Taking a Leap of Faith: 5 signs it’s time for a career change

I was a junior in college when I chose to major in accounting.  At the time I was struggling to find a passion and the economy was struggling as well.  I knew that accounting would guarantee me a job and supply a steady income.

I wasn’t very interested in the subject of accounting, but I was good at it.  I graduated with a 3.8 GPA and a job offer from one of the world’s largest accounting firms.  They lured me with in with fancy lunches, gifts, and the promise of a substantial paycheck.  I figured I’d try it out for a couple years, get my CPA, and at the very least the position would look great on my resume.

Well life often doesn’t go to plan.  I ended up resigning a year and nine months later, without my CPA, and without another job in the industry.  Many people have questioned whether or not I made the right decision for my career and have wondered what the heck happened.  Here are five reasons why I left my secure, well-paying job… and why maybe you should leave yours too.

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My First Guest Blog Post!

You’ll have to forgive me for dropping off the face of the blog-Earth the past couple weeks.  Monday morning I started working full-time as a Tax Associate for a large accounting firm… and I’m still trying to find my new routine. 

They’re very excited for my guest post.

But the good news is I haven’t been completely slacking!  I recently wrote my first guest-blog-post for Josh and Max over at Caveman College.  Their blog focuses on living Primal as a college student… which I know from personal experience can be very challenging!  I encourage you to check out my guest post along with the rest of their awesome site 🙂

Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms

“An issue that can bring together enviro-lefties and free-market conservatives”

-Andrew O’Hehir

“It’s an eye-popping wake-up call revealing how the USDA and the FDA have increasingly waged war on America’s small farmers. “

-Kevin Thomas

 “You owe it to your children to empower yourself with the truth about food safety and food choice.”

-Joel Salatin

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Going Caveman: Making Friction Fire

Tomorrow is my 23rd birthday and as a birthday present to myself, I signed up for a class on Friction Fire Making.  I thought it would be a fun way to experience the caveman lifestyle I’ve been promoting for the past year, as well as learn a necessary survival skill if I’m ever living off-grid.

So early Monday morning I drove to Fredericksburg, Virginia and spent the day with Tim MacWelch, the founder of Earth Connection, along with two other students: Paul and Bob.

friction fire making tools, notice there are no matches!

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Meat & Nutrition

If you’re like me, you hate a steak that is overcooked.  But did you know ordering a steak well-done affects more than just the meat’s flavor?  The way you cook meat has the ability to ruin or protect the nutrients it contains.

Last week I started reading Deep Nutrition, a book written by Catherine Shanahan, MD and Luke Shanahan, MFA.  In their book they talk about how the food you eat affects your entire body, inside and out, as well as your children… and your children’s children.

So far I’m only about a third of the way through it, but it has already taught an incredible amount… about meat.  Here are 5 things I didn’t know, and 5 things you probably didn’t know either.

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No-Phone Challenge Results

I’m proud to say that I successfully completed my “No-Phone Challenge.”  I lasted an entire week without a cell or landline phone, which meant no phone calls and no text messages, and even managed not to become a recluse in the process.  I was still able to hang out with friends, plan my mom’s birthday, and was more productive in my studies than I’ve possibly been all semester.  Instead of feeling restricted, I actually felt a sense of freedom.

photocredit: understandingshyness.com

During this past week I also finished reading Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, by Robert M. Sapolsky.  Sapolsky is a professor at Stanford University who explains how stress causes and intensifies all sorts of ailments, diseases, and psychological conditions.  Basically his book explains how are bodies react to stress similarly to how a zebra’s body would react to stress.  The problem is that zebras are usually stressed in short bursts, for instance when they are being attacked by a lion.  However modern-day humans undergo chronic stress, for instance when they are stuck in traffic, when they are worried about paying the mortgage, or when they worry that their spouse is cheating on them.  These chronic stressors lead to illnesses such as depression, ulcers, heart disease, etc… illnesses that zebras never develop.

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Cavemen didn’t get Alzheimer’s disease

I doubt cavemen ever suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.  Now that may have been because eventually old age prevents you from out-running a saber-tooth tiger… OR it may have been because cavemen consumed lots of medium-chain triglycerides and Vitamin D.

I came across two interesting pieces of news regarding the prevention and reversal of Alzheimer’s disease this week… and interestingly enough both methods were Primal.

  • Looks like coconut oil consumption may potentially slow down and even reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.  And that’s because coconut oil contains high amounts of medium-chain triglycerides.  One dedicated wife of an Alzheimer’s patient has seen amazing improvements in her husband’s cognitive abilities after she began incorporating coconut oil into his diet.
    I highly recommend watching this short video:

  • And scientists at UCLA have found that Vitamin D3 helps remove amyloid beta from the brain, which is the main component on plaques found in Alzheimer’s disease.  And turns out all of the best sources of Vitamin D are primal.  They include: cod liver oil, fish, eggs, and most of all… SUNLIGHT.  Like I needed any more reasons to go tanning 😉
    Check out the article on Yahoo! News here:

http://news.yahoo.com/more-insight-possible-role-vitamin-d-against-alzheimers-180406485.html

Primal Misconceptions

While the primal lifestyle is becoming more well-known, the truth is: most people still don’t understand what it is.  Whether it’s your best friend giving you a cupcake, your co-worker ordering you a pizza, or a guy trying to buy you a beer at the bar… telling people that you’re primal often leads to confusion.

Here are 3 common responses to the words “I’m primal” that, despite good intentions, are ultimately wrong.

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