People often ask what I've been up to...

This is what I'm doing now: VACATION EDITION

(This is a Now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too!)

  • I will spend a few days relaxing at home before venturing north to Oslo, Norway. From here I will take the Midnight Sun train to Bergen and enjoy a relaxing Spa day before embarking on a 3 day kayak and hiking trip through the Norwegian Fjords. Upon completion of the 100km journey, I will spend two nights at the Hotel Juvet (If you’ve seen Ex Machina, you’ve seen this hotel) before heading back to the Netherlands in time for the Tech Ops EMEA offsite. I will be back in the office on Monday, July 29, 2019.

  • 557 days sober (from alcohol) as I write this.

    • I don’t keep track anymore, but there’s a handy app that’s informational called Nomo. I also use it for other habits!

    • 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 are dating apps, as I believe they allow me to avoid socialising by getting a small hit of perceived interaction.

  • I’ve worked at Netflix for a year and a half, 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 (Javascript, Swift, and the basics of several others).

    • 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 in general. But it’s really important to disconnect, which is why I’m taking the next two weeks off.

  • Currently reading:

    • Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan (50% through book 9)

    • Calm- School of Life

      • I highly recommend ANYTHING you can buy at the School of Life, especially On Confidence and How to Find Love.

  • Current Exercise Routine:

    • Yoga 2ish days per week, morning workouts using Fitbod App

  • Current Diet:

    • “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Vegetables” - Michael Pollan

      • I am using MyFitnessPal to monitor calorie intake for the time being.

    • Intermittent Fasting 3-4 days per week.

      • Effective caloric restriction, with the added benefits of lower blood pressure, heart rate, and it helps to repair my relationship with food.

  • Currently learning:

    • Passive

      • Just finished 10 weeks of dutch lessons. I feel like it really helped, but I have a long way to go.

    • Skill-Based

      • Guitar

        • Practicing intermittently.

          • NOTE TO SELF: If you have not committed to attempting daily practice by the next update, you have failed yourself

            • UPDATE: I have failed myself. I will do better.

    • Active/Overtly Physical

      • 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.

  • Side Projects:

    • None at the moment. All of my Side Projects are more like sub-projects of my work with Netflix.

  • Recent Travel (since last update):

    • Berlin, DE

      • I have never had a desire to visit here, but this city has an energy that I find invigorating. It’s really a great place.

    • 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, but it grows on me each time.

    Upcoming Travel:

    • London - July 15-16

    • Oslo, Norway - July 17

    • Bergen, Norway - July 18-22

Updated Thursday July, 11 2019