The summer of 2020 was rough for a lot of people…

…for a lot of different reasons. It was rough for me because I was experiencing levels of health anxiety only matched by the week before I received a positive cancer diagnosis in 2017.

This was different, though.

Was I displaying any physical symptoms? Eh, probably not. Then what was the source of the anxiety? For those who have experienced bouts of anxiety, you know that you don’t need a reason. In fact, most of us pray for a source of our torment so that we can know what…


There have never been more ways to spend your time. Even if you have chosen to sit on your duff and watch a screen, the choices are endless.

Do you want to watch Netflix? Hulu? HBO? It seems like we’ll never scratch the surface of even figuring out what show to watch next.

And that’s just watching TV. If you want to listen to music, read a book, take a class, cook a meal, or anything else — the options aren’t virtually endless, they’re genuinely endless in the span of a single human lifetime. …


“Win the morning, win the day.” — Tim Ferriss

Most of you who read this blog have likely noticed how much of a believer I am in developing morning routines — habitually performed rituals that give us the momentum we need to make the most of the rest of our day. While a good morning routine doesn’t guarantee a successful day, it gives you a fighting chance.

With that said, my morning routines have been fairly erratic throughout this pandemic. Don’t get me wrong — they’re productive, yes. But set? Far from it. I have, however, found an unlikely…


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Though I’m extremely late to the party, I’ve recently been absolutely enthralled by the incredible Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, Hamilton. Even though every number is pretty flawless from beginning to end, the piece that sank its hooks into my mind the deepest was the final number — particularly the first few lyrical lines of that piece as sung by the character of George Washington:

Let me tell you what I wish I’d known when I was young and dreamed of glory — you have no control who lives, who dies, who tells your story.

The Legacy of Your Grandparents

I’m not…


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My jar ain’t big enough.

There’s a classic story told by Stephen Covey in his book First Things First entitled “The Big Rocks of Life.” In this story, a person speaking to a class of business students uses a gallon-sized jar to symbolize their schedule. He also uses various items to represent time on their calendar.

  • He first placed several fist-sized rocks in the jar till they reached the lip. He asked the class if the jar was full, to which they said yes.
  • He then dumped in as much gravel as he could into the jar, shaking the jar…

Quick disclaimer: There is a significant difference between sporadic spells of anxiety and a chronic anxiety disorder. This piece is meant more to aid with periodic anxious spells rather than treating any condition, which should be addressed by a mental health professional.

Two emotions. Endless misinterpretations.

Fear and anxiety are two of the most perplexing emotions one can have. Both can overtake you and result in a miserable daily life. Conquering fear and anxiety is the work of life and not a life hack that can be acquired by reading a short online essay or listening to a podcast episode. This being said, I’ve…


“I don’t own a lot of clothes now, but all the clothes I do own are my favorite clothes.”

-Joshua Fields Milburn, The Minimalists

This piece is not necessarily about Minimalism, but about simplifying one area of life that most of us think we don’t think about while subconsciously obsessing over and spending too much time and money — clothes.

“I don’t have anything to wear.”

How many times have you peered into your closet — possibly at a metal rod as long as your height, completely covered in clothes…and don’t feel like wearing any of them?

Wouldn’t it be…


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If you were to ask me which skill I’ve developed in the past five years has been the most beneficial to my daily life, I’d likely interrupt you.

“What would is the most useful skill you’ve developed in the past five — ”

“ — meditation. Definitely meditation.”

And it’s true. Mindfulness meditation, more than any other technique, coping mechanism, or practice has helped me manage the fidget spinner in my mind. As someone diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and treated (aka heavily medicated with powerful narcotics), I believe that Mindfulness Meditation should be utilized as a treatment for…


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Remember the annual family newsletter?

From about the time I was seven or eight years old, I was in charge of writing my family’s annual holiday newsletter — a job I would put on my resume today if others took it as seriously as I did.

In this snail-mailed update, the newsletter usually followed a familiar recipe;

  • greetings intro blurb
  • family update paragraph
  • dad paragraph
  • mom paragraph
  • older brother paragraph
  • my own paragraph
  • a conclusion

I aimed to keep it short enough to only use the front of one sheet of paper — a practice that I feel has enhanced…


Originally posted on TheKenLane.com. Used with permission.

They don’t know you, but you know you.

One of the reasons why most lifestyle enhancement plans and products fail is that they were not designed with you in mind. These influencers and plan developers don’t know you. They have no clue about what lifestyle changes would be sustainable for you. They don’t know what activities you hate doing and which you enjoy. But do you know who does know? You do, that’s who!

What do you enjoy doing?

To design a growth-oriented lifestyle tailored to your specifications, the process itself must be enjoyable — or at the least, potentially enjoyable.

Step 1. Jot Down What You Like to Do

Bring to mind…

Ken Lane

I’m just a fella chronicling his attempts to live purposefully while finding contentment in the simple things.

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