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Professors: tips on working 9 hours a day, 7 days a week?

I'm an overworked tenure-track university professor at a research university. Halp! [more inside]
posted by Milau on Feb 20, 2015 - 14 answers

The meaning of life

I saw a quote recently, possibly here. It was something like, "the point of being alive is to produce energy to support the creation of more life." It wasn't about procreation but more about how our biological processes exist to create energy for other living things, as part of the ecosystem. Can't remember more of the phrase but I really liked the concept and would love to know more about the quote.
posted by zutalors! on Feb 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Growing pains, should I seek help?

I'm a man and in my mid 20's. I'm currently working on attaining my masters in social work, I've been reading up on research and While I'm no psychiatrist I do feel that I have suffered episodes of abandonment. My Stepfather ( who has raised me since I was two) suffered during his upbringing. He never met his father and his mom neglected a lot of her motherly duties. [more inside]
posted by imagine_dragon on Feb 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Is it sensible to restore/upgrade a car in the long run?

In October 2014 I bought my first car – a used 2003 Audi A4 3.0 convertible – and despite being in excellent condition, there is some work I'd like to have done on it in the future, but is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Feb 2, 2015 - 13 answers

More songs for baby video, like M. Ward's "One Hundred Million Years"

I'm looking for more songs similar to M. Ward's "One Hundred Million Years" for a 20-minute baby photo/video compilation. I have found plenty of kids' songs and songs written about having children. I'm looking for more indie songs that echo the sentiment, "And this love, this love between you and I, Is older than that burning ball of fire up in the sky." Songs by indie singers about endless love, happiness, joy, the beauty of life, etc. would fit the bill. [more inside]
posted by TBoneMcCool on Jan 29, 2015 - 13 answers

How can I be less sensitive?

There is no question about it – I am an extremely sensitive person. What I want to know is how can I be less sensitive, or, maybe, if I should be less sensitive? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jan 20, 2015 - 16 answers

What's an Extroverted Introvert to do?

Yes, I'm literally asking for basic social tips and tricks. [more inside]
posted by ourt on Jan 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Cost of Physical Exams

I recently went for a general physical exam with a new doctor and got back a $900 bill. Is this normal? What can I do? Are there consumer rights I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by pockimidget on Dec 28, 2014 - 22 answers

What if I just don't fit in with people?

I have the sneaking suspicion that I was born in the wrong place (or planet), and I want to come to terms with the loneliness that sometimes creeps in. Please help? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by The Shonky Shop on Dec 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Everyday jobs that you've found fun and enjoyable... part 2.

4 years ago mtphoto posted a great question. I really liked some of the answers you gave him then, but I also have a few more questions to add. [more inside]
posted by divina_y_humilde on Dec 27, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I stop feeling like this?

It hurts me to recognize that I will never be the person I have dreamed of. How can I learn to be okay with this? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Dec 19, 2014 - 22 answers

My family are not cats and resent being herded

My job (project manager) involves keeping track of lots of niggly details, checking up on everything and everyone regularly, delegating tasks, and planning ALL THE THINGS. Unfortunately, this tends to spill over to my personal life, where my family (SO, parents, inlaws) don't like being treated as human resources and would appreciate a more relaxed and carefree me. But lately I've been having problems with separation of work and home life, as relaxation at home comes with slipups at work, and increased productivity at work comes with more tasks done at home but also with arguments and fuming SOs. Help? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Please recommend fiction that exemplifies "a life well lived"

Which books explore the question "What does it mean to have lived well"? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Nov 24, 2014 - 43 answers

Like hiking the Pacific Coast trail...only not

A massive, difficult undertaking. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. A commitment to something big and challenging. What is it? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Nov 10, 2014 - 31 answers

Days gone Bye!

An impoverished friend that I haven’t seen in 5 years contacted me about lack of closure. There were a lot of bad things that happened then, that are not necessarily morally bad... I’m just not sure how to feel about it all or respond in kind? [more inside]
posted by krisb1701d on Nov 10, 2014 - 26 answers

après moi, le déluge

I'm in the process of entering a huge and long overdue stage of transition in my life, which is guaranteed to make me miserable for the next 2-3+ years in addition to costing me thousands of dollars. (Whee!) Since I'm lucky enough to have advance notice before the proverbial trigger is pulled, I'm trying to put together tricks and treats to make the months ahead a bit less awful. When you're having a tough time and you know it's going to last for the indefinite future, what can you do to help soften the blows? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Oct 13, 2014 - 29 answers

Help me help my 11 year old brother grow up into an awesome person!

