Dealing With Emotional Fallout When Life Sucks

The purpose of this blog is “how to get ahead when life sucks”, and while I normally try and be the cheerleader behind this project, frankly it’s been hard this last week. When I took on the topic of bullying I was fired up and felt that I had the energy to do this. Good will always overcome the slightly less good, not totally evil, but definitely not looking out for others sort of good. Sadly, I didn’t anticipate HOW emotionally taxing it would be. The topic of bullying was important to me because the bully is the nemesis of the underdog. The one who will do everything to keep the underdog, just that, under. Never helping others to get ahead, or at least ahead of the bully, the bully must always be at the front. In control of whatever the situation the bully feels vulnerable enough in to exert aggression and intimidation tactics. An effen’ black hole of suck.

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The Season of Grief

It’s that time of year, again. The return of the season that marks the end of our year long trek around the sun. Though if we wanted to be pragmatic about it, we could say that every day is a closing to the year that began exactly 365 days before that. Every day is a celebration! But this one is official, it changes our calendars, and our slates are figuratively wiped clean. We begin anew.  Yet, before we get to that point where we click restart, we have one major holiday to manage. Christmas. The one we celebrate on December 25th, but if commercials and retail are to believed, it starts in October. For months we listen to music, view the window decorations, embrace the lattes of the season.  Growing up I loved Christmas. It was magical to me, even past the time where I believed in Santa. Christmas Eve wove a spell for me with the lights, the music,

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Underdog Holiday Giveaway! New Year, New Resume

Here at This Underdog Life, we want to help you find and land your best job. Achieving that goal means having a resume that helps you get there. Maybe you’re feeling like your resume isn’t quite up to snuff, and needs a bit more polish. We got you. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY:  We are offering 5 FREE RESUME critique and feedback sessions in the new year. But Underdog Life, how do I become 1 of 5 lucky individuals to win this? Here’s how:  Submit an email through our Contact Form. Tell us, in one paragraph, why you need a new resume, and how we can help you achieve your goals. Submission Deadline:  Submissions are open through end of the year 2018. We’ll make a decision in January 2019. Good luck, Underdogs! And may the force be with you.

Embracing Messiness: How to Avoid Laundry & Humanize our Role Models

My home is an exercise is controlled messiness. I hate having clutter on counter-tops, or shoes hanging out in the entryway; however my opposition to clutter ends there. Kitchen and bathroom drawers are open season for shoving things into them. Let’s avoid discussing folding clothes, shall we? Yet, my friends and family believe that I am a “clean” person, and I cringe when I hear this. Why? Because I know the chaos that lurks in the drawers, and in the spare bedroom..(spoiler: it’s where unfolded clothes go to die).  I also know I am not alone…. Non-folders unite! The point is it’s easy to accept the picture people present to us, even if it’s manipulated. It’s in our nature to want to see the best in people we admire. But putting people we admire on pedestals removes their humanity, and the bits that make them, them. It’s like the Olympians in Greek Mythology, worshiped in their temples while they observed

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The Underdog Complex

This week I read an article about the distribution of luck throughout our lives. It opined that the success we realize isn’t a result of anything special that we have done, but rather, a unique inheritance we have been given from our childhood upbringing. This inheritance works the same way you think it would, some of us are given a more sizable inheritance than others which translates into increased luck. Were your tender years filled with awkwardness and angst? Did you struggle socially? Did your parents play a back burner role to your life? Did you tight roll your pants and live to tell the tale? The truth is that some of us had a super sucky childhood, and a vast amount of that suckage was out of our control. For others, it’s the social hierarchies that are playing a terrible role in our society today. Equality is a struggle. This inheritance can have an impact on the amount of

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