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The MooreAboutBeer Podcast.

Created by the creator of StuffGradsLike, the MooreAboutBeer podcast is to help you learn more about beer.

So, I’ve been pretty busy:

In addition to all this, I decided to start a podcast all about my healthy obsession with craft beer (which has perhaps led to my unhealthy beer belly. It’s so big nowadays).

No, a beer podcast not about typical StuffGradsLike stuff like landing your dream job and getting out of debt, but don’t worry! I’m still planning on jumping right back into helping you poor souls stuck at sucky jobs worse than Office Space with like, $40,000 in student loans giving you anxiety attacks at night.

For now, enjoy a wonderfully quaint podcast about beer.

Find us on iTunes & Sticher. Subscribe to episodes at the website.

Take it easy, you cool cats. I see you lookin’ all cool over there.


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How to Write a Book in Your 20s (Interview with Todd Foley)


College grads are great at wanting to do things, but never doing them.

I want to start an Etsy shop!

I want to create a podcast!

I want to go to grad school!

I want to save money!

I want to write a book.

Meet Todd Foley, one of the rare 20-something’s that managed to follow through and actually write a book! It’s a novella called Charades, and it’s awesome. I devoured it in a couple hours.

I had a chance to interview Todd about how he was able to write a book while taking care of his pregnant wife, little baby, and work a full-time job. Here’s what he had to say.

  1. Tell us about the process of writing a book. What does that look like? Can anyone do it?

This was my third time writing a book, so the process has become a bit clearer each time. With today’s tools and technology, anyone can write and publish a book about anything. Amazon’s CreateSpace platform (which I used for Charades) is incredibly user-friendly, and the platform and distribution is amazing. That being said, you can’t publish a book until you have written it. I am a perfectionist and that has always stopped me from making progress.

Once you determine what type of book you want to write (fiction, memoir, essay, coaching resources, etc.), you have to get that first draft. The most liberating lesson I’ve ever learned is from author Anne Lamott in her book Bird By Bird: “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.” So that’s where you have to start: writing that first draft, and not letting perfectionism get in the way. Once it has been drafted, then you can hack it apart, edit it, re-write it, unearth the story. Have fun with your first draft!

Another big thing for me was to learn from people who had already written and published books. I made some awesome connections through this and really benefited from learning what worked well for them and what didn’t work so well.

  1. I have a really busy schedule, but I’ve always wanted to write a book. How do I make time for it with work, grad school, and family/friends?

I struggle with this every day. Charades is less than 100 pages, but it took me FOUR YEARS to write it! A lot of this had to do with big life changes that occurred in those four years (changing jobs twice, moving and having a child). Also, my job requires a lot of creativity and ideas, which is awesome, but after spending all day generating/refining ideas, it’s a struggle to be creative on my own personal projects.

To keep making progress, I had to break the project down into smaller, more manageable pieces: character profiles, chapter synopses on index cards, etc. I committed to drafting (not completing, just drafting) a new chapter every month or so, and then editing/re-writing those chapters. Smaller tasks are less daunting, and they add up to the bigger picture.

  1. Does it cost a lot to publish? Does it pay a lot?

It doesn’t have to cost much! The biggest cost was hiring a designer to do the cover art. Other than that, CreateSpace is a super cost-effective way to publish. After you get your files uploaded and they’re approved, you don’t have to pay anything up front. Books are only printed when a customer places an order (this is called Print On Demand), and it works like this: Amazon takes the cost of printing your book out of your royalty, and pays you the difference. It’s that easy!

  1. What is some advice you’d offer to a millennial who wants to write a book, but has no idea how to start?

Learn by consuming. I did my undergrad in professional writing and communications, but had no training in writing fiction. So I decided to learn by consuming fiction. Books, movies, TV. Keep a pen and notepad handy. Write down a quote that you find compelling, and then write why you find it compelling and how it made you feel. I highly recommend responsible Netflix binges (yes, that’s a thing!) because it gives so many opportunities to learn about character constructs, human nature, plot development and (most importantly) dialog.

I found the biggest obstacle with Charades was making the conversations believable, so I had to learn how real people talk. I also observed how people can talk without saying a single word. One of my favorite recent examples of this is season 2 of Bloodline. There are some incredibly written scenes where the characters probably say a handful of words, but their eyes and body language speak volumes and you can feel the incredible tension and suspense and all those powerful emotions that are left unsaid. That is brilliant storytelling. There is so much amazing content out there, and it’s a great way to observe and grow as a storyteller. Just make sure you do some writing!

