What exactly is a "niche", you ask? It's defined as a "comfortable or suitable position in life or employment" or as a "product or service that appeals to a small, specialized section of the population." It's the thing that all search engines, marketers, and advice-givers want you to define for yourself because, without having made… Continue reading Do I Have to Have a Niche?
I quit my full-time job to be a full-time me. I'm not the first person to do that and I certainly won't be the last but, when you make these kinds of choices, people tend to have questions. Questions: "You mean you don't have another full-time job lined up right now?" "Aren't you terrified?" Answers:… Continue reading Why I Quit My Job
I love video games. I've been hooked ever since my parents bought me a Super Nintendo and a cartridge full of Donkey Kong Country back when I was five. The only problem? Now, I'm an adult with responsibilities who should probably work out and stuff. It's not hard to sit down for a quick game… Continue reading How to Be a Guilt-Free Gamer
How many times have you been told not to compare yourself to others? Give or take about a million and two times? I'm just guesstimating here. It's harder than ever to avoid comparing our lives when they're more on display than ever before. But, here's one of the best reasons I've found to try and… Continue reading Why You Have to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other People
Hate to say it, guys...there are probably a few more than 5 things you should know. But, here's a short and sweet, starter-pack for you men out there that are looking to co-exist more effectively with the opposite sex. Women want to know what you think, but we HATE to ask you what you think.… Continue reading 5 Simple Things Men Need to Know About Women
Meditation ain't just for buddhist monks anymore. It's hit the mainstream harder than ever through celeb endorsement, mindfulness apps, and brain sensing headbands. But, plenty of people still think it's a waste of time or choose to avoid it because they assume it has to come packaged with religious undertones. Nope. It's more than that.… Continue reading What I Learned From a Month of Meditation
It's fair to say that I've been running my life off of Amazon Prime. With access to "Add-On" items on the cheap and the beauty of 2-day free shipping, how could I resist? C'mon now. You know how I'm mad awkward most of the time and like to come home to packages waiting for me… Continue reading 16 Amazon Items That I Love
Who are you when the world isn't looking? Who do you become in the moments after the door closes behind you after a long day at work? Who are you when that door shuts, the lock clicks satisfyingly into place, and you're free to be alone and un-judged by the eyes of others? What facades… Continue reading Everyone Wants to Be Loved.
What's worse than small talk? Bad small talk. What's better than both of those? Genuine conversation. In a time where text communication reigns supreme, it's more important than ever to nurture the skill of exchanging words with another human being. Since starting my podcast, I've been forced to flex this muscle and become increasingly aware… Continue reading 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation
Indecisiveness creates room for excuses. Eating better. Working out. Tidying up the home space. Crossing things off that To-Do list. I’ll tell you one thing: If I’m flip-flopping on the decision of what to do, you better believe there’s a better chance I’ll make the lazy/unhealthy/tasty one. It’s the path of least resistance. The pleasure… Continue reading How to Create Better Habits with Less Thought
If you know me, you know that I'm a not-so-secret gamer that has deep love for a good story. If the gameplay is fun, but the character development and plot are lacking? Well, I'm just not liable to come away feeling satisfied with my experience (ahem...Destiny). So, I figured it's about time to throw together… Continue reading 10 Must-Play Story Based PS4 Games
Online dating has its benefits and its pitfalls, but there sure are a lot of us Bumbling, Matching, Hinging, and Tindering these days. So, if you're gonna be out there searching for digital love, you might as well put your best foot forward. Or your best pic and tagline. Whatever. Because it's getting harder and… Continue reading How to Create an Attractive and Effective Online Dating Profile
I'm a firm believer that reading (or listening) to books is an ideal way to interrupt the non-stop chatter of the mind. Through that interruption of our old patterns, we have a better chance to create new and healthier ones. Here's a list of books, in no particular order, that have resonated with me and… Continue reading 15 Books to Jumpstart a Stronger Self
Starting a podcast is where it's at right now. Why wouldn't it be? You have the ability to create entertainment using your own unique voice and toss it into the iTunes store for anyone to access. This medium in particular satisfies a need for increasingly elusive real conversation, it can be a way to learn… Continue reading How to Start a Podcast: Equipment Options and Helpful Tips
Ever asked yourself that? Ever had a day where every social interaction you have just doesn't land right? Maybe you're having more than a few days like that. I don't know your life. What I do know is that I've been hyper aware of how often I'm choosing to avoid people these days. If I… Continue reading Why Am I So Awkward?
If I had to use one word to describe dreams it would be: Elusive. The things just don’t want to stick around. They're like a used up Post-It or an irresponsible step-father. They take over your mind at night, run amok, and then slip away like a thief in the night the second you return… Continue reading How to Remember Your Dreams and Use Them to Your Advantage
This week I've been thinking about insecurity, AKA: the act of being too hard on yourself, and how we can work on overcoming doubtful thoughts about ourselves and where we are in our lives. First of all, let's accept that it's gonna creep up on us from time to time. We all get insecure and, ya know, maybe a… Continue reading 5 Ways to Overcome Insecurity
We're small. We're incredible. But...ridiculously small. Don't you forget it. It's vital that we keep this notion at the edge of our awareness because it instills us with a powerful sense of humility. Through humility, we can begin to more deeply and consciously appreciate the little things. What better way to exist than to live deeply in… Continue reading What If We Focused on the Big Picture?
Perhaps a more fitting name for this post would be, "Things I Started to Learn in my 20's and Still Need to Remind Myself of on a Regular Basis". But, that title doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it? Let's be honest. The 30's aren't even old these days. I know many 30-something's (including… Continue reading 20 Things I Learned in my 20’s
After all this time, it's finally up and running! My new podcast, "We're All Human with Courtney Diamond" is available for streaming and download on iTunes. If you like the content of the blog, then you'll enjoy listening in as I talk to guests about life, relationships, creativity, struggles, insecurities, and what it takes to… Continue reading The Podcast is Live on iTunes!