But First, The Thaw by Andy Waterman

You’re still wearing your winter down when the first false spring appears one lunchtime in late February  or early March.  The sun choosing for one day only to burn with a ferocity you forgot it had. Thoughts turn right on Hereford,  left on Boylston and keep racing and racing toward borrowed houses made of wood,Continue reading “But First, The Thaw by Andy Waterman”

We’re Doing It All Wrong: Misconceptions About Meditation, Mindfulness, and Zen

This post is going to (attempt) to be short and sweet like Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel. What initially drew me to this book was my summer working as an archery instructor at the YMCA. This is where I was affectionately known as “Archery Jake” and had all day to shootContinue reading “We’re Doing It All Wrong: Misconceptions About Meditation, Mindfulness, and Zen”

“A Most Beautiful Thing”, Emotional Valence, and Discussing Life Skills

Arshay Cooper, the author of A Most Beautiful Thing, captures the best of sport in a true story about America’s first all black high school rowing team. Arshay details the importance and impact of rowing on his life while growing up on the west side of Chicago in the 1990’s. Not only was it aContinue reading ““A Most Beautiful Thing”, Emotional Valence, and Discussing Life Skills”

Youth Sports Greed and Eccles With an Expert

I wish I knew how it all started. The sponsorship deals, the exaggerated importance, and the sectors of commercialization in youth sports. The attention given to revenue and the creation of elite/luxury training programs for adolescents has significantly changed the sporting environment I grew up in . Maybe I’m just an idealist and I’ve alwaysContinue reading “Youth Sports Greed and Eccles With an Expert”

That Moment Before Burnout

In recent years, burnout seems to have become a buzz word of sorts. As a society, burnout is something people are more apt to identify for themselves but also more capable of recognizing it in others. There are certain signs of burnout that feel commonplace and familiar. Schaufeli and Buunk (2003) outlined five categories ofContinue reading “That Moment Before Burnout”

How Harter’s Competence Motivation Theory helps explain Krakauer’s “Into the Wild”

Christopher McCandless, famously known as Alexander Supertramp, or “Alex”, was only 24 when his remains were found in the Fairbanks City 142 bus outside of Alaska’s Denali National Park. Chris (pictured below) fell in love with the idea of self-actualization and freedom through nature thanks to authors like Jack London, Henry David Thoreau, and LeoContinue reading “How Harter’s Competence Motivation Theory helps explain Krakauer’s “Into the Wild””

Why New Year’s Resolutions Never Work: How To Form Longer Lasting Habits

If you’re like me, and that most likely explains why you’re reading a blog post about improving habitual behavior, you like to set goals. Flashback to January 1, 2020. This is not only the start of a new year but a new decade! I personally spent hours writing and deciding on resolutions, goals, and dreamsContinue reading “Why New Year’s Resolutions Never Work: How To Form Longer Lasting Habits”