When I was a kid, I always thought that you needed to be rich in order to do whatever you want. I internalized the thoughts and logic of people who were just living from paycheck to paycheck.
Over the past ten years of working, making, and spending my own money, I’ve come to realize that it’s not about how much you can make, but how long your financial runway is.
A financial runway is how long you can go without having an income. …
Over the past decade, I’ve had my fair share of blog posts, articles, YouTube videos, and Instagram motivation that give me a hundred and one reasons why I should wake up at 5 am. Over the past decade, I’ve had my numerous stints at waking up at said hour — only to fall spectacularly back into the comfort of waking up much later.
Nowadays, I wake up at around 8 am — give or take 10 minutes on each side, depending on how nice the other half is to me. …
Over the past decade, when it comes to productivity — I’ve done it all — Google calendars, Asana, Monday.com, Trello, Notion, to-do lists, reminders, 5am wake up, 3am wake up, post-it notes, burn down charts, and whatever else you can think of.
Over the years, they’ve crashed and burned spectacularly.
Recently, I’ve been getting a ton of productivity-based recommendations on YouTube. Perhaps Google algorithms and tracking cookies know that I’m up to something, or perhaps they’re noticing my absence from the general Internet activities I usually do has suddenly taken a nosedive.
Whatever the case, I found myself fast-forwarding through…
I’m not a relationship expert but I’ve had my fair share of misunderstandings and arguments. I’m not a perfect human either. I can be hot-tempered, easily annoyed, and completely miss the plot when it comes to understanding what the other person is saying.
This applies to all my relationships — with my partner, my toddler, parents, friends, and various family members. While I have good intentions, sometimes I misread the situation, and it gets blown out of proportion.
I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Over the past years, I’ve discovered something about why we argue with the people we…
We are blind to progress until we look back on our old work. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been digging through my old archives of old and forgotten pieces, some dating back to my high school days.
The treasure trove of words, immortalized in digital ink, was like a walk back down memory lane. As sights, sounds, and emotions returned through the letters of the digitally etched pieces, I could not help but reflect on how far I’ve traveled as a writer.
But I didn’t stop at the printed words. After digging through my forgotten bits and bytes, saved…
No one really paid attention to lobsters, unless you were eating them. Then along came a clinical psychologist and the next you know, how we socialize and respond to our environment becomes compared to the crustacean.
Here’s a short summary of the neurochemistry of defeat and victory in lobsters, as told by Jordan B. Peterson.
We, as humans, are creatures of habit. Over the years, I’ve jumped in and out of using an alarm clock — each with its own successes and failures.
In these past few months, I’ve stopped using an alarm clock and naturally wake up around 6:30 am without any prompting. It’s not bad, considering that I go to bed around 11–11:30 pm.
Arianna Huffington wakes up without an alarm clock. The same goes for Oprah Winfrey.
For some people, alarm clocks work.
For a majority of us, it’s got a negative association.
It’s as bad as waking up on a Monday…
I’m not a financial advisor, but I used to work with a guy that really wanted to have $10,000 in his bank account by the end of the year. He showed me his game plan and it looked something like this:
Week 1: $10
Week 2: $20
Week 3: $30
Week 4: $40
Week 5: $50
Eventually, he’d work his way up to $520 on his final week. While the game plan looked solid to him, I had a few questions:
If you’ve ever been in debt and looking to get out, you would have encountered a guy called Dave Ramsey at some point. Personally, I encountered him by accident via YouTube. Google probably figured out I was after some financial advice after aggressively searching for ways to get rid of my student loan without resorting to selling one of my kidneys.
One thing led to the next and I found myself reading his book, listening to his podcasts, and followed people that were also going through the debt-free journey by mid to late 2019.
Then the pandemic hit and I…
“Follow your passion” is terrible advice — especially if you haven’t figured out what your passion is.
Not everyone knows exactly what they want in life until they’ve lived a little bit of it. It’s like expecting to know if you like caviar without ever eating it. What if you hate it? what if you love it? What if it just induces a ‘meh’ kind of reaction?
It’s just one of those things until you try it.
Sometimes we confuse our ‘passions’ with daydreams of what we want to be. To make your passion a reality, you need to enjoy…