What can I do as his sister to help my brother grow up to an awesome person that's hardworking, successful, happy and responsible (and morally good) person. Also one who's educated and has a good amount of fun, worldly experiences. Right now I'm very afraid of him growing up and being a bad person destined for because because of all of the current situations in his life including the way he's being parented. [more inside]
posted by starlybri on Oct 10, 2014 - 14 answers

Challenges of measuring progress

What are good ideas how to measure progress towards life goals and future projects? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Oct 8, 2014 - 11 answers

How true is this, really?

In your personal experience, how true are quotes like these? "In the end, we only regret the chances we did not take" or "Regret for the things we have done will be tempered by time. It is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” [more inside]
posted by puppet du sock on Sep 16, 2014 - 34 answers

Moving across the country: good idea, bad idea, or BEST idea?

Following a series of personal crises, our protagonist contemplates relocating to a warmer, albeit cloudier, part of the world. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 9, 2014 - 28 answers

How do I balance after-work activities?

How do I balance after-work activities? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Aug 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for cultures out of place in America

So I'm trying to find examples of cultures/peoples/ethnicities/religions that are significantly dissimilar to the main city/culture/groups that surround them. Like finding a group of Amish people in Detroit. Or the one someone gave me of the significant Hasidic population in the scantily clad nightlife world of South Beach. What other current examples are there in the USA and Canada of unexpected groups in unexpected places?
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 25, 2014 - 45 answers

How to deal with the anxiety of approaching my late 20s

Turning 27 - help me make the best of it. [more inside]
posted by tackypink on Aug 19, 2014 - 29 answers

Growing up, phase 2.

I finally have my act together, on a very basic level. What are the next steps to becoming a full-fledged adult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2014 - 13 answers

I'm really good at...Nothing?

OKCupidfilter and beyond...How do I make me seem less boring? [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Aug 5, 2014 - 30 answers

Life's Little Luxuries?

I'm looking to raise my game in all sorts of areas and seeking advice on the things you've invested time and money in that lift your life out of the ordinary... [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Aug 2, 2014 - 44 answers

How does she do it?

What are the most effective ways to stay organized and get things done? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Aug 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Should I change my job and my country of residence?

I am facing a huge question that I don't know how to navigate and don't feel like I can talk to anyone about. The short story is that I have a precarious-feeling academic job in the Midwestern U.S. and applied for a job in an English-speaking country in the Southern Hemisphere. Today, I found out that I am on the short list for the job. And now I'm just not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2014 - 16 answers

My career is spiraling out of control... Please help! (Beware: Long)

So my career is kind of a disaster and I am not sure what to do about it. This is a bit of a wall of text (because I want to give a lot of context), so thanks to anyone who gets through it. [more inside]
posted by argentum on Jul 31, 2014 - 5 answers

There's no escape

Adrift, lonely and feeling hopeless. Advice would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jul 28, 2014 - 14 answers

Trying to make a change in my life, but I don't know where to start?

I am in a weird phase of my life where I want to change some things. I have always been a rather antisocial person and for the first time ever I am dying to get out and be social. I am also wondering where I will end up and what my goals in life truly are. I also want to get healthier, eat better, be more productive. Truth is, I don't know where to start? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 on Jul 24, 2014 - 9 answers

I want to learn new life skills. Starting points?

I am looking to learn or become better at skills that would make life easier for me (fixing a car, cooking, DIY, things like that). To that end, I'd like to learn of some starting activities for various skills which could act as training wheels so I don't feel overwhelmed by all of the things there are to learn. Enjoyable hobbies (like chess, drawing, etc.) are more than welcome as well. An example of what I am looking for plus some extra details inside. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Jul 24, 2014 - 15 answers

Pregnant with first child, during a chaotic and stressful time

Due to an incredible amount of life changes (including marraige, move, new job and death of a parent) I have barely been able to do all the things you are supposed to do when you are pregnant with your first child. Due date is a little over am month away. On top of that I have gained too much weight and feel very uncomfortable, especially at work. My questions range from how do I make the next six weaks bearable (especially at my desk job) given I've outgrown my maternity clothes and feel really uncomfortable physically, to what are the top three things I must learn and/or have before baby arrives? [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien on Jul 14, 2014 - 52 answers

I'd love some book recommendations.

I'm in the mood to read a great book. Help me find some that are right up my alley. [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jul 7, 2014 - 16 answers

How to deal with cards I have been dealt?

I was always a very high achiever but in my late teens, I was diagnosed with a debilitating chronic illness. I spent most of my 20s severely limited. In my mid 30s now and still struggling with the feeling that life is unfair. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2014 - 18 answers

Change & Drawing from Within

I was curious as to what others have done when they are not sure as to what they need to change to make their lives better? I am a big believer in therapy but it is also very problem oriented and can focus too much on deficits. I guess what I'm asking is how do you know what you need to change in your life? How do you know if you have fallen off the path of what you need to do in your life? [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jun 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Where is so much anger coming from?

