You spend hours carefully crafting your perfect story. You look over it again and again until your eyes are practically burned into your computer screen. And you think it’s finally perfect.
But the truth is, it’s not. Perfection is unobtainable. Even the greatest minds, writers, philanthropists, heroes, and stand-up citizens have flaws and weaknesses. Therefore, it would be incorrect to think that your story couldn’t possibly be made any better. Luckily, it doesn’t matter, because you don’t need to chase perfection.
What you should do instead is review your story once more, and this time take a different perspective — pretend you’re the reader. That way, you won’t let your own bias cloud your judgment. Then, ask yourself the following crucial question: Would I read this piece from start to finish if it wasn’t my own work? …
Just over five years ago, I embarked on a quest to get healthier. Only, I didn’t take the traditional route.
While fitness influencers, magazines, and advertisers were telling everyone to only eat x calories a day or consume whatever you want so long as you stay within their strictly defined “calorie budget”, I decided to ignore them all and take my own approach.
I was in my second semester of college and I had just completed my first nutrition course. …
My morning routine in high school went a little something like this: roll out of bed at 7 am, throw on some clean clothes, scarf down whatever food was convenient (usually sugar cereal or greek yogurt with banana slices), and make it to class with a few moments to spare.
It was stressful, disorganized, and I hated it.
My mornings were filled with panic, and I often made mistakes (like leaving my homework on the kitchen table or forgetting to pack my workout clothes for cross-country practice).
I vowed that when I went to college, things would be different. I would craft the perfect morning routine that would allow me to be more efficient and productive every single day. …