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30 before 30

January 21, 2018
I made a 30 before 30 list. It's kind of like a short-term bucket list that contains the 30 things I most want to do or make or experience before I turn 30 on January 25, 2021.


250 days later

August 07, 2017
This past weekend I hit day 250 of my daily writing habit! It feels really good to know that if I try, I can commit to something for 250 straight days. It’s a good confidence booster. It makes me feel like I can commit to anything now.


New advice to new grads

June 07, 2017
Don’t be late. There will always be enough time. Never stop asking questions. You’re allowed to change your mind. You will fall in love with strangers. Everything normalizes. Freedom costs money. You have to be brave.

I wouldn’t call any of these lessons learned. That kind of talk implies mastery. They’re more like lessons I’m learning. A little bit every day.


They let me speak at my college graduation

May 11, 2017
I graduated college four years ago, and this is the speech I gave at my graduation ceremony. After rereading it to prepare this post, I’m pretty sure it's not great. Or even very good really. But maybe this relic of my past will resonate with someone today.


SpaceX is doing a thing!

March 28, 2017
SpaceX is attempting to re-launch the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket they launched into orbit last year and recovered via controlled landing. This is a big deal. It’s the first time anything like this has ever been attempted. If they’re successful, it’s an event our children’s children’s children might one day study in science class.

If you’re looking for reasons to feel inspired this week, this is a good one.


My favorite films of 2016

March 22, 2017
A countdown of my top ten from 2016. Finally. Only one of the following four films made the cut: Arrival, Kubo, La La Land, and Moonlight. Guess which one?


Two years at Blue Sky

February 22, 2017
Two years in. Still growing. Here are five lessons I've learned during the first two years of my first real job.


Life in an echo chamber

November 22, 2016
Different “facts” target different groups of people online, which means offline, we can’t even agree what the facts are anymore. If we can’t agree on something as basic as the facts, how can we ever hope to understand each other’s perspectives?


Constraints breed focus

May 15, 2016
Here's a peak at the books I most want to read and the movies I most want to watch. It's a snapshot of things that interest me right now. A Polaroid of future influence and inspiration.


My life in weeks

April 10, 2016
I turned 25 in January, and I’m starting to feel old for the first time ever. In life we only get one story to tell, and honestly, it's not a very long one. The weeks we have left to live are countable, and I don't want to take any of them for granted.


The coconut and the wind

October 11, 2015
A simple story about change.

Once upon a time, there was a coconut. This coconut lived high in a tall tree on top of an even taller hill.


I’m still writing a short story!

May 30, 2015
Part two of the short story I'm working on in an effort to improve my creative writing abilities.

Cigarettes burned in both their hands, and smoke danced in the empty space between them.


I’m writing a short story!

May 23, 2015
I want to start writing fiction. You know, like creative writing stuff. Nothing serious. Short stories, mostly. My goal isn’t to get published (which would be rad), but to get better at writing. It took a lot of weeks for me to overcome my fear of the blank page, but I’ve finally found a bit of momentum. Here's my progress so far.

The brown paper felt thin and cheap in his hands. The grease soaked through before he could even start scrubbing.


‘Twas the night before DreamWorks

February 22, 2015
Brace yourselves for a rambling, emotional, and somewhat nonsensical journey through my psyche. I learned a lot about myself writing this. I hope you learn something too.


Leaving home

August 24, 2013
I've already said my final goodbyes. It feels strange to be in a place where I literally don’t know a single person. I don’t have any friends here. Not yet, at least. Everyone's a stranger until you introduce yourself.



August 19, 2013
The stranger, the tourist, the hiker, the socialite, the scholar, the friend, the encyclopedia, the soloist--just a few of the many hats I expect to wear while living in Philadelphia. It’s a difficult thing to surrender familiarity, but I finally feel ready to go out on my own.