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I Can’t Stand Running for Elected Office

14 Apr

lincoln_no_beardThe writing challange on Daily Post this week is to write a 50 word story. This is my attempt to capture my thoughts about the moment when I made the decision to take some extra responsibility in a non-profit organization (short stories aren’t really my thing… but I gave it a wack).

It’s time to move on.

Two leave; one doesn’t want the responsibility.

Improving the financial mobility of minorities will soon end

Unsure of my true motivation — Passion or power — I opened my phone

“What do I need to do to become the president?”

I’ve been volunteering for a local non-profit this semester and pretty much all of the leadership is leaving to go to grad school at the end of the summer. There are only a few members of the organization left.  I’m not really qualified or experienced enough to apply for the position but why not give it a shot? (AND write a dramatic blog post about it!)


5 Guys I Almost Dated: Anatomy Class was VERY Instructional (#2)

29 Dec

#2 – Splinter

The semester after I got home from my mission I took anatomy and I was determined to get a good grade so I attended optional weekly class reviews.

nurse love

I saw him for the first time in a review session: tan, spiked gelled hair, green scrubs, and solid white K-SWISS shoes (fashion sense? I don’t think so). My TA Splinter. 

After the dating dry spell experienced on my mission, I was in love.

In hind sight, I realize that he wasn’t actually very funny (one of the top characteristics on my “list”), but I loved his passion for anatomy-related topics: med school, skiing accidents, prescription drug monopolies, Obamacare, and his job as a phlebotomist at the student health clinic. 

The way he saw my heart

Anatomy of the heart

He was a great TA because he always had interesting anatomy stories.

For example, his brother hit a small rock in the middle of the road which somehow knocked him off his bike and gave him a concussion. His cerebral spinal fluid wasn’t able to fully protect his brain and unfortunately his olfactory nerves were severed (CN 1). He lost his sense of smell forever because wouldn’t you know it? Olfactory nerves don’t regenerate (test question!).

I, conveniently, needed a post-mission blood sample and I decided to use the opportunity to get to know Splinter better (I had previously wanted to talk to him about some strange symptoms I had that indicated Kidney failure {according to WebMD}. But my roommate’s fiancée talked me out of it).

During that week’s review I casually asked his work hours at the student health center. After he told me, I mentioned that I needed a blood test (true), that I was really afraid of needles (true), I almost fainted last time I got my blood taken (true), and that I was pretty worried about my upcoming appointment (false).

He seemed excited for a challenging case. I made the appointment.

doctor bottle

The day of my blood work I knew what was going to happen: he was going to be kindly guide me into the lab with his arm around my shoulder, gently sit me down in a nice comfy chair, painlessly take my blood as we had deep conversation about feelings, and before I left he would ask for my number. We would live happily forever as Dr. and Mrs. Splinter.

In reality, he quizzed me about muscle groups, blood types, and hematocrit; made gave me a sucker, and sent me on my way. No interest.

After all of that plotting and planning to make it work, I was a little disappointed. Perhaps trying to bond over blood isn’t the best way to win a guy’s heart.

P.S. If you want a little more “Irresistibility” in your day press this link to “like” the Facebook page.  You’ll get little quotes and sayings posted to your Facebook wall!


How I Hacked Online Dating

21 Oct

Its a little long and a little more tech related than I would usually sit through, but I think its worth a watch!


When you don’t have time for an Indiana Jones Adventure: Consider this Alternative

19 Oct

honeless man

Talk to someone new.  Make a friend outside of your usual friend group and see what happens! You might meet someone who has climbed Mt. Everest, written a book about how to knit afghans, or survived cancer.  Everyone has a story to share.

“What is a friend? I will tell you . . . . it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.”  Frank Crane

**I saw this picture of a homeless man Alan Shapiro‘s website (he is an AMAZING photographer) and I knew that it needed to be paired with this quote.  Eat it up Pinterest!


When Band Aids and Neosporin Aren’t Enough…

22 Sep



Gardens are for Spices, Not Pansies

3 Jun

The cute "local" nursery

About a year ago I had a basil plant that was slowly consumed by the Very Hungry Caterpillar and it died before I could save it.

