• Education,  Goals,  Inspiration

    PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

    One semester down; 19 to go. We can do 19 semesters. When I shared that fact with my daughter Katie (who is studying for her Bachelor’s in Health Science now), she announced that it sounded so much easier that way. She had been a bit depressed at the fact that she just committed four years of her life to not…

  • Organization,  Productivity,  Time management

    My Minimalist Daily Planner

    I have spent a small fortune on planning and productivity apps over the years. I’ve vacillated between paper and digital so many times that it borders upon the ridiculous. While I wanted to go completely digital, not one of the apps I purchased could accommodate my needs so I would end up purchasing even more apps, make the process more…

  • Happiness,  Life,  self-improvement,  Time management

    How Do You Spend Your Time?

    “To come but once into the World, and Trifle away our true Enjoyment of it, and of our selves in it, is lamentable indeed.” William Penn (1706). Some Fruits of Solitude, in reflections and maxims relating to the conduct of human life. These past few days I’ve had little to do but rest and think. It occurred to me that…

  • Life,  self-improvement,  Success

    Know Thyself

    “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” Laozi When you start upon a journey, you must not only know where you are but where you want to go. Otherwise, you wont know which turns to make—or even realize if you have arrived at your destination. Life is the same way, yet many of us tend to wander aimlessly through…

  • Toxic friend
    self-improvement,  Success

    Beware the Company You Keep

    Do not be misled. Bad company ruins character. (1 Corinthians 15:33, The Bible: An American Translation, 1931). If you are reading this blog, chances are that you have a goal you are working to achieve. If so, congratulations. It takes a special kind of determination to begin actively pursuing a goal. Over time you may have noticed that your progress…

  • Health,  Productivity

    How to Improve Your Health and Boost Productivity

    At first glance the subjects of health and productivity don’t seem to have much in common. One concerns how you treat your body and the other how you handle your time. Yet the two are inextricably entwined. It is only by maintaining and improving your health that you can find the energy to do the things you want (and need)…

  • Education,  Life,  Success

    How to Defeat Panic and Accomplish Your Goals

    My daughter and I started college this past Thursday. We woke up bright and early to eat breakfast before we got started. Katie began to cook while I turned on some relaxing classical music. After a brief phone call from Auntie wishing us a happy first day of college, we talked quietly as we ate before settling down in our…

  • Minimalism,  Productivity

    The Facebook Fast

    As time ticked closer to the start of my first semester I began to worry: where would I get the time to attend college? I work more hours than ever at my public job; between that and my writing business (not including my regular household duties) I was already approaching my limit. Perplexed, I revisited my old friend Minimalism in…

  • self-improvement,  Success

    The Art of Standing Firm

    There comes a time in all of our lives when we have to stand firm in our decisions, when we have to straighten our shoulders and move forward despite opposition from others–and even ourselves. These decisions can encompass anything. The details don’t matter; what matters is that you maintain your resolution. The people around you may not understand what you…

  • self-improvement,  Success

    You Can’t Change Your Past

    Every so often I encounter someone who shares with me their belief that they cannot be successful. “I’d love to [insert dream here] but I can’t. My parents were abusive/poor/absent so I’ve got too much of a disadvantage.” If it’s not some variation of that excuse, they claim that they got married or had kids too soon. Sometimes they’ve even…

  • Education,  self-improvement,  Success

    How to Deal With the Demon of Doubt

    After a long night at work I returned home to discover a surprise in my inbox: “Congratulations! We are excited to inform you that your application has been reviewed and you can start studying at UoPeople in the upcoming term!” I sat and stared at that email for an hour. I was accepted? Just like that? They’re joking, right? I…

  • Inspiration

    Counting the Shifts

    Having experienced freedom in the past I am likely more spoiled than most. I know the pleasure that comes from waking up when you like and having the freedom to arrange your schedule as desired. That is why on some days I dread going to work. Even as much as I enjoy my job I watch the clock tick closer…

  • Finances,  Productivity,  Success

    Why the Turtle Beats the Hare to Success

    One of the blessings that come with age is patience. Time has a way of making you realize that instant wealth or success is a fairy tale concocted by marketers to place your cash in their pocket by taking advantage of your impatience. In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins discusses how mediocre companies develop long-lasting success. His research…

  • Success

    Frustrated? Stick to Your Plan

    Last night Murphy’s Law seemed to reign at my job. I awoke this morning with the frustration still eating at me. The details don’t matter. You’ve probably felt the same, that desire to just say “fuck it” and change your plan. So what can you do when that desire hits? You can do the same thing that I do. You…

  • Education,  Finances,  Investments,  self-improvement,  Success

    2019 Goal Update

    I received a call on my day off from work yesterday, asking if I would come work for a couple of hours. I wasn’t thrilled at first but then I realized that those hours worked would take me a tiny bit closer to my goal. I worked that short shift with a smile on my face. I’ve made quite a…

  • Business,  Productivity

    Headless Chicken

    Life has kept me super-busy these past few weeks. I’ve been slowly spring-cleaning my house by doing little things on top of helping Katie adjust to her current situation. At work, my official management training is underway so I stay busier than ever. In order to keep labor costs low, the end of the night has me paired with my…