Back From the Desert

It’s been a bit quiet around here lately since I’ve been traveling. I went to Las Vegas and Phoenix and had a great time. It was nice to catch up with some friends and check out some of the places I used to visit while I lived in Phoenix (Papago Brewery is still my favorite!). Also climbed Camelback Mountain twice, which was a nice change from the hikes I’ve been doing at home.

I spent a day checking out some of the hotels along the Vegas Strip as well. Very impressive!

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Self-Employment – The 3rd Anniversary

Self Employment - The Third Anniversary

One of the great things about blogging is being able to look into your past and see what you were thinking/doing at any given time. For example, exactly three years ago today I sat down and wrote a post titled a new journey starts today.

I still remember writing that post because it was one of the most important days of my life. For the first time in my adult life, I woke up not having to go to work. I felt like my life had unlimited possibilities because there was no longer anything holding me back from giving self-employment a full-time effort.

Now that three full years have gone by, I thought it would be fun to take a look at what has all happened on that journey and talk about some of the things I have discovered along the way.

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Your Money Or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life

When it comes to finding a career we truly love, one of the main things that can really hold us back is the lack of money (as well as large amounts of debt). I know this from personal experience because I was in this exact situation a few years ago. It can be really depressing when you find yourself in that “stuck” mode, where you have to keep your job in order to stay afloat even though you hate it. I might still be stuck in that same situation had I not hit my tipping point with office jobs and went through a financial overhaul.

Luckily, there is a solution to this problem and I feel that it can help people in just about any situation. What is it? Taking control of our personal finances. I know, the topic can get really boring, especially if all you do is read the “How to Get Rich” books that rehash the same content (save more money, make gazillions with real estate, etc.). It can also be overwhelming, especially if you find yourself in a tough position. But there is no better time to do an overhaul of your finances than right now.

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The Primal Blueprint

The Primal BlueprintWhen it comes to eating, I have always tried my best to eat as healthy as possible. Almost two years ago a I switched to a natural food diet where I eliminated all the processed stuff and focused my diet on meat, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. It was a great transition and I felt better after making the switch.

However, I’ve taken it one step further since then and have removed all grains from my diet. Why would I do such a thing? Well, I’ve been doing a lot of reading regarding health and fitness lately and one of the books I read was The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. I’ve followed Mark’s blog for a few years now and have always considered giving his diet a try.

I also read Gary Taubes book Good Calories, Bad Calories, which was a very interesting read about the science behind our diets. It digs deep into the studies that have been performed and challenges the conventional wisdom about what we should eat.

It turns out that a lot of the foods we think are bad (saturated fat, bacon, beef, etc.) are not actually bad for us. It’s the high amount of carbohydrates we typically consume that cause most of our health problems.

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