One Word to Sum Up Our New Future:

One more political-ish post. And then hopefully not another until (at least) the next election. I’m so glad it’s finally over. Give us at least a couple weeks to recover, media. Please. People are feeling stuff today. It started at sunrise as I drove to work and interacted with a coffee barista and fellow coworkers and students and it continues with reactions on Twitter and Facebook and everywhere else I look online. People are stunned. People are disheartened. People are […]

The Best of TMZ: My #4 Blog Post of 2013

Hey wanderers! I’m currently on a holiday blogging vacation, so to celebrate the end of 2013, I’m counting down (possibly up) my top 6 posts of the year. In case you’ve missed the action to this point, my #6 post of 2013 was “As Tom Daley Comes Out.” And my #5 post of the year was “Tenth Avenue North Songs: TMZ’s Top-11 Favorites.” Coming in at #4 was August 8’s post, “INTELLECTION: My #1 ‘Strengths Finder’ Strength.” Once again, my end-of-the-year countdown […]

EMPATHY: My #5 “Strengths Finder” Strength

Finally, it’s the fifth in a five-part series on Strengths Finder, a phenomenal resource from Gallup. Our culture has grown obsessed with fixing flaws, but Strengths Finder is all about emphasizing your innate strengths. I’ve already blogged about my #1 strength, INTELLECTION, my #2 strength, HARMONY, my #3 strength, INPUT, and my #4 strength, RESPONSIBILITY. Now, the final strength in my arsenal: EMPATHY. Before starting this Strengths Finder series, I naturally thought I’d count-down my strengths — start at #5 and gradually build the anticipation of my NUMBER […]

RESPONSIBILITY: My #4 “Strengths Finder” Strength

This is the fourth in a five-part series on Strengths Finder, a fantastic resource from Gallup. Our culture seems obsessed on exposing our flaws and weaknesses and how we can “improve” by altering or even reversing those traits. But Strengths Finder is all about uncovering your innate strengths and building those virtues. I’ve already blogged about my #1 strength, INTELLECTION, my #2 strength, HARMONY, and most recently my #3 strength, INPUT. Now, the journey continues with my #4 strength: RESPONSIBILITY. My first reaction to seeing responsibility among my top-5 Strengths Finder strengths […]

INPUT: My #3 “Strengths Finder” Strength

This is the third in a five-part series on Strengths Finder, a fantastic resource from Gallup that helps people realize their strengths. Our culture seems obsessed on exposing our flaws and weaknesses and how we can “improve” by altering or even reversing those traits. But Strengths Finder is all about uncovering your innate strengths and building those virtues. I’ve already blogged about my #1 strength, INTELLECTION, and my #2 strength, HARMONY. Now, the journey continues with my #3 strength: INPUT. After taking the Strengths Finder questionnaire, I […]

HARMONY: My #2 “Strengths Finder” Strength

This is the second in a five-part series on Strengths Finder, a fantastic resource from Gallup that helps people realize their strengths. Our culture seems obsessed on exposing our flaws and weaknesses and how we can “improve” by altering or even reversing those traits. But Strengths Finder is all about uncovering your innate strengths and building those virtues. On the heels of my #1 strength, INTELLECTION, the journey continues with my #2 strength: HARMONY. It wasn’t at all shocking when Strengths Finder told me my #2 strength […]

INTELLECTION: My #1 “Strengths Finder” Strength

This is the first in a five-part series on Strengths Finder, a fantastic resource from Gallup that helps people realize their strengths. Our culture seems obsessed on exposing our flaws and weaknesses and how we can “improve” by altering or even reversing those traits. But Strengths Finder is all about uncovering your innate strengths and building those virtues. Today starts my five-part journey toward doing just that. A few weeks ago, if you were to have asked me about my #1 strength […]