Drink Coffee

The first thing you need to do every morning (after hitting snooze every 9 minutes for a half hour or so and then checking Instagram and Twitter) is make a coffee for yourself or a loved one .

Coffee has a special place in my heart. My dad gave me my first cup when I was 5 or 6, and it was ok. Then when I was 10, I started drinking it daily. Throughout high school, a bit in college, and then a 4 month stint after college, I had worked in every coffeeshop in my hometown. I have very strong feelings about coffee.

Now, it's an addiction, but not how you'd think. There's no doubt that I have a caffeine addiction, but it goes deeper than that. I need to make the coffee. I need the ritual of measuring the beans, of grinding, of prepping, tamping, pouring, tamping, plunging, pulling, or whatever the method of the day is. If it came up to all of this and I only got a sip, or nothing at all, I think the effects of a morning coffee would take hold because of the ritual. Some sacrifice goats, I make coffee.

Coffee has a soul, and coffee wakes ours up. Jesus that's cheesy.

 

Employment

From as early as I can remember, whenever I asked my parents about jobs, I was always told to do something that makes you happy, because then you won't mind doing it all day. This is different for everyone, some people like being outside all day, some people like talking to people, and some people genuinely enjoy doing work that would be mind numbing to 90% of the population. Not sure what all these jobs would be, but people probably have them, and they love doing them. So with the idea of finding a place or way to exchange doing what you love for money to be spent on goods or services, there's one do and one do not:

  • Do: Have a job.
  • Do not: Work.

I probably shouldn't be admitting this on a public space, but I recently went about a month without a traditional "weekend," and it wasn't so bad. Obviously, I missed seeing my girlfriend, I missed keeping normal sleeping hours, I missed eating home cooked meals, but I never felt like I was "working."

Was I busy/stressed/frustrated/cussing at a frequency greater than the dad from A Christmas Story when he was fixing the furnace? Yes.

But never once did I think "wow, I should've gone into accounting*."

So basically, my lifestyle advice for today is figure out what you want to do, where you want to do it, and figure out a plan to just go do it. You might not know what your non-work employment dream is is, but that's ok. You can figure that out, and once you know what you want to do, you'll know. You might not be able to do your non-work right now, but that's ok too. Just focus on getting there, and it'll be even less like work once you're there.

Don't work, be employed, love what you do.

*apologies to accountants everywhere who love what they do

Lifestyle Professional

I hate lifestyle bloggers. Not just the people broadcasting their top 10 apps for blind children or what the best chairs are for 2015, but also everyone saying "here's how to get sexy six pack abs" while recommending dangerous workout regimens.

I know someone who once published their guide to living more like Paris Hilton, when their only connection to Paris Hilton was that they once ate at Carl's Jr and have also been around a car. 

But alas, people read that shit. So, in my ever growing quest for internet attention, I'm starting a lifestyle blog about the lifestyle I know the most about - my own.

In the posts following, I will provide my own guide to living more like me.  By simply following my lifestyle guidelines, you too will be happy, successful, handsome and/or beautiful, and all of your wildest dreams will come true.

New posts every Tuesday.