Every adult should try to earn $1,000 of net profit through some sort of self-started side hustle. The $1,000 amount is small enough to be a realistic goal for any venture. $1,000 is also a significant enough amount to benefit just about anyone I know.
Beyond the $1,000 itself, there are a multitude of personal and professional benefits that come through attempting to earn some self-generateRead More
An Album Review: We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
I must admit I had no awareness there was another A Tribe Called Quest album in the works until I caught some of the marketing push just ahead of its release. The thought of getting to dig into another slate of Tribe beats and lyrics made me overjoyed.
When I learned the album was created prior to Phife Dawg’s passing and would contain his signature sound and style, I became flush with gratitude in addition to the excitement.
We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service is the reprise release from one of the truest and most profound acts from the world of Hip Hop.Read More
Expectations At Work Versus Home
Establishing proper expectations is a key practice in navigating projects and relationships in business. Creating expectations for the manner and outcomes of interactions with your kids at home, though, can lead to disappointment.
Expectations for the sake of this discussion are not to be confused with establishing standards for your kid's behavior or having high-minded hopes for them. We should all want the absolute best for our kids and consciously work to provide structure, new teachable experiences, and unconditional love.Read More
Grit, written by psychologist and University of Penn professor Angela Duckworth, sets out to apply rigorous scientific methods to the study of high-level achievement.
In particular, Duckworth delves deep into uncovering why and how people have the perseverance to follow through with objectives and the passion for accomplishing top-level goals.Read More
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For many of my peers in Generation X saving for retirement seems like a wishful fantasy. This is a scary predicament for an age group that can no longer afford to wait for some other day to take real action on retirement planning.
We are the generation that may fully feel the painful brunt of the 401K self-determined retirement model, a model by most accounts that is woefully failing folks in comparison to defined benefit pension plans.Read More
One Year Has Flown By
Some of you know that I am currently on a break from drinking alcohol. I started this temporary break back in January 2016 with the intentions of joining the “Dry January” pledge. Dry January is a growing social movement with the participants abstaining from alcohol entirely for the month of January.
My month long Dry January pledge from 2016 has somehow now organically extended into an entire year free from booze. For someone who was a craft beer enthusiast and consistent moderate drinker of red wine, it is surprising to me how little I actually miss drinking. It is probably closer to the truth to say drinking alcohol is not being missed at all.Read More
The Emotions Of Daycare Drop-Off
The daycare drop-off blues is a real phenomenon for parents, at least for me personally it is. Dropping my son off at daycare, at times, seems to violate every biological mechanism encoded in my DNA for being a parent.
From leaving him in a building with “strangers” to the gut mangling moment when a daycare staffer needs to physically peel my distressed son off of me, daycare drop-off can be an emotional process.
Thankfully, my son’s daycare does a great job and the staff is warm, welcoming, and trusted, but the actual act of drop-off can sometimes feel like a punch to the gut.Read More
Meditation, or the general practice of mindfulness, seems to be slowly making inroads into the collective consciousness of the mainstream.
Just about anywhere you turn these days you seem to run into an article, podcast discussion, or some sort of social site mention about the benefits of meditation.
I understand the desire of those who practice meditation to want to share with the world the benefits they have been experiencing, but in the past, I have found myself a little hesitant to bring up the subject amongst my peers.Read More
Have you ever undertaken the process of psychotherapy? If so, is this something you would openly share with your friends? Mental well-being and psychotherapy are both topics of conversation that have been quietly hushed about behind bedroom doors for too long now.
While there does seem to be a slow and hopeful change starting to unfold in modern society, more conversations about mental wellness need to be had out loud and in the open.Read More
It Is A Fine Line
Parenting or nagging? I find myself asking this about my interactions with my son quite often. They are two distinct actions, yet the line between them is thin and seems easily crossed. I personally have a tough time calibrating just how much guiding and correcting is truly helpful with my son’s development.
