Category Archives: On happiness

Narcissistic navel-gazing on how to make myself happy and how I’ve succeeded and where I’m struggling.

You Manage What You Measure — Fitness Edition

By | December 11, 2017

I’m working on Operation Get Strong, You Weakling! and reading some of my past articles for advice. No, I don’t think that’s embarrassing. When I was walking myself through learning to cook like my mom and thinking about what worked for my early retirement dream, I decided I needed to: Formulate a good story for why… Read More »

Get stronger, not thinner

By | December 5, 2017

In my book, I have little “Action Plans” you can do if you want concrete steps on how to retire. The first Action Plan is to picture what you want your life post-retirement to look like. You have to understand why you want this because it has to matter to you on a deeper level.… Read More »

Consider your possible excuses

By | November 27, 2017

I’m working on life bucket list items #18 and #19 — Operation something, something health and fitness. The goal is to make daily exercise into a routine, long-term habit that, eventually, I spend minimal mental energy on. Here are my notes from The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg in case you skip my book review posts. Your… Read More »

Think big and thorough

By | November 13, 2017

If you retire first, everything else you try becomes easier. Not easy. Just easier. In retirement, you have enough mental energy and time to structure big projects to minimize the possibility of failure. What works for you personally and specifically? How can you make it easy for yourself to succeed? Do it first and hope it spills… Read More »

How to stop feeling old

By | October 2, 2017

In the days leading up to my 35th birthday, I spent more time than I’m proud to admit feeling mopey and old, bitter and overly emotional. Life isn’t a race. Logically, I know it’s not a race. I reminded myself repeatedly that it’s not a race. I still felt like I was behind and losing… Read More »

My Denver bucket list

By | August 21, 2017

I recently spent five months in the Denver area. I shared with you my Denver bucket list in a previous post. In this post, I’ll tell you how I fared. Whoop! 1. Cross off bucket list item #44 (fall responsibly in love). I did not cross this off. I didn’t come even remotely close to crossing… Read More »