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Yes it’s Time For Another Challenge!
“After the writer’s death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.”- Jean Cocteau
I have been thinking about what to do for this second challenge ever since I launched the first one, (which is still going on by the way, check it out), and I’ve considered a lot of different options. I was going around and around trying to come up with something that I could challenge myself, and you guys, to do, rather than something else to abstain from. I already have the next couple of challenges in mind, but before we get too far down this path, I More >
Did you Defeat all Six Specters of Life?
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear… And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear is gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”- Frank Herbert
I know that I haven’t defeated any of the Specters permanently, but I do think that I’ve scared a few of them off for a while. At the very least, I’ve become more familiar with them, and we tend to be less afraid of what we understand. I think that the most important thing I’ve More >
Pay Attention, Don’t Let Life Live you
In times of life crisis, whether wild fires or smoldering stress, the first thing I do is go back to basics… am I eating right, am I getting enough sleep, am I getting some physical and mental exercise everyday.”- Edward Albert
We all let life get away from us at times, and we end up neglecting certain responsibilities or interests. I can usually tell when I’ve started to let my attention slip and I start to lose control of the things that I should be exercising control over. One of the surest signs for me that I’ve stopped practicing the basics of my More >
Potholes on the Road to Financial Independence
Each is under the most sacred obligation not to squander the material committed to him, not to sap his strength in folly and vice, and to see at the least that he delivers a product worthy the labor and cost which have been expended on him.” -Anna Julia Cooper
I used to trade away my time for money without giving it a whole lot of thought, but luckily I have been on a steady path to fixing that problem for quite a while now. The following expenditures are just a few of the things that I think a person who values their money as representations More >
The Fear of Criticism
According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value.”- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Every time I sit down to write a new blog post I have this particular Specter lingering over my shoulder. I keep thinking that eventually I will get used to writing and I will not feel any anxiety before I hit “publish,” but that is just not the case. The Fear of Criticism is with us all day; whenever we decide to do More >
No Thank you Mayor Bloomberg, I can Make my Own Decisions
The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”- Mark Twain
I’m sure that most of you have heard about the ban on sugary beverages that are over 16 oz. in New York City. Despite whether or not it will help people lose weight, I don’t generally agree with what I consider unnecessary regulation. If a company wants to sell a product, and a person wants to buy it, I don’t see why any outside party should have a say on the subject. Unfortunately though, it seems More >
Let’s Talk Cash
“”By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”- Benjamin Franklin
Although I haven’t focused a whole lot on money to this point, I do see personal finance as one of this blog’s cornerstones. I think that money plays such an important role in our lives, that it is not enough to simply say, “you should save,” but rather, we need to adjust our entire life philosophy before we can really tackle some of the challenges people face when it comes to money. Hence why I’ve spent so much time harping on Stoicism and other seemingly unrelated topics. Now that much of the More >
Who’s Afraid of the Inevitable?
Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.” -Louisa May Alcott
Well, almost inevitable, there is no guarantee you’ll make it to old age, but the odds are generally in your favor. And by the way, wouldn’t you rather see old age, than not? Think about that. I look at old age as merely the end of the ride, right before it quits and the operator says, More >
A Little Backstory
“For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”
I haven’t shared this with you guys yet, but a lot of the inspiration for starting this blog came from the loss of my brother. Well, we weren’t blood brothers, but we were tighter than most friends and took to introducing each other as brothers, so it stuck. He and I served together for most of our time in the military and being two very young Marines out in the real world for the first time, you More >
What Do You Do?
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” -Benjamin Franklin
How do you answer that question? Do you immediately launch into an excited tale about your incredible occupation? Or do you give a little sigh of resignation and respond with “I’m a ______,” or “I work at______?” I’d bet that the majority of people fall into the latter category, even people who enjoy their jobs for the most part. So, if we’re not all that excited by what we do for money, why do we allow it do identify us to such a degree?
I like to answer the question “what do you do?” with a witty More >