Have you been in a similar situation with respect to anger? What helped? How did you identify where the anger is coming from? Were you able to resolve it? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by xm on Jun 25, 2014 - 31 answers

Navigating (Occasionally Crippling) Self-Doubt and Uncertainty

How did you deal with self-doubt and uncertainty after committing to a path you are not so sure will pan out? [more inside]
posted by tackypink on Jun 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Android tablet with best battery life?

My cheapo Android tablet finally gave up the ghost. I'm in the market for a new, nicer one and thought about getting the Nexus 7*. But searching around, it seems to have a lot of problems with battery life, even when on stand-by. I don't play games or watch videos or even listen to music much on a tablet. My main use case is reading and annotating pdf articles and books, especially when traveling (long flights) when battery life is kinda important. Are these battery life concerns for the Nexus 7 founded? Is there another Android** tablet that does better? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 14, 2014 - 15 answers

What’s the best suburb south of Philly for a single/late 30’s something?

I’m thinking about relocating for a job around Wilmington DE. My first thinking is to find a place to live somewhere between Wilmington & Philadelphia. The commute would be south to work, north for arts/culture and other nice things… [more inside]
posted by shimmer on Jun 12, 2014 - 12 answers

There has to be more than this

I periodically get overcome by a feeling of what I can only describe as existential angst. Almost as if I can see life stretching in front of me and it's just more of the same: the daily grind of work, housework, weekends that are never long enough. Never feeling like I've achieved enough or done all the things I should, but also feeling like there's never enough time for it all. And what's the point anyway? Not in a "life is so meaningless I wish I was dead" kind of way, but just this nagging feeling that there's supposed to be something more than this. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Jun 9, 2014 - 39 answers

Modern life is bringing me down

Life has been really good to me, yet I feel unfulfilled in this endless cycle of daily routines. Am I expecting something unrealistic or is this a sign I need to change my lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by monologish on May 27, 2014 - 39 answers

Long term attention span.

I love complicated things. Games, books, writing detailed stories, hobbies like scrapbooking, and so forth. But I forget about whatever project and move on to something else to find 6 months later I will fiddle for two weeks and then promptly forget about it again. ARG. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on May 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Finding purpose and choosing a life direction

I'm currently in a position where I can choose the direction I want my life to go in. What have you done to figure out what to do with your life? [more inside]
posted by markbao on May 22, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I Become a Product Manager / Implementation Specialist?

I recently met someone who is an Agile product manager, and he seems to have my dream job. I love meeting and talking to people, translating layman's speak and understanding into tech speak and vice versa, and I love an everchanging, fast-paced job where you actually *work.* How do I get into this? (Longsplaining background follows.) [more inside]
posted by traversionischaracter on May 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Inspirational quotes on the subject of moving forward in life.

I am designing a poster for a personal project on the subject of "always moving forward" and "taking the next step" – do you have any quotes that you live by on that subject? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 28, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me find work-life balance as a recent college graduate.

I graduated college a year ago, and I'm having trouble acclimating to my new life. Plenty of special snowflake info inside, but I would love any tools or anecdotes about how your life changed after college. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Apr 25, 2014 - 46 answers

What Am I Good For? Hopefully Absolutely Something

So I did an aptitude test way back when, and the results were thus: *is good at short-term transactions, interactions, is creative and possesses superior verbal skills.*. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 16, 2014 - 18 answers

Life check-in worksheets?

I have recently undergone a lot of change in my life - ended a long-term relationship, moved into a new place (previously lived with partner), quit a long-ish-term career (9 years including profession-specific study) and as a combination of the above, changing a lot of my social group. I think this is a sort of make-or-break crossroads time in my life - so would like to actively work on and question what I want to get out of my career/personal relationships. My therapist suggested doing "life check-ins" where I spend time thinking and writing down these things. Does anyone know of any "worksheets" that might give me some guidance to work with? Even a check-list would be helpful, but I'm envisioning maybe a list of questions. Google has brought up some options but I'm looking also for personal anecdata about what has worked for mefites. Thanks!
posted by nvly on Apr 13, 2014 - 6 answers

1.85% on 45k student loan - just pay the minimum?

So, I'm selling my house and will have some extra cash, finally. I have a consolidated student loan that after years of steady payments, has come down to a very low 1.85% interest rate. Given the current economic conditions, and an intense desire to have my money work hard for me after years of being in the doldrums, should I up the payment and try to save a tiny bit on interest? Or would it be better to stuff my IRA, or put money into a no-load fund or index? [more inside]
posted by ihavequestions on Apr 11, 2014 - 13 answers

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