summer leading up to September 11, 2001, and the surrounding terrorism events, I was very sick. Physically, I was seriously wasting away. Mentally, I couldn’t deviate from living a perfect life where I had 100% control. This manifested itself in severe anorexia, depression, and some obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Emotionally, I was regressing into a …

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Female black Labrador retrievers are what I grew up with. The first that I remember is Reilly; she was pretty old and a bit of a mess from what I recall of her. She had patchy fur and was constantly scratching her skin, apparently due to horrible allergies and “a million health problems”, according to …

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This year I began keeping a journal. I don’t write every single day, but when I feel compelled to because of intense emotion, boredom, introspection, or a particularly interesting day locally or in the world. The frequency ebbs and flows as often coinciding with the action in my life. The benefits are multi-faceted. For me, …

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