What if all you needed was the right mixture of water and sunshine to become the best possible version of yourself? Gardening quickly became a favorite pastime during Covid, but it’s reminded me of interesting parallels between the lives of plants and humans. Preparation and Details While there are few overall ingredients, there are many… Continue reading 4 Lessons Gardening Taught Me About Living Well
Last year I found myself at an unhealthy crossroads. I had turned 37. It had occurred to me that if I did not like this unhealthy condition I was in, it was on me to change it. Don’t like it? Get better. So being basic, I wrote down 37 goals. Some would be minor stretches.… Continue reading It Sucks to Suck. So I Got Better.
Inspiration and tagline credit to Jocko Willink. @jockowillink Even in today’s hypercompetitive world, the extra mile is a lonely road. It always has been. In the past, people lacked tools to put them on a competitive playing field. Today, people lack will, attention, and discipline. Because we are so conditioned to get our way. Quickly.… Continue reading The Shortcut is a Lie
I recently spent the morning before work writing thank you cards. The holidays are long gone, my birthday was months ago, and my wedding was nearly a decade ago. WTF right?!? Even though I guess you could say I sent these thank you cards in return for gifts, these particular gifts weren’t given for any… Continue reading Interlude of Gratitude
Almost anything in the world can be broken down into smaller components. I get that every action and achievement is the sum of its parts. I get that. Forest for the trees, blah, blah, blah. When it comes down to it, some behaviors drive progress better, faster, smarter, and more efficiently. These are key behaviors,… Continue reading The Only True Life Hack
The most important step to getting what we want in life is the simplest. Decide what you want. By determining what is most important, we simplify the decision making in our life. Explicitly deciding what we want gives us a filter through which we can determine how we spend our time and energy, the two… Continue reading How Identifying My Core Values Saved Me Countless Hours
That phrase probably saved my life. A pithy comment from an irreverent television show about fantasy football saved my life. I don’t even like fantasy football that much. It struck me that if I did not like the situation I was in, it was incumbent on me to change it. And that left two choices;… Continue reading Don’t Like It? Get Better.
It’s not just a Michael Jackson song. It was a pivot point for me. A year ago this week, I had that uncomfortable look in the mirror. You might know the one, but I hope you don’t. It’s the one where you ask yourself how this happened. That day, I made an ultimatum with myself.… Continue reading The Man in the Mirror
Today was my oldest child’s very first last-day-of-school. I didn’t expect to go here today, but a thought has been captivating me since yesterday. I want to thank those other parents out there who have been writing about graduations, life events, and changes of all kinds. It has been so enlightening to read stories of… Continue reading The “First” Last Day of School
One day last May, I sharply scolded my son. His crime? Knocking over some blocks. He was two. Luckily, it was also just the “oh shit” moment I needed. Have you ever realized you are on your way to becoming the worst version of yourself? My second child was the on the way. I’d grown… Continue reading How I Lost 60 Lbs Feeding the Good Wolf