Last winter I accidentally let my rosemary plant freeze to death.


I’ve decided that this year is going to be different.  This year my thumb WILL turn green.
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Embrace the Awkward

30 May

I’m always talking about how important it is to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things SO yesterday I decided to take my own advice and do something risky.

Naturally it has to do with boys…

I met a guy a few weeks ago in a review session for one of my classes.  After the review we ended up having to go to the same computer lab for another class so we walked together and talked for a while. We had a lot in common and I thought he was pretty cool.  I’m not completely oblivious to social cues from guys and I would say that he seemed into the conversation too.

A week went by and I didn’t get another chance to talk to him because he sits in the front of the class and I sit in the back. I didn’t really think about him that much until the other day when I realized that I should probably try a little harder to “put myself out there” as my grandma likes to say.  I’ve gotten too comfortable in my schedule, with the same friends, doing the same things so I thought it would be fun to change things up a bit!

Thus, I decided to devise a strategy to get to know computer lab guy.

My plan was simple. Sit next to him in class.

How hard could that be?  I knew where he sat and I knew that he didn’t sit by anyone else so why not give it a shot? What’s the worst that could happen?

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3 Stupid Things That Girls Do On Dates

18 Mar

1) Claiming that you’re tired – Claiming that you’re tired is only one example of the many excuses that girls use on dates.  If you ask a girl how a date went she will give you one of two responses: It was awesome! We had a great time and I really like him OR  It went alright BUT I was really ______ (fill in whatever excuse you want). Usually the blank is filled with something like, “I was tired OR I had a really rough week OR I don’t think that our personalities match very well.”  I don’t care if you had the worst week ever, only slept 2.34 hours the night before, or if your date was the most smelly, nerdy guy that ever watched Battlestar Gallactica; if you agree to go on a date with a guy then go and enjoy it without the excuseLook at the date as it really is: an opportunity to HAVE FUN with someone that you don’t know very well.  If you give up your excuses and just focus on having fun, I promise that the date will be a grate experience!

2) Being Insecure – I understand that confidence is something that isn’t learned over night and that dating can bring out some of your greatest insecurities but when you’re on a date try extra hard

Only use it once!

to show your confidence.  Although I don’t know you, I know that if you’re reading this blog then you’re interested in proactively changing your life and therefore you must be really cool.  Why not show this side to your date? You don’t need to worry so much about something going wrong or looking dumb or saying something silly, it honestly doesn’t matter.  All you need to remember is that you must stay true to yourself and do what you want to do.  If its a group date and you don’t know everyone there, go and introduce yourself to the unfamiliar people.  If your date says or does something that is awkward  make a joke out of it.  Share your opinions.  If you have to make a decision about something on the date follow this rule: for every decision that must be made you’re only allowed to say “I don’t care” one time.  After that, voice your true opinion about the decision.  If you don’t have a strong opinion then flip a coin, say ennie meanie minie mo, or do a thumb war to solve the problem and stick with your solution.

3) Acting Bored – This my friends, is the biggest reason that girls don’t get asked out on second dates.  For whatever reason we’re afraid that if we act too interested in a guy on a date, it means that we like him too much.  I have many opinions about why this mindset exists but I’ll save that rant for another time.  The point is that acting interested in a guy doesn’t mean that you really really like him.  If you go on a date and have fun but don’t VISIBLY show your date that you’re having fun, your date will think that you’re bored.  Even if you have no intention of going on another date with him you should do your best to have a good time.  It can be really hard to act interested in someone if you actually think that they’re cool because you get intimidated and feel like they have the upper hand (I’m going to write more about this later).  If you go on a date like that, remember this: every single person out there is struggling with something and although you don’t know what it is know that you can help them by giving them extra attention and positive affirmations about themselves.

I dare you to be above the mistakes that your fellow females make on dates.  Be cool and strive to be the Irresistible Girl by choosing one of these three things to apply when you go on your next date.

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