Mental Pictures

It's been just over a month since my wife and I stepped onto the altar in Chicago, Illinois for a day that we'll remember forever. Well, at least I hope we can remember all of the amazing details forever. I proposed to Charlotte on February 17, 2013 … [Read more]

Yes, I Work in Customer Support

I often have a hard time communicating exactly what I do on a daily basis when someone inevitably asks. It might be that they're not familiar with (although that's becoming rarer!), or they're just not very interested in tech at all. In … [Read more]

Cat’s Cradle

Author: Kurt Vonnegut Title: Cat's Cradle Published: Sep. 8, 1998 After hearing Tim Ferriss recommend Cat's Cradle multiple times on his podcast, I had to give this a try. I'm a big believer in reading fiction every once in awhile although my … [Read more]

Buy Experiences, Not Things

Essentially, when you can't live in a moment, they say, it's best to live in anticipation of an experience. Experiential purchases like trips, concerts, movies, et cetera, tend to trump material purchases because the utility of buying anything really … [Read more]

Start Something That Matters

Author: Blake Mycoskie Title: Start Something That Matters Published: Sep. 6, 2011 I knew relatively little about TOMS before I started on this book. I really enjoyed reading Blake's story and the lessons he continues to learn throughout the … [Read more]

Einstein on Reading Fiction

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. - Albert Einstein The Daily Mail isn't normally my most trusted source for scientific literature, but they … [Read more]

Never Lose That Feeling

When I was interviewing for the Happiness Engineer job at Automattic (almost a year ago!), the trial lead (the full-timer conducting my interview) asked why I wanted to work in the Happiness Engineer role. With my background in personal training and … [Read more]

Majoring in the Minor

If you've stumbled across the blog over the past few days, you've seen an absolute nightmare. I've changed the site design more than five times over the course of the past week. I just couldn't make up my mind on how I wanted to present myself … [Read more]