Working with a health coach instead of another psychologist

I’ve tried psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors to help get me — and keep me — on track in life, but they never helped me too much. I think their help is too clinical and designed for people who don’t know themselves very well. Continue reading “Working with a health coach instead of another psychologist”

3MMs: An experiment in combatting laptop lethargy while working

About once per week, I think about becoming a construction worker or landscaper because of the side-effects working from a laptop has on my physical and mental health. (I don’t really want to be one though.) Continue reading “3MMs: An experiment in combatting laptop lethargy while working”

Stress doesn’t kill you, how you think about it does

Stress is not some artificial state that slowly kills us. Rather, it’s a completely natural state that the body enters into when we’re in unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory. It gives us energy, excitement, and strength. Continue reading “Stress doesn’t kill you, how you think about it does”

An experiment in breaking down big goals with a simple Google Doc

A goal lingers because there’s no pressure to complete it. A monthly goal never gets done because a month is a long time, and long time’s attract procrastination. You tell yourself that what you didn’t do this week you will do next week. But you never do it. Continue reading “An experiment in breaking down big goals with a simple Google Doc”

Being weird, like gutting dead animals for turkey vulture research

There’s an episode in the show Ozarks on Netflix in which the son of the money launderer starts finding dead animals in the woods and gutting them. After gutting them, he puts the disemboweled animal in the yard and watches in awe as turkey vultures swoop down at 35 miles-per-hour with their 6-foot wingspan. Continue reading “Being weird, like gutting dead animals for turkey vulture research”

Hard choices, easy life

When someone is in the midst of a big decision, I offer them some advice. I tell them that the harder choice is often the right choice.

I’ve been giving this advice to people since high school. There wasn’t a specific event that brought me to this conclusion about decision-making. I said it one day to my high school sweetheart and it just made sense. It was one of those rare occasions when the subconscious let’s a truth about life slip into the conscious mind. Continue reading “Hard choices, easy life”

Water fast [Day 3 of 3]: How to get a natural head high

This is day 3 of 3 of my 3-day water fast.

It’s pretty simple. You fast for three days. By the afternoon, I felt like I had been given a slight hit of novocain. But instead of staying contained in my mouth, it flooded through to my brain. It wasn’t intense. I would compare it to being perfume-puffed with a baby does of novocain and some adrenaline. My heart was beating faster than normal, but I felt alive. Not necessarily good, but alive. Continue reading “Water fast [Day 3 of 3]: How to get a natural head high”