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Three years ago, I was stressed out of my mind. Things were not going the way I wanted them to, and the life I had envisioned was slowly unraveling.

First, here is some context. Having spent five years in France completing my undergrad and graduate degrees, I was excited and anxious to take the next step in getting established in France. I loved the country: loved the language, the culture, the history, and aesthetics. …

Using balance, acceptance, gratitude, and self-awareness to find lasting joy.

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Wherever you are in the world right now, take a minute to pause whatever you are doing and just be.

Deep breath.

Appreciate whatever beauty is in front of your eyes. A brick building, a worn wooden table, a maple tree in your backyard, your coworker’s smile, the steam from your morning coffee.

Now focus your attention on these words. Simplicity is a gift and virtue, if only we remain conscious enough to not let it slip away. Allow me to unpack the art of living a simple life.

Are you frustrated or tired?

It happens. The wonder of life is the full range of…

When I bought in, how much I’ve made, thoughts about the future

A post-fiat currency kind of world

Well, it’s official. For the past several months (and technically since the beginning of 2021) everyone and their mother has been talking about cryptocurrencies, altcoins, Bitcoin, Ethereum, blockchain, ledgers, wallets, HODLing, Doge, breakouts, rising wedges, and going to the moon. If that all sounds like Chinese to you, welcome. You’ve come to the right place.


If you have no idea what cryptocurrencies are, here’s the high-level explanation. If you already have some idea of what Bitcoin is, or you’re like an expert or something, go ahead and skip down to the next section.

Let’s take a step back and think…

Why sabbaticals are crucial to prevent burnout, and how to take one

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Let’s face it — burnout in this day and age is nothing new. Maybe you’ve even gone through it multiple times, and you’ve changed jobs or even careers because of it.

I’ve even just recently quit my job because it was getting to be too much. My time was up. And, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at writing full-time.

The more time goes on however, I start viewing this period of my life as more of a sabbatical period rather than a self-employed period. It feels like something ‘in-between’. …

Cue. Routine. Reward.

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Habits… Good or bad, we all have them. It seems that the study of habits has taken off over the past 20 years or so. There’s of course the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey of Self-Help fame. This seemed to have been the genesis of a much deeper study into the amazing power of our habits.

There are now many other books about the subject, like Atomic Habits by James Clear and Tiny Habits by B.J. Fogg, to name a few.

There’s one book I read last year though that I keep coming back to in…

Ascend to new heights with renewed peace of mind.

Red Rocks, image by author

Losing your peace of mind. Becoming bothered by something or someone, and all of a sudden that bother burrows into your brain like an unwelcome parasite that you like to entertain. It drives you for a while. You might even enjoy it. It takes your mind off of harder, more worthy things. It drives you until you achieve resolution or revenge or repayment. But here’s the catch: it’s never worth it.

It happens to all of us.

Heck, it happens to me. Recently, I fell head over heels for a girl. I had all those fuzzy feelings in my chest…

Tips from John Piper on better productivity for better fulfillment

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First things first.

To be honest, I usually cringe whenever I see yet another productivity article. But it gets me to click anyway, what’s up with that?

I believe that even though our current culture is moving too fast for any one of us to keep up (it’s making us all sick!), despite all the toxic hustle culture that causes burnout, beyond all that, we all know that we were still made to be productive.

There’s a little voice or nudge inside that prompts all of us to keep working toward some value or worthy goal that we have in mind. The truth…

How to sharpen your authentic writing voice

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This question popped into my head early on, and I believe it does for any writer or entrepreneur early on in their career:

What technique or twist can I use to increase exposure and be liked by a wide range of people?

Sure, the genesis of your creative project or business venture usually stems from a unique or useful idea that you are passionate about. There is opportunity and demand, but more importantly, your passion project and skills fill a void in a particular market or meet a need people are searching for.

After the initial enthusiasm of getting started…

It all comes down to this one thing. And it’s pretty controversial.

Source: Alex Becker’s YouTube channel

It started just like any other internet rabbit trail. First, I was researching cryptocurrencies. The YouTube algorithm was having a good day — its suggestions were on point.

After getting up to speed on what the market was doing, I noticed a suggestion of what appeared to be a crypto YouTuber that looked like a cross between a Sith Lord and a biker gang enthusiast. So I had to click.

Zane Fleming

I will show you how to live a simple life doing meaningful work. Deep thinker, French lover, Christ-follower. Join my newsletter:

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