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We all know that change is inevitable.

We’ve been warned about it a million times, in cliches, fables, stories about someone moving our cheese…


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Lately, our mornings have started off with a prolonged lie-around in bed and a daily game of mental tug-of-war:

What am I supposed to be doing right now…?

Seriously, it feels like everyone’s telling me to do something different.

Am I supposed to be working? Staying home? Getting back to normal?

Protesting? Donating? Should I post, or not post???

Why does it seem like everyone has more DOWNTIME than me???

Maybe I should just get up…

Yep, no matter how long we lay around contemplating life, checking social media, or reading the news, eventually we get going.


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Hey Class of 2020!

Lately, self-care feels more important than ever. For all you upcoming grads, we hope you’re getting enough time to treat yourselves—and we hope your version of self-care is looking a lot like self-celebration! It’s a weird time, but you should still be celebrating your accomplishments, celebrating the next phase of your life, and celebrating that you’ve made it this far.


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“Everyone fails.”

“Don’t be afraid to fail!”

“Get to failing!!!”

Okay, so let’s say after hearing your mentors repeat these phrases until their faces turned blue, you finally listened: You took a chance, you went after one of your goals…and you failed. Now you’re at the bottom of the hole you’ve dug, looking back up like, “HEY, guysI did it! I tried! That was fun! Now throw me a line!”


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Everyone wishes they could go back in time and give their past selves some advice from time to time. “Don’t send that text. Just go for it and move to New York City already! ‘Grad to the Future’ is a horrible, terrible pun and you should absolutely not make it the title of your blog post!!!”


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Ramona in Cancun, Mexico // Photo by Brad A. Johnson

From here, it seems like Brad A. Johnson is living our dream life: he’s a food critic and photographer who gets paid to travel and dine out, he’s won a prestigious James Beard Award — one of the culinary world’s highest honors — and, perhaps most enviously, he recently acted as one half of a two-person team that tackled the arduous task of reviewing every single restaurant in Disneyland.


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Chef Roy Choi has been perfecting the art of the mashup his whole life.


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Eight to nine months out of the year, we’re mostly just daydreaming about summer. Sure, we get our work done! But from time to time, we slip off to some magically warm place where meetings and classes and to-do lists don’t exist.


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There’s really nothing better than the chance to brag. Even when it comes to games based almost completely upon the odds — like choosing a March Madness bracket — we’re never convinced a good bet was just “dumb luck.” You had a gut feeling, you did the research, you wore the right thing that day, you sent those good vibes to the Retrievers. It wasn’t just luck — you had a part to play, and you want everyone to know it.


Between December rent, food, gifts for the fam, and the occasional splurge on ourselves — sometimes a person just goes into a trance and spends too much at Patagonia, you know? — by the time we reach the end of the “giving season,” it can feel like there’s not a whole lot left for us to give.

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