In late 2012, I had just got a new job that paid less than my old one (but paid more than nothing), and while I was out grocery shopping, I noticed that meat was expensive. So I decided “I just won’t eat it for a month and I’ll see what happens.” That month of eating a plant-based diet (also called a “vegan” diet, which is technically not correct–I’ll explain later) turned into a year. And it was followed up by a year of being ovo-pescatarian (eat eggs and fish). During that year, I lost a lot of weight and my health was the best it had ever been in my adult life.
But eventually I got bored with it because my weight loss plateaued. So I transitioned into a paleo-style diet. Did that for a couple months before I slowly started falling back into a standard American diet: Meat, cheese, milk, eggs, and fish. Every day. All of it. Continue reading
I grew up in a small town in Minnesota, whose population was under 500.
At age 18, I went to college. A small state university in a town with a population of about 15,000.
At age 20, I decided to major in political science, with the goal of going to law school and becoming an attorney. Continue reading
I don’t think I have an anger problem. Maybe I do. I’m not sure. I like to think I get angry about as much as anyone else. Although I’d prefer to think I never get angry, but that would be a total lie and would 100% indicate an anger problem.
Today was not a great day. Starting from a bird pooping on my hat before work, to a long day at work, to butting heads with someone, to apologizing because I felt like an ass about it, to finally getting off work after an 11 hour shift. Continue reading
I’m killing off almost all my social media.
I deleted my Facebook account a couple months ago. Never regretted it. Facebook is the ultimate “time-wastey” social media. It’s mostly full of people being overly angry at the news, a bunch of really dumb videos that auto-play, the worst ads of any social network, and really dumb notifications. Continue reading
I had an idea for something to write, but I decided it was too much work, and I didn’t want to put that much effort into something not fun.
I think that’s a good way to approach life overall: Don’t waste time with things that don’t improve you or make you feel good. And if you need to do something you don’t want to do, find a way to make it as enjoyable as possible. Continue reading
I’ve had a lot of job interviews over the past five or six years. And I mean a lot. If you include phone interviews, I’m sure I’m well over 100. But I’ve had a ton of in-person interviews, as well.
And while I feel very good about landing the phone interview, and pretty good about nailing it, it feels like my record at in-person meetups is lacking. Mostly because only three interviews have ever turned into an offer. Continue reading
One urge I get when I start writing regularly is the urge to write another book. I’ve written (and self-published) three. One was an unfinished novel I published in its raw state a 2-3 years ago. The others were short ebooks I haven’t thought about in a few years. Maybe I’ll start a mailing list at some point and give them away.
I liked writing those books. Not so much the unfinished novel–when I write fiction, I tend to get bored after a week or two and never finish the story–but the others were experiences I loved, even if I never want to go back and read them. Continue reading
Every blog I’ve ever started (or rebooted, like this one) has included a post like this. It’s the most important topic I can write about. More important than how work makes me feel. More important than how college was a waste of my money and I want to return my degree. And more important than developing a sense of loyalty to myself.
The most important topic I can write about is writing. Continue reading
In job interviews, when (or if) the interviewer asks “What is your biggest weakness?” there’s an answer I’ve never really thought about giving, but the more I look over where I am professionally, I think it’s the most honest answer I could give:
“I’m too loyal to the company (and people) I work for.” Continue reading
Just a few days into my one-two punch of “study Italian and only eat food from home,” I’ve screwed up three times:
- I ran late one morning so I had to buy breakfast on the way to work.
- I found change in my pocket and bought a Twix bar from a vending machine (whoops)
- I really have no desire to study a romance language that’s not Spanish