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[This is an edited version of a post I put up a while ago on NerdFitness.com and would be appropriate also for some readers of this site].
Some people - myself included - have a list of goals that they'd like to achieve some day. A "bucket list" perhaps, or maybe just a bunch of things you're working towards in work, hobbies and life.
I've had something like this for a few years, but what I've learnt is that in retrospect, some goals are much more useful than others in terms of improving your life. Looking back at the goals that I've set and achieved over the last couple of years, it's clear that some have caused lots of spin-off benefits and really added good stuff to my life. Other things have hardly been worth the effort.
Here are some of the goals I've set/achieved since 2012 together with an explanation of what made them worthwhile or not. It's helped me understand what will be worth working on in the future, and might give some readers some ideas.
I learned a lot on my first renovation and after living in the RV for a year I got a lot of scheming done.
I've started painting over that painful brown color using a light coffee palette. I'm putting a layer or two of satan water based polyurethane on top of the latex paint to give it better water/stain/scratch resistance.
I've pulled down the ceiling again (photo 1). I discovered that not all the bolts I used to hold my solar panels on were stainless and the high humidity/winter time condensation caused a lot of rust on them (photo 2).
I'm planning on replacing the ceiling with thin vinyl sheets painted using the above technique, glued directly to the insulation. I'm also considering using fiberglass reinforced sheet of some sorts, http://www.homedepot.com/b/Lumber-Composites-Paneling-Fiberglass-Panels/N-5yc1vZbqk5
It's as expensive as the solid oak sheets I had used, but has the perk of being synthetic, so prolonged moisture during the brutally humid winters wont be an issue.
I have been to my share of funerals. I am always amazed at how the person is described once they are no longer with us. I had a friend say, "Don't you know?, only great people die". The point is that the person rarely gets portrayed as they really were in life.
If the person had a terrible temper and was difficult to get along with, they get described as "intense" or a "perfectionist". Or "they had an ability to see things that no one else could see".
I recently went to a funeral for a former co-worker. I worked with the person for over 10 years. The person was usually irritated, rushed and rarely had a smile. They were like working with human sandpaper. I couldn't help but laugh when I heard how they described the person as a wonderfully sweet and happy person at the funeral.
The deceased person is always showered with beautiful adjectives. I can understand that it is being respectful, but I do wish there was a bit more honesty. There is a good side and bad side to everybody.
One time I was looking forward to going to a funeral for a famous family member. I really was enthralled by this person and all their accomplishments. I was excited that I may hear more interesting stories that I hadn't heard before. Nope, it didn't happen that way and I was sad. The Pastor did all the talking, and he barely knew my relative. He got most of the stories mixed up and I knew that the Pastor was just winging his way through the ceremony. I thought to myself, why couldn't they have let a few of his friend's get up and tell a few good stories about this great man. Here was a great man, and he got the same bologna ceremony that the toxic person gets.
It is so surreal when I am watching history happen (as in Instant Classic). Life is so unpredictable, yet some things seem like such a sure thing. Like this week in a local Congressional District election. Eric Cantor (Republican and House Majority Leader) got upset by a complete unknown with hardly any money, staff or experience. It hit all the news networks nationwide.
I have helped a lot of friends that have run for political office, and some were dreaming that somehow, someway that a miracle would occur on election day and they would win. I have seen some minor upsets, like a candidate that was just a few percentage points down get a surprise win.
I have never seen something like this election. The pollsters at one time had Eric Cantor at 68% vs. Dave Brat 23%. Eric Cantor was a 7 term congressman, super powerful, and rich. Dave Brat had never run political office. Cantor spent over $5 million to Dave Brat spent $112,000. Cantor had a full time staff of 23 people, Brat had 2 people with one of the guys living on his sofa in his living room.
When the results came out, Brat won by more than 10%. Brat commented that it was a miracle from God. I can't disagree with him.
I'm working on replacing my speakers, and wondering what everyone's experience has been?
The stock setup is weird: there's 4 wires going to the tweeter in the dash. Googling around suggest there's a weird, built-in crossover in the tweeter, and the other set of wires is what feeds the midrange in the door.
Also, there's impedance mismatches: tweeter is 8ohm, midrange is 3 ohm.
Bonus if anyone can describe how/where to hookup the headunit to the coach batteries. :)
As promised, here are a few pictures from the beginning up through the raising of the walls. Still have the roof rafters and roof to install plus a whole lot more, but it's starting to come together.
I've been working off and on since last September on building a tiny house. Currently, I have the floor built and insulated and have all the walls built and laying on top of the floor. Windows are cut out of the walls and I've been in a holding pattern now for a few months until I could arrange a "Tiny House Raising Day".
That day is Saturday, May 17th. I have several men and a few women coming out to assist in raising the walls and securing them, building the rafters and installing them, decking the roof, tar papering the roof and wrapping the tiny house in house wrap. Once that is done, I'll be able to finish the roof and walls and start on the inside.
I have studied tiny houses on wheels for well over a year. It was a leap of faith to jump out there and start it. I have had more than one experience of "OMG, what have I gotten myself into". I built a 550 sq ft cabin back in 1990 and lived in it for over a year with my (then) wife, so I do have some skill at thinking things through - it just seems to take longer now to do that thinking, lol.
My goal in all of this is simplification. I currently live in an 1800 sq ft house by myself. It is way too much for me to take of by myself. It is crammed full of stuff from my previous marriage, from a more recent relationship and from my dead brother and parents. I feel like I must get rid of stuff in order to maintain my sanity. Not have every wall covered or have furniture against every wall. All of my "stuff" steals my energy because I have to look at it and think about it. If I just let a huge majority of this stuff go, I truly believe I'll regain much of my energy, feel better, and be able to function much more efficiently. Also, once I've simplified, it will be much easier to let go of the last few possessions and move into my tiny house for good.
I'm about 3.5 years away from full retirement. At that time, I can head out in the wild blue yonder and see parts of the world I've never had the opportunity to visit. I can take early retirment in 447 days (not that I'm counting, lol), but won't be able to draw any retirement until I've reach my full retirement age (58 y/o).
These shorts supposedly don't get wet! These could potentially be great travel, minimalist, multipurpose shorts, in & out of the water. I wonder how well they do w/ odors. $75, ships in June/July.
Sorry here is the link:
This teacher changes everyone's life in her classroom- it's time to show her how Special she is.
We hope this video will inspire others to teach from the heart like Shauna McCarty does. We also want to inspire parents and children to be more outwardly grateful to their own amazing teachers.
Shauna is not retiring, we just thought the serenade would be a more fitting year end gift than a coffee cup!