The Joy of Fitness

When I was younger, there was a bit of a division between athletes and artists in school. I don’t think it was really the fault of the education system per se as much as just an old fashioned way of thinking about the two disciplines. As a result, I believe that a lot of creative types have shunned fitness, only to pick it up later …

Maslow’s Hierarchy 2.0

What motivates you in your digital work and creative life? I am interested to know what Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs looks like, after your basic needs are looked after and you set out to live and work online. I bring this idea up, because I feel like a lot of pursuits these days, while may seem attractive on the surface (“I can work from anywhere …

Can You Remember?

The last time you went skiing as a child? This might seem rather trivial at first thought but then you consider it a little further: What was the last day you went skiing like? When you left the slopes that day did you agree with your family that you would not return the next season? Was it a good day of skiing or was the …

These Sounds Were a Gift

As I walked by a tree on my way to work this morning, I heard a creaking sound. I looked up, concerned that the tree was making these sounds because it was about to fall on my head. The reason couldn’t be farther from this guess: A little woodpecker was going to work on the bark. I stood there for a good minute, just taking …

Really Bad Advice

If you were looking for some boost of motivation, I could tell you to treat today as if it was your last day on Earth. You would only work on the things that matter to you, and you would do them with focus. The problem is, you would only have about 10-12 hours before the story revealed itself to be false, and the likelihood that …

Why I Support the King St. Streetcar Project

The King Street Streetcar project is an effort by the City of Toronto to lower commuting times for the public. To do so, the city shutdown car access to one of its main streets in the downtown core, King Street, and made it available to streetcars exclusively, with some exceptions for taxi cabs at certain hours. Amongst the friends and family i’ve spoken to, this …

The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

It’s always tempting to heat up the pan really hot, add your butter or oil, pour in the scrambled yolks and have everything cook in four seconds. However i’ve found, and i’m sure 9 out 10 professional chefs will agree, that to actually cook scrambled eggs you have to set the pan to low heat. This will make them more fluffy, tasty and all around …

Don’t Add Salt to your Wounds

There is a saying in Buddhist teaching called the Two Arrows of Suffering. When hit with one arrow you will feel pain, but if you are hit in the same place you will feel a multiple of pain. This teaching refers to what happens when we are hurt somehow: Either we made a mistake or someone did something to us which is developing a reaction …

How I Got My iPhone to Charge Again

It turns out my iPhone charging port was full of lint. If you come into this problem too, you can take a toothpick and remove the offending fibres. In my case the lint wasn’t covering the contacts, but it was packed into the back of the charging port which means the lightening cable couldn’t get in far enough.

I Took a Year Off and This is What I’ve Learned

In December 2016 I decided to leave behind a perfectly fine job and take some time for myself to go travelling. The trip lasted about six months before I was tired and out of cash.

For the six months after I spent time back home in Toronto trying to figure out what I want to do, in addition to figuring out a financial picture for myself.

The first question you probably want to know is, “where did you go?”, so I will start there and then move to some of the lessons i’ve learned from this experience.