Throughout my career, I’ve worked for a variety of organizations. Fresh out of college as an eager young lad, I started in a huge 70,000+ person multi-national corporation. I then worked for a small, 30-ish person startup before quitting and joining a not-for-profit organization in the healthcare industry. And today, I work for a startup-turned-big-boy-company … Continue reading Jobs are funny things, and so is quitting!
I love to read non-fiction self-helpy type books that make me think. You might have guessed that from some of the Friday Feast articles I share. Self growth is very important to me. As the saying goes, “if you’re not growing, you’re dying” and in a large sense that’s true. Life is about learning, not only about the outside world but also about ourselves. What are our truths? What makes us Happy? Who are we? What are our stories?
That last question is a new one for me. Steve and I think about our stories to come, our post-career lives when we can choose how we spend our days and the adventures we will have outside of full time jobs. That’s as close as I’ve come to “choosing my story”, a future daydream. That’s how most people choose their stories. But our real stories are what we’re doing right now…today. We are choosing the story of our life with each decision we make. What kind of story is it?
Donald Miller wrote an extremely interesting and inspiring book, “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years“, that made me really think about the stories we are crafting with our lives. A Million Miles tells Donald’s story. Donald wrote a very successful memoir and then settled back into normal life. It wasn’t until 2 film producers decided to make a movie out of his memoir and asked him to help edit and change his own life for the big screen that he began to question the life we was living. Continue reading “Crafting the Stories of our Lives: “A Million Years in a Thousand Days” by Donald Miller”
Religion, cars, politics, attitudes and philosophies – from a very early age, I have found myself fascinated by what people believe. Our world offers many different things to believe in, thought processes, perspectives and rationalizations, and naturally, people presume that the collection of their beliefs can loosely be considered “the truth”.
As a child, I questioned this apparent madness. My parents took me to church as a kid – a presbyterian church with a certain interpretation of the Bible and all that comes with the whole idea of Christianity and a belief in God.
I knew others who attended a more strict Baptist church with their own unique interpretation of this religion. And then, there were Lutherans. And Protestant Catholics. Jews. Arabs. Buddhists. Atheists. The list goes on and on.
Warning, kid logic: If our presbyterian church offered “THE” religion, why are people choosing other options? Wait…there are options? Continue reading “What version of the “truth” do you believe?”
I remember about 10 years ago I was talking with a co-worker of mine about our out-of-work activities planned for that weekend. I happened to mention to him that I love nights and weekends because they allow me time to finally relax and unwind a bit, focus on some of the simpler things in life, enjoying my time before life literally passes me by. The weekends were my time to relax. Continue reading “Why are people so busy? Slow the hell down!”
Zee over at Work To Not Work published a blog post recently that talked about a topic that is so common, yet, I somehow never gave it much thought in the past. Imagine yourself at a dinner party for your significant other. You probably know very few people there. In an effort to make small … Continue reading “What do you do?” Are you a plumber, or a hiker?
My wife and I have a looming trip to one of our favorite cities, San Francisco, to celebrate the birthday of a friend of ours. But, there is no getting around the fact that San Francisco is not the cheapest place to tootle around in, and our friends of ours are definitely not on the fast track to retirement. Continue reading “Trying damn hard to stay frugal in San Francisco”
New Years resolutions are overrated. Every year, we Americans resolve to do many things, like lose weight, get that job promotion, quit smoking or save more money. We constantly look towards the future and the new things that we want to do, forgetting to reflect on what worked for us (and what didn’t) in our past. Continue reading “This New Years, don’t resolve, reflect!”
I admit it – I spent the majority of my early working life looking for the next big promotion. Everybody wants to be the boss, and I drove into work each and every day with a big smile on my face, making a conscious effort to say the right things around the right people, to better … Continue reading Why I quit my job as a high level manager
Though I generally believe driving to be a miserable way to spend my time, I nonetheless drive when life calls: to the gym or grocery store, up to my in-laws’ house for holidays and other occasions and, every now and again, to my client’s fortress (also known as their “office”) nearly 1.5 hours away. During these hours on the road, I realized something fairly shocking. Continue reading “5 steps to better gas mileage, guaranteed”
It’s the holiday season, and you are probably bombarded with two types of stimuli: the sweet, so-called kick-ass deals on stuff like big screen TVs, BluRay players, cell phones, clothes and even cars…or blogs (like this one) that caution against overspending and blowing your hard earned money on stupid gifts and useless luxury items that drain your pocketbook. Continue reading “Give something more meaningful this Christmas”