My son is 4. He is a sweet, considerate, and smart kid. I recognize all of this, yet something inside of me is often on the lookout to nudge him or correct something he is doing. It can be anything from looking to avoid a perceived danger in our home to trying to better his attitude or attempting to teach some sort of grand life lesson in an otherwise mundane moment. I feel I am often compelled to coach him up or protect him in whatever he is doing.Read More
I Get Older And Rock n Roll Stays The Same Age
I must admit I have reached a stage in my life that I had fought off for years, but now in my early forties it seems to have sadly arrived - I no longer feel informed or aware of younger bands coming out in the rock, punk, and heavy metal landscape.
While I am still wildly passionate about music and rock n roll, in particular, I seemed to have hit that point in life where I now mainly recycle and revisit artists that I grew up with or discovered in my twenties, the zenith of my musical explorations.Read More
Fat For Wellness
I eat lots of fat. I think the conscious decision to increase my fat intake may be one of the most important and impactful changes I have undertaken to improve my wellness. At a minimum, I now eat 50% of my calories from fat. It is typically closer to 60% and can even approach 70% on certain days.
The areas within wellness that I am noticing positive changes include energy levels, strength, body fat composition, and regulation of appetite. I have been steadily burning fat deposits in my body while leaning out with healthy muscle retention ever since I made the concerted effort to increase my fat consumption.
For my entire adult life, I had been resigned to the fact that my body type would remain “skinny fat” with areas of flab basically stuck on me for good. These problem areas, where my body previously clung to fat, are slowly and noticeably starting to change for the better. It is the ultimate irony that the tide for my body composition is steadily starting to turn thanks in a large part to eating more fat.Read More
The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast
Podcasts have exploded over recent years. There seems to be a show available to fit anyone’s interest from the broadest of ranging topics to the most narrow of niches. To me, there is no one creating better podcast content than Joe Rogan. He is a prolific producer of shows and the guests and discussions are consistently compelling. Joe made his bones as a comedian and stays active in standup, but also has professional and personal involvement in a variety of different interests. Some of those interests include commentating for the UFC, hunting, and owning a stake in Onnit, a supplementation company featuring earth based products. The guests on Joe’s podcast are reflective of his array of interests. The conversations are free to go anywhere, though, regardless of the guest’s connection to Joe or the industry they represent.Read More
Where Has My Toddler Gone?
My son recently turned 4. It is a fascinating age filled with developmental leaps. Long gone, thankfully, are the rigors of potty training. Seemingly on the way out as well are the explosive meltdowns. With these welcomed changes away from the unpleasant traits of toddler life I am starting to realize there are also some endearing qualities soon to go as well. Fleeting qualities that I better hurry up and enjoy right now. Better yet, I should slow down, become more present, and bask in the sweetness while still on display.Read More
Belief In God
Do I believe in God? Yes, I do on some level. Admittedly, though, the belief is often driven by fear of the unknown and is at times plagued with doubt. If I begin to ponder what happens when we die, I have to immediately shutter that thought in favor of some sort of benign distraction. Thoughts about death and God keep coming, though, especially as I grow older and progress further into fatherhood. For me, a relationship with God is not about attending Church on Sundays or adhering to archaic doctrine. So what or who is God and how are we supposed to engage with God, let alone hold a firm belief?Read More
Ego Is The Enemy: A Book Review
If you scan the books available in the self-help and business aisles you will find a countless number of offerings written to prop up your identity and pump up your emotions. These books will be chocked full of inspirational quotes and motivational tales written with the main purpose of driving the reader into a self-empowered, hyper-positive frenzy. Then there is Ego Is The Enemy authored by Ryan Holiday.Read More
Toddler Diet Versus Parental Baggage
Trying to steer my toddler son through life so he forms healthy eating habits while simply being able to enjoy food is a process. From his highly active sweet tooth to his daycare offering lunches from fast food chains once a week, I tend to develop mild concerns surrounding his eating. These concerns, admittedly, seem to be partly triggered from my own childhood in addition to wanting a healthy son. While awareness of the source of these concerns is helpful, they also need to be objectively merited out. It is important I am able to truly balance the potential harm of allowing occasional junk food to be eaten, versus just letting my kid be a kid, which he needs to be. Fatherhood is a joy, but just glancing at a life you created can stir up unprocessed emotions.Read More