U-Time

Why April Showers Are Good For More Than Just May Flowers

The goodness of April is undeniable: the weather improves, the trees come back to life after a prolonged dormancy, and the sun bathes us in a warmth we haven’t felt in ages. But not everything is all hunky-dory, and I say that with the phrase, “April showers bring May flowers” in mind. It’s…

How To Walk Yourself Toward Mindfulness

It finally happened, y’all. It got warm again. The clocks changed, the calendar turned, and by golly it got warm again! This does a few things for us: 1) it allows us to bid farewell to the persistent nuisance of winter, 2) it lets us working folk experience the sunset for the first time…

Why Should You Unplug On National Unplugging Day?

It’s that time of year again, folks. It’s National Unplugging Day (weekend?) and that means it’s time to put your shiny toys away for a little bit. The basic idea is to simply remove ourselves from our constant relationship with electronics for one day. Our relationship with electronics, both personal and communal,…

It's Entirely Possible To Have Entirely Too Much

This week marks the beginning of one of the country’s, and the world’s, biggest parties: Mardi Gras, baby! People from all over flock to New Orleans to drink, party, trade beads, and overall, have an experience of excess, which got me thinking about how our culture is built on the idea that more…

Love Yourself This Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is pretty crazy. There are sales, heart-themed promotions, red-accented knickknacks, and an overwhelming dose of “love”. Even if you’re in a relationship, Valentine’s Day gets old almost as soon as it begins. Which is why I want to give you an alternate angle from which to view this “day of…

Finally, You Can Enjoy The Super Bowl Again

Remember when the Super Bowl was fun to watch? I don’t know when, or how, but the Super Bowl has become less about the game and more about the spectacle around the game. It’s about the National Anthem, and the Halftime Show and the fireworks, and, most importantly, the commercials. In other words,…

Set Goals, Not Resolutions

Around this time last year we spoke about how to make your New Year’s resolutions more meaningful and more attainable. It was all about individualizing them, and giving yourself a fair, manageable goal. One that wasn’t laughably out of reach. This year I want to do something a little different. This year I…

You Should Get More Sleep. Here's How and Why

Remember earlier this week when we spoke about ways to be productively lazy? I want to focus on one part of that post in particular: sleep. Somewhere down the line, it became an accepted part of our culture to eschew sleep in favor of working. It became such a social currency for us that if…

Be Productive and Lazy?! Sign Me Up

This really is the most wonderful time of the year, but why? Is it because of the holiday spirit? What about the gifts? Or the music? These are all wonderful candidates for what makes this time of the year the best, but what about an often overlooked perk? What about just being able to be…