It was a regular Thursday morning. I got in my car to start heading to my local Toastmasters Club meeting. I closed the door and could still hear the outside world as opposed to the usual quiet nothing that results. How weird, I thought.Read More
The more I read about who is successful in this life, the more I realize just how important it is to understand the word “enough.” I’ve written a lot about this on this blog, but I think it’s essential to keep hammering the point...if not for you, at least for me.
It has never been easier in this world to go narrow and deep. The resources to delve deeper and deeper in a subject are nearly infinite. In order to run out of material you practically have to specialize within a specialty!Read More
While away in Guatemala this past March, I had the chance to experience something I haven’t been able to experience in a long time: scarcity. What an eye-(re)opening experience!
Of course, I took care of doing some research, but I didn’t do as much as I likely should have because I thought all we had to do was get settled and then we could go from there. BIG MISTAKE.Read More
I don’t often write about basic personal finance principles on this blog, but I will jump in on a recent trend I’m noticing on YouTube. I'm seeing various bloggers/vloggers repeating the following advice, especially when it comes to what I would consider luxury or "treat yourself" type of items…Read More
In a recent post about going live on YouTube, I mentioned the often-drawn-out process involved in turning dreams into reality. And that drawn-out process occurs only if we’re lucky. The alternative is that whatever we were working on never materializes or quickly gets mothballed.Read More
I just finished another book last night: "Finish" by Jon Acuff. As I was getting through the final pages, including acknowledgements and chapter notes—yeah, I’m that person who actually reads those sections— I was reminded of a comment I received from an editor as I was shopping for someone to edit what I thought would be my first book. When she saw that I had footnotes quoting some of my sources, she authoritatively said:
“No one reads footnotes anymore.”
I was taken aback. Not just by the statement, but by her all-or-nothing position on the practice.Read More
Getting into or starting something new can be quite a process.
First, there's the dream phase where we picture ourselves knowing or doing what we're about to learn and/or start doing. It's exciting and a little scary at the same time...and it's all just fantasy, at least for the time being.
Unfortunately, that's where many dreams remain, either playing in our minds on an infinite loop or mothballed, never to see the light of day.Read More
I’ve had some feedback lately about my post titled More Is Less. The intention with that post is not to punish myself for my consumption, far from it.
The point of the "No Buy" challenge is to get in touch with what is far more satisfying than standard consumerism:
Mindful ConsumptionRead More
The shiny hearts are everywhere. They’re hung as decorations in the stores, they’re printed on product packaging, they’re stamped right on limited edition perfumes, cosmetics and flower vases; and they’re even part of the product itself when it comes to jewellery and confectionary.
Hearts and Valentine’s Day offers even appear on typical everyday items. This “special day” is indeed the apex of what is known as the consumerization of love and affection.
And the pressure to participate can be oppressive.Read More