Here’s an idea: what if you decide to gift only experiences this year? How much more memorable will your holidays be?
Consider these experiences: concert tickets, a home-cooked meal, tickets to a play or a musical, breakfast in bed, a back rub, a foot rub, a full-body massage, a holiday parade, walking or driving somewhere without a plan, spending an evening talking with no distractions, making-out under the mistletoe, visiting a festival of lights, cutting down a Christmas tree, watching a sunrise, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, dancing, taking your children to a petting zoo, making snow angels, making a batch of hot apple cider, taking a vacation together, watching a wintertime sunset.
What other experiences can you give to someone you care about?
Of course each of us charts our own course for peaks and valleys so these broad conclusions can be meaningless for any one person. Are you on the fast track for some of these milestones but a late bloomer for others? Share your observations.
Many of us would like to lose just a few pounds, maybe 10 pounds or less. Often the extra weight has slowly crept up slowly over the years.
At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Mr. Edis, the chief executive and a founder of the smart-car start-up Dash, cuts an impressive figure to other people. But when he takes off his black V-neck T-shirt, he can see the extra pounds (he would like to be down to 185). And he is not fine with it.
Is Mr. Edis realistic? Many of us are in his shoes, wishing to lose just 5-10 pounds. Partly it may be because we wistfully remember our body’s glory days, roughly from the teen years to mid thirties, and we’d like to recreate some of those bygone images. Realistically it is nearly impossible for the average person to continue to weigh the same as they did back in their twenties so perhaps we should give up that hope once and for all.
Here’s someone else who’s gained a few pounds along the way.
What about you? Do you want to lose just a “few” pounds? Or do you believe that’s a fool’s errand and have accepted that you’ll probably carry that extra weight for the rest of your life? Some of us here have lost considerably more weight, or are currently working on losing more. Are you happy with your weight or do you fret about it?
There are many cost of living rankings out there, but most of them give cost of living averages for the “average American household.” Here’s the issue – the “average American household” doesn’t exist. Income and expenses vary widely between a single millennial to a household of two parents and three kids. Our cost tool explores the costs and expenses of living in a place based on your own, specific needs.
The True Cost of Living tool allows you to add details like household size, income, occupation, and even food preferences.
Many of you will be pleased that packing cubes are recommended. Right now I’m looking for a more efficient toiletry bag, one that hangs on a hotel door hook..
In shopping for a rolling bag recently I noticed that four wheels (spinners) seem more popular than two wheels. I prefer two wheels because it’s slightly more compact and I don’t notice the extra ease of a four-wheeler.
At what age did your children become mostly responsible for packing their own suitcases?
Students’ career paths after college are often surprising and difficult to predict given students’ majors. Not only do students from the same major transition into a surprising variety of occupations, they also earn very different incomes: to take one example, the 3.4 percent of English majors who become managers earn a median salary of $77,000, while the 8.3 percent of their counterparts who become elementary and middle school teachers earn $51,000. Different career paths and the associated earnings differences for students with the same college major are pervasive and important for understanding both the benefits of college majors and of college itself.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, we have calculated annual median earnings for men and women of various ages who have graduated with a particular major and entered a given occupation. For each group of college graduates, we show the most common types of jobs, as well as the fractions of graduates who are unemployed, out of the labor force, and employed full- or part-time. In addition, among each group of workers with a particular major, we show the range of annual earnings and the percent who obtained education beyond a bachelor’s degree for the most common types of jobs. This interactive is intended to be a resource for those who seek a better understanding of how their college major can be used, as well as those interested in how college specialization and the labor market interact.
You can play with the interactive charts at The Hamilton Project. Unfortunately these charts don’t take into account one of our favorite topics, college selectivity.
The Q&A a Day Journal shows you what was going through your head each day—for five years of your life. Simply turn to today’s date, answer the question at the top of the page, and when you finish the journal, start over. As you return to the daily questions again over the years, you’ll notice how your answers change, or don’t!
So, what’t the craziest thing you’ve done for love? Did it work out well?
What do you think of this journal or other ones that allow the writer to jot down short entries? Do you keep a journal or sometimes wish you did?
… The seeds of resilience are planted in the way we process the negative events in our lives.
Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book is about building resilience. Have you heard of the “three P’s”?
… After spending decades studying how people deal with setbacks, psychologist Martin Seligman found that there are three Ps — personalization, pervasiveness, and permanence — that are critical to how we bounce back from hardship,” Sandberg said. …
Resilience is a critical life skill. Some people seem to possess an abundance of resilience, but how much of it is is nurture and how much nature? In other words, how much can be taught? Do you think teaching about the three P’s can help? Looking around you at relatives, friends, colleagues, and others, do you understand why some are more resilient than others? Or is it mostly a mystery? What are your thoughts?
Something else to consider. Are totebaggers as a group highly resilient, or is it more that they have not been severely tested?
I’m not crazy about some of these questions, particularly the first one. Do you like these questions? Do you typically use them in conversations? What are some other good questions?
For fun, let’s get to know each other better and answer these questions in the comments. If you’re up for this, answer all seven or pick a few.
1. What’s your story?
2. What was the highlight of your day (or week)?
3. What is one of your most defining moments in life?
4. What book has influenced you the most?
5. What was your dream job growing up?
6. If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
7. Why did you choose your profession?
Who knew it was a mistake to make your bed too often?
What cleaning mistakes do you make? Which places do you neglect to clean on a regular basis? Are you a clean freak, at least about some things? Or are you a slob? Or in between? Any cleaning tips to share? And tell us how you handle any family conflicts that arise from different preferences among household members.
I was fortunate that I loved my careers, if not always the specific jobs. I even loved many of the part-time jobs I had while going to school because they involved photography, which I enjoy and even considered as a career..
What about you? Do you love your career? Do you love your job? If not, why do you stick with it? What “passions” would be part of your fantasy jobs? What have you observed among people around you?