Memento Mori

For the past few years I’ve been trying to be more mindful and present in my day-to-day life. It’s a daily struggle for me as my brain likes to go into autopilot and just cruise through the day. Some days are better than others. I meditate, sometimes. I do mindfulness Read more…

My Journal Process

I’ve been writing in my journal for a couple years now. However, it used to be just a recap of the things I did during the day. Sometimes it was only a short bullet list recording events, sometimes a paragraph or two narrative. I suppose I wanted a record of Read more…

Year of the Rat

Happy Lunar New Year! 2020 is the year of the rat. I don’t traditionally celebrate the Chinese New Year or follow the Chinese Zodiac. But it turns out I’m a “rat” on their zodiac calendar. So this is my year! Coincides well with my “Focus On Me” axiom this year, Read more…

Meditation Monday

I’ve been trying to meditate more regularly. Boy howdy do I need it! Today’s guided meditation was a lesson on equanimity. e·qua·nim·i·ty /ˌekwəˈnimədē/ noun – mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. The message that rang true was to remind myself that other people are Read more…

Saving My Sanity

Note: in an effort to become a better writer, blog more often, and maybe grow readers, I’m posting this on Medium too. If you’re so inclined, I would love a clap or a share or whatever. Thx. Part of my morning routine, besides putting away dishes, starting coffee, making breakfast, and Read more…

Digital Detox – done

And that’s a wrap! I did my “digital detox” for the 30 days of April. You can read the rules I setup on that link, but basically I removed most notifications from my phone/watch and committed to not checking most social media sites on my phone or computer for 30 Read more…

Digital Detox – halfway point

Yesterday marked two weeks of going through my “digital detox”. I followed Cal Newport’s direction for a 30 day digital detox from his book “Digital Minimalism.” I had been losing my interest in most social media platforms anyway and had become especially weary of all the pro and anti-President stuff Read more…

I got this

This year has been a rough start for me. Between losing a month of pay with the government shutdown (contractors didn’t get backpay), my contract waiting to be awarded, our dog passing away, and more responsibilities in general, I feel like I’ve been pulled in too many directions at once. Read more…

Goodreads Reading Challenge

Last year I signed up for Goodreads‘ Reading Challenge. I purchased a used Kindle Paperwhite in December 2017 because I decided I needed to read more … especially more than just professional texts related to work. So I committed to reading 15 books in 2018. I figured I could read just Read more…

My Three Words for 2019

Last year I tried to theme my year with three words rather than commit myself to resolutions that I knew I wouldn’t keep anyway. I first heard of the concept from Mike Vardy, who in turn took the concept from Chris Brogan. My words last year were Mindful, Endure, and Hygge. As I reflected Read more…