I want to wake up every morning anxious to get my day started. To never care if it’s Monday, or Friday, or Sunday. To only care about what is ahead to be achieved, and what I can do today towards achieving it.
One of the objectives always in the back of my mind is working to get the greatest reward out of my life, both now and in the future. Whether I am remembering to slow down and take in the moment, or finding ways to protect my family’s wealth and invest it for the future, I am seeking every day to have the best life I can possibly have.
The heavenly smell of broth simmering in the crock pot has become a comforting staple in our house. We use it for soups and sauces, or warm a cup up with a little butter or coconut oil and sea salt when we’re not feeling well.
Slow-simmered bone broth is not only delicious, it is rich in easy-to-absorb minerals and gelatin. (Read this article to learn about the myriad of benefits from bone broth.)
My favorite days are when I have a little down time early in the morning to sip a warm cup of coffee, reflect on my life, and prepare for the day ahead.
My wife’s family has passed down a unique tradition when taking a big trip: once they are all dressed and ready to go, everyone stops and sits quietly for a moment (sometimes just a few quick seconds) and then they head out. This pause is thought to ensure they have a safe and successful trip. It gives everyone a moment to make sure nothing important is forgotten, and reminds you to slow down enough to be in control of, rather than just reacting to, life.
I just started using the free Anki intelligent flashcard program. It is recommend it for, “Anyone who needs to remember things in daily life.” It is so easy to use I suspect it will become a staple in my toolbox.
I can add anything I want to remember to a deck, from basic words to images, audio, videos… even scientific markup. When I have downtime in my day I launch the program from any computer or phone (since you can sync it online) and go through a few cards at a time.
The day we get our Christmas tree is the most important tradition of the season. This is the day that sets the spirit for the rest of the year. If we rush after work to the store for a tree, thoughtlessly pour some decorations out of a tattered box and sling them on just in time to catch a late show… well then that is how our holiday season is going to be: rushed, thoughtless, and in the way.
We dedicate a whole day to kicking off the Christmas season. We start with a relaxing morning and a good, home-cooked breakfast; head out to a real tree farm out of town; stroll in the brisk, winter air sipping hot chocolate and cider; find our perfect tree and cut it down ourselves; and spend the evening decorating the tree and listening to Christmas music.
It’s a Day to be Thankful
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A day to:
- Be especially thankful for the things I have been lucky to end up with;
- Appreciate the incredible people in my life; and
- Feast on the bounty of the years hard work.
Truly a holiday for celebrating life!
Black Friday is just around the corner and the holiday season is upon us. The temptation to live beyond our means will be stronger than ever, and luring us in with those holly, jolly tunes. So as we head towards Christmas MMXIII, I have one wish for my fellow life-lovers: don’t go into debt this Christmas.
Living well within my means to get out of debt and grow wealth has been a hard-learned value. Like all values, it is easily lost by being watered down by exceptions. So I can’t make an exception to living within my means just because it’s Christmas. When I blow money on myself I feel guilty, but when I blow it on others I feel good. So it takes more effort and dedication to reign in my spending during Christmas.
And on the seventh day, I shall rest. At least that’s my goal. That’s the light at the end of the week-long tunnel. As I chug along, “I know I can, I know I can,” the reward for conquering the week is: rest.
I learned the hard way how valuable rest time is. I’ve always had big goals—and too many of them—so it’s always easy to find something to do. After weeks of running full-steam, eventually the tank would hit empty and it would take me days, or sometimes weeks to get back to full capacity. Once I started taking a rest day every week the stretches of dead time disappeared, I found myself more productive than ever during the week, and I feel great.
As I passed through the twirling doors of the Portland International Airport on our recent trip to Chicago, it occurred to me that the elated feeling I get at the airport is like the feeling I used to have as kid when I walked into a magic store.
An airport, like a magic store, is place that inspires endless possibilities. While as a kid I dreamed of colorful handkerchiefs being pulled from nowhere, I now dream of terminals, only minutes away, capable of transporting me anywhere in world. It is truly an incredible feat, not even remotely possible only 100 years ago.
No matter how exciting—or more often uneventful—the days may be, it is only natural that we fall into a routine. To save us from this seemingly innocent but nefarious trap is: Friday date night.
It doesn’t happen every Friday. My job requires that I work a third of them. And other important things no doubt come up. But as often as circumstances allow, we reserve Friday night for us: