A new year means it’s time to be…selfish.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. There’s nothing like starting off a brand new year with a cliché, which is what I’m sure most of you are doing today (hello New Year’s resolutions!). Like many of you, I often quickly forget about these resolutions around, eh, January 2nd.  Instead of setting myself up for obvious failure, I’m opting to set a motto for 2016. 2016 - the year of me This is my chance to be absolutely, shamelessly selfish and focus first and foremost on myself. I grew tremendously in the last twelve months, but I’m eager to push my own personal boundaries even further. By focusing on myself, I make reaching my goals a priority. This will raise the quality of ...

I Lived…by running with the Marines.

“I thought they said seventy-five dollars,” my grandpa once told me when I asked why he joined the Marine Corps all those years ago. “That was a lot of money back then. None of the other branches paid that much. It turns out they said Semper Fidelis, not seventy-five dollars.” I assumed he was joking but whatever his motives, he became a sergeant in the Marine Corps, served in the Pacific Campaign during World War II, and fought in places such as Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. He returned home a Purple Heart recipient but unable to speak of his experiences for many, many years. Luckily, by the time my fascination with World War II blossomed, he began to open up. At the time of his death ...

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