• Bullying Isn’t Going Anywhere

    Bullying is an issue that unfortunately doesn’t seem to go away much with age or maturity. I wouldn’t have appreciated hearing this when I was going through it in middle school, but I probably needed to. Middle school was a challenging time for me. It seems to be that way for most people. According to DoSomething.org, “90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.” That’s almost everyone, which indicates many students are likely being bullied while simultaneously bullying others. I attended a small private Catholic school, from kindergarten through 8th grade, with roughly 25 students in each grade. Elementary school was relatively easy going and I developed…

  • Are You Really Listening?

    Public speaking and the fear of doing so is something people commonly discuss, but something not quite as frequently mentioned is the act of listening. When I refer to listening, I’m not solely alluding to the act of using the ears and brain to take in and process information. I’m talking about being a good audience member, a good friend, and a good confidant. Your status as a good or bad listener may be determining the success of your social, work, and romantic lives. But don’t fret! You can improve. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway “When you talk, you are only repeating what you…

  • Can You Really Communicate Through Currency?

    “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” Anne Lappe “How you spend your money is how you vote on what exists in the world.” Vicki Robin As much as I wholeheartedly agree with these brilliant women quoted above, I prefer to use a different word, rather than “vote,” to describe this transaction. “Communication,” rather, fully encompasses what conscious shopping means. Not only are you affecting the economy when you shop, but you are also expressing to others what you stand for, and what you don’t. Life can sometimes feel monotonous, as though we are just moving through the motions. We may…