Thoughts on Digital Minimalism and going off the Grid: Getting off social media for 30 days

Thoughts on Digital Minimalism and going off the Grid: Getting off social media for 30 days

This past weekend, I was able to do something I haven't done in a while...

I read two books.

These were not only books that interested me, they were books that convicted me to be honest with myself and confront some issues that I have.

What I found out, might shock you.

But first, let me give you a little background.

I grew up in a very small town called Mackay, Idaho. It had a population of no more that about 500 people. I knew everyone, and they knew me. In fact, most people were very polite and would wave and say hello to each-other, neighbors would help out if you were in trouble, or needed a hand.

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Less is more: Why a man needs to learn to prioritize, say no, and live simple

Less is more: Why a man needs to learn to prioritize, say no, and live simple

I have been so overwhelmed lately…

I have had to take a step back and think about what is really going on in my life. I am always getting invited to compete in an event, run a marathon, join a group, go on a trip, or meetup with someone.

Honestly, it’s exhausting.

Typically I am very focused and disciplined on what it is that I am doing, what I need to do to create a flow in my life and still leave room for spontaneity.

I realized that I am probably not alone on this one, and it seems that it' gets easier and easier to do this the more that time goes on.

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How to Have Less in a World that Wants More: A Guide for Men Who Want to Have More Freedom

How to Have Less in a World that Wants More: A Guide for Men Who Want to Have More Freedom

I touched down at Narita airport on December 22nd, 2001. There was no snow, no greeting party, and no smiling faces of people I knew. It was just me, and the one bag I had.

I had just finished Intelligence Specialist “A” School back in Dam Neck Virginia at the Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center (NMITC), and had been given my choice of 3 places to take orders. Sasebo Japan, Fallon Nevada, or Yokosuka Japan. I chose Yokosuka, because I wanted to be on an aircraft carrier (USS Kitty-Hawk).

The airport lost my bag. I didn’t speak Japanese at the time, but somehow the airport understood my dilemma and apologized profusely. They told me through broken English that they would bring my bag to me as soon as they found it.

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