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My #ThreeFictionalCharacters

September 26th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Phil Dunphy #ThreeFictionalCharacters

Appropriately hashtagged as #ThreeFictionalCharacters, a meme has been making it way around social media getting participants to name three fictional characters that best describe who they are. Talk show host Conan O’Brien says he is “obviously” Big Bird, Archie Andrews and Thor. This got me thinking. If I were to sum up the entirety of my personality and my existence in such a way, who would my three characters be?

Let’s dive in.

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Sunday Snippet: Each Day Is a Journey

September 25th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Each Day Is a Journey

Each day is a journey.
We take one step at a time.
With friends to support us
On each challenge as we climb.
Whatever direction we go
And no matter what comes our way.
May our journey through life
Bring us happiness each day.

Most of these Sunday Snippet entries are pulled from one of two sources. Either I encounter a particularly poignant quote during my adventures through the Internet or I enjoy a particular passage in a book that I am reading. Today’s highlight is neither one of those. It’s not even attributed to anyone, as far as I can tell, as it came with a little trinket I received in the mail. It’s almost like it belongs on the inside of a greeting card, except it has nothing to do with a birthday, a graduation, or a wedding. Except it could have everything to do with any of those events.

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What I’ve Been Reading This Summer

September 23rd, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Spell or High Water

I made a promise to myself late last year that I would read at least one book a month. Part of the motivation for reading more came from seeking inspiration for my own writing. Another part came from desiring “me time” for which I wouldn’t feel the same kind of guilt-ridden angst as watching TV or playing video games. For the most part, I’d say I’ve been pretty successful. And the variety of books has been thoroughly enjoyable too.

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Pursuit of Happiness

September 21st, 2016 by Michael Kwan

What's Up Wednesdays: Pursuit of Happiness

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine asked a rather poignant question: Are you happy? It seems like no matter how many ducks we get in a row, happiness can be fleeting. We must continue to chase it. With that, we start this week’s blog post collection with Brian S. Turner . He outlines eight inspiring habits of happy people that differentiate their outlook on life from less happy people. Live every moment, make friends, and celebrate the successes of others.

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Allow Yourself the Freedom to Get Lost

September 20th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Allow Yourself the Freedom to Get Lost

For better or for worse, my personality is such that I want to know everything ahead of time. If I’m traveling, I want to know how I’m going to get from the airport to my hotel and how long it’s going to take. When we found out we were going to be parents, I had to the know the gender even though I’d be just as happy with a son or a daughter. I want to know because I can mentally prepare and plan. I want to know because I don’t like the feeling of being lost.

But is getting lost really all that bad? Is it really the end of the world when things don’t quite go according to plan? Is it really that terrible if you have change course partway through your journey?

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Grammar 101: Casual and Causal

September 19th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Grammar 101 with Michael Kwan

The occasional typo can surely be forgiven. Heaven knows that I’ve written “the” as “teh” more times than I care to count, but these types of errors are clearly not made on purpose. They’re just a slip of the finger on the keyboard. It happens to the best of us. But when you see the same people making the same mistakes over and over again, you begin to question whether they actually know the difference. One such example is casual versus causal.

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Sunday Snippet: Bernard Berenson (1865-1959)

September 18th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Bernard Berenson (1865-1959)

“Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated, but for our qualities.”

People are weird. Some people might be weirder than others, but we’re all weird. People just don’t make very much sense sometimes, even if we like to think of ourselves as logical and rational creatures. It continues to boggle the mind why we care so much about what other people think of us. We’re constantly comparing ourselves to one another, even if we tell ourselves that we probably shouldn’t be doing that.

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In Search of the Goldilocks of To-Do Lists

September 15th, 2016 by Michael Kwan

In Search of the Goldilocks of To-Do Lists

A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook asking if anyone had any hacks for “how to adult.” Like me, she works from home as a freelance writer. She’s having a hard time mostly with administration and logistics, figuring out how to best manage her time, her money and her schedule. Yes, adulting is hard and it’s even harder when you’re responsible for running your own business.

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