I know that it’s common in fandom for Jack to get like maybe a good ten years tops, sometimes even less bc part of his journey at Samwell and with Bitty is finding life and happiness outside of hockey, but my ambitious, overachieving ass would kind of love it if even tho Jack came to the game late, he had one of those obnoxiously long, several decades spanning careers. Let Jack make a name for himself and break records and shit while being happy and fulfilled outside of hockey like idk I don’t want him to lose himself to hockey but hockey is his main passion, let him have it continue to be his main passion.

Journalists like to think of themselves as responding to a calling, or duty. For some journalists, there are stories that are worth taking a calculated risk to obtain–pieces that establish responsibility for organized rapes or massacres, for example, or reports that implicate powerful figures in corruption or organized crime. These are stories that would otherwise not be told.

Every high-risk decision brings both the potential of lasting, positive impact, and the possibility of permanent, tragic loss. Decisions about risk are highly personal, but the individual should be keenly self-aware. Your emotions come into play, as does adrenaline. A good story with an element of danger can bring with it a rush as compelling as sex or drugs.

In such a moment, you might be wise to ask yourself: Am I being driven by the emotions of the moment? How much of my decision is driven by ego? How much am I motivated by telling the story–and how much by the glory I might derive from telling it? Am I trying to prove something to myself or others? Perhaps every journalist is motivated by some incalculable mix of service and ego, intellect and emotion. Experience can help you better discern between duty, ego, and adrenaline.

My advice: Give yourself a chance to understand not only your coverage area, but yourself. There are plenty of tough stories to go around. If you really want to take on a dangerous beat, you’ll get your chance. So, yes, J-school students, your professors are right: Go ahead, go overseas. But start with a beat that allows you to learn–mainly about yourself.
—  Frank Smyth, Senior Adviser for Journalist Security, Committee to Protect Journalists. Should J-School grads just get up and go overseas?

I got to thinking about how Neil and Andrew will be retired in their mid-thirties, early-fourties at their latest (although as a striker counting on speed I can’t imagine Neil hits 40 in that position), and how mind-blowing that is to be so young and done with their careeers, and what are they going to do with all of that time on their hands???

Then I got to thinking about how much that deal with the Moriyama’s could mess with the decisions Neil makes about his career. He can’t just retire when he wants. He has to be useful to them. Imagine the sports commentary about how Neil should have retired years ago and yet keeps playing, etc.

And in a moment of panic, I wondered how Neil was going to be useful to the Moriyamas after he retired. Or would they take him out as a liability?

But then I remembered he has Andrew, who is smart enough to make sure he makes the right endorsement deals, participates in the right advertising campaigns, and makes public appearances for the Moriyamas’ benefit. 

Now I can sleep better at night.

Like Ira.

In a perfectly perfectly perfect world I would be like Ira Glass on MPR’s “This American life.”

Living, speaking, and writing about people. So 'in the know’ about it all.
Or like Krista Tippett on “Being” previously called “Speaking of faith.”

A writer and a traveler, a meeter, and a greeter, of people from all kinds of places. Wouldn’t it be funny if I could take all the “Coffee dates” I went on in high school, showing genuine interest in the trials and tribulations of that individuals existence, and writing about it into the evening….and turn that into a career?

I could. 

I’m on LinkedIn, now what? That’s a question I hear from time to time. Or, I’ve filled out my profile on LinkedIn and nothing is happening. Those are comments from passive job seekers, those that are sitting back and waiting to be “discovered.”
—  Read the full post “4 Tips to Leverage LinkedIn - via The Career Coach Blog
Nadine Angerer will retire after World Cup/2015 NWSL season

Angerer announced today that she will end her career with the German Women’s National Team following the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada and retire from professional football at the end of the 2015 Thorns season.

She says she feels good physically still and would have another 2-3 years in her, but likes the idea of being able to say “my body is in a really good condition” after 20years as an elite athlete. She wanted her retirement to be her decision and not influenced by injury or a drop in performance. While thankful for al the experiences she had throughout her careeer she said she was also “looking forward to a life away from [active] sports at elite level”

She adds that the decision was following her gut more than long hours of thinking, waking up one morning and saying “this is it for me, I’ll quit now” and that she wanted to create clarity for everyone involved now that she had made her decision. Over the next year she wants to optain her A license in coaching and “intern” at several football clubs. She would also like to work with Neid again in some way and can imagine being a goalkeeper coach, but has no set plans for a future career yet.

For now, she is really looking forward to the World Cup and thinks Germany has great team that could progress deeply into the tournament, and for the moment, achieving that is her main focus.

Silvia Neid said: “[Nadine] is an exceptional player and person. For me, she was and is an important confidant. I think it’s a pity she will retire after the World Cup but I understand her decision. She is very important for our team, a true leader and great captain who has the ability to motivate and carry especially the younger players in her own kind of way”

(paraphrasing Angerer from this interview, Neid quote is from here)

[EDIT to add a link to this article which does a cool job at translating the most important part of her statement]