The internet is full of all kinds of personality tests, however I have always liked the Myers Briggs personality assessment.  Having taken the test multiple times I have always scored as an ENFP.

Truthfully this surprised me recently because I thought some of the experiences I’ve faced over the last few years had made me more introverted.  But alas I was wrong.  When I took the test just a couple months ago I once again scored as an ENFP.

Now there are many articles and blog posts about the strengths of an ENFP, but today I thought I would list out some things that only a true ENFP will understand.

  1. You can change the world with just an idea – I think Uncle Ben said it best when he spoke to Peter Parker “With great power comes great responsibility.”  ENFPs have the ability to inspire the people around them with nothing more then an idea.  This is both a blessing and a curse, because if the ENFP doesn’t follow through on that idea it can leave the people he/she inspired feeling abandoned and frustrated.tumblr_nbitvuEsB81ss8qfeo1_r3_500
  2. Finding The Energy To Leave The House – ENFPs love social interactions.  Parties, get togethers, conventions, meet-ups, etc.  But finding the energy to get out of the house to actually GO to these functions can be hard.  ENFPs know that they will have a good time IF they go, but sometimes finding the motivation to get out of the house can be hard.             Cameron-Is-Dying-In-Ferris-Buellers-Day-Off-Gif
  3. Appreciating The Here and Now – ENFPs are terrible at looking at the grass on the other side of the fence.  I have a little experience in this personally, and I can share with you that the grass is not always greener on the other side.  You could have the perfect relationship, job, party, or social group, but there is always that little nagging voice at the back of your mind telling you that there might be something better out there.  DON’T listen to that voice!  Be present in the here and now, and enjoy the things life has blessed you with!18
  4. Getting Bored Easily – ENFPs get bored 1000 times faster than most humans beings out there.  Recently I had a conversation with a coworker who was musing that she wished for a slow and uneventful night.  As she spoke all I could think was how incredibly boring that sounded.  As an ENFP we are very good at organizing chaos, finding balance in pressure, and high stress situations.  It’s the mundane, regular routines that trip us up.                                                         AkkpP
  5. Finding Our Ideal Self – An ENFP is truly a unique and special kind of person.  We are creative, passionate, driven, focused, and talented.  All those qualities are wonderful things to have at your disposal, but finding the right environment to foster, and cultivate those skills can be difficult.  That is why we have a tendency to leap into things head first when we feel the situation nurtures our natural talents.  I myself have embraced so many things throughout my life…rock climbing, crossfit, writing, music, art, acting, theater, books, hiking, swimming, etc.  With all these interests it can sometimes be a monumental task for an ENFP to truly know who they are.  But one thing is certain, an ENFP will always be striving to better themselves, on a quest to become their most ideal self.13082143_10153763698041032_262007970_n

As many of you know the new trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One premiered today. As a fan of Star Wars since I was a small child I have always been fascinated by the universe and the stories it tells.

This is why I was not happy with Disney when they declared that almost all the books, and novels related to the Star Wars Expanded Universe were no longer considered canon.  How could they accept the prequels as canon, but disregard some of the amazing stories told through the talents of some amazing authors?!

However, before I start complaining, and get off on a tangent, the reason I love the promise of Rogue One is it seems to be the untold story of characters within the Star Wars universe that have nothing to do with the Jedi or the Sith.

We get to peer into the lives of members of the rebellion as they struggle and fight for a cause without the promise of “The Force” or the rebirth of The Jedi.

Further, what excites me is we may actually get to see just how scary The Empire actually is, and what it does to its citizens and captured members of The Rebellion.

This is important, and something I always felt was brushed over in the original movies. The Empire was a scary, and dangerous organization.  It showed no mercy, destroyed whole worlds, and built weapons of mass destruction that would terrorize its people.  And we get to see that world.

At least I hope we do.

What are you most excited about when it comes to the upcoming film Star Wars: Rogue One?

Comment Below.

Just as with any profession, hobby, sport, or group there are just some things that only those on the inside can understand.  Writing, being such a solitary occupation, has many, and I think it important that we illuminate some of those funny little quirks that come with being a writer.

  • Writing is NOT easy – Writing a story or novel is one of the hardest things I have ever done. Sure, occasionally I have moments where the words flow easily, and my fingers dance across the keyboard.  But the truth is most of the time feels like I am chipping away at a block of granite with nothing more than a tiny hammer and nail.writers+block_fed465_5042647

 

  • Checking Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram/GoodReads Instead of Writing – Need I say more? Writers can get horribly distracted, and have been known to spend HOURS avoiding writing by spending the same amount of time on social media.635782344443617711-1829239976_1417189252-indecisive-penny-big-bang-netflix

 

  • Trying to Find An Idea For A New Blog Post – Not every blog post was gifted to us as a wonderful idea.  Sometimes we have to go looking for ideas, and figure out ways we can rewrite something for our own audience without plagiarizing someone else’s work.  Unfortunately all this searching can sometimes lead us to falling into checking social media…see above.tumblr_navhxu2vEH1rdh9azo1_500

 

What are some things YOU think only writers would understand?  Post them in the comments below.

What Is It All For?

Posted: April 4, 2016 by Adam Scott in Writing
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Dear Self,

You need to be more conscientious about the things that occupy your mind, and draw upon your energies within.

Yes life the last few years have been hard.  You have lost a great deal, and endured a hurricane of changes, but you can not give up.

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. ~Rene Descartes

You need to find vision within yourself once more.  A path, and direction, that will lead you to inspiration, motivation, and purpose.  You need to be able to look back at the work you have created and be able to say “I did that! I made that, and it was/is mine.”

Yes, I know you had that once, and the work you did, and the people you helped was incredible.  However, all things, both good and bad, must eventually come to an end.

