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2018 Year in Review - What you may have missed

2018 Year in Review - What you may have missed

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There are so many things to be grateful for in 2018, but I'm especially thankful that you've been here through it's entirety. Creating a project like this has always been a dream of mine and making it a reality would not have been possible without your constant support and encouragement. THANK YOU.

 Since launching the website in late June, over 600 unique visitors have stopped by to read something on the Sunday Shakedown. Even though it's a small step, I'm incredibly proud of the progress so far. It hasn't always been pretty and I appreciate you sticking with me through it all.

None of it would have been possible without the contributions for the Friendly Feature. The structure and format of the newsletter will be undergoing a makeover in 2019 but having you share your stories will remain a focal point. The readers, as do I, thoroughly enjoy reading your articles. 

As we wrap up the year, I wanted to re-share some of the most read articles of 2018. There are probably some gems in the list that you missed(it's okay--my mother doesn't even read everything that I share). So get yourself a drink, sit down on a soft couch, and embrace these stories before this year gives a farewell. Cheers!!

Show Me Your Lemons

By Stephen Reed
Aug 13
Excerpt:
Quitting my golf career was one of the biggest failures of my life. I was so determined to reach my goals that it was the only thing that I focused on. My determination to become a professional golfer was my sole focus and nothing was going to get in my way of achieving it. Not my academics, my relationships, or even my mental health.  I sacrificed everything for it and I still came up embarrassingly short. Yes, I had some success. I qualified for the U.S. Amateur and played Division 1 golf, but it was still nowhere close to where I wanted to be. After finally deciding to give up on my dream, I was devastated. I failed because...
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I’m a basic millennial that moved to New York City to “find myself”

By Vivian Nguyen
Oct 11
Excerpt:
Hey, it’s me. The absolutely insane girl that quit her job to fulfill a lifelong dream of living and working in New York City. The transition has seen no shortage of ups and downs (more ups than downs I’m happy to report), but I’m here to tell you that if there is something that you’ve always wanted to do, now is your time to do it.  

I’m 24 years old. Which means that I’m wading into “quarter-life crisis” territory and I’m smack dab in that awkward stage between being a college scholar and being an adult that’s ready to settle down...
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Sound Healing with Meg Weldon

By Meg Weldon
Sep 16
Excerpt:
I am a strong believer that everyone has their own methods of escapism – something that helps to distract us from the crazy, sometimes unpleasant, stressful realities of life. It could be meditation, eating tacos, drinking bourbon, painting wildflowers or so many alternatives, but for me it’s live music. There’s just something about hearing your favorite song played live, with an unparalleled amount of energy in the air and your best friends by your side. It’s called “Sound Healing.”
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A Small Fish in a Big Pond

By Kale Donnelly
July 8th
Excerpt:
In all the jobs I’ve held throughout my years there seems to be a recurring theme – I’m always either the youngest employee, the least experienced, or both. In fact, in the 11 years I’ve been in the workforce and the 15 oddball jobs I’ve had, that statement holds true for all but one job where I was a call center employee at my university. Any kind of on-campus job is going to pan out that way, but the vast majority of my employment experiences have had me at the bottom of the food chain. Now, I realize that I’m nearly 26 years old and my statement warrants a response like, “Duh Kale, what did you expect?” There’s also the fact that back in those days the number of Baby Boomers in the workforce far exceeded the number of Millennials, so we’re looking at hard probabilities that some if not most of my colleagues would be older than me. But, being the small fish in a big pond can be challenging and a little disheartening at times…
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The Power of Asking

By Lauren McClure
Oct 26
Excerpt:
In May of 2016, I was on top of the world. I had completed all four years of college as a Division 1 student athlete, and had a freshly-minted marketing degree in hand. Everything I owned could fit into my Toyota Camry, and at 5am the day after I walked across the graduation stage, I drove to my future home in the Napa Valley. 

Let’s rewind for one second. How did I get here? Why Napa? Well…
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The Path to a Better Perspective

By Seth Marlow
Nov 10
Excerpt:
Throughout my life I have done a ton of less than intelligent, odd, dangerous, and new things. When I went camping as a child, I cooked sticks over the fire and then attempted to eat them. I had this ambitious idea that all burnt stuff tasted the same, so developing a taste for it may have been an invaluable survival skill. I was both wrong and a weird kid.
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