Find a Writing Focus

“You should start a blog.” “I don’t have anything to write about.” “You just need to find a focus.” “Yea. I don’t have one.” For me, starting a blog was easy. I knew what I wanted to write about. Finding that focus is critical for both success and your own enjoyment, without it you’ll always be on an uphill struggle….

Create a Not-To-Do List

It doesn’t matter how you record a task, nothing except yourself will get it done. Allocating time to complete it it is entirely up to you, forget productivity apps for all their alerts and prioritizing features, who keeps funding and building these things? Seriously! Delete anything from your phone that claims to help you “get things done.” Start simplifying your…

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

If there’s one piece of advice for achieving success that is repackaged most often, it is surely this. A common mantra in design circles. “Simplify, simplify, simplify.” “Do one thing and do it well.” “Stay focused.” “Don’t try to be all things to all people.” The concept is easy to grasp, yet staying true is extremely difficult. Extend it as…

Establish a Run Calendar

I keep telling myself, “don’t let it slip.” It would be easy to never run another marathon again. Just don’t sign up. All that training. It seems a tragic waste. The thought of looking back as marathon season rolls around, and remembering how once upon a time I was fit enough to run one of those, fills me with dread….

Her First Passport Photo

When I was a baby I travelled on my parents’ passport. Now, some thirty years later, babies require a passport of their own, and a passport photo to stick in it. My wife and I attempted to photograph our one month old following the guidelines laid out by the state department. We were unsuccessful.