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Pack your bags, and let’s take a trip — an acid trip, that is.

If you have never used psychedelics, no problem, I’ll take you through one of my trips that genuinely shifted my outlook on life.

All this stuff that you are about to read 100% happened to me, the author — yours truly.

You may not understand everything (or anything), and you may even laugh at the ridiculousness of it all, but keep an open mind, and let’s journey into the rabbit hole.

The Old Beginning

It was a humid Thursday in June, and my five-month pregnant wife was out of…

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I never used to enjoy writing.

My love of language fell victim to the American education system. It just seemed like there was supposed to be a recipe for writing — and I was no cook.

School essays would always start with a hook. I often opted for a Webster’s dictionary definition or a rhetorical question. Then, the thesis was basically three crappy ideas that pointed straight to my essay outline, like an aircraft marshaller waving those orange guidance wands.

The body paragraphs were always ordered from most important to least important, like picking a kickball team in gym class…

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Let’s all be honest: eczema can be embarrassing.

The constant itching, blotchy skin, and extreme discomfort breed low self-confidence and increase stress levels. Which, in turn, only makes the situation worse. So you turn to medicines, lotions, and home remedies, all to no avail. But what about your clothing: is Merino wool good for eczema?

The short answer is yes.

But that’s not why you’re here, is it? You need hard evidence, scientific data, and proven success stories to help you out. …

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I’m not a good employee; I’m a great employee.

Or at least that’s what I’ve been told.

My days are spent balancing the company’s needs, brainstorming work solutions, and exploring options that others may be too terrified to explore. I have no problem voicing my concerns in meetings, questioning company policies, or volunteering for a task that’s out of the ordinary.

I’m not a drone, cog, robot, or any other metaphor of the typical office worker. Moreover, I never settle for the argument “your job is what I say it is.” …

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Seriously. Fuck your boss.

Let’s be honest: everyone wants to say ‘fuck off’ to their boss. Yet, the weird corporate power dynamic leaves us shaking in the knees regarding actual work confrontation.

Yeah, you may have those hypothetical arguments in the shower or while stuck in rush hour traffic. Still, when the moment comes, you retreat too much, giving your boss the edge.

“Ranking on the lower level of the professional totem pole seems to make a lot of people passive or perhaps they are there because they are passive.” — Steven Montenko

Yet, you don’t have to be passive.

This is wonderful information! I've alway preferred writing with a pen and paper (as it slows down my thoughts and it's the main reason I created The Bro Journal).

But I'll have to give the app a try after reading this! Thank you again!

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Readjusting to the new normal will be difficult, so don’t make it worse than it has to be.

If you’re an avid gym-goer, please follow the proper etiquette when it opens back up. And I’m begging you, please, don’t be the person whose gym clothes smell.

Sure, everyone stinks a bit when they exercise, but there is always that person — man or woman — who smells like they haven’t showered in a week. You can usually catch a whiff of their body odor all the way from the stretching area!

Still, I’m not here to smell-shame anyone but to…

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If you are anything like me, you’ve been missing out on the therapeutic benefits of the gym over the last year.

As many fitness establishments begin to fully open their doors, it’s essential to remember gym etiquette basics. None of these rules are written per-say, but you should be following them to create a friendlier and more respectful environment for all gym patrons.

So, without further ado, let’s get started on this refresher course on gym etiquette.

Put Back The Damn Weights!

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Are you a pro at working out while listening to the latest podcast? Perhaps you can even hold a conversation while planning out the rest of your day?

Like myself — you are probably a multitasker.

There is some pride involved when conquering several tasks at once, like driving while eating Chipotle and calling into a meeting — all without spilling that overpriced guac on your chinos.

In fact, many employers find this trait highly desirable — even though I would never put my burrito-eating skills on my resume.

But in reality, multitasking is often detrimental, reducing productivity by nearly…

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It’s the crack of dawn; I’ve hit the snooze alarm six times, and no matter how hard I fight it, I must begin my day.

The first thing I do every morning is to grab my gratitude journal to remind myself of all the things I’m thankful for in my life. It jumpstarts my brain out of my sleep fog while nurturing a positive outlook rather than facing the impending stress and chaos soon to follow.

If you haven’t started a gratitude journal, you should start one soon.

Don’t just take that advice from me, either. Research has shown that…

Jay Spring

Co-Founder and Creative Director of The Bro Journal, outdoor enthusiast, and mindfulness buff. Oh yeah, and a second-rate writer —

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