Ingrid Goes West, Social Media, and Looking in the Mirror

Recently I watched a skin crawlingly uncomfortable yet amazing indie film called Ingrid Goes West starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen.  Plaza’s Ingrid is a lonely young woman most likely suffering from some sort of mental illness or break following the death of her mother.  She becomes obsessed with Olsen’s Insta-famous Taylor who seemingly lives …

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Cynicism, Negativity, and Self-Destructing Your Own Youth

Something I've learned as I've gotten older is that I have less and less patience for cynicism.  5-10 years ago, when things weren't going as well as I'd like them to, when I was out of shape, more insecure, and frustrated with my own life, it was easy to fall into the trap of negativity …