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Less is still more in 2021.

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The stock market is crashing.

My job is stealing all my time.

I still live with my parents.

My first blog post’s headline serves as an important reminder. A productive mindset is a burden. When work becomes an addiction, it’s an addiction. Reliance on anything is counter-intuitive, even if it’s seemingly positive.

It was my first blog post, please don’t judge me. I wrote it near the beginning of the pandemic. I was frustrated by things I couldn’t control. My tutoring job slowed significantly, so I made less money.

Nothing beats caffeine, vibes, and other people to help you do deep work

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Who else is tired of writing, sending emails, and filling spreadsheets from their home office?

My little corner desk in my room has become sort of a sanctuary over the last year, but I’m working up an appetite to rejoin the world.

I just went boating with some good friends, and wow, does it feel nice to be outside. It doesn't even matter that I’m not meeting new people. It’s nice enough to reconnect with people’s faces I haven't seen in a year.

That’s one reason I’m not worried about working fully remote one day. There…

This test will show you what you knew all along

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Creative energy fuels Earth.

Humans look like busy ants who drive overpriced cars and sacrifice their time for digital cash from space.

These ants work for money, then use that money to buy themselves distractions from the grinding lifestyle of making said money.

Some ants set themselves apart. They wear bucket hats, sport blue light glasses, and work in a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. These ants are nomads, pioneers of the digital frontiers.

They’re creatives, and they understand their role.

What kind of creator are you?

I used to think creators were all alike.

Though we all use our unique creative energy to make…

Some unexpected advice about living below your means

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I graduated from my university precisely four years ago, and I can still feel the hot, sticky robes on my skin.

I sat in the 95-degree sun for three hours in order to collect a piece of paper. The ceremony felt like the final trial of a long and expensive journey.

Today, I’ve completed my senior year of post-study “adult life,” but there’s no commencement ceremony or diploma. All I have is a realization that adult life isn’t what I thought it would be. I don’t say that to scare you.

Expectations are premeditated resentments.

Back in 2017, I was…

Read blog posts that inspire you

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Reading is the cheat code.

I read five to ten blog posts every day and let other writers inspire me. I don’t always have the time or energy to write. Reading keeps my mind focused, and it doesn’t tire me out like writing does.

  • Wake up, shower, eat breakfast, and drive to work.
  • Teach at a school.
  • Lift weights at the gym or go on a run.
  • Get home, eat dinner, and edit videos for a client.

So when and where is the…

There’s something to learn from someone who has mastered consistency.

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“I’m huddled on the ground, holding on for my life as the winds pick up. My friends are yelling expletives, all the while balancing on the sheer rock formation we are attempting to climb. As the winds blow harder, I start to think we might not make the last 500 feet to the summit.”

In 2016, I wrote these words after reaching the peak of Mt. Baldy. Officially known as Mt. San Antionio, the 10,066-foot summit rests in the San Gabriel Mountain range in California.

I climbed the mountain with three of my friends in college, but we had a…

Advice from a 26-year-old who has diversified streams of income

Tattooed woman with laptop
Tattooed woman with laptop
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One of my best friends is a tattoo artist.

He’s 25 years old, owns his own business, and has an apprentice under him. He’s been at it for years and has done hundreds of tattoos for various clients.

Even though he has feared the worst (going broke), he didn’t let anything stop him. Call it luck, skill, perseverance, or a mix of everything. He’s living the life he always wanted for himself.

As great as it sounds to own a business, it’s not for everyone, and there’s nothing wrong with that. …

This low-calorie breakfast will blow your mind

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One of my pandemic hobbies was counting calories.

I don’t recommend doing it for an extended period, though. It’s a great way to learn just how many calories you eat throughout a given day, but it’s impossible to get a completely accurate reading.

That’s because food scales aren’t perfect, you’re never going to measure every ingredient precisely, and you never track the occasional handful of cereal throughout the day.

Well, at least I didn’t.

While I don’t recommend counting calories long-term for weight loss, I highly recommend learning to make high-volume, low-calorie, anabolic recipes.

In the following passage, I will…

Remind yourself of your accomplishments

Girl with neon glasses
Girl with neon glasses
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Writing comes from confidence in yourself.

That’s some Stephen King rubbish. Writing will make you a better writer, duh.

But life gets in the way. We can’t get all bank on writing a best-selling novel. It’s 2021, and I have a panic attack anytime I walk into a bookstore. There are so many novels, and I can’t even choose one unless I know what I’m looking for going in. It’s a paradox.

  • Laundry
  • A one-hour gym session
  • Lunch with your grandma
  • Dentist appointment
  • Another 8-hour day at the…

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