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Avoiding Life Decisions and Foreign Languages

Avoiding Life Decisions and Foreign Languages

So I am really not wor­thy of writ­ing a blog any­more… I have poured far too much time into my job and try­ing to stay afloat with my chil­dren. The wis­dom of my past has van­ished with the real­ity of my present. It prob­a­bly doesn’t really mat­ter that I don’t blog as Vivian is my […]


Kill 50 Percent of Your Photos Challenge

Kill 50 Percent of Your Photos Challenge

I have been pur­su­ing min­i­mal­ism for just over 1 1/2 years. The real­ity is that, despite mak­ing a clean break from buy­ing addi­tional pos­ses­sions, I still have a pile of stuff that seams insur­mount­able. At the top of the list of things piled around my house and cre­at­ing a mess are my photo albums. I […]


If you have to eat a frog, make sure you eat it first thing in the morning…

"If you have to eat a frog, make sure you eat it first thing in the morning...

and if you have to eat two of them, make sure you eat the largest one first.” — Mark Twain I love Mark Twain. He was a genius. I would def­i­nitely put him on my list of top 10 peo­ple of all time. His advice has lit a fire under me. This morn­ing I woke at 6:30 […]


Examine Your Ability to Multitask

Recently Alli­son Mor­ris reached out to me to show me some­thing very cool that she has come up with to test your abil­ity to mul­ti­task.  From her site here: — Guest Blog­ger Alli­son Mor­ris If you’re like most peo­ple, you prob­a­bly find your­self doing two things at once pretty regularly—talking on the phone while reading […]


Take Time To Do Things Right Now

Take Time To Do Things Right Now

Some day I want to write a blog post about the men­tors in my life that have inspired me to be bet­ter.  At the top of that post will be Dr. Alan Mor­ris.  He has taught me count­less life lessons… and one them is “If you don’t have time to do it right now, when […]


What is the best way to move across country?

What is the best way to move across country?

Holy crap! It was easy when I moved across the coun­try last year.  I wanted to become a min­i­mal­ist and get rid of all of my stuff.  I was only pack­ing for myself.  There was not a lot I needed aside from under­wear and socks… Now I am about to go for round two.  This time […]


Cracked iPad Screen and Cancelled Fitbit Flex Order

Cracked iPad Screen and Cancelled Fitbit Flex Order

A month ago, when I went to Cal­i­for­nia, my iPad got crushed. The result was a long thin crack right down the mid­dle of it.  Ordi­nar­ily, I would have promptly taken it into Apple to be fixed ($250) or to a 3rd party ($120).  Not this time.  This time I fig­ured I could live with […]


Minimalism and My Digital Files

Minimalism and My Digital Files

As part of my cleans­ing and div­ing into min­i­mal­ism, I have focused most of my atten­tion to clear­ing out my pos­ses­sions.  This has been eas­ier, in part, because my friend Vivi­enne dove in head­first and has been keep­ing a blog of her jour­ney into min­i­mal­ism.  As I have proudly watched her clear out her life, […]


Why Kids Are Skinny and You’re Not

Why Kids Are Skinny and You're Not

I guess, in fair­ness, I should say why kids used to be skinny… given that the nin­tendo gen­er­a­tion has hit an epi­demic… but lest I digress: Adults often talk about how nice it was when they were young and their metab­o­lisms were so much more revved up.   They think back on a time, far off, when […]


Using Metrics in Pursuit of the Übermensch

Using Metrics in Pursuit of the Übermensch

I have long dreamed of using met­rics as a way to tan­gi­bly mea­sure my pur­suit of becom­ing an Über­men­sch.  Now it is time to act on those dreams for tomor­row comes far too quickly. The plan is to start each week with a plan that can be put into a blog post under goals for […]


And They Call It Progress

And They Call It Progress

  In the late 19th to early 20th Cen­tury, depend­ing on what source you read, the vac­uum cleaner was invented.  Post WWII it was mass mar­keted to the mid­dle class as a device that would save peo­ple count­less hours and improve their qual­ity of life.  The real­ity, how­ever, is that our stan­dards of clean­li­ness increased […]


Don’t Forget To Fill Your Ice Cube Trays

Don't Forget To Fill Your Ice Cube Trays

I love iced cof­fee.  In fact, the only two drinks I drink are iced cof­fee and water unless I am at a party and have to prove I am not Mor­mon by con­sum­ing alco­hol. Yes­ter­day was an unbe­liev­ably stress­ful day in clinic because of how crit­i­cally ill the patients I saw were.  When I got […]


Unlearning — My Process to Master Myself

Unlearning - My Process to Master Myself

I’m mid­dle aged.  Time and logic can­not deny that.  I’m a forty year old man.  It’s that sim­ple. I remem­ber as a child my par­ents and other adults used to tell me to enjoy learn­ing while my mind was still able to, because as I got older my mind would slow down and it would […]


