It's 1:30 am, and I just returned home from a 5-day vacation in the Costa Rican Rainforest with Under30Experiences. I'm so high on life as a result of this trip that I don't even care that I'm in desperate need of sleep, and need to tell you now about how it was a game-changing experience.
The clock struck midnight, 2013 began, and you said to yourself, “THIS year is the year that I (insert resolution here).”
Flash forward 12 months, 2014 happened, and how much progress did you make? If you’re like me, the answer is slim to none. And this isn’t the first time it’s happened, either. 2013 played out much like 2012, 2011, and every year you’ve made a resolution that’s gone unfulfilled.
In November I embarked on the $100 Workweek experiment where I challenged myself to go the entire month spending just $100 each week, cash only. I am happy to report that I successfully completed the month, and I’ve never felt better having zero dollars in my wallet.
Here are the key takeaways from my experiment…
When is the last time you received a letter? We all know in the midst of technology receiving a personal letter from a loved one is really a joyful experience. Writing a letter to someone you care about the most is a beautiful thing to do.
On my 24th birthday I wrote a post on my personal blog about 24 things I had learned that year. Along with the post, I included a picture of Kobe Bryant, who wears number 24. It was symbolic of how I planned to attack the next year of my life with Kobe-like ferocity, fearlessness, and (necessary) selfishness. Having just celebrated my 25th birthday by speaking at Pecha Kucha on 25 things I learned during my “Kobe Year”, I now give you the longhand, extended version of my presentation. It all started with one realization, which lead to having one hell of a year...
When was the last time you dipped your toe in and tried something new?
About a month or so back, I met someone at a networking event who described to me the feeling of pure relaxation. To lie on your back and float, suspended in time and space. Allowing the world around you to get all wibbly-wobbly and just let go.
We’ve all heard of The Lean Startup, but how about the lean lifestyle? In the spirit of my month of Living Lean: The $100 Workweek, I thought I would share some tips and tricks on how to live lean, and get things on the cheap (or totally free!):
Starting this week, I’m embarking on a personal challenge of personal finance. Here’s the challenge: For the next four weeks I have to live on a pure cash economy, spending no more than $100 a week.
Last week the city of Chicago was overtaken by the 3rd annual Chicago Ideas Week--a weeklong series of presentations, workshops, and interviews designed to, as their website says, “inspire, connect, and activate the city of Chicago and beyond...the global hub for new ideas, an ecosystem for innovation and a playground of intellectual recreation.”
Here are some notable quotables and happenings from the folks on stage during my experience at Chicago Ideas Week.
Last week I had a completely free night (a rare occurrence) and I did something I have never done before.
I ironed my clothes.