INFP – The Authenticator

Can’t get enough of Myers-Briggs type information. So affirming 🙂

Cultural Disasters

I have yet to do a good piece on INFPs. Mostly, I’ve just mocked them in some kind of Freudian display of self-loathing (in my ‘Types of INFPs’ article). In all seriousness, INFPs are great and get a pretty bad rap for various reasons, notwithstanding, the general perception that INFPs are tender, ineffectual crybabies who have little grasp on reality. This isn’t necessarily true, though and I’ll get into why it isn’t true later. First, let’s talk about how INFPs function. I want to do this in a unique way which draws attention to the unexpected features of one of MBTI’s most mysterious types. The truth may surprise you.

INFPs are the true ‘Judging’ Types


More so than any other type, INFPs know how they feel, what they value, and what they find useful, absurd, joyful, joyless, moral, evil, destructive, constructive, beautiful, ugly, you name the adjective. INFPs are opinionated, especially initially…

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Encouragement and Inspiration for Us, The Starry-Eyed Photography “Noobs”

While shopping the local camera store, I happened to overhear a teenage-looking customer inquiring about some gear. He wanted a certain type of lens, but was actively rueing the fact that the lenses his friends were using cost more than he was able to spend. He asked to see a lens he could afford, listened […]

via Not Everyone Needs a Leica — Casual Photophile

“And this is where I’d like to send a message to kids like him, who may have recently discovered photography and are finding themselves bombarded by an online culture of gear worship.

If you’re just starting out, ignore everything and everyone. Shoot whatever you want, however you want. Ignore the “show your gear” posts that populate the most popular forums. Don’t worry about the fact that your friends have a lens with a capital “L” or a red “T-star” painted on it. Don’t compare your gear to the gear of others, especially when those others might be Instagram personalities, money-making photojournalists, or studio fashion shooters with twenty years of experience.”

Education & Edu-haze-ation

Today – a small rant on education and what I call edu-haze-ation.

Education is great. Edu-haze-ation is not.

Eduhazeation is a phenomenon where people that you are not close to suddenly decide that today will be the perfect day to interrogate and belittle every bit of your current (or lack of) educational/life plans.

You will be told in an underlying tone or in bold words just how very wrong you are, how you need to get it together, how you will not be making a difference in life (or anyone else’s) unless you do “x, y, z” in alphabetical order, and insinuate your imminent demise into the Great Abyss of Nothingness because of your terrible flaw of not having it all “together.”

If you have done this to someone, STOP IT. Seriously. Stop now. You are not helping, you are hurting. Ask yourself these questions before forcing your opinion on the next unsuspecting victim of your haughty disdain:

1. Do I know this person?

2. Do I genuinely care about this person, or is the first time I’ve ever “cared” about their life now that they’re disagreeing with me?

3. Am I being a hypocrite or speaking from experience?

4. Am I forcing my life, abilities (/lack of), and opportunities (/lack of) onto theirs?

We’ve all been through this I’m sure, and we can all do something to prevent this from happening again.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1

I’m not even close to perfect in this area, but if we all spoke out of love and not judgement the world would be a much grander place. That’s all.


Your Ranting 20-Something

3 Phrases Christians Should Quit Relying On

This 🙂

Jayson D. Bradley

Sometime I cringe when I listen to Christians talk (myself included). Here are a couple phrases it wouldn’t hurt to hear less.

1. “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.”

When someone’s going through a rough time, it’s a struggle to say the right thing. But it is always appropriate to say nothing. In fact, Scripture encourages people to “mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15) You cannot rub the salve of magic words on someone’s hurts to make their pain go away.

If you absolutely have to say something, make sure it isn’t philosophically empty, spiritual nonsense. Telling someone that “God never gives you more than you can handle” is wrong on many levels.

  • It’s not biblically accurate: You’re going to have a hard time finding this little gem in the Bible (or any similar sentiment for that matter). I am convinced that Scripture is  full of…

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Pass it by

There are so many things in life that have beautiful surprises, and even the worst of situations have a glimmer of hope.

However, there are some things that really should simply be passed by.

“Just say no” works too, but, some things are not even worth addressing.

Like diet drinks, artificial flavoring, bad coffee, and pointless gossip – why join in? Why give the unnecessary time and thought when there are so many other things to give time and thought to? JUST PASS IT BY! Image

(P.S. I am not the genius who made or owns this image) 😉

Oh! And by the way, whoever made this gem:


You’re brilliant, let’s have a healthy dose of fabulous conversation and good coffee sometime.