Working On A Beautiful Spring Day

It’s been cold in DC for the last few weeks.  Not just chilly, but bone-biting, wind-driving, snow-piling cold.  The bulk of people in the city have spent their time hiding indoors, layering like they live in the North Pole, and Ubering places they could easily have walked.  I Ubered 4 blocks the other day.  It was embarrassing.

Not anymore, though.  The sun came out this weekend, we hit the mid-60s, and people have been running around like it’s the middle of summer.  All anyone wants to do is join in the outdoor fun, but what if we have too much work to get done? (Yes I know that rhymed.  No I didn’t do it on purpose.  Yes it was still awesome.)

On days like this, when warm weather is still fresh and novel, it’s important to take advantage of what you can.  It’s important to get outside.  It’s important to breathe the fresh air.  It’s important recharge your batteries like one of Elon Musk’s solar panels.  The question is: How? Continue reading “Working On A Beautiful Spring Day”

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Outwork Everyone Else

It’s January 25th, 2016, which means that we’re almost 1/12 of the way through a brand new year.  To a lot of people it may seem like the year has just gotten started, but to me it already feels like it’s flying by.  The reason it’s flying by is because when you have long term goals and work towards them every day, every day that passes is another day closer to what you’ve always wanted, but also another day gone by that you could have worked a little harder, progressed a little more.

I started this blog a little over two and a half years ago on June 8th, 2013, and since then I’ve written 72 posts that have been viewed 18,739 times.  I’ve picked up 2,747 new and amazing followers, quite a few of whom I’ve spoken with to exchange ideas and advice, and many of whom have amazing blogs of their own that I now get to follow.  Since June 8th, 2013, I’ve written 3 books, 11 short stories, and grown a lot as a person and as a writer.  When I started this blog I was just finishing my junior year at Vanderbilt, and when I look back at who I was then, personally and professionally, I feel a little nostalgic and can see just how far I’ve come.

In these past two and a half years I’ve worked hard.  Very hard.  But did I work as hard as I possibly could?  Did I outwork every other aspiring writer out there?

Probably not.

And that’s the point. Continue reading “Outwork Everyone Else”