#INSECURITIES: About Sharing My Life Online


I started becoming active in the blogging community when I was about twelve or thirteen-years-old. I don’t exactly remember when it happened, but I’ve been at this on and off for as long as I can remember having access to the online world. I think we can all agree, or at least come to a consensus, that internet as a medium has changed. We’re part of the generation that realized how valuable it is to be able to share information across different channels and, for the most part, we’ve taken great advantage of that.

In recent years, there’s been a shift within the blogging community and the internet as a whole. It’s such a vast creative outlet and source of information that it’s also become a rat race to get as much exposure as possible. We’re exposed to viral stories and, quite honestly, the mundane parts of life that didn’t matter for us to share back then can now become headline news. Every now and then I wonder about how much of myself I’m willing to share in such a connected, fast-paced world. And, as a blogger, I question just what my role is in all of it. Continue reading “#INSECURITIES: About Sharing My Life Online”

Life Lately 003: The Blues

The Season’s Changing

It’s pretty close to feeling like spring around here. I’m liking it a lot, although, I don’t think we had that much of a winter. Anchorage is really starting to feel like a true Pacific Northwest town, with bits of snow here and there but nothing that lasts. In recent years, the snow has been less dense and a lot more wet and slushy. Winter as I knew it is only a distant memory from my childhood — it’s sad. Not even the mountains are completely covered.

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The Book of Questions 003 + Giveaway!!

If you knew of a way to use your estate, following your death, to greatly benefit humanity, would you do it and leave only a minimal amount to your family?

Yes, I would. I think my family would understand me, and I would hope that my family would be proud of me doing that. I don’t think my family is very materialistic, so the tangible things we’ll leave behind aren’t the most important.

Would you accept a guaranteed, lifetime allowance of $50,000 per year (adjusted annually for inflation) if accepting it meant that you could never again earn money from either work or investments?

No, I would feel useless and without purpose. I think it’s much better to know that you’ve earned your own money and have done well for yourself, through your own hard work.

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The Book of Questions 002

Do your close friends tend to be older or younger than you?

Most of my closest friends are around my age, give or take, a year older or a year younger. My best friend is about a year younger than me, well eight-months younger.

A good friend pulls off a well-conceived practical joke that plays on one of your foibles and makes you look ridiculous. How would you react?

I would probably flip sh*t! But at the same time, knowing my friends, they’d probably do something like that to make me realize that “it’s not that serious.” I think we all really try to bring out the best in us and help each other overcome our insecurities. Because, you know, that’s what grown-up friendships are. D’awww.

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Life Lately 002: How To Make Decisions?

Daylight come and me wanna go home…

I think Alaska is the only place I’ve ever been where people actually count how many hours and minutes there are of daylight during the winter. And, on top of that, how many seconds of daylight we gain every day as spring approaches. You really do notice that after a long winter. I looked out of my office window the other day and couldn’t believe that there was still a bit of daylight past 5:00pm. I’ve always tried to explain to people how daylight works here in the winter and summer (we have 24+ hours of daylight in the summer), but you just have to live here or visit to understand. I’m sort of done explaining. Ha!

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The Book of Questions 001

If you were able to live to the age of ninety and retain either the body or the mind of a thirty year old for the last sixty years of your life, which would you choose?

Body, because the mind of a thirty year old has less wisdom. And, even if you have to live with the same body for the last sixty years of your life, you can still expand your mind. You could maybe even reform it.

Do you prefer being around men or women? Do your closest friends tend to be men or women?

My closest friends are more often women, but I didn’t plan that. It just came about that way. I don’t prefer being around men or women. I think we can all learn from each other. Why box ourselves in and limit what we can learn about life?

If you went to a dinner party and were offered a dish you had never tried, would you want to taste it?

Duh. Have you met me? Do you know me? Do you want to know me? Because I like all the foods.

If you could choose the manner of your death, what would it be?

I want to be asleep. When I die, I would want to be at peace with myself and everyone in my life.

 

This blog series takes and answers questions from The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, PhD.

Life Lately 001: Earthquakes & Changes

SH SH SHAKE

My brother sent me this photo after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit southcentral Alaska over the weekend. I was in bed when it hit, and I was jolted wide awake. Living on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” I’m used to earthquakes — big and small. However, this one lasted quite a long time, longer than I remember any earthquake. We did have a small one a couple weeks back, it was really small and I only swayed back and forth in my chair while I was sitting at my desk. I do remember being in an earthquake after-hours at my old job, on the 19th floor of the 3rd tallest building in the city. That was an experience. I’m just glad that after all of this, everyone is safe. Although, I can’t help but think that we’ve just had too many earthquakes these past few years. It sort of scares me, even if I feel totally prepared for them.

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