Category: Personal Anecdotes

Some Personal Things…

My Break-Up with Starbucks

I broke up with Starbucks… Well, I broke up with my daily trip to Starbucks. It was one of my last vices that I wanted to crack. And now, for two weeks, my mornings have been absent of that mermaid’s face staring at me. My break-up with Starbucks was two-fold: Money & Caffeine intake. The Details:  My […]

Living Without a Television

Around a month or so ago I sold my ’55in LED 1080p LG Television’ on Craigslist. Do I miss it? Nope, not at all. Let me explain why. I cancelled my cable subscription in early 2016. The television’s main reason for existence was cut out from beneath it. I kept the television around for use with my […]

2 Months Sober & Healthy

The time has come to celebrate another month of health and sobriety. Health has been my major focus for the past two months. Eating right, exercising, mindfulness, and most importantly: consistency. My days are now structured. I have a morning routine, an after-work routine, and a bedtime routine. I rarely stray from these routines (allowing […]

A Test in Patience: Today’s Morning Commute

The sound of screeching tires pierce the silence of my morning commute. A black BMW slides to a halt, stopping centimeters short of my rear bumper. My eyes shoot toward the rear view mirror. I am greeted by the driver’s silhouette against the morning sun. I squint to see her face. She is stressed. I can […]

Shoshin: The Beginner’s Mind

Shoshin is the Zen Buddhist term that translates to “beginners mind.” It’s the idea of letting go of all of your preconceived notions and adjusting your attitude to be completely open when learning / studying a subject. Our thoughts and behaviors are usually influenced by the way we were raised. Subjects such as religion or politics are […]

My Morning Routine

It’s taken me a while to settle on a morning routine. In the past, my morning routine was very hectic. I would sleep in as long as I could, quickly take Pablo outside form him to do his business, take a nice warm shower, search for some clean clothes, rush off to Starbucks, drive to work […]

Simple Life Lessons from Dr. Suess: Part 1

There is a great quote from Dr. Suess’ The King’s Stilts: And when they played they really PLAYED. And when they worked they really WORKED. -Dr. Suess This quote resonated with me because I am focusing more and more on work-life balance. See, I was a workaholic. Everything revolved around work for me. It was […]

Meeting ‘The Minimalists’

The Minimalists are currently on their ‘less is now’ tour spreading the idea of minimalism across the country. Luckily for me, one of their tour stops was in Madison, Wi. I have been following the minimalists for some time now. I have read all three of their books, watched all of their TED talks, listen to their podcast weekly, and […]

The 4 Benefits of Practicing Patience

I had always thought of myself as patient person, that is, until I actually became a patient person. The day I began to consciously practice more patience is the day I realized I was not patient at all. I would quickly jump to conclusions about situations, became defensive for unknown / unwarranted reasons, and became irritated by the littlest of […]

The Fallacy of Pursuing Happiness

Happiness. Such a great feeling, right? We all search for happiness in our lives, but are we searching too hard for it? I’m guilty of reading far too many books on the idea of ‘happiness.’ They all taught me one thing: QUIT SEARCHING FOR HAPPINESS! hap·pi·ness /ˈhapēnəs/ noun 1. the state of being happy. hap·py /’hapē/ adjective 1. […]

1 Month Sober & Healthy

… and feeling great! Today marks 1 month without any alcohol. It also marks 1 month of my 360 degree focus on my health. So far I have lost a total of 22lbs, and am feeling more energized than I have in a very long time.  So let’s start with alcohol. The first 2 weeks […]

Journey to Essentialism: Tech

My second topic on my journey to essentialism is tech. This is 3 fold: Devices, Accounts & Apps. This was one of the more relieving aspects of my journey thus far. Even though these accounts and apps aren’t tangible, it doesn’t mean they won’t bring unneeded stress. Managing many accounts is the equivalent of managing many […]

How Quitting Facebook Improved My Life

“Why would you do that?” “Don’t you need it for work?” “How are you going to know what’s going on with your friends?” “That’s tough, man. Not sure I could do that.” This is a short list of the responses I get when I tell people that I have quit using Facebook. In my pursuit of […]

Meditation and Me

When I tell people that I meditate daily, I am met with a number of differing reactions. “Wow that’s awesome!” “So you’re a hippie now?” “I call those naps.” “That seems like a huge waste of time.” “Meditation is stupid and useless.” Those who have meditated (properly) understand the benefits in doing so. Those who […]

The Beginning

April 1st, 2017. That is the day I made a conscious decision to change my life. I was looking to get sober for some time, but all previous attempts were thwarted by justified reasons to pick up the bottle. (Justified in the sense that my ‘addiction’ found justification for me to drink.) See, when you’re addicted to […]