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Slowly, over the years, it happens to even the best of us. Our imaginations start to slip. Bogged down with our daily obligations, we forget the days we spent in our childhoods playing through lost worlds. But there’s a reason you shouldn’t let your imagination go, and a few simple steps to keep it sharp.

Do Something You Liked to Do as a Kid, Everyday

As we get older, and responsibilities pile up, it can get all too easy to never do things we like to do for ourselves. One way to overcome this inherent problem is to simply make a point of doing one thing that you liked to…


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10. The Karate Kid

Although this one’s about a kid, the journey of self discovery Danny LaRusso goes through is one that we can all learn from. All of us go through tough times — maybe it’s not always going to a new school, but instead finding that new job, moving to a new town, or just going through a life change. The Karate Kid shows how important learning a new skill, and finding a great mentor, is to finding self confidence and winning your own battles as they come up.

9. The Lord of the Rings

One of the greatest movies of all time, the Lord of the Rings


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Getting into Netflix is just one of those things that sort of happens. Either you go the subscription, or like me you just got added to someone else’s account and used it like a leach. However it happened, by now I bet you’ve gotten pretty used to having access to lots of streaming content whenever you want it. If you’re like me, you’ve also probably spent more time browsing through possible choices than you’ve actually spent streaming content. Well, here’s a revolutionary idea — why not try canceling your Netflix?

My Netflix Got Canceled in 2020 — It Was One of the Best Things to Happen to Me

Despite being a grown man, married with a house, I…


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10. Hermione Granger

Considered by many to be the greatest witch of her age, what Miss Granger lacks in raw power she makes up for in skill and practice. In general, power is a fixed quantity in the Harry Potter world. The power you are born with is the power you keep. Hermione, however, is one of the few characters who achieves great skill mostly through hard work. She edges out many other strong characters in Harry Potter due to her prodigious work ethic, friendship, and ability to get even more powerful overtime.

9. Minerva McGonagall

Minerva is not as extraordinary of a wizard of the…


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Learning how to cook is a very important manly art — but that doesn’t mean you need to be a pro chef. There are several great foods you can learn how to cook that taste great without a whole lot of prep time. And when we lead busy lives of work, exercising, family and hobbies, it doesn’t always make sense to spend hours in the kitchen. Luckily, these five foods every man should know how to cook can be cooked in a matter of minutes, and are great for almost any dining occasion.

Bacon

I don’t know how the malicious lie…


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Sometimes we spend so much time trying to land our dream job that once we get it, it can be hard to realize that we have it. Our dream jobs can also change. It might have been your dream job to work at Starbucks when you were young (I know it was mine). Today, however, you know yourself better, you’ve achieved much, and you have an altogether different dream job. Or maybe you don’t know what your dream job is. …


Whatever you do, don’t make mistake number five

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Oh great! That “most wonderful time of the year” that is the Christmas Season is once again upon us. And so are the expectations. Family obligations, Zoom-based Christmas parties thanks to the pandemic, and more. But hold on there brave man — just because there’s a pandemic that doesn’t mean you get to get out of purchasing a thoughtful present for your significant other. Now, I know that where you are at in your relationship — whether that be married, engaged, dating or “it’s complicated” — greatly impacts what kind of gift you are going to want to give your…


Themes of decline and decay run throughout the Lord of the Rings. But that’s not where the story ends.

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I’ve probably watched the Lord of the Rings a thousand times. I’ve read the Hobbit a few times, and the other books at least once. But it never struck me until my last watch through how incredibly important themes of decay are to the story. It’s prevalent from the very onset of LOTR — it comes in when Gandalf greets Bilbo and tells Bilbo “you haven’t aged a day”. In fact, Bilbo’s birthday party is what sets off the events of the hobbits leaving the Shire, and it’s one of the ring’s notable powers: its bearer does not age (unless…


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What are your big plans for 2021? After a year like this one, it feels like “having plans” could be a bit of a stretch. With new restrictions coming into place here in California and in places around the world, it seems we’re not out of the woods yet. Although that backpacking trip around Europe will certainly have to wait, you don’t have to put a hold on your life. In fact, there are plenty of things you can still adequately plan for, regardless of whatever 2021 has in store for us.

Plan for Health

A new year’s resolution favorite, there’s never a…


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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…

Joseph Anderson

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