If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked, or one steamboat blown up,…or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter,—we never need read another. One is enough. If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for myriad instances and applications? — Henry David Thoreau

As people are wont to do around this time of year, I suspect many of you have one or two, or perhaps ten, resolutions that you’ve come up with as we begin the journey into 2016. Some of these may be things that you want to learn, things that you want to get better at, or things that you’d like to avoid completely.

If I may, I’d like to add one more thing to your list of habits to break: Continue reading

The summer that wasn’t (or was it?)

As students flock back to campus, the days get shorter, the temperature drops, and leaves change colour.

The transition from summer to autumn is hurried and unjustified for many. Unlike spring, the poster child for growth, new beginnings, and the rebirth of ourselves and our surroundings, autumn signifies aging, even death. It reminds us that time is passing and that we are impermanent. Continue reading

My first Internet dollar(s)

I’ve alluded to my goal of becoming a self-sufficient, location-independent freelancer (or digital nomad, if you will) in the past. Unfortunately, I’ve been finding it difficult to devote much of my time to this particular cause as I’ve been focusing my efforts on finishing my research and writing my thesis so I can graduate before Christmas. I have a lot to do, and, unfortunately, that’s meant that any progress toward building up my freelancing skills or working on my online business has been put on an indefinite hold. Continue reading

Blogging goals: The first six months

In my last post, I explored why my two previous blogs failed. This week I want to reflect on how I can avoid failure my third time around and start to flesh out my blogging strategy.

I thought this would be a worthwhile  exercise for two reasons: first, to give you, my readers, an idea of what this blog is all about (assuming I have readers…hi, Mom!), and second, to keep myself accountable and to develop a blueprint that I can look back on when I find myself losing focus or motivation. Continue reading