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
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.
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.
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…
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…
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;
I aimed to keep it short enough to only use the front of one sheet of paper — a practice that I feel has enhanced…
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!
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…
How are you determining what is enough for you?
Most of us are probably familiar with the “rock bottom” scene from 1979’s comedy classic, “The Jerk.” If you’re not, Steve Martin’s character, Navin Johnson, has lost all of his wealth and his relationship with love interest Maria (played by Bernadette Peters) is on the rocks. In an attempt to prove that he hasn’t quite hit rock bottom, he walks out of his mansion, only taking “all I need.” As he scoots out of the house in his bathrobe, pants around his ankles, he grabs random items as he passes them…
Take a look before you close the book.
Though we’d all love to shelf 2020 (or run it through the shredder), there’s no denying that we all learned a lot about ourselves throughout the year. It would be a shame to call 2020 an absolute waste — especially since it had so many lessons to impart. Yes, most of these lessons are how not to do certain things, but also how to lean into the storm of life to keep it from completely knocking is down.
For some, the lessons they learned and skills developed were how to cope with…
Disclaimer: I mostly wrote this article to myself, but felt that it may be helpful to others.
The Scattered-Focus Life
With information and global networking more attainable than ever, there’s no reason why, with a little focused effort, any of us can’t become world-class specialists in our craft. From graphic designers, developers, writers, videographers, and photographers to business managers, financial professionals, and educators, with the proper focus, we can continue to sharpen our craft every day. But many of us choose not to. Why? Because we prefer the easier, scatterbrained life.
Multi-tasking vs. Fragment Focus
Yes, listening to a podcast…
I’m just a fella chronicling his attempts to live purposefully while finding contentment in the simple things.