Top 5 Tips for living a brave life

1. Don’t be afraid of failure. Sometimes failing can be a good thing! I’ve found that I learn the most through my mistakes. Sure, it can be embarrassing and let’s face it…failing isn’t anyone’s dream. But it’s important to remember that it happens to us all - no one’s perfect! So embrace it, acknowledge it, learn from it and move on!

2. Take every opportunity. I can’t stress this one enough! Take every opportunity – even if it’s not what you originally had in mind. Doors open for a reason and it can lead to new experiences and often times other opportunities! You won’t know whether you like it or not unless you give it a try and hey – you may even learn something new. Embrace each opportunity with an open mind and give it everything you’ve got!

3.  Hard work pays off. Okay, you got me. This tip is pretty cliché - but it’s true! Hard work really does pay off. Although sometimes it may not seem like it, hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s appreciated by everyone around you and makes life so much easier!

4.  Be kind. Sounds simple right? But you would be surprised at the amount of people who forget to treat those around them with kindness and respect. A positive attitude and a smile go a long way- not only in the work setting, but everyday life as well.

5. Step outside of your comfort zone. If any of you have been keeping up with this blog, you know this one was hard for me! But I can honestly say it’s been worth it. There’s only so much inside of your comfort zone and if you ever want to change or progress, you’re going to have to take that step eventually! Breaking that “safety bubble” will teach you things you never knew about yourself and lead to experiences you wouldn’t otherwise have had. Take risks that are worth taking and follow your dreams – you never know what you might learn.



I got a job! Postdoctoral Researcher in Writing Pedagogy at the University of Delaware.

I will be teaching UD’s composition course and working with Dr. Joseph Harris (formerly from Duke’s Thompson Writing Program) to research writing pedagogy and develop the UD writing program. The job begins in January.

(This, and the turn toward the new academic year, is my excuse for the hiatus this week.)

I feel like because I was signed to an indie label [Big Machine] and was able to make all my own creative decisions—write songs with whom I wanted to write, pick which songs ended up on the record, pick the singles, pick what I wear, what events I go to, where I perform and what I perform and how I perform—when you’re given that much freedom there’s not that much to rebel against.
—  Taylor Swift talking about not feeling the need to rebel (x)
Seven Steps to Figure Out What to Do with Your Life


1. Make a list of 100 things you absolutely love.

2. See if you can find a common theme among them.

3. See if you can combine seemingly different ones together in a novel way, and figure out how you can use this theme to add value to people’s lives.

4. Prioritize them from greatest to least important to work on if you had one year left to live.

5. Study five people who have been successful in a similar field. See how they did it. 

6. Find the intersection between your passion, your skillsets (or ones you are willing and able to acquire), and what the world needs.

7. Figure out why it’s so important to you, and never let anyone convince you otherwise. Make it happen.

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Most people know that going into medicine to get rich is a mistake in multiple dimensions. Unless you’re into writing ethically dubious diet books or making ethically dubious TV shows. But in the face of a potentially staggering physician shortage—the Association of American Medical Colleges warns of a deficit of 130,600 doctors by 2025—people who want to go into medicine (particularly primary care) have to envisage financial viability in their grand mission. At $51,000 before taxes, a doctor working 80 hours per week for 48 weeks per year earns $13.28 hourly.
—  A Junior Doctor’s Salary - The Atlantic
The truth about doctors’ salaries.
Dream a New Dream - Spell to Find a New Goal or to Achieve a Dream

Purpose: Sometimes, we need to find a new goal, a new dream to reach towards. This spell may help.

Materials: Lavender oil; a dark blue candle.

Optional Materials: Flying Wish Paper or regular paper

This spell should be done…: During the waxing moon.


Dress the dark blue candle in lavender oil.

Cast a circle and call the quarters if you desire. Ground and centre if needed. Sit in a comfortable position. Light the candle and enter into a meditation about your career path or goal. Here are some questions you may wish to meditate on:

  • Where do I want to be in ____ time?
  • Who do I want to be?
  • What will make me happy?
  • Are my dreams/goals money-oriented, joy-oriented, family-oriented, etc?
  • What are my skills and how can I use them?

When you’re ready, chant the following as many times as you deem necessary:

"I am finding the path right now and right here,
I have the faith in myself to believe
The future is bright, right action is clear,
I’m pursuing what’s mine, I’m living the dream!”

If you wish, you may take Flying Wish Paper, write down your wish or dream and let it fly! You can also write it down on a regular piece of paper and burn the paper with the flame, then scatter the ashes to the wind (make sure to exercise fire safety when doing this!).

Release the quarters and close the circle is desired.

Spell written by: Thuri Calafia
Spell found in: Llewellyn’s 2014 Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac
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I never thought that I’d be discovered. I just thought I’d be somebody who was a hard worker. For me, things started to happen once I completely gave up the concept of being discovered. I discovered what I wanted to do. That would be my advice to young performers: don’t want to be famous. Want to be legendary. In many ways, fame is the industrial disease of creativity. It’s a sludgy byproduct of making things.
—  Mike Myers
I knew how to help him be a Christian on weekends and evenings. I knew how to teach him how to run a Bible Study, how to evangelize, how to share his faith, but I had no idea how to help integrate his faith with his work. Since 98% of Christians are spending 80% of their time working, we’re giving them almost no help as a church. The church has got to learn how to develop tracks for both church leadership and cultural leadership. In the church, I was only trained how to get more and more laypeople into my church and out of their field. So they’re more active in church and leading Bible Studies and serving on the elder board, but I did not know anything on how to flesh out their faith at their jobs. Yet that’s what will really change the culture.
—  Timothy Keller