[Applied Self-Confidence] Nobody Owns Me!

Even at concerts, bastions of individual and self-identity, people will jump at the chance to brand themselves. Not that I’m any different. It is, after all, more comfortable to be in a group with like-minded people, whether it’s in a concert with people that like the same sort of music you do, in a club around a hobby you like, or in a job. I think we should practice individuality as part of our self-confidence.

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[Fiction Practice] In The Fridge?

“I’m so hungry. Sam, what’s in your fridge?” “Good question. So I have some soda if you’d like some, it’s kinda flat since it’s been in there for a little bit, and some orange juice that I just got the other day, or a bottle of water that’s nice and cold since it’s been in there for a while with the usual assortment of condiments above that such as ketchup, mustard, relish, and barbeque sauce…”

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[The Story] “Please Stay Safe”

The Story” will mainly tell the story of two characters: John (left) and Trishna (center). During a summer they spend together on Trishna’s family farm before heading off to college, after years of chatting exclusively online with the occasional phone call, they learn about each other and the world. They’ll talk with her parents Divit (center) and Brigit (right) about these topics, in passing, cemented with one serious conversation that should help them stay safe.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (backstory and worldbuilding)
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[Sober Living] 100 Positive Layers

There’s a point I never want to return to again. It’s a place everyone knowingly or unknowingly has: their worst negative space. Mine lingers under hundreds of layers of hard work, earned gratitude, and lavish praise. When things go bad, it’s like I instinctively dig through those layers to negativity. Since learning to handle life without inebriation, when things get anxious for me, I remember that I have many layers of positivity still shielding me.

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[Applied Psychology] Your Mind Palace

A useful idea in overcoming mental anxiety is the mind palace. Let it be a comfortable structure, holding the sum of all of your acquired knowledge, where people may decorate and reside in their own room. These perceptions of people could be close family, good friends, single-serving friends, inspirational figures, imaginary characters, or sworn enemies. You make the house rules and you’re the landlord. Shouldn’t the first rule be forbidding enemies from attempting mental trespassing?

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[Bettering Zeal] The Ideal Office

I’ve worked in some neat areas throughout my career. One coveted window desk overlooked downtown, another overlooked nature, and I’ve even had my own office. I’ve also set up thousands of workstations over the years, adjusting based on technology, ergonomics or preference, so I generally know what works well for me. Let’s walk through how I made strides this week toward turning my “Zeal” space into my ideal office, as inspiration for working on yours!

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[Rowing Machine] Two Four Three

I dropped all fitness excuses when I started this weekly column back in March. While it’s been demanding, I’m seeing results I haven’t seen in years! This time last year, I could barely do 22 rows in one set, and now I’m averaging 165.9 rows per 5-minute set. It’s not all physical, either. I have more mental focus, resilience, and I’ve made some friends along the way. Let’s drop the excuses and get inspired to exercise more!

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