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Category: Managing your Life

A dog feels the letdown after tearing all the stuffing out of a new toy.

Overcoming Post-Holiday Blargh1

[ 0 ] January 12, 2012

Some people spring into the new year, filled with energy and resolutions, ready to take on the world. I am not one of those people. If you’re not either, here’s what I’ve found that helps.

A man works on a small sculpture on the beach

Super-Efficiency

[ 2 ] December 28, 2011

There are a couple tricks to get more stuff done in less time, all while maintaining the same level of quality. And while I have used these tricks mainly for my work on the road, all of them can easily be applied by creative workers anywhere, nomadic or not!

A man--repeating his mistakes?

You are not a dumbass

[ 8 ] November 30, 2011

Wondering what’s wrong with you? If I learned anything in all the interviews I did for Beyond Fear, it’s that nobody has it all together. Everybody struggles, everybody doubts, nobody knows all the answers.

The table is set for a delightful feast

Dear media, hands off my gravy before I hurt you

[ 2 ] November 23, 2011

Why is it that everywhere I look, there’s a magazine, newspaper, or website trying to tell me to restrain myself this Thanksgiving? If I sign a waiver conceding that I’ll probably die very soon, fat, ugly, and alone, will they get off my case?

two dark figures looking down at you ominously

The perverse tyranny of “have to”

[ 10 ] November 9, 2011

I’ve noticed a funny thing since I’ve been working for myself: Telling myself I have to do something is the surest way to make sure I won’t want to do it.

What if you just did what you wanted?

What if you just did what you wanted?

[ 8 ] October 28, 2011

Have you ever loved something so much, you let it take over your whole life? It’s a tricky balance: to be really great at something, you need to devote a ton of energy to it. But if you do too much, you burn yourself out. Where do you draw the line?

a guy slogs through thigh-deep mud

When to give up

[ 2 ] September 7, 2011

Sometimes you just want to give up. The question is, should you?

three friends

The biggest thing I’ve learned this year

[ 14 ] August 30, 2011

I always thought the ideal situation was to be totally independent, do everything yourself, and not need anybody. But lately, I’m discovering that the opposite is true.

"love hate" and an arrow (this way!) written on a sidewalk

Obsessions and Love Potion: How I’ve Almost Ruined My Life (Again)

[ 9 ] August 26, 2011

You’re overwhelmed, overbooked, overstretched. It feels like there’s no time to exercise or rest or do anything fun, yet you know those are the things that recharge you and make it possible to do the things you need to do. What do you do?

my cabin in the woods

Doing what needs to be done + last call

[ 4 ] August 10, 2011

If anyone else out there is feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or just plain tired, don’t do like I did and wait until you’re so fried you can’t function. Take a few days off. And above all, listen to yourself! What’s the point of giving yourself great advice if you don’t take it?

A couple riding a tandem bike in the waterfront park with balloons trailing out behind them

The power of adventure

[ 17 ] June 10, 2011

In the end, the other people were the best part of the World Domination Summit.

Graffiti of a snowman holding a sign that says "THE END IS NEIGH"

How to make the most of the rapture (and I don’t mean petsitting schemes)

[ 4 ] May 21, 2011

People are always predicting the end of the world. But I think in the midst of the hype, lunacy, and Schadenfreude, there’s a glimmer of an important message, and it’s not about sin or judgement.