A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Writing your first home budget can be a challenge, especially if you’ve never really thought about all the possible goods and services that your household needs every month. Nothing is worse than getting to the middle of the month and realizing that you’ve forgotten to budget for pet food, or toiletries. To help avoid a surprise, I recommend working from a list like this one to start with. You may still miss something (this list excludes a house alarm, for example) but it’ll get your brain working about where your money is going.
  • I’m not quite up to eliminating 92% of my online arguments, but I’m a lot better than I’ve been in the past. The best thing that I learned to do was to wait until after my knee was done jerking around to start writing. A good 80% of the time that means I won’t feel like writing at all. I think Jon Acuff’s advice might be able to help me knock out that next 12%.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

August 16, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Freedom is powerful stuff. One of the keys to motivation is autonomy, and without it, people lose their passion. On the other hand, freedom is scary stuff. It will result in people behaving in ways that you won’t expect or like, and, if you truly value freedom, all you can do to be open and educate them and walk with them through the consequences. Look at this post by Dan Rockwell about finding freedom. In his list of eight ways he uses the terms clarity, equipping, transparency and feedback. If you want to lead free people, you have to be willing to let them stay free.
  • Marijuana is less addictive than alcohol or nicotine. Usage levels are statistically flat-lined since the mid-nineties. It’s been proven to help treat glaucoma, relieve chronic pain, reduce side effects of chemotherapy, and limit severe weight loss from other diseases. Despite all of that, I tell my children that they should stay clean and drug free, and I hope that they will.  Even when they have the option to buy it out of a vending machine. I’m for decriminalizing recreational drugs not because I think more people should be using them, but because the destructive results of the War on Drugs are far worse, both on the presumed guilty and the innocent.
  • Do you know the joys of Sriracha? Don’t look at me like that. Sriracha is that spicy red stuff that comes in the rooster bottle that you squirt on your food at Asian restaurants.  Joshua Bousel has shared some history of how it’s made, and how he makes it from scratch. Which is awesome. Because Sriracha is awesome stuff. Almost as good as wasabi.

May 3, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week