Want to start feeling better and living a better life? A lot of people will recommend you think positive thoughts and focus on all of your blessings. Believe it or not, there is some merit to these ideas. Being positive can reduce stress and allow you to concentrate on productive behaviors.

Letting in the good vibes encourages people to refresh their outlook on life, but good thoughts can’t make you immune to negativity. Eventually, something will be less-than-ideal and you’ll need to acknowledge something is wrong. Identifying problems can be hard, and it can be worse when you need to…


When I was in my early twenties, I was fresh out of school. I had all of the world in front of me and a million opportunities. With this newfound freedom, there were only a few things limiting my options. I didn’t have school tying me down, I could ignore any advice my parents gave to me, and I could reject any opportunity that didn’t perfectly align with my interests.

Often, you read stories that begin this way and lead to remarkable adventures. These stories hold valuable lessons, but they usually come at some cost. For me, the adventures were…


It’s June. You update an app on your phone for routine bug fixes. All of a sudden, the icon looks different. Rather than a solid background, you’re now looking at a rainbow print tile.

For the past few years, it seems every company has been embracing Pride. Presidents such as Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden have all acknowledged June as a time to honor LGBTQ+ people. Even Donald Trump recognized the celebration in 2019, though it was just through Twitter. June is the chosen month due to the 1969 Stonewall riots, where citizens protested anti-LGBT laws in Manhattan…


Driving around California, you might notice two things. Firstly, gas prices are rising. Secondly, the roads look like trash. Over the course of the past fifteen months, we’ve seen some major changes in traffic patterns and daily lifestyles. Many people have been staying indoors and filling up their tanks less. Yet it would appear this time has taken a toll on the roads.

Now, gas prices are rising again. Much of California is paying over $4.00 for a gallon and prices are approaching a seven-year high. While some people seem to believe pipeline issues have caused the cost of gasoline…


On May 23, 2021, 2.33 million people tuned into the Billboard Music Awards. This is over 1.25 million fewer viewers than the 2020 show. A month earlier, the Academy Awards dropped by 58% when compared to 2020. In March 2021, the Grammy’s hit a historic low with only 7.88 million viewers.

These are just a few bullet points demonstrating the declining interest in award shows. While television ratings as a whole seem to be dropping, award shows have been disproportionally impacted. Viewers aren’t turning on the ceremonies, but networks still spend big money to bring in talent.

As a culture…


Graduating school is just the beginning. Entering the working world has its a new set of challenges.

When I graduated from school, I looked at employment with rose-colored glasses. Finally, I was going to be spending my time earning a paycheck rather than building debt. I had my degree, a Master’s in my case, and felt ready to get my feet wet. Then, it didn’t happen right away. I spent about two years trying to get into a decent position. It was a battle to get into the workforce, and the end result didn’t seem like a reward. I landed my first “professional” role and was surprised that this is what I fought for.

Admittedly, “professional” is…


Apple Music logo
Apple Music logo

2015 marked a turning point for music. Apple officially launched Apple Music and entered the streaming game. About six years later, they have tens of millions of subscribers worldwide and continue growing at an impressive rate. It’s not a shocker to see Apple perform so well, but the Music app itself still leaves a lot to be desired.

Of course, the core functionality is there. You can stream almost any song your heart desires for the cost of $9.99/month. While this is a huge convenience, most Apple Music subscribers entered the world of digital music years before the service launched…


June 15th will be a big day for California. Businesses can reopen at 100% capacity. Now, this is also the day when officials are issuing relaxed mask regulations. In most settings, both indoors and outdoors, a mask will not be required for fully vaccinated individuals.

This appears to be a huge relief for the millions of California residents. While the state’s reopening trails behind other states, it also provides clarity to people who have been eager to return to normalcy. By this point in time, all Californians aged 16+ are able to get vaccinated. …


Looking for a cool way to insult your friends? You might want to call them “cheugy.” This new term has been all over the internet, and it seems to be a popular way for Gen Z to mock other generations.

If you’ve heard the word, you likely know it rose in popularity thank to TikTok. This slang word has been used to describe an out-of-date trend or the person who follows them. By this point in time, something that was cool in 2015 is now considered cheugy. So if you’re passing your time with a fidget spinner, you’re probably cheugy.


Fans of Rihanna’s music have been eagerly waiting her ninth album, affectionately called “R9.” It has been a long time since she released new music: over five years since Anti dropped in 2016. The album still receives love, and was recognized as the first album by a Black woman to spend 200 weeks on the Billboard 200.

Clearly, Rihanna has a strong fan base. She’s earned a legacy in the music industry, but she’s currently building an empire elsewhere. In the beauty world Fenty has become one of the biggest names in recent years. Rihanna created the brand with an…

Michael Beausoleil

User Analytics | Digital & Brand Marketing | Productivity … hoping to explore topics that interest me and find others with similar passions

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