A few months ago, a friend asked me this question:

“Do you think we are too politically correct?”

Immediately, I wrote back, “No.”

But before I sent my response, I decided that my friend would certainly want to know the why behind my answer.

I challenge you to ponder what your answer to that question is and most importantly, why.

Do YOU think we are too politically correct?

While you’re thinking, let’s talk about what it means to be politically correct and why it seems like such a bad word.

What Does Politically Correct Even Mean?

News to me, the term politically correct can be traced…


Addiction and chemical dependence run deep in my blood.

My family isn’t unique in that. In fact, in 2011 it was estimated that approximately 20.6 million people in the U.S over the age of 12 have an addiction to illicit drugs and/or alcohol.

But that doesn’t even include addiction to prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

You’re probably thinking about drugs like OxyContin, Hyrdocodone, Morphine, Demerol, Percocet, etc.

But what about the over-the-counter (OTC) stuff that seems totally harmless?

Let me tell you about my OTC addiction/dependence.

But first….

For the purposes of this article, I will not elaborate on or debate about the…


In September 2018, after a few weeks of some top-secret planning and blatantly obvious, “I’m hiding something” behaviors, Austin told me to mark off my calendar for 8 days in April 2019 for a surprise anniversary trip.

Seven months later, we embarked upon our journey to a place I had spent my entire life dreaming of.

Bella Italia.

After watching the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” in 2003, I imagined myself as Diane Lane discovering my authentic self under the glow of the enchanting orange Tuscan sun.

And now all of a sudden, there I was.

It was everything I…


If you are a freelancer, you know just how difficult it can be to accurately track your project time.

Yeah, I know. You start out and think, “This won’t be difficult. I’ll just keep a mental note or write my start and end times down!”

Then the invoicing time comes and you type up your invoice and think, “Man…I know I spent more time than that. Did I actually even make any money?!”

This app is perfect for people who think they may be underestimating OR overestimating their time spent on a project. …


We’re “friends” with people we don’t even like.

Let that sink in.

And while we’re pulling this stunt in our every day lives too, social media (Facebook, I’m looking at you, bro.) is the top offender in aiding and abetting this crime.

So, why ARE you friends with people you don’t like?

1. You’re An Entertainment Whore

When it comes to social media, this is a big one. Do they meet the love of their life every other week followed by a dramatic breakup? Do they regularly post controversial topics that result in 100 fiery keyboard cowboy comments that you sit and read for hours on end? Or maybe they…


INTJ and cry in the same sentence? Preposterous! Absurd! Nonsensical!

Heightened emotions, for the INTJ are uncomfortable, embarrassing, a sign of low emotional intelligence, a sign of weakness even.

I know because I am an INTJ woman. A unicorn, you could say. As “The Mastermind” of all the Myers Briggs personality styles, we pride ourselves in strength, poise, and intelligence.

When the emotional center of the INTJ brain was created, it was encased in steel and lined with razor wire. Then, just in case one of those pesky emotions slipped through, our tear ducts were covered in impenetrable concrete.

In…


One semester, I asked my Personal Finance college students to describe what feelings come to mind when they think about the word “stocks.” Not just cannabis stocks, but any stocks!

“Fear.”

“Guilt.”

“Intimidation.”

“Stress.”

If we’re being honest, I think we could all say that at some point, maybe even now, the idea of buying stocks resulted in at least one, if not all of those feelings.

Fear because I don’t know what to do or am afraid I will lose money.

Guilt because maybe I’m not investing and feel that I should be.

Intimidation because it seems like everyone…


The last thing I remember was nearly falling off my bar stool at a bar in downtown Nashville.

Clouded thoughts zoomed in and out of my mind like cars speeding in every direction.

I remember thinking, “I know I haven’t had THAT much to drink” but it all happened so fast I didn’t have time to react.

I was right though, I had only consumed a few drinks over a period of several hours and had eaten a full meal.

Something wasn’t right.

The next 12 hours became a total void, an empty black space as if I somehow stopped…


I know what you’re thinking…….

“Great. Another holier than thou article on all the reasons I should vote. “

It IS important that you vote, but that’s not what this is about. So, keep reading.

This article is about the common thought that millennials are too lazy to vote.

Baby Boomer’s and Gen X’ers have been making this statement since the first millennial was old enough to cast a vote. But is there any truth to it?

“Well, you can’t even get this generation of millennials to make the effort to vote!”

Have you heard that before? I have! …


You have probably reached a place in life where you have either experienced a tragic loss yourself or have a close friend who has.

Maybe that is why you clicked on this article, to begin with.

Let’s face it: To be just a spoke in the natural circle of life, death feels terribly unnatural. There is nothing reasonable about sharing a laugh with someone one day and finding out the next that they’re dead.

One thing that does seem organic, however, is our general lack of understanding of how to deal with those who are grieving a loss. …

The Millennial's Mantra

Hi, I’m Ashlee, founder of The Millennial’s Mantra at www.themillennialsmantra.com. I am a shifting weather front. You might enjoy me. You might not.

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