All things deteriorate in time. ~Virgil

Now it is up to you to find a new vision and purpose in life.  Something you can build that will endure.

I know for a fact you have had enough of distractions, temptations, excuses, and failures. There is potential within you to achieve great things.  Worthy things.

So go out and find something to give yourself over to, and give it your all.

One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that. ~Joseph Campbell

His hands felt nervous and awkward around the handle of the gun.  He bought it at a pawn shop, but had no idea if it was a decent one.  He had never even held a gun before, let alone shoot one.

But here he was, tucked away, in a dark alley, watching people pass by.  How would he choose?  Who should he kill?

He didn’t want to.  But his time had finally run out.  The doctors gave him 6 weeks to live…on the outside.  He had to do this.  He needed more time.  Time to do all the things he had always wanted to do.  All he had to do was choose someone, anyone, and kill them.

Because in this world, if you killed someone, you receive all the time they would have had left.

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Many years ago, I, like so many of you out there, found myself enchanted by J.K. Rowlings story of Hogwarts, Harry Potter, and wizards and witches.  I found myself reading these books over and over again, both in print, and listening to them in audio form as I drove back and forth to work each day.

The story of love, friendship, struggle, and adventure were undeniably good, but there were parts of the story that left a bad taste in my mouth, and troubled me greatly.  The biggest of these was how Rowling depicted Slytherins.cd6cb76bcba1cbb9fbdd7517b24e06c0

When most people think of House Slytherin they think of Malfoy.  A spoiled, stuck up, rich, bully who torments, and belittles Harry Potter and his friends.

Now I am sure every house has their own “Malfoy’s” within it’s ranks, but Malfoy is not a good example of what the Slytherin house stands for or represents.

Slytherins are ambitious, driven, goal oriented, charming, focused, assertive, intelligent, cunning, and are willing to do what must be done by any means necessary.

Slytherins always know what they want, always. The only thing that holds them back is lack of knowledge on how to achieve it, lack of opportunity, and/or lack of security. Don’t worry, they will always achieve what they want, or at the very least give all they have in it’s pursuit.

While the impression was made in the books, Slytherins are not gratuitously mean, arrogant, or uncaring. In fact they are the opposite.  They treat others with respect, because they care about the impression they leave with others.

Furthermore Slytherins are extremely loyal, sometimes to a fault, to their family, friends, and loved ones.

Slytherins don’t get their hearts broken. They get caught off guard, and their walls taken down. However, they quickly bounce back and then they build them back stronger than before.

One of the things that always bothered me the most about the way Slytherins were depicted in the Harry Potter novels was right before the battle of Hogwarts.  Voldemort has just finished speaking to all the students and teachers present inside the castle, demanding Harry Potter show himself.  A Slytherin student suggests that they detain Harry, and hand him over to The Dark Lord.

It was the response to this statement that shocked me. Flich is instructed to lock all the students in House Slytherin in the dungeon.  This blatant over reaction of discrimination never sat right with me.  I always imagined that the students in Slytherin eventually broke free of the dungeon, and came to Hogwarts aid when they were needed most.

My point is, not all Slytherins are bad, just as not all Gryffindors are good.  Take James Potter and his merry band of friends.  Throughout most of the novels James seems to act more like Malfoy than Harry.  Bullying, and abusing Snape throughout his school years.

I am a proud Slytherin, and had I been at Hogwarts I would have proudly fought against The Dark Lord in defense of my school and friends.

If you too feel as I do, comment below.  Tweet this out to your followers.  Let’s get the word out, that House Slytherin is not all composed of Malfoys, and Voldemorts.  Lets bring pride back to this noble house!

Throughout my life I have worked as a server.  I enjoy it, to be honest, and have worked at many different restaurants including Bob Evans,  Chillis, Cheddars, and now The Elephant Bar.

Now, let me make a few things clear.  Working as a server or bartender is not the easiest profession in the world.  It can be fast paced and stressful.  With long shifts on your feet. Furthermore servers, like me, make money from the gracious tips our customers leave.

Some days/nights this is a blessing.  Other times a curse.

So as you can imagine for many servers out there every single dollar counts.

With that in mind, can someone please explain to me this new law?

Pursuant to Senate Bill 704, enacted into law in 2016, all retail food handlers, as defined, will be required to obtain a food handler card after taking a food safety training course and passing an exam to obtain a license which will be good for 12 months from the date of issue. The fee for such exam will be $350.00 and will be a requirement of any/all service employers who shall be serving food with the exception of the aforementioned districts. The guideline document was compiled by a stakeholder working group comprised of members of the National Retail Food Safety Coalition (NRFSC), the National Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (NCDEH), and the National Restaurant Association (NRA).  The frequently asked questions and answers in the document are intended to provide guidance for food handlers, local enforcement agencies, industry, and training providers as this law is implemented and becomes effective on January 1, 2017.

Now I am not saying that servers and bartenders should not obtain a food handler’s card. I am all in favor of better training, IF the training is effective, and leads to a positive outcome.

Gene Lee, president and chief executive officer of Darden (Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, etc.), had this to say about the law: “We feel this new bill will improve the overall safety and excellence that we will be able to provide to our guest.”

My only question is how?  How will this “new” training improve safety and excellence?

Further, why is the government getting involved?  Where does this $350.00 charge go? Who benefits from that money?

It seems to me that this is just a ploy to make money for someone by taking it from us?

When Gene Lee was asked if Darden would ever consider paying for the card on behalf of their employees, he said, “At this time, there are no plans for that. The staff will be responsible if they want to work with the Darden company.”

If you think this kind of legislation is unfair, and want to do something about it, please Sign This Petition and help overturn this law!