The Power of Arbitrary Deadlines

One of the biggest differences between my boyfriend and I is that he tends to procrastinate, whereas I tend to micromanage every task to ensure it's completed ahead of schedule. Interestingly, over the last several months, I've noticed that he's started to plan things out weeks, months and years in advance. The other day, in... Continue Reading →

Curiosity Cat Scan

Over the last few days, I've been going through an online course led by author Elizabeth Gilbert titled, What is Creative Living? After watching a few inspiring videos, the first assignment was to conduct a "curiosity CT scan," in which I was to conduct a brief, 20-minute analysis of my mind, identify anything shiny that caught my attention,... Continue Reading →

Choosing Curiosity Over Passion

We are often given an unhelpful piece of advice, which is: "Follow your passion." The suggestion is all well and good if you happen to have a passion, but many of us don't. Perhaps there are multiple things we're interested in, or we don't yet recognize a strong impulse in particular direction. However, even if... Continue Reading →

Vacant Mind, Busy Hands

A few days ago, I posed a question to myself and to my readers: If you had a full year and $100k, what would you do? Since that posting, the universe has sent a few signs to remind me to slow down and focus on the next 24 hours, rather than trying to plot out... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #9

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week. Any exciting plan for your weekend? I'm hoping that renovations will be done today and I'll be able to move back into my house over the weekend. This time, with no flooding or mold. My boyfriend and I figure that we've survived on one carload... Continue Reading →

Virtual Reality And The Power of 3-D Recall

When I met my boyfriend five years ago, he was deeply interested in the memorization techniques of Memory Champions, such as Ed Cooke. He was particularly drawn the the practice of creating a "memory palace," in which you take a mental journey through a familiar location and place remarkable icons along the path to trigger... Continue Reading →

Smart Cities: Life Optimization or Invasion of Privacy?

In November 2017, a group associated with Bill Gates invested $80 million in a high-tech planned development outside of Phoenix, Arizona. The smart city is set to be designed around high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies, and autonomous logistics hubs. "Envisioning future infrastructure from scratch is far easier and... Continue Reading →

How Would You Spend One Year and $100k?

Growing up, my mother repeatedly told my siblings and me: "Do what you love and the money will follow." As a teacher-turned-entrepreneur, she walked the talk. She transformed her passion for educational books into a calling, and  successful one at that. I feel as if I'm at a juncture in my career. Four years ago,... Continue Reading →

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