Choose the Quest of Your Hero’s Journey

Choose the Quest of Your Hero’s Journey

There’s a reason the universal narrative of the Hero’s Journey has persisted throughout thousands of years of human storytelling. It’s compelling not just because of familiarity, but because we can identify with it. We identify with protagonists facing great odds and difficulties because human life has always been defined by strife and struggle. So if we all identify with the monomyth in one way or another, why not embrace it? Hero Without a Cause The feeling of meandering through life permeates through much of society. We fall into routines, boredom and…

How to Use Mindful Motivation to Conquer Your Goals

How to Use Mindful Motivation to Conquer Your Goals

When you hear the word “mindfulness,” what images cross your thoughts? Most likely images of meditation or quiet and deliberate studying. Now what images come to you when you hear “motivation”? I’m guessing it may have been a loud and energetic speaker, a runner gritting their teeth to power through exhaustion to reach the finish line, or another damn eighties movie training montage. One of these words conjured bliss, the other bombast. Why would I put them together like that in a title? Simple: You need one to temper the…

Hating Others for Our Insecurities: How to Pull the Facebook Bugs from Your Ears

Hating Others for Our Insecurities: How to Pull the Facebook Bugs from Your Ears

Tell me if you’ve experienced this: Someone on your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or whatever other social media just plain annoys you and you’re not sure why. They may not be posting excessive politics, spamming you with game requests, or blaring flat earth conspiracies, but something about them gets under your skin. They’ve never done a thing malicious to you, and yet you just dislike them. Congratulations, you have a Facebook bug in your ear. Facebook Flies You may be asking, “A bug in my ear? That metaphor makes less sense than your invisible gorilla.”…

Guest Post: “The Power of Encouragement”— Mr. Freeze Pony

Guest Post: “The Power of Encouragement”— Mr. Freeze Pony

Hello, world! My name is Mr. Freeze Pony. I am a little plushie pony who looks a lot like Mr. Freeze. Yup. He is one cool guy. Anyway, I saw something on Facebook recently that got me thinking. If you could have any superpower, what superpower would you want? “Well, hmmm,” I thought. I realized the super power I would want would be the power to encourage people. That is a power worth fighting for. That is a power that can help people. That is a power that can change…

Inattentional Blindness: Spot the Invisible Gorilla in Your Life

Inattentional Blindness: Spot the Invisible Gorilla in Your Life

Tell me if this sounds familiar: A task or situation consumes your thoughts. It could be a boss fight you just can’t beat or a number on the scale that just won’t budge. Perhaps it’s a bad situation in your life, whether money’s tight, your significant other dumped you, or all of the Nintendo Switch preorders sold out before you could get one. Whether the situation is dire or just inconvenient, you may just be suffering from a case of obsession-induced tunnel vision, and failing to notice an invisible gorilla in your life….

False Attribution: Most People Don’t Care About You (And That’s Great)

False Attribution: Most People Don’t Care About You (And That’s Great)

“Oh no, that person over there noticed I’m getting a little pudgy.” “These people looking at my Facebook see that I’m not posting pictures with a significant other, they must think I’m lame because I’m single!” “My friends saw me order a cheaper drink at the bar, they probably think I’m a broke loser.” “I wasn’t invited to that party, everyone in the group must hate me.” Ever say statements like those to yourself? You’ve probably thought at least one of them, or something similar. In this social media-driven modern…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 4: Great Power, Great Etiquette

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 4: Great Power, Great Etiquette

Note: This is the fourth entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, and part three! You’ve chosen your character, you’ve assembled your costume, you’ve joined a crew of fellow costumed Samaritans to volunteer with. Now comes the exciting but sometimes scary part: diving into character to brighten the day of a child less fortunate. It’s intimidating as you suit up for your first hospital visit or charity benefit, I won’t lie. Once you cross that first hurdle though, you’ll find a heartwarming experience…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 3: Heroes Unite

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 3: Heroes Unite

Note: This is the third entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, and part four! You picked your character. You acquired their costume. You’re well on your way to being a superhero for someone less fortunate. But what is just one hero though? If the Avengers, Justice League, and the X-Men taught us anything, it’s that a group of heroes can accomplish much more than any solo underoos crusader. Route 29 Batman rides solo, but it’s always more fun with friends. You’re probably…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 2: Suit Up

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 2: Suit Up

Note: This is the second entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part three, and part four! Last week, I detailed the first step in entering the world of charity cosplay: Choosing your character(s). It’s an important decision, because you need the right ‘fit’ to best portray a child’s hero. The thought and research spent picking a hero (or villain) was the easy part, though. If you don’t have your chosen costume already, there is much time and money to be spent ahead. I…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 1: Choose Your Hero

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 1: Choose Your Hero

Note: This is the first entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, part three, and part four! Children love their heroes. Think back to your childhood (or now!) and how your favorite superhero or hero from another inspired you. One of the most thrilling experiences is ‘meeting’ that hero. Just look at stories of Hollywood actors visiting children in hospitals in character, like Chris Evans (Captain America) or Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow). But, what if I told you that you don’t have to be…