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I’m a Minimalist… So, Why am I Worried About Money?

Minimalism! What a concept! I just realized that the term "Minimalist" might just describe my natural drive to separate myself from the unnecessary.  Not just clutter on bookshelves, but fundamental things. Big things. I made a list of some of the biggies that I...
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Sitting in a Chicago cafe looking out the window at a young man sweeping the sidewalk. He's getting each and every tiny piece of trash and cigarette butt out of each crack with his small, black broom to get every tiny crumb and fragment of paper. I'm impressed by both...
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Location, Location, Location – Are You Paying Too Much For Your Life?

Let me ask you a question: What's it like where you live? Does where you live inspire you? Why are why not? I thought about this when I heard Steven Chou from talking about helping his audience make an extra $1000. "There's a lot of people out...
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Finalizing a Rough Draft Life

It occurred to me that I'm a Rough Draft guy than a Final Draft type. I'm someone who prefers thinking of himself as an idea guy, a concept person but who has trouble digging down to the details. For example, I've come back to edit this post and others months after I...
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When Your Kid Teaches You To Follow Your Bliss

Follow Your Bliss - Miss Robichaux School For Exceptional Young LadiesFollow Your Bliss Like a Kid

I like to think of myself as the kind of guy who’s all about “follow your bliss” and open to other people’s crazy dreams. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I like to think that I sometimes relish creating awkward-feeling situations wherein I dig for other people’s crazy, passionate dreams, even (or, especially) the ones they’ve carefully and cautiously packed away with no intentions of ever letting see the light of day. Obeying no sense of decorum carefully circumnavigate their gatekeepers in a quest to get inside and liberate the hidden puppy mills of the soul. read more…

A Blog About How to Achieve Work Life Balance

Achieving Work-Life Balance: Changing Lifestyle and Perspective

The quest for work life balance begins by looking around and wondering: When are my work and life going more accurately reflect the ideas I have in my head? Is this much of my Life really supposed to be devoted to doing the bidding of others – or preparing to do the work others would have me do, or driving to work, neglecting my family and my dreams FOR WORK, jumping through unnecessary hoops for work, seemingly living for work?

You are born to win and achieve work life balance.

Triumphant image from “Born to Win” a household fixture from my childhood. Photo by John Pearson

I started this blog when I began actively working toward work life balance; moving away from being a body filling a desk for someone else and filling a life for myself full of creativity, work I love and meaningful relationships. This blog was a way to log my journey and to better form the beliefs and techniques that I hoped to eventually build my life on.

“A DAY ON:” My technique for work-life balance requires dedicating days toward working toward it.

Yoda says: Do or do not. There is no “try.”

The A Day On technique toward achieving work life balance is simply start “doing it.” If you dream of being a photographer get out there now and take some pictures and then quickly, before this god-given day gets away from you – post them for others to see. Post them everywhere. Then you ARE a photographer not simply dreaming of being one. The blog posts below represent approaches to Being. Read more about work life balance

My Morning Routine, Productivity Be Damned

alarmThe Morning Routine I Just Discovered I Have

Tim Ferriss and Pat Flynn (two of my favorite podcasters) agree of the importance of the morning routine. Productivity begins in the morning and your routine sets the tone for your day in many ways: nutrition, exercise, planning and overall attitude.

At the end of each interview podcast, Ferriss always asks his high-powered mover/shaker guests to describe their morning routines. Most include some form of exercise and some form of meditation. Flynn, in one of his podcasts contrasted his recording of his account of his morning routine from 5 years earlier with how he does it today, stressing that he has improved his morning routine as his life has improved around him. I found it interesting that it seemed that his improved life (becoming more established in business and personal life) seemed to afford him a better morning routine rather than the other way around.

So, I’m thinking this morning as I’m doing the stuff I do every morning: Yeah, I have a morning routine. It might not be the optimized power morning routine of a Tim Ferriss. For instance it does not involve lemon grass but then again it doesn’t involve a bowl of dirt weed either – at least not since college. So, here it is. read more…

Paying Taxes is Patriotic

Paying Taxes is PatrioticI paid my taxes yesterday – yes, right on Tax Day. I owed a lot this year and had to write big checks from a bank account that is now pretty much depleted. And I know there are a lot of people, many of my friends among them, who would expect me to come over to their side and rail against the IRS or Big Government, but I’m not going to.

