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Hello, and welcome to Quarter-Life Enlightenment, a webcolumn written and curated by Andrew Marvin since July 2011.

Quarter-Life Enlightenment is about finding inner peace through simplicity, technology, perspective, and other means.

It’s also about writing, fear, productivity, and other things.

You should read The QLE Informational Brochure & FAQ.

This site is my answer to the quarter-life crisis.

This is my favorite quote:

You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.

Recommended Reading

If you’re new here, you should read the brochure and FAQ.

Otherwise, feel free to check out the Archive and browse the site by category. Or, if you’d rather dive deep right away, here are a few articles to start with:


Everything I write here may be completely wrong, and that’s alright.


I currently own a mid-2009 MacBook Pro, which is running the latest version of OS X 10.7. My desktop looks like this. I also own an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2.

I do all of my writing in Byword using Markdown. Some of my most trusted apps can be found here.

The site itself is powered by Squarespace.


As much as I would love it to be, this website is not my full-time job. Quarter-Life Enlightenment is, and will always be, a free online publication. As such, I invite you to:

Even the smallest donation is greatly appreciated and helps keep the site running.

Another great way to support the site and stay up-to-date with the latest articles is to subscribe.


To get in touch with me, please see the Contact page.

Thank you for reading.