Elite Daily Articles

Below are some of the articles I have written as a contributor for Elite Daily.


5 Ways To Enjoy March Madness For Those Who Know Nothing About College Basketball

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The time is almost upon us, when all of our family, friends and coworkers suddenly become interested in a bunch of 18 to 22-year-old men dribbling a ball around and shooting it into a hoop.

When some crazy old guy who everyone is oddly obsessed with, despite his nonsensical yelling and insistence on dramatics, becomes a figure on televisions everywhere. When 99 percent of America will inevitably experience agonizing defeat in a single weekend because a 15-seed beats a 2-seed that was supposed to go to the Final Four.

I’m talking about March Madness and all its glory!

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The 5 Easiest Ways To Keep Your Love Strong In A Long-Distance Relationship

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“Don’t bother with a long-distance relationship,” they say. “It’ll never work,” they say. Well, I’m here as a real example to tell you that it CAN work, as long as you are both truly committed to the relationship.

I have been with my girlfriend for over six years, but the first four years of our relationship were spent hours apart. Even in the first six months of the relationship, we were quite literally half a world away from each other (she was studying in Europe, while I was in the United States).

We were able to make it work, even as undergrad college students with the temptations that come with parties every weekend and lonely nights in. Now, I feel like maintaining a long-distance relationship would be a breeze.

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Trump May Make America Great Again, But Not In The Way He Intended

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It turns out I, along with more than half of the Americans who voted in this presidential election, were wrong. Trump has, in fact, started to “make America great again.” It just maybe isn’t in the way he intended.

I recently spoke to someone whom I have known my entire life, yet have never before engaged in meaningful political conversation with. He’s the one who brought my attention to this outlandish revelation.

My brother and I share similar political views (go figure). We would both be considered liberals by most means, but centrists in a lot of our beliefs. And that’s part of the reason why we have gone through the majority of our lives as spectators of the political events that have occurred over the past 20 or so years. But this year, for one reason or another, has changed us from passive supporters to active participants.

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5 Holiday Gifts For The Clueless 20-Something Shopping For Kids

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The holidays can be a pretty stressful time, especially for us non-parents with nieces and nephews.

We’re not around kids all of the time, so how do we know what they like? What do we get them that will last longer than Christmas day before being tossed into the heaping pile of toys in the corner? What do we get them that won’t put us in hot water with their parents? (Although, that’s not really much of a concern for the cool uncle, like myself).

Each year I’m faced with these questions and turn to the parenting blogs that don’t have a clue about my situation. So here are five holiday gifts for kids I have found to be sure-fire ways for you to get in your nieces’ and nephews’ good graces.

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Easy Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season, So Now You Have No Excuse

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Since I moved to New York, I’ve been able to meet a lot of cool people who are doing great things. Sure, I occasionally run into some celebrities and brag about the encounter to my friends later on. But run-ins with celebs aren’t the only cool encounters I’ve had.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dan Ratner, an entrepreneur, tech guru, father of twin toddlers and genuinely nice guy who is doing amazing things to help others.

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5 Problems Middle Class Millennials Never Thought They’d Have To Deal With

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Most people will read the title of this piece and think, “First world problems.”

But understand that everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, income and every other factor, has their own things to deal with. Millennials who are “lucky” enough to fall into the middle class socioeconomic category are no different.

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5 Precautions To Take So Losing Your Wallet Doesn’t Ruin Your Vacation

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I recently made a week-long business trip to Las Vegas. An all expenses paid trip to Sin City with no limits, sounds like a dream come true, right?

I planned for a few hours of work a day followed by nights spent walking the strip, throwing money around at casinos, seeing shows and drinking to cut loose.

Well, that dream was cut short 24 hours in, when I realized I lost my wallet.

The first night I was there, before I was even able to make any cliché “Vegas mistakes,” I noticed each and every one of my pockets lacked the sweet touch of leather.

Needless to say, I went into a panic.

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How To Be Successful As The Only Millennial In A Gen-X Workplace

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One of the main obstacles for Millennials in the workplace is our inability to connect with the prior generation. I should know; I am literally the only Millennial in my office, and referred to as “Our Millennial” on conference calls.

My days are endless discussions about childcare, medical inquiries, retirement investments and ’80s references. I don’t know how many times I’ve been a part of a conversation bashing Millennials, followed by, “But you’re not like other Millennials. You’re an anomaly.”

Somehow, I’ve been able to navigate this treacherous (and slightly condescending) battlefield with some key tactics and a willingness to adapt.

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