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Anx: It’s a part of life?

I never thought my anxiety was a problem until about two weeks ago when I checked myself into a medical facility because I felt like I could be having a stroke. Admittedly, I never took people’s anxiety seriously, “it’s just an excuse”, I told myself, but after my “scary” situation, I now realize the severity of some people’s anxiety.

Most weeks, I work a job five days-a-week and then (currently) I work an internship with a local minor league baseball team. I host a pre-game radio show and I like to meticulously plan out my on-air routine when I get breaks from work, since it’s tough to find time in my day to get many things done. To shorten a long story, I let the stress of trying to get everything done in so little time get to me. This is not good because I experienced what is known as a “panic/anxiety” attack. One thing I learned through this experience is to try and limit your stress when you can. Everything is not going to fall apart because you decided to sit and eat lunch for a half hour. I got myself into the thinking that if I didn’t write up a perfect pre-game report it would be the end of the world.

I am by no means saying that some stress is not good because it allows us to learn from mistakes and make adjustments. What’s the definition of insanity? “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome”. I think it’s only natural that we are our own harshest critics, but we shouldn’t beat ourselves up so much that it causes  us to take ill.

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Photo courtesy of: Maria Elvin. Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/11025908@N02/5833467301

The bottom line: Stress is a part of life. Anxiety is something that many have to deal with, so everyone who falls into this camp just has to do what they can to limit their stress. Take a break from work, just relax for (even) five minutes. Most importantly, when you do something good, take that moment home with you. Maybe it was a rough day at the office, but I’m sure you did something “good” throughout the day. “Hang your hat on that”. Positive thinking is the only way to move forward. “I might have messed up earlier, I made a mistake, but I can always make up for it”. I hope some of you have found some solace in knowing that you are not the only one who suffers from some kind of anxiety. We can’t let it run our lives. The worst that can happen is that we fail, and our failures often make us better people. Just something to think about as you go through your busy week.


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A Letter to First Time Dog Owners

Dear first time dog owners,

You are not crazy, you’re just a concerned new parent.

On July 1, 2016 my boyfriend Anthony and I adopted our 4 year old bundle of joy, Chance. He’s an energetic, loving, 65 pound American Bulldog mix that swears he’s a lap dog. He has a smile that lights up a room and sassy personality, specially when you wake him up early. I’m only a few sentences into this post and I already refer to him like a human. We grew up around dogs but Chance is the first living creature Anthony and I are completely responsible for.

Since adopting Chance I began to notice a few new traits come out of both Anthony and I that could easily put us in the crazy dog owner category.

  1. You refer to your dog as a child.
  2. You disagree about dog parenting styles
  3. You can’t go to a store without buying something for your dog
  4. You worry about every sneeze, cough, or itch your dog has
  5. Cuddles are more important than work, homework, and life itself


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Nick’s Not So Early Review – Alien: Covenant *possible spoilers*

Years ago when I saw the first “Alien” (1979) movie on TV I knew I had I watched one of the greatest sci-fi/horror films of all time. Still to this day, “Alien” holds up as a great film, even its 1986 follow-up, “Aliens”, is considered to be one of the best sequels and action films ever made. However, after “Aliens” the following 2 sequels, “Aliens 3″(1992) and “Alien: Resurrection” (1997) missed the mark and failed to reach the success that the first 2 movies had achieved. After 1997 is was safe to assume that another Alien movie would be kept in hypersleep and never seen again. That is until 2004 and 2007 when we were treated with 2 Alien vs. Predator movies. Well, apparently these reignited interest in the Alien franchise and in 2012 we were given the prequel that was “Prometheus”, which gave us the backstory and origin on how Xenomorph of the “Alien” series came to be. “Alien: Covenant” does in fact bridge the gap between “Prometheus” and “Alien”, but not entirely. According to multiple websites, Ridley Scott has plans for at least 6 more Alien movies. But let’s focus on the most recent one that was released on May 19th, “Alien: Covenant”.

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Great looks for the summer worthy of a doubletake

Memorial Day 2017 is in the books (thank you to all of the heroes that have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom in the USA), so that means summer is here, (well… close by). Although the forecast does not look promising for breaking out a great pair of shorts and a t-shirt anytime soon in South Jersey, I am hoping to formulate ideas in our readers’ minds about how to dress for summer.

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Metallica: WorldWired Philadelphia

There’s a mystifying sensation and surge of adrenaline when you know you’re about to witness something great. When I first began to discover and listen to heavy metal as a teenager there were 3 bands that started my obsession with the genre. Black Sabbath, the founders of heavy metal, Motorhead, and Metallica. Metallica has always remained somewhere in my personal top 5 all time favorite bands. Every day on my bus ride to and from school I was listening to something from one of their first 5 (perfect) albums, Kill ‘Em All (1983), Ride the Lightning (1984), Master of Puppets (1986), …And Justice For All (1988), and Metallica/The Black Album (1991). This last Friday, May 12th, I finally saw my metal heroes live in concert.

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The Booty Shakin’ Electric Factory Festival Experience

This last Saturday, 5/6/17, I attended the SOLD OUT outdoor festival at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia. A mere 6 months ago this festival wasn’t even scheduled to happen. By sheer happenstance 2 different tours were going to be in Philadelphia around the same time, Devin Townsend Project + Gojira + Opeth and Russian Circles + Eagles of Death Metal + Mastodon. Because all of the bands are friends and have mutual fan bases they decided to combine the 2 shows into 1 big festival at the Electric Factory. 6 bands, 8 hours of music, 1 stage, SOLD OUT.

This was my experience….

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