(This is a Now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too!)
I’ve lived in Europe for 9 months now. It is home. Amsterdam is really wonderful.
520 days sober (from alcohol) as I write this.
I don’t keep track anymore, but there’s a handy app that’s informational!
One of my strategies this year has been to identify “blockers” in my life. Habits that inhibit happiness or growth in some way.
One of them is that I’ve decided to eliminate dating apps, as I believe they allow me to avoid socializing by getting a small hit of perceived interaction.
Porn is another. It gives you a dopamine hit, but lacks the oxytocin and endorphins of physical connection and, as with social media and dating apps, allows you to avoid interactions.
I’ve worked at Netflix for over a year, and around this time two years ago was when I began my planned 1 year “Mini Retirement” that lasted 9 months.
During that time I made a small fortune on cryptocurrency, wrote a novel (still need to edit and publish), and learned how to code.
I believe this time off contributed to my willingness and ability to excel in my current position, and has made me a much better human
Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan (20% through book 9)
Sex - School of Life
I highly recommend ANYTHING you can buy at the School of Life.
Current Exercise Routine:
Yoga 2-3 days per week, morning workouts using Fitbod App
“Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Vegetables” - Michael Pollan
I am using MyFitnessPal to monitor calorie intake for the time being.
Just finished 10 weeks of dutch lessons. I feel like it really helped, but I have a long way to go.
NOTE TO SELF: If you have not committed to attempting daily practice by the next update, you have failed yourself
Yoga. I’ve been doing yoga for about 8 years and each time I learn something new about myself. I’m currently looking for an active skill to learn, but for the time being I’m focusing on yoga.
None at the moment. All of my Side Projects are more like sub-projects of my work with Netflix.
Cape Town, SA
I love the city a little more than last time, but the company was much better this time around. Met some good friends who I hope to stay in touch with for a long time. Still don’t think I could live there.
I love this city and would consider living here.
Cardiff is… strange. I almost got thrust into 3 fights by three separate angry gentlemen, all before 20.00! I ended up calling it a night at 22.30 because I saw a guy get stabbed by a broken beer bottle. Then, on my way out of town my shoes were stolen FROM THE SECURITY LINE AT THE AIRPORT.
Spontaneous weekend spent chasing the northern lights, we saw a cruise ship evacuated and mingled with Olympic biathletes from a bunch of different countries.
LA, USA - June 6-9
London, UK - June 15-23
Berlin, DE - July 6-9
Updated Thursday June 6, 2019