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I’m super passionate about yogurt. In fact, there’s rarely a time when I don’t have plenty of yogurt lining the shelves of my fridge. And there’s a good reason for that. Yogurt is a miracle food. It’s got so many things that you need — protein, calcium, and don’t forget those probiotics. It’s the perfect midday snack, pre workout boost, or the last thing you eat before going to sleep. What’s more, it can work wonders for your gut. And, as it turns out, having excellent gut health is indispensable for maintaining peak performance.

Why I Eat Yogurt

I’ve eaten a lot of yogurt since I was young. But as I got older, I found that the cheap, sugary stuff from the store wasn’t really cutting it anymore. For me, I wanted to find yogurt that was rich in nutrients but also low in sugar. Through research, I found that despite what you might think, some yogurts are actually healthier than others. …


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I know plenty of people who don’t like Halloween. What’s more, I know people who even think it is aggressively anti-Christian. Is, however, Halloween actually anti-Christian? Or do some people just misuse it that way? Is it really a pagan holiday?

Well, as with most things, the truth is something of a mixed bag.

Is Halloween Based on a Pagan Holiday?

Well, not really. Looking around today you might not think it, but the western world used to actually be a very Christian place. So it stands to reason that big, Christian celebrations would take place around big, Christian Holidays. Take, for example, All Saints Day. Do you know when All Saints Day is? Funny enough, All Saints happens on November 1st — the very next day after Halloween. Also did you know that All Saints Day also goes by another name — “All Hallows”. Hmm. Do you see the similarity between “All Hallows” and “Halloween”? All Hallow’s Eve. Halloween. …


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I don’t have to run a Google Search to know what’s on everyone of my California friends’ minds right now — should we all leave California?

How did we get here? Wasn’t it just yesterday we were bragging about the good weather, the plentiful recreational activities, Disney Land, and the beach? Why does everybody want to leave? Surely California is a paradise state still, right? I mean, Gavin Newsom says so.

I guess it was somewhere during the course of the tough Covid-19 crackdowns, the hazardous air quality due to rampant wildfires, riots in major metropolitan areas, homeless running the streets, and what seems to be a myriad of strange political decisions leaving much to be desired that we all started thinking the same thing — we’ve got to get out of California. …


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Did you know that some countries in Europe are already open to American travelers? Some never closed down to them. Still, you might want to think twice about booking your travels right now. The list of European countries open to travelers is still quite small, with only a handful of countries welcoming Americans back with open arms. The shortlist includes the likes of Croatia, Belarus and Albania. Of course, Ireland never actually closed down to Americans. Still, the bulk of countries in the EU are not currently allowing US citizens. That means dreams of backpacking across Europe will have to wait not only for now, but for some time to come. …


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Unfortunately, we don’t get to go back in time and tell our younger selves how to live life, or what choices to make. It just doesn’t work that way. Even if we were able to, our younger selves probably wouldn’t listen. What we can do, however, is take the lessons we’ve learned and formulate a plan for the rest of our lives. You aren’t too old to change paths, no matter what age you are, but especially if you are only twenty something or thirty something.

Here are a few of the things I’d tell myself if I could.

What’s the Rush? Slow down!

When you’re a kid, all you want to do in the whole world is grow up. You want the responsibilities of adulthood. You want to drive even before you get your driver’s permit. You want a place of your own, you want to know what job you’re going to do. And it’s a good thing that you want to grow up — you’re supposed to want that. However, there’s also something special about every season of life you are in. Don’t be so preoccupied about where you want to be that you don’t take advantage of everything to take advantage of in your life right now. …


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Some of the best people are also the easiest to take for granted. They are always there for us when we need them, always picking up after us, helping us through difficult times, or simply doing all the work with none of the glory. And because these kinds of people are often selfless and humble on top of all their other great qualities, they can go unnoticed more easily than the more diva-like people we all know.

The good news is, you can avoid taking these great people for granted. Whether it be your spouse, a friend, a colleague or a teacher — here are a few ways to show your appreciation for someone. …


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If you are a writer, perhaps your greatest fear is something no one else could understand would be anyone’s fear. You fear it more than not being able to pay the bills. You fear it more than your friends calling you funny names, or messing up during a presentation. If you are a writer, the thing you fear most is not being able to write anymore.

I was watching a great documentary a few months ago about two legendary animators who worked with Walt Disney on some of the most iconic animated films of all time. I forget whether it was Frank or Ollie who said this, and I even forget the exact quote they said. But the essence of it was that the hardest part about drawing is that, at the end of the day, there’s a blank page in front of you, and a drawing that needs being drawn. The hardest part about the creative process is that you are the only one who can draw it. …


What are you reading?

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I wonder if more people have been reading since the start of the pandemic? Or if we’ve all simply given up and binged Netflix instead? I’m guilty of having done both. Still, I’m always excited to read fantastic new books. In fact, one of my favorite things about reading is that it’s always an adventure. You never know when you are going to find that next book that will inspire you to make a change, try something new, or one that simply makes you never want to put it down. I’ve read several books like that this year. …


Have we seen the golden age of flexible work come and pass?

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For a long time, remote work seemed like a positive thing. Offered as a perk to give an edge to employers, or as a way to entice the best talent, working from home was synonymous with greater personal freedom, more time for friends, hobbies, and the things that matter. But if everyone starts working from home, will this continue? Or will the future of remote work look a shade darker, and quickly become a means for control, blurred lines between home and work life, and a burden on workers, not on corporations?

I’m not entirely pessimistic about the future of remote work. For the most part, I’ve seen the transition as a good thing. This is especially true if you are able to work for yourself, or for smaller enterprises. However, as bigger corporations and businesses that have not traditionally powered work at a large level begin to make the shift, there are a few concerns I have. Will the corporations really be ready to release control over their employees? …


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We’ve long had a love of summer. The warmest months of the year bring people out from under their rocks, and back into the public square together. And it’s hard not to love the warmth and want to break out the sunscreen and enjoy a day at the beach. As fun as sunbathing can be, there are several even more meaningful things to achieve during the summer. There’s something about the calm and the good vibes of summer that make it perfect for thinking about your life, your future, things that you hope to achieve. …

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Joseph Anderson

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