Over the past couple of years, I’ve been consuming a lot of financial information. I read articles, watch YouTube videos, and listen to podcasts on the topic. Names like Dave Ramsey, Kevin O’Leary, and Graham Stephan have become engrained in my search algorithms, plus I’ve listened to many smaller creators. Add this to the fact that I work in finance with young adults, and I can’t escape the topic.

During the pandemic, I became more interested than ever. Many topics are discussed in the finance world, but eventually you’ll hear a lot of repetition. Clearly, these are topics that are…


It’s been a long time since consumers needed to go to a physical store to make purchases. Most items can be ordered online with a few clicks, and Amazon has become a staple of e-commerce. People have become comfortable receiving daily packages thanks to Amazon Prime and all of its benefits.

According to Forbes, Amazon is the biggest retailer in the world. This is no easy feat, and it’s the culmination of millions of small transactions. It should be no surprise that Amazon is trying to get you to spend more money, but they face some unique challenges. Unlike physical…


There’s an episode of Friends where Ross and Monica are invited to dance in the background of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve Party. They fight for attention and perform “the routine,” a dance they choreographed as children. It’s one of the more humorous Friends episodes, but it’s also a moment no one can relate to.

After all, the show is a sitcom. Many of the plotlines occur because of amusing situations, and many of these coincidences would never happen in real life. Yet the show is also designed to be reflective of life as a young adult. The social dynamic…


For seven straight weeks the #1 song in America is Butter by BTS. The Korean boy band has helped to make K-Pop one of the biggest genres in the USA, and they have amassed a huge fanbase. If you’re not part of the “BTS Army,” you’ve likely heard their music before. Last year the song Dynamite hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was played in commercials. This year, Butter has been the most popular song for over a month. It should be all over the place, right?

It’s possible the average listener is still unfamiliar with the song…


2004 was an important year for mobile technology. iPods had colorful screens and bodies, the business world communicated on Blackberries, and Nintendo revolutionized gaming with a second screen. Consumers started to see major potential in wireless technology. All of these companies were offering different services, but they all had one thing in common. They were preparing to compete with Sony’s Playstation Portable.

Released in Japan at the end of 2004 and in the United States in early 2005, Sony was finally going to take on the existing portable entertainment world. By this point, it had been about a decade since…


Disneyland calls itself the happiest place on earth. When I think of happiness, a pandemic isn’t part of the equation. When I think of “on earth” in 2021, the pandemic is a huge factor. In the state of California, most restrictions are lifted. Disney has been “gradually increasing” capacity in their California parks since June 15th, meaning their protocols are continuously changing and remain a work in progress.

I subjected myself to be part of the experiment. Admittedly, I am a bit of a novice when it comes to Disney. My experiences in the park, good or bad, may not…


After a year of challenges, vaccines have been put in arms and COVID cases are ticking down. It seems possible that life could emulate normalcy, and college campuses are trying to give students the full experience again. After a year with remote learning, social distancing, and reduced activities, it’s finally time to make students feel they’re at a college.

It feels as if the return is overdue, but it won’t come without its precautions. Schools will need to have protocols in place to protect the staff and students, allowing them to feel safe upon their returns to campus. If this…


My childhood consisted of afternoons after school watching blocks of television. Usually, I would be able to flip through cable networks and find a variety of shows. Wether it was reruns of sitcoms on TBS, crappy dating shows on MTV, or gameshows from my childhood on Nickelodeon GAS, there always seemed to be something suitable to watch.

Looking at cable schedules today, there’s nothing. Many of the same shows run for hours on end. There are very few original shows being aired on cable television, and afternoons often feel like an endless binge of repeats. …


The early 2000’s was a unique time for the fashion industry. Teens were still heading to malls to buy overpriced graphic tees, logos were plastered on nearly all garments, and you’d pay an upcharge to receive pre-distressed denim.

Perhaps the biggest trendsetter during the time was Abercrombie & Fitch. The teen clothing retailer was known for their overpriced clothing and models who wouldn’t wear anything. The company tried to style itself as the exclusive brand for the popular and beautiful. By doing this, they needed to exclude other people.

Admittedly, this kind of worked. High schools and college campuses couldn’t…


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…

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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