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 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 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
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
The second greatest habit I’ve ever developed (then broke)–after daily writing–was idea generation. It was something I borrowed from writer/investor James Altucher. It’s simple: Write ten ideas a day. About anything at all. Try to theme them, though.
It’s the one thing I always do when I feel an emotional or mental low. And it always makes me feel somewhat batter. And doing it every day makes idea generation a little bit easier, the idea a little bit better, and the desire to act on those ideas a lot stronger. Continue reading
I find it’s easier to do things to improve myself when I set some sort of timeline in place. I don’t want to micromanage it–that’s just frustrating–but instead I want to create habits. And when I want to create that habit, I find what I want to do and I try to do it every day for 30 days.
And since we’re near the beginning of a new month, I figure it’s perfect timing to implement this sort of thing. Continue reading