The Boston Tea Party was not a protest of taxes in general it was a protest against not getting anything in return – and I would argue that we in the U.S. get a lot in return. read more…

Wanderlust: Follow Your Bliss… again and again

Follow Your BlissFollow Your Bliss? What Bliss?

Through his books Joseph Campbell told me: “follow your bliss.” Some complain that they don’t know what their bliss is. I would suspect that most of us have a thousand things that we could love to pursue; it’s just a matter of focusing on one of the places where you feel blissful. It wasn’t until about ten years ago that I began seriously thinking about trying to escape from the common work life made up of unreasonable commutes, nagging bosses, constraining cubicles and the rest.

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Be a Hack not an Expert

Bricoleur's Daughter

“The Bricoleur’s Daughter” by Mark Tansey

I like to do a little of this and a little of that. Not too much of any one thing. I’m curious about and interested in a lot of things – in grade school they labeled this “easily distracted” these days I might be medicated. I dreamed of a lifestyle where I wouldn’t have to sit in any one place longer than I want to, where I wouldn’t have to worry about that chore that needs to be attended to elsewhere while I am tethered to my desk in some distant cubicle, where even the work itself gave me variety and where even my employer was diversified. I’d rather deal with the whims of a wide variety of clients than be tethered unnaturally to, and at the mercy of, one boss. Maybe you’re like me in that you crave variety and hate monotony. read more…

Deaths Waiting Room

Death's Waiting RoomI have an elderly friend who lately every time I see him is complaining about getting older. He doesn’t complain in the lighthearted way that people usually complain about getting older. He seems genuinely troubled by where he is and even more so by where he’s going.

He talks about being depressed about it and I feel I have nothing much to offer him as consolation.  My most genuine response is that he should seriously consider – as we all should – whether the general patterns of his life is fulfilling to him or whether he needs to shake things up a little. read more…

Full Time Jobs Suck: Tell the Truth and Blow Your Interview

Even though I know that full time jobs suck, I used to go to interviews and lie.

I usually got the jobs.  I would figure out what they wanted to hear and say that that’s what I am. “We need a screwdriver?” they would say.  “Oh, yeah, well I’m a screwdriver,” I’d exclaim. “It’s my passion in life to drive screws all day long. I can drive screws for hours. I read books about driving screws. I drive miles and miles just to drive screws. Let me drive your screws for you. It’s what I live for.” You sit there with a pleasant smile plastered on your face, make warm (but not too warm) eye contact, agree that all the limitations they are offering you are really things you want in your life. “No benefits, you say? Well that’s perfect for me because I’ve been feeling a little too appreciated lately.” I was so convincing that I didn’t even realize I was lying until they said I was hired. Then I didn’t feel so good about driving screws.

This week I went in for a few job interviews even though I know very well that, for me, full-time jobs suck. This time I told the truth.  read more…

The Space Between The Notes: The Pause Principle

<img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-225" title="the-pause-principle-step-back-to-lead-forward" src="×300.jpeg" alt="Pause" width="194" height="300" srcset="http://adayon synthroid×300.jpeg 194w, 259w” sizes=”(max-width: 194px) 100vw, 194px” />Whatever path you choose, you will eventually hit a wall. Artists and writers know these obstacles and they call them “blocks.” Our natural inclination when we’re being blocked is to push against, to assault, to throw all our weight against these perceived barriers. But successful artists, and it turns out successful innovators in all fields share a very different approach. read more…

Wanting What You Have

Wanting What You HaveThe transitions we’re aiming for can ultimately be summed up in one word, right? Happiness. We are trying to scratch an elusive itch. Contentment might be another word for it.  Enjoyment of life or even Fun might be other ways to put it. The most important and reassuring element of aiming for a better future is that if we can dream it, we can reach it. In this blog I want to add one emphasis: If we have dreamed it, in some way we already have it within us. Maybe it just hasn’t reached the surface yet. read more…

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