May the Fourth: What I Discovered About Gallery Furniture

This morning, we woke up and headed to the Bella Terra Chick-fil-A to use some breakfast gift cards. This turned out to be a fun morning field trip for us. We ran into my old co-worker Shane, and the kids got to play in the little play space for a few minutes. Since we were…

When Digital Makes Us Infants

Cal Newport wrote an article on digital wellness apps. Like apps that keep you from your compulsive tendency to open apps with incentives such as planting a tree as reward for when you don’t open an app. Digital Wellness for Grown Ups “But something about this growing digital wellness movement makes me uneasy, and I…

The 2016 Annual Report of ME

I create a lot of things that I don’t necessarily share. One of them was my 2016 Annual Report. Every year I spend some time taking stock of what happened that year and imagining what the next year could look like. In 2017, I started to make a little pdf about 2016. It’s not complete,…

Succeed Book Club Day 3: What Makes You Do Stuff?

Day 3 of the Succeed Book Club. Do you know where your goals come from? There are a ton of goals you’re working on right now both conscious and subconscious — ways you’re choosing to spend your time. Here’s what’s influencing your priorities and what can free you to make different choices. From the book…

Succeed Book Club Day 2: Beware of Positive Thinking

Day 2 of the Succeed Book Club. Sometimes positive thinking works, and sometimes it doesn’t. When it comes to achieving your goal, a negative approach can actually work in your favor. From the book by Dr. Heidi Grant.

Introducing the out-of-thin-air Succeed Book Club

When I read a book, I always wish I had someone to discuss and parse through it with, especially when there’s a lot of meaty stuff to talk about that is relevant to everyday life. What I often do is take notes in my Evernote app to go back and reference later. If I don’t…

Why? Why? Why would I subject myself to the ketogenic woe…

And I mean woe…not way of eating. Ha…I started writing this blog right in the middle of our 3-month ketogenic diet adventure. (I’m publishing this about 10 months later.) For three straight months, we stuck to fat, veggies, and protein, with as close to zero carbs as we could do. I hate diets. Why did…

Making a Compost Bin

Growing up, we always threw scraps into the backyard garden. When I got older, I didn’t continue the practice because I couldn’t always make time to head to the backyard. But I sure did feel guilty every time I threw an egg shell or fruit peel into the trash can. Finally, I’m mentally ready to…

How I Take Notes & Plan My Day

Back in college, there was a time when I would take an extra 12-month calendar that was lying around, write notes on the dates, and use it as my “planner.” I would also find old spirals, like my second grade spelling notebook, tear out the used pages, and use the leftover clean ones to write…