Loving The Baltimore Ravens Through a Child’s Mind

Loving The Baltimore Ravens Through a Child's Mind

When Odin was 2 years old, my wife and I real­ized that we should never argue with him — cause he was always cor­rect.  We would be dri­ving around town in the heat of sum­mer, in the mid­dle of the day, and he would say “moon.”  Ini­tially, before we real­ized he was always cor­rect, we […]


Chemistry and the Natural Frequency of Hitting it Off

Why is it that every once in a while we meet peo­ple that we hit it off with instantly and become fast friends? I just fin­ished a 30 hour shift in the Sur­gi­cal Inten­sive Care Unit. On my drive home I called Dan Mor­ris, my old­est friend on the planet, in Thai­land to get back […]


Lift App Review — How I Intend to Use Flossing To Save My Life

Lift App Review - How I Intend to Use Flossing To Save My Life

My lat­est dis­cov­ery for pro­duc­tiv­ity is “Lift.”  It is a won­der­fully sim­ple appli­ca­tion but has the poten­tial to make a huge impact on my life. We all know that habits are hard to form.  The main rea­son is that it is believed to take at least 21 days of con­sec­u­tive action to form a new habit.  […]


Dispense With Pretense

Dispense With Pretense

My son Odin was just told today that he is not ready to test for his next Tae Kwon Do belt.  He’s very upset.  I tried to be a mature father and ask him why he cared?  His rea­son was not because of how hard he has worked, but rather, because he is afraid that […]


Productivity: Small Attainable Goals Fuel Big Fires

Productivity: Small Attainable Goals Fuel Big Fires

I have thor­oughly enjoyed the shift from “multi-tasking” back to “con­cen­tric task­ing” that has taken place in pro­duc­tiv­ity lit­er­a­ture dur­ing the last cou­ple of years.  When I first heard of “multi-tasking” I knew it would never work for me.  I am far too much of a jack-of-all-trades and con­stantly bat­tle focus in my life as […]


My Christmas Present to Myself This Year

My Christmas Present to Myself This Year

Christ­mas this year was extra sweet.  It is a per­fect time for my three boys who believe in Santa Claus and the magic of the hol­i­day sea­son.  I don’t get to see them but every cou­ple of months, so I used a tru­ism in approach­ing this vaca­tion: of time and money, TIME is always your […]


Why Do People Want Tons of Followers on Twitter?

Why Do People Want Tons of Followers on Twitter?

Before I joined Twit­ter I was talk­ing to my friend Bill Rude (Atomicrocket.com) about it and he said, “I don’t fol­low any­one on Twit­ter unless I have per­son­ally met them.”  I had no idea what it was, so when I joined, I did not heed his words.  I didn’t under­stand what he was say­ing at […]


Thoughts on Christmas and Minimalism — A Holiday in Conflict

Thoughts on Christmas and Minimalism - A Holiday in Conflict

2012 has been the year of let­ting go.  Let­ting go of emo­tions that keep me teth­ered in time. Let­ting go of peo­ple that, though I love, are no longer part of my life.  Let­ting go of pos­ses­sions.  Let­ting go of “who I am” and instead focus­ing on “who I want to be.” Dur­ing my 40 years, […]


Minimalism — My Refrigerator

Minimalism - My Refrigerator

I often play moti­va­tional games to push me for­ward against resis­tance.  Almost every major accom­plish­ment I have suc­cess­fully com­peted in my life has been tied to a game.  My lat­est one, as those that read this blog know, is min­i­mal­ism.  My goal is to get rid of my mate­r­ial pos­ses­sions and climb 100% out of […]


My Struggle with Minimalism in Pursuit of Becoming an Ultra-Human

My Struggle with Minimalism in Pursuit of Becoming an Ultra-Human

My life’s strug­gle has been with try­ing to become an Uber-Mensch.  It has guided me and pushed me towards seem­ingly unat­tain­able goals.  When I pur­sue some­thing, I do it with the intent of achiev­ing excel­lence.  It is for this rea­son that I am find­ing my strug­gle with pur­su­ing min­i­mal­ism to be com­pletely bizarre.  I intuitively […]


Debt Tip: Delay All Purchases 30 Days

Debt Tip: Delay All Purchases 30 Days

In August, when I vis­ited my son Thor, he said he wanted Lego’s Nin­jago Lloyd’s Bat­tle Dragon set.  In Sep­tem­ber, when I vis­ited a sec­ond time, he was still crazy about Lloyd’s Dragon.  It was the first thing he asked for.  When I came back 2 months later for Hal­loween, I asked again.  “Thor, what […]