Pump the Brakes

Learning: The 30-day Social Media Break I Didn’t Know I Needed

“I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” – Winston Churchill I went on a three week vacation/work trip and I did all of the things. I went to L.A., San Francisco, Oakland – had a one-day reprieve at home in Austin, Texas, and then trekked across the pond for work to London, Belfast, and Vilnius, Lithuania, back to … Continue reading Learning: The 30-day Social Media Break I Didn’t Know I Needed

Not My Jesus: My Very Christian View on the Muslim Ban

“We must remember that the test of our religious principles lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even in living blameless lives – but in what we do for others” ― Harry Truman I am a Christian. I love Jesus. I am scared for America. I never thought about whether people were upset or protesting during the Crusades until … Continue reading Not My Jesus: My Very Christian View on the Muslim Ban

Living in An American Fairy-tale? Time To Grow Up

“The hardest part about growing up is letting go of what you were used to, and moving on with something you’re not.” – Lyrikal Growing up is hard. Things are never what they seem. You can kind of  live in a fairy tale, seeing life the way your parents kind of want you to. But as you get older you realize things are not as … Continue reading Living in An American Fairy-tale? Time To Grow Up

America… Voting Isn’t Enough

“There is a lot of mediocrity being celebrated, and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged.” – Sean Penn Yep, I said it. Let me first say that I am happy that people are voting, I really am, but something has really been annoying about this whole election from two different angles. For one, people who say: “I am not voting, because we … Continue reading America… Voting Isn’t Enough

This is America

Every time I fly out of Austin, I park my car in the extended lot, it’s not too expensive (yet). Parking at this spot requires me to ride on a shuttle to and from the airport. Now, I travel enough to notice, that unless I sit next to someone or a person of color sits next to me, a white person never sits next to … Continue reading This is America

Take the Time and Use a Timeout

Are you one of those people who likes reading self-help books? Or the kind of person who takes hours during the week or month to stop and think about how you can do things better or become a better person?

Well, this article might not be for you.

There are people who don’t like to read self-help books, either by choice or because the busyness of life, they don’t stop and reflect (and by they, I really mean we, because I am guilty as charged) ….This post is for you. Continue reading Take the Time and Use a Timeout

Being Unapologetic: How America Transferred this Privilege from the Presidency to the Candidacy

Being unapologetic for tough decisions is something that Presidents must do when faced with a difficult decision for the nation, but it’s not cool to be unapologetic just for the heck of it. Presidential candidates should be concerned as they run for office about the hearts and minds of the entire country. There will come a day for each President to make a tough decision and be unapologetic, but it’s a privilege that shouldn’t be given too soon or to the wrong person. Continue reading Being Unapologetic: How America Transferred this Privilege from the Presidency to the Candidacy

Being a Woman in a Man’s World: My Thoughts on Hillary with a Pinch of Pat Summitt

I must say this article is really less about Hillary, but about my views about how women should go about supporting each other. Let’s try to hold each other to the right standard and support them in the same way we support men. Let’s stop holding ourselves to a higher and more unrealistic standard, and stop burdening ourselves for no apparent reason. We make mistakes, we are human. If we aren’t forgiving our fellow women than we probably aren’t forgiving ourselves. And trust me, men are not thinking twice about it, and moving on to the next thing. Continue reading Being a Woman in a Man’s World: My Thoughts on Hillary with a Pinch of Pat Summitt