The last time someone reached out for tips on life, and I shared it, the personal thank-you messages that I got were overwhelming. The other day I got a pretty heavy letter from Dubai. I am sharing the letter, and my response, in hopes that it will help others out. Feel free to share this post.
Hello… I hope very much that you can read this, as at the moment I’m in a bit of a pathetic dilemma. I would firstly like to admit that I am not a devoted fan to your blog, so I understand if you want to allocate your time answering somebody who is. But from what I have seen, you seem to be living life with the care-free attitude that I so desperately need right now. Maybe if the good samaritan within you is glowing and time allows, you can help me…
Soo, a bit about me… Read the rest of this entry »
Change is good, they say. I agree. Toll ways are a bitch without it. I still get perplexed when I see Parking Meters without credit card (or cell phone) usage. It is a good piece of bullshit to promise people when you’re running for office. But the change I’m talking about is initially hard, and these days my life is all about it.
You see, there’s a chapter in my book called “Ditching Heavy Baggage” — and it’s about how in order to keep living my passion (traveling, meeting new people, learning all I can, finding mentors, having a blast, taking great photos, having adventures, changing peoples’ lives) I had to get rid of people that were weighing me down (hence the baggage metaphor… get it? I travel, and it’s extra weight).
I’ve heard – and then had proven through experience- that you are the sum average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Read the rest of this entry »
There is a wonderful poem by Jules Feiffer called “The Impostor Fantasy”. I am honored to post it for you in my writing.
(Take it away Jules):
I felt like a fraud.
So I learned to fly an airplane.
At 50,000 feet I thought: Read the rest of this entry »
In this post, I actually give you a real set of stories from my travels… but I’m not 100% sure how to format my book. I’d really love your feedback!
ARGH! Who knew a book was tough to write? Well, I guess everyone, ’cause not everyone does it… but once you get started, all these little details come up: Read the rest of this entry »
Dear friend – yes you!
I have something really important to tell you. It’s very exciting, and very difficult for me all at once.
I’ve arrived here in La Jolla, CA where the weather is truly amazing, and I am house-sitting for the next 5-6 weeks.
On my drive here from Austin, TX I had a lot of time to think, and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that the best answers come from asking the right questions. My question that I chose was “How do I make the best use of house-sitting near the beach for 6 weeks?”
I came up with many ideas, but the ones that made the most sense are also the most difficult, and I’d like to share them with you.
I have completed 3.5 years of couchsurfing around the USA. I’ve met the most incredible people that I could ever imagine. I have had amazing adventures, where Read the rest of this entry »
There are to do's, and not-to-do's when setting goals.
I was asked if I had any resolutions for this year. I said, yes of course! 1920×1200 of course! (For you non-geeks, that’s my laptop’s screen resolution. It’s measured in pixels). I don’t believe in resolutions. Why? Because they’re usually crap… they are something that doesn’t mean anything. They are the reasons that gyms are in business. All that holiday food, and now everyone wants six-pack abs, buys a gym membership, and then doesn’t do anything with it. I don’t do resolutions, I do goals.
Goal setting has been scientifically proven to make achievement more likely. They say your goal should be big and hard (don’t start with the perv jokes just yet… it’s only day 1 of the year… oh heck! Let’s have a fun year.. make your perv jokes), or it won’t inspire you enough to get it done. If you don’t MAKE goals (by the way, only about 3% of the USA population actually knows how or bothers to set goals).
Don’t worry… this isn’t a “How to set Goals so they work” post. This is me talking a little bit about that, and a little bit about what I’m looking to do for 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
Mine is red
Some people make forts out of pillows. I made a nest out of 2 blankets, a sleeping bag, and 4 pillows. I camped out in front of my (gas) fireplace, and read a book on consulting. One has to always keep learning, to be the best at their field, offer themselves and their clients the latest and greatest info, and of course, to keep the brain working. This e-book was the reason I got the reader, so here’s my feedback on the usage:
It’s a neat toy… er… tool! It takes a tiny bit of getting used to, but overall is useful. The fact I finished the book goes a long way. You can not change the font size of the text with a regular book (though, since I like to play devil’s advocate, I’ll also remind people that for $6 or so, you can get a pair of magnifying reading glasses at any pharmacy- like Walgreens or CVS). This feature was convenient, but did not work on pages that were graphics. To be a descriptive geek, you are not zooming in… you are only increasing the font size on what the PDF knows is text. That means that if you are looking at a graph, and it is too small… you’re screwed. I had this happen on 2 pages.
Additionally, with these E-Ink displays, the makers often claim that there is no problems with glare, but I disagree. Read the rest of this entry »