Advice for My New-Year Self

Happy New Year. Now that you’re motivated again to make some changes in your life, I’ve got some advice for you and I hope you take it because I know I probably won’t, but I know that I’d probably live better if I did. I’ve lived a while now. I’m very observant. And I’ve made a lot of mistakes. And… Read more →

My Summer with Tim Ferriss

We met last summer. I had heard about the Four Hour Work Week (4HWW for the enthusiasts) since 2008 when one of my twenty-something developers told me about it. I was intrigued, but I didn’t think it applied to me—I didn’t want to be one of those guys looking for an easy way through life. I wasn’t looking to only… Read more →

Stop Dating the Wrong Person

Have you ever known somebody who is looking for a long-term relationships, but they keep dating people that aren’t right for them? And sometimes they find someone they’re really attracted to. Someone they really like. Someone they connect with and have chemistry with. But they know this person isn’t looking for the same things in life. But they are in… Read more →

me in florence

I Think I’m a Chinese Tourist

I spent the last month on vacation in Europe.   Don’t judge me. London, Barcelona, Rome, Paris. And many sites in between. Each location had a few things in common: 1) amazing architecture 2) incredible history 3) selfie sticks 4) Chinese tourists At first, the waves of Chinese tour groups bugged the hell out of me. How could you enjoy the… Read more →

running is a dick

Accomplishment Is Never Not Hard

Running is a dick. This is because running refuses to ever get easier. And it’s never like you think it is while you’re watching someone run in a movie. You know that montage where Rocky Balboa is training to fight the juiced-up, tech-trained Russian, Ivan Drago? And Rocky goes from moderately buff, to super-psycho ripped? And he does all these… Read more →

What French Fireworks Taught Me About Life

I celebrated Bastille day, yesterday. But apparently the French don’t refer to it as Bastille day, they call it La Fête Nationale. Which means National Celebration. Which, really, means they could be celebrating anything. But it happens on July the 14th because that’s when the storming of the Bastille happened a little ways back in 1789. And, given that I… Read more →

the [fairer] sex in the city

I sit in the Starbucks next to the City Creek mall in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. It’s a Tuesday afternoon. From hour to hour, a sample of the city’s population arrives in waves. Chief among these is the young, single, professional woman.      She’s in her mid to late 20’s. Sometimes early 30’s. Dressed in her… Read more →

getting older keeps getting better

you know what’s great about getting older? is that you realize that everybody is insecure and nobody knows shit and the only difference is that some people are less insecure than others and they pretend to know their shit and it somehow works out for them if they stick with it. not that I ever stick with anything. but it’s… Read more →

Of Closets, Courage, and Compliments

My brother texted me last weekend. He said, “If you die before me, I’m totally doing a photo montage of you to the Mama Cass song ‘make your own kind of music’—the words fit you so well.” I listened to the song. And it made me happy that he thought of me that way. In some circles, I am a nobody.… Read more →