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A strong work ethic is a desirable quality, but can you have too much of a good thing? Work can be great for the mind and soul, but the constant pressure to work has a downside: fatigue and burnout.
I built a startup for two years, all while working a full-time job. I was on the brink of burnout just about every day. I jumped at the chance for a break whenever I could. A two-week stint in Thailand seemed to do the trick, at least for a while. I returned home and found myself just as tired as ever.
Years ago, my parents took my brother and me to stay in the Wamona Hotel near Yosemite National Park. It’s a quaint, old hotel about 30 or so minutes from the park entrance.
One night, we joined a stargazing group, and a guide led us out onto the golf course adjacent to the hotel. I won’t forget the most transparent night sky I’ve ever seen. Maybe I was young, and it was just my imagination, but every star and nebula in the sky opened themselves up to me.
Lying down on the unkempt golf course grass, I lost track of…
I had a few professors who worked for the Los Angeles Times. They were experienced journalists, each in their respective writing fields.
Even journalists should try and tell an emotional story, they would say to me.
There’s one way to do it, and it’s to put the audience in the middle of the action. You want to make them feel like they are there, hearing, smelling, and even feeling what’s happening.
Coming up with a story is easy. Keeping your audience engaged is something else entirely.
Here are some ways to make a reader read a few lines, lick their…
I’m enamored by Tiktok, and I’m not sure if I should be embarrassed to say it.
If I was 14, I’d be all in on TikTok. I’d spend my days scheming hilarious video ideas to become an influencer before I got my braces off.
Alas, I’m 25 and still live with my parents. If I was born in a different generation, that could’ve been me with an exclusive invite to a TikTok house.
I don’t have a TikTok account, but I think I would do a fantastic job as a creator. I make ridiculous video edits for my friends all…
Flashback three and a half years, and I was in my peak state of “gym, bro.”
I was, by definition, huge.
I lifted six days a week, I drank whey protein shakes, and I took creatine supplements. But I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror.
I was led astray by how I thought I was supposed to look. I was a bloated and acne-riddled version of the person I am today.
Fast forward to the present, and besides my continuously glazed eyes (thanks Persian genes!), …
I’m sitting in my professor’s office. He gave me a 55% on an American Studies writing test, and I was there to prove I deserved better.
I presented my case and clarified my positions. I told my professor that most of his questions were completely subjective and that my answers were acceptable.
He agreed with me for the most part and said he’d take another look. I expected my grade to bump up to a C minus, maybe even a C+.
The next class period, he gave me my test back, and a shining 85% in red marker dominated the…
I finish my dinner and excuse myself from the kitchen table. I come in later with a hoodie on to tell my parents I’m going for a walk.
It’s almost May, and I’ve never felt so restless in my life. I walk the ocean kissed streets of southern California while scrolling through my Instagram story archives. My life was much more exciting before this pandemic.
During the walk, I promise to open myself to new opportunities. I need something to get me out of my rut.
I started writing again. I drunkenly stumbled onto Medium and was awed by its…
I continuously believe everything happens for a reason.
When the pandemic forced me to leave my startup, I lost a piece of myself, and a domino effect of feelings left me unmotivated.
I had just turned 25. I was in the prime of my life. I was ready to take on the challenges of 2020. Wait, I didn’t ask for this, though.
It’s hard to think positive thoughts from a situation that has caused unprecedented turmoil across the world. But there’s a reason for all this hidden somewhere.
As a creative, I look for the significance in everything. Simple walks…
I used to think content was a dumb word.
A photographer told me he hated the “C” word, and my brain told me to agree with him. From then on, I only used the word as the butt of a joke.
Then I realized that content is all around us, all the time. It’s like data that streams through the atmosphere and into our handheld devices. It hides in the cloud and continually generates for us to consume.
It’s food for our eyes and music for our ears, and our systems package it up for our brains to scan and…