To make a long story short, when I was in the corporate world I was trained by a couple of the people who trained The Men Who Stare At Goats. Seriously. The company I worked for brought them in to conduct a series of leadership training retreats. I’m not sure what the overlords thought we were going to get out of it. What I took away was a sense of self and self-empowerment, which is what led me to leave the corporate world and become self-employed. Oh, and I also learned how to take a power nap. Take a Power Nap When I was a kid I could sleep literally anywhere. At summer camp I was known as the guy[…]

Sometimes I put things on for background noise because I need to hear human voices. Look, I work from home. I often don’t go outside for days at a time. Katie’s not always here, and when she is she’s at her desk during office hours doing her own work. It gets a little lonely and weird. I usually open YouTube and put on some streaming news, or videos by people I follow, or old pirated talk shows. Once in a while I’ll watch a TED Talk. If you want to actually learn something, use a TED Talk as the starting point. A lot of the lecturers have written books on the subject they’re discussing. Hell, the talk is often a[…]

A lot of self-help gurus talk about creating habits. That’s good, but the terminology is kind of cold and flat. You make a habit of doing things that you have to do. And some things should be habits, because they make you productive or healthy. When it comes to self-care, especially for managing my mental health, I prefer to create joyful rituals instead. It gives it a ring of spirituality, or fun, of doing something because you want to, not because you need to. Yeah, the phrase “joyful rituals” is kind of twee. It works, it’s accurate, but it’s also the term that I pulled straight off of whatever list of self-care advice I was mining. Maybe I shouldn’t be[…]

One of my odd quirks is that I write mission and vision statements for every project I take on. Sometimes I’ll find an appropriate quote that inspires those declarations of intent. Other times I’ll write down a powerful quote that sums up what I’m trying to do, or at least captures the spirit of the project, and use that as the foundation for the statements. Either way, how someone more eloquent and likely smarter than me turned a phrase can become a source of inspiration. As I’ve embraced the bullet journal aesthetic, I’ve begun putting quotes on my monthly spread. I try to find something relevant to an overarching theme. It might evoke a mood, be a bit of encouragement[…]

All of the photos on this site, with one exception, I took myself. I love that modern technology has put a pretty decent camera in my pocket, in the form of this tiny computer that we insist on calling a phone. Being able to put one of my photos with every post is such a bonus. It lets me make everything even more personal, even when the words and images don’t have anything to do with one another. That said, I need to put today’s self-care prompt into perspective. “Photograph something happy” is a nice sentiment. Look for beauty in the world. Seek out something some amazing that it’s worth taking a photo of. Document those important moments in your[…]