"hello, again."

This year has been a learning experience. It hasn’t been great, but I’ve made a lot of positive changes after more than my fair share of mistakes. I haven’t been keeping up with my website much at all, but I’ve filled a journal and a half since I last wrote anything here.

So, what’s new? I’ve changed jobs. I’m working remotely for a company I used to work for a decade ago. And I’m absolutely loving it. I was really worried about whether it would be a good fit for me but now that I’ve gotten into the swing of it I’m really enjoying the short commute to my home office and the flexibility.

I’m paying better attention to my health. Running, mostly, but also bicycling on the weekends and trying out intermittent fasting. I’ve learned that hunger is something I can deal with. It’s also become a lot easier to feel satisfied and I feel like I enjoy the food I do eat a lot more.

I’ve also deleted my social media accounts. It was really tough during the first few days, but I’ve been without for a few months now and I don’t miss it much at all. I think reading Cal Newport’s book, Digital Minimalism, really helped push me over the edge to say goodbye to social media. The central theme of that book is that even though social media has utility, it’s not worth the price of admission for most people. Instead, I’ve been keeping up with my close friends by text and meeting in person. It’s way more enjoyable for me to catch up with a friend over a pint at the local pub!

Speaking of books, I’ve been reading a lot more these days. I’m 17 books into my 15-book Goodreads reading challenge. Digital Minimalism was one of my favorites, but I also really enjoyed The Moth Presents: All These Wonders and Cory Doctorow’s Radicalized.

So, yeah. That’s what’s up. Perhaps I’ll neglect this website a little less this year. :)