(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)
Mental Health 🧠
I've been making huge breakthroughs in my mental health over the last 12 months, thanks to a really great therapist. It's been hard, uncomfortable and sometimes even awkward, but very rewarding. I feel hope for my future, and the future at large, for the first time in a very long time.
News Diet 🗞
My mental health improvement has been helped by going on a "news diet". I almost completely removed myself from places where I would find constant deluge of news and discourse on news. Twitter, Discord, and even LinkedIn were deleted from my phone, and it's been wonderful. I still do use Instagram, but I've curated it down to include almost entirely things that stimulate good mental health.
Selling RoutineHub 💰
I'm closing in on selling RoutineHub. The process has been interesting, and I'll be writing a short post about it soon. I'm excited to move on to new projects, and I'm happy to find someone who I think will continue making RoutineHub a great community.
Kitchen Remodel 🧑🏻🍳
We're tearing apart our kitchen right now. My motivation is two-fold to get this done is two-fold:
- We get to enjoy a beautiful new kitchen with better organization to store everything.
- When we're done, I'm going to get working on a new project.
Next Project 💪
I'm trying to not be a donkey and choose what creative endeavour I'm going to pursue next.
- I have a collection of half written songs and little guitar parts I want to pull together into an album.
- I've mostly written the first chapter of the book I want to write.
- I have three great little coding side projects I'd love to start.
I know I can't do it all, so I need to decide what I want to pour all my creative energy into for a while. I'll have a little time to think about it while we're remodeling our kitchen.
- Bullshit Jobs: A Theory - David Graeber - While I don't agree with everything Graeber writes, there's a ton of great information in here. Many of my past jobs are described in this book.
- Hell Yeah or No: What's Worth Doing - Derek Sivers - This book is a must read. I devoured it in a day, and it helped me through some major hurdles in my brain. This one will be read many times.
- The Kaiju Preservation Society - John Scalzi - This book is a blast. Scalzi took a silly idea and threw a good dose of speculative biology and physics at it. It was a perfect book to take my mind off of the world around me. Like Scalzi says in the afterword, "Sometimes you just need a pop song."
- Heal My Head - Valleyheart - The sound of this album throws me back to the early days of Mae, Copeland and other similar Tooth and Nail bands. Yet, it's not entirely nostalgic. Songs like Miracle really speak to me right now.
- A Light for Attracting Attention - The Smile - The first Thom Yorke project I've enjoyed since Radiohead's In Rainbows. The guitar and drum work tickles my brain.
- Emotional Eternal - Melody's Echo Chamber - This album is a ride around the world. Psychedelic rock sound but with many different world influences and a mix of French and English lyrics. This album gets put on a lot while I code.
- MAHAL - Toro y Moi - I love this project from Chaz Bear. This album exudes a feeling of being stuck at home with nothing to do for a year and taking a stab at experimenting with new sounds. Our family absolutely loves the song Postman.