thank you

two very important words

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I would argue that the phrase thank you is the most important phrase out there. Anyone who receives a sincere “thank you” knows and appreciates what it means. Of course it’s polite, however, it is also an extremely valuable tool in life.

Sure, sometimes we don’t say “thank you” to our waitstaff or clerk at the grocery store because we are so wrapped up in myself that we forgot to say it. Not a big deal, really. I imagine we’ve all found ourselves at one time or another so absorbed in the importance of what we’ve been doing that somehow, a simple phrase,  such as thank you, gets lost; that strikes me as unfortunate.

Here are a few ways to show your gratitude and appreciation:

  • Set aside time every week to acknowledge people’s good work.
  • Hand write thank-you notes whenever you can. The personal touch matters in the digital age.
  • Punish in private; praise in public. Make the public praise timely and specific.
  • Remember to cc people’s supervisors. “Don’t tell me. Tell my boss.”
  • Foster a culture of gratitude. It’s a game changer for sustainably better performance.

Today, I challenge you to show your appreciation. Say those simple words. Showing appreciation isn’t a hard thing, it’s just something that often isn’t done anymore.

keep kicking ass

& taking names

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I’m really set on this writing thing. Some of these entries come from the past, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t write it. I want to show you all aspects of my life, through my writing. I don’t really know what to say about this one. The introduction seems a little unnecessary; however, for context purposes an intro. Below, you will be let into a little love letter between an old-friend and myself. We were racking our brains about graduation and the woes of life. The struggles, the good, the bad and the ugly. Beyond those things, also solutions. Take a read.



I have completed writing a book in the past month because of all the things we have discussed from internships, successes, failures—which are really learning opportunities—travels and dreams. Most important naturally are the dreams that we are implementing each day to make our reality become a dream.  I think I will entitle this book: Kick Ass and Take Names: A True College Student Making Their Dreams Become Reality.  Mostly, I don’t want to write the whole thing. I suppose I would want it to be published, but perhaps start with a blog. I want it to be segments of what kids are doing to make their dream their reality.

Stop. Look. Listen.

We see it each day. We hear it each day. It’s a matter of knowing the person and acknowledging them. Their stories need to be heard and experienced by the masses. Every day I hear one more doubt from someone, from a sorority girl, a kid in class, or just someone in by passing. Frankly, I am sick of all of this negativity. I know myself along with the rest of the world can do better than that.

I have come to, yet again, another realization in my life. I hold myself to the highest standards and morals not because I can, rather because I truly believe in myself. I know I can make anything happen. The real kicker of this is that I don’t expect just myself to follow these things—I hold my friends to them too. I have incredible dreams and aspirations and I will achieve them some day. Again, I know each one of my friends has the same. I don’t pick friends because they are cute or funny. It’s more than that. It’s because I know they have dreams in lined with mine. It’s because they want to make their life matter. Because they understand what a dream is, how you achieve it and “failing” isn’t an option to say “Fuck it. It isn’t worth it.” they know that failing pushes them that much more. It’s one more reason to prove the world wrong.

Well, it looks like I have my first blog post. Ha I don’t even know how that happened. I guess, when I am in the air it really helps to clear your thoughts and to make sense of things again. I hope you feel the same.

It’s true I will be the next best motivational speaker or something of those sorts. It would truly be an honor for me to speak at conferences and tell my story to kids. Over the past year I had the opportunity to speak at  an environmental forum for my step mom’s class and that was a breathtaking experience. Having the opportunity to do that at least once a year would be amazing.

Keep kicking ass & taking names!