I'm not alone when it comes to worrying about my retirement accounts. Unlike many people in their 20s, I actually did begin saving for retirement at a young age. I didn't do so well with it in my early 30s, but rebounded around age 35. I had a nice nest egg—a good start that I could continue to add to until I needed to begin withdrawing it.
For the past few weeks I've been experiencing an incredibly weird sleeping pattern. I can't seem to stay awake much past 8 p.m., then I find myself wide awake around 2 a.m. That schedule makes for an agonizingly long work day, which exacerbates my weird sleeping pattern even further. Last week, I woke up at 1 a.m. and couldn't fall back asleep. I grabbed my cell phone to play a few games of Word for Friends, but unconsciously opened Facebook instead. There a strange post drew my attention.
It has been a fascinating case study for a political science major like me. I have been involved in politics at all levels all since high school. The first campaign I worked on was Ronald Reagan's presidential run in 1980. As a high school senior I had the opportunity to see how presidential politics and local politicians blend together to build a winning team. Needless to say, the current occupant of the White House has stymied me.
Every generation sees the rebirth of a political party. Republicans ushered in the age of Ronald Reagan and a new confidence and pride in being conservative. Democrats enjoyed a resurgence of popularity with the election of Bill Clinton, who brought some of his party's ideals to the more moderate center of the political spectrum, all the while championing a new liberalism. Twenty years later, Barack Obama tweaked the democratic party further, but his attempt to redefine his party backfired, costing him control of Congress.
Meet Bayleigh. She's my three-year old American Dingo, or Carolina Dog, that I adopted from a rescue when she was barely six months old. From the moment I saw her photo on the internet, I knew this was the puppy that I had to save. I set an appointment to see her and the rest is now history.