30 Day Happiness Challenge: Day 1

So, here’s where I have to come clean a little bit and admit that I have already been doing some of the five daily tasks for a little while, so they are not all completely new to me. Some of this is a result of the Five Karate Moves to Success training because there is […]

Better Work through a 30 Day Challenge: Josh Tries Something New

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I was listening to an older episode of The One You Feed, and the guest, Randy Scott Hyde, was discussing his 30 Day Happiness Experiment. In the middle of a deep depression initiated by the death of his grandmother, Hyde found himself with a growing emptiness he refers to as his “soul hole.” After struggling […]

Josh Shares a Crappy First Draft: Pathological Grooming

Bearded man, courtesy of gratisography.com

Pathological Grooming I sit behind the desk, legs crossed in a hunched over kind of way, in a way I know is ruining my hips and back, in a way I fall into automatically. With a touch of nervous energy, or agitation I rakeĀ fingers through my beard, pinching, pulling, subdividing as if I can separate […]

How I’ve Failed at Slow: Typing, Skating, Swimming

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I’ve never liked “slow and steady wins the race.” For one, it’s not really true. Maybe steady wins the race, but not slow. For another, the parable doesn’t suggest that the hare loses the race because he was fast; he loses because he was arrogant. Mostly, I don’t like the idea of slow because it’s […]

Gratitude and Generalization: Thanks for Everything

sunset in cornfield

One of the most prevalent pieces of writing advice is to be specific. Use detail to create a vivid image in the reader’s mind. Avoid words like “something” or “stuff” (I know, my writing could use some work). Use active verbs and specific nouns instead of adverbs and adjectives. This is all great, but it […]

Week in Review: March 30 – April 5

This week has really flown by. Not so much in the “time flies when you’re having fun” way but more in the “where have the last 168 hours gone?” way. As for the Five Karate Moves to Success? Ehh. Not my finest showing. Make Something I made dinner every day this week. That’s the best […]