How to live a holiday life, or better yet, how to create a life you love

A French friend of mine regularly threatens to block me on Instagram because my posts of what he calls our “holiday life” frustrate him. He wants to live by the beach and be surrounded by nature, too. But he cannot because he has to live in Hong Kong and work for a living.  I doContinue reading “How to live a holiday life, or better yet, how to create a life you love”

What brushing my teeth like a retard has taught me

Last month, I spontaneously decided to start brushing my teeth with my non-dominant hand. Not just because, but to teach myself a new skill. It may not create more connections in my brain like that if I just eat magic mushrooms or my chosen task as impressive as learning how to play Clair de LuneContinue reading “What brushing my teeth like a retard has taught me”

How are you going with your New Year’s resolutions?

Resolutions are not really my thing but reading all of your New Year’s resolutions in the beginning of the year made me think of what I wanted to do more of this 2021: to read more and eat more fruit. Compared to my lofty aspirations the year before, which included have a property to potentiallyContinue reading “How are you going with your New Year’s resolutions?”

Tell me I am wrong

In a recent post on handling arguments, Ed mentioned that nobody likes being told they are wrong. I thought it was an interesting perspective because I do not mind others pointing out my mistakes. In fact, I welcome it, if not actively seek it. The input helps me improve whatever it is I am tryingContinue reading “Tell me I am wrong”

On putting in the work.

You’ve gotta put in the work. We’ve all heard that phrase one time or another. You want nice things? Put in the work. You want a good life? Put in the work. You want things to change? Well, you guessed it – put in the work. Rarely have I seen a phrase so deeply misunderstood.Continue reading “On putting in the work.”

How to exercise again after a layoff or injury

So I am happy to report that I just finished my first two-week program after a month of not doing anything following knee pain. Of course, it would be ideal if my workout routine is continuous but stop-and-go is better than not exercising at all, isn’t it?

The path to hell is paved with good intentions

The start of a new year is always a time of good intentions. Just in my last post, I talked about making 2021 the year of engagement. The thing is, good intentions may be fun, easy, and feel good. But they rarely survive contact with reality. I would argue, though, that good intentions in themselvesContinue reading “The path to hell is paved with good intentions”

What our cats taught me about love

By now, it is hard to imagine life at the tiny house without Phobos, Deimos, and Fake Deimos. It is every bit their home as much as it is ours. My sister always says the cats decided to adopt us and not the other way around, and I really have nothing to debate that. OurContinue reading “What our cats taught me about love”

2021: The year of engagement?

This year is drawing to a close, and so it is time to think about the next. Let’s not fool ourselves: the challenges of 2020 are not just going to disappear as we turn to 2021. But a new year always comes with an opportunity to set an intention, and I would like to suggestContinue reading “2021: The year of engagement?”

How to get yourself to try anything

It could very well be that my death arrives after eating a poisonous mushroom that looked cool or cliff jumping from an overly ambitious height in an unknown, remote island. I am all for trying. I am curious about results, outcomes, discoveries, experiments, and explorations. The process of finding out or learning more is infinitelyContinue reading “How to get yourself to try anything”