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How I Started Living With 80% Less Stress in My 20s

Let me tell you a little story that I think accurately depicts how stressed I was on a daily basis. [Read more…]

Buyer’s Remorse: The Life You Thought You Wanted in Your 20s

I know, I know. I’ve missed you, too.

You may have thought StuffGradsLike had been trapped in a cell in Bulgaria for the past month, anxiously waiting for Liam Neeson to rescue me from my kidnappers.
Buyer's Remorse Cover Final

Well…you were right.

….I’m just kidding. [Read more…]

How to Fit in 71 Productive Hours/Week in 3 Easy Steps

busy schedule?

I’ve been really productive recently. It’s kind of a nice change.

Sure, I’ve given up my binge watching and going out all the time. It can be boring. I read a lot.

Here’s a list of all the activities on my agenda for the average week:

  • Full-time job (40 hours)
  • Full-time Masters degree (7 hours)
  • Write 2-3 quality blog posts (5 hours)
  • Write/edit my new eBook (3 hours)
  • Chip away at goal of reading 30 books in 2016 (6 hours)
  • 1-2 fellowship meetings with church friends (5 hours)
  • Playing sports/exercising (5 hours)

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The 4 Best Habits I’ve Picked Up in My 20’s


1. Reading

“I don’t like reading. I’m a slow reader. I don’t know what to read. I don’t dislike reading, but I think I’ll just go see the movie instead.”

Here’s a silly “Top 10” list of why reading is good for you. You probably already know some of the benefits: mental stimulation, increased vocabulary, superhuman strength (probably).

Reading is something that no one can make you do, no matter how motivating they are, how good the book is supposed to be, or how many benefits reading offers.

I’ll tell you from experience that from reading 23 books last year: [Read more…]

Resentment: The Greatest Energy Waster in Your 20s


Kimi and I live in an apartment complex. There are about 50 apartments. There are 4 washers and 4 dryers that everyone shares.

Here’s the thing. The washers? Fine. The dryers? Not fine. There are 2 dryers that are the equivalent of a runner on his 25th mile of his marathon. They’re sweaty. Dirty. Nearly dead. In fact, someone ever scratched directions on these two obsolete machines. “Don’t use this one, use that one” it reads, with an arrow point down. The other dryer simply reads “The Sad One.”

And it’s true. They are sad, broken machines. Someone stick a fork in ’em – they’re done. [Read more…]

Certified Beer Server: What Barely Passing Taught Me About Success

Ahh, the colors of fall. A picturesque autumn afternoon bike ride and enjoyment at @confluencebrew.

I’m going to tell you 2 of the most well-kept secrets I have.

1. When I graduated college, I told everyone I had a 3.0 GPA.
Secretly: it was actually a 2.99 GPA. 

2. Ever since high school, I was 6′ feet tall. I had measured myself countless times.
Secretly: I went to the doctor a few years ago, and they measured my height. I’m actually only 5′ 11″ and 3/4’s of an inch. 

There. You know my terrible secrets.

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What to Do When You Realize That No, You Didn’t Win the $1.5 Billion Powerball

Photo of the Day Project 2016, Jan. 10: Powerball now worth more than $1 BILLION

On the night of January 9th, a group of coworkers working at an average-priced Italian restaurant in New Jersey waited casually to read whether or not they had won the $1.5 billion dollar powerball lottery. They knew the odds of winning were around 1 in 292 million, but hey – lottery tickets were a paltry $2 each.

A member of the group logged on to the powerball website. They read the numbers. Someone from the group started in disbelief – they had those numbers.

They read the numbers again.


They had the $ 1-billion-dollar-winning lottery ticket.

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When All the Books You Read Are Written By Impressive, Handsome, Accomplished People and You’re…Not

I accidentally brought money to a book sale.

It seems to me that every person who’s doing what I want to be doing – making a living writing inspirational books, blogging to thousands of followers, speaking to sold-out crowds – all have this ballin’ ass background.

They set a world record in some physical feat; racking up 400+ receiving yards in a professional NCAA football game, for instance. Maybe they won an Olympic medal or two. Almost all of them have a huge following and make a ton of money, which proves their expertise and yells “HEY YOU I’M RELEVANT” in your awestruck face.

Even the smaller fish have a lot going on. They built a blog that gained 100,000 followers in their first year. They created a product that hundreds of thousands of people bought. Also, they used to be face models. Obviously.

I’m not those things. Most of the time, I feel wildly insecure about that.

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