Writer. Pop Culture Recapper. Professional Intuitive.
rickastleydancing.gif

Blog

Living The Success Principles // Principle 1: Take 100% Responsibility For Your Life (Part 1)

You know when you’re like, “Today...is the first day...of the rest of my life!”, but you’re doing that when it’s 5:30 in the morning and you promised your friend you’d meet her at 6:30 AM to walk around the lake and you’re like, “Why the FUCK did I think this would be such a great idea?!” But you know why you thought it would be a great idea, and it’s because waking up at 5:30 to work out and meditate, etc, is your vision of a successful person’s life and so you deliberately scheduled your day like that today in order to start off this new journey on the right foot. But then it hits you: The reason you haven’t changed your life yet is because, when it comes down to it, your life is pretty fucking easy and you like easy and everything else - like getting up at 5 fucking thirty in the a.m. - just feels too hard. 

Read More
Throwback Thursday: My Friends Are Real Jerks

So a couple of Saturdays ago I had a tiny little housewarming party at my new apartment (I’m really tempted to call it “my new space” but then I feel like I would just involuntarily throw up all the over the place). In setting up the apartment and while in the process of getting ready for said party, I had hung a whiteboard in my kitchen and had added the following items to my To Do List –

Read More
Living The Success Principles, Introduction: Is It Worth It? Lemme Work It.

I was first introduced to Jack Canfield's work by a former boss, Keri Taylor. Personal development was highly encouraged by the owners and CEOs of the behavior therapy clinic where we worked, and they had a whole library of motivational books, CDs, and DVDs that we were welcome to check out at any time. After a particularly challenging month at work (I skipped a lot of work back then. It turned out later that what I thought was just supreme boredom with my life was actually a super deep depression!), Keri gave me a collection of audio CDs titled, “Maximum Confidence: 10 Secrets to Extreme Self-Esteem” by Jack Canfield with the assignment to listen to them and then maybe write a little summary or something. I initially rolled my eyes at the cheesy title, but if my smart, funny, accomplished, insightful, and gorgeous person of boss Keri wanted me to do something, I was going to do it. 

Read More
Throwback Thursday: Coffeeshop Horror Shop
Originally posted April 18, 2012: 

Whenever I’m in a coffeeshop with my ear buds in and I’m writing stuff on social networks, I get this super paranoid fear that I’m actually talking out loud and just can’t hear myself because my ears are filled with music. Because I actually do that, at home. The talking out loud thing. If something’s funny or if I’m writing something that might be funny, I reflexively laugh to myself and repeat the funny thing out loud. “Ha ha ha! ‘And then he said, “Unicorns.” HO HO HO HA HA HA!”

Read More
Living The Success Principles, Prelude: It's Gonna Feel Real Good, Shamone

TL;DR: Truth yawning, moment of change, brief whining about being tired of always having to make a change, realization that doing something different might change that need to always have to make a change, ALL OF WHICH ULTIMATELY LEADS TO a reluctant decision to start doing The Success Principles by Jack Canfield principle-by-principle and actually telling the world about it whilst I’m doing it, which inevitably results in getting “Man in the Mirror” stuck in my head for the next 24 hours. 

Read More
'The Bachelor', Season 22, Episode 3: The Bachelor Version of Glow, Lauren Didn't Have Arie at Merlot, a Carnival Dog Show, & #Justice4Bibiana, Yo!

Welcome back, Bachelor Lovers! It's Week 3 in the Bachelor House, and this week did not disappoint: We're talking wrestling; tears; vineyards; tears; a dog show; more tears; and another cocktail party/rose ceremony and so many tears! 

Read More
'The Bachelor', Season 22, Episode 2: Becca Goes To Prom, Krystal Looks Like Arie's Mom, & Bibana Explodes Like a Bomb!

Somewhere in a blue California sky, a hawk blinks as a man throws a leg over a motorcycle, slips on a pair of sunglasses, and gratuitously guns the engine. Who could this man be? Oh, it's ARIE, who not only drives race cars and regular cars but ALSO motorcycles! Is there anything this man can't do, besides form a healthy, intimate long-term relationship with another person without the help of network television? 

Read More
'The Bachelor', Season 22, Episode 1, Part 2: Arie's Pulse Is Soarin', Champagne Be Pourin', and a Limo Full of Laurens!

nd now it's (finally) the moment we've all been waiting for, lovers - the part in the show when the limos arrive and we immediately make judgements about a woman's intelligence, depth, and character based on the stupid gags she's been pushed to do by the producers! 

Read More
'The Bachelor', Season 22, Episode 1, Part 1: Arie Goes For Rides, Chris Harrison Lied, and Let's Meet Some Child Brides!

The last time we saw Arie was five years ago, when he made it all the way to the end on Emily Maynard's season, which just so happened to be the very first season I started recapping the show (after watching the show from the very first season, I finally couldn't stand it and just had to put my indignant rage to paper/blog)! Arie was a dorky race car driver who was so smitten kitten for Emily that it was honestly almost embarrassing.

Read More
Bachelor Monday Rewind: 'The Bachelorette' Season 8, Episode 10: 'The Bachelorette' Recap: Curaco is the perfect place to buy some pottery and propose, everybody!

Well, love lovers, last night was the last episode of this season of The Bachelorette, and with it, our very last recap of the season. What am I going to write about now?! Where am I going to get my weekly dose of unrealistic romantic settings and dramatic interactions that are more dumb than dramatic?! Huh? Where do broken hearts go? Do they find their way home?

Read More
Bachelor Monday Rewind: 'The Bachelorette', Season 8, Episode 9: Curacao Is The Perfect Place To Get Your Heart Broken, Everybody!

This week, Emily and her Rose Buds descend upon Curacao! 

Where THE FUCK is Curacao? Has anyone ever even heard of this place before? Everyone on The Bachelorette kept talking about it like, "Oh, yeah, of course, it's awesome to be here in Curacao" and everyone else in the entire world was like, "Where?! You're in Kalispell? Morocco? The mythical lands of Cure-A-Spell?" Turns out, Curacao (correctly pronounced "Cure-a-sow") is in the Caribbean and is a constitute of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

And, surprise! They also paid The Bachelor Franchise to use this episode as a glorified tourist ad because obviously they also get that no one knows where the fuck this place is.

Read More
Bachelor Monday Rewind: ‘The Bachelorette’, Season 8, Episode 8: Hometowns Are The Perfect Place To Fall In Love, Everybody!

This week on The Bachelorette, we got to go to the hometown of each remaining Rose Bud (Lumpy Space Princess Chris, Jef With One F, Arie, and Sean) to meet their families and pretend-sweat it out over whether or not they’ll approve or Emily.

And yes, it was just as boring as it sounds.

Read More
Bachelor Monday Rewind: ‘The Bachelorette’, Season 8, Episode 7: Prague Is The Perfect Place To Fall In Love, Everybody!

Last night Emily and her Rose Buds descended on Prague in Czechoslovakia. Which makes me hate them all, because Prague is pretty much the city I want to go to above all other cities (I am available for hire, any corporate travel sponsors who might want a kicky blogger to visit towns for them and write non-boring reviews).

Read More