Yesterday I got a Kindle Touch.


Now, I’m not sure if I’ve said it before on my blog but I hated the idea of books going digital at first. I told myself I’d never buy a Kindle because I always wanted the actual book. I’m the kind of person that loved turning the pages and the smell of an old book. I didn’t want to have to read on a screen whenever I wanted to. I hated E-readers.

Well, that changed.

I was in Texas and I saw my sister had her Kindle with her before bed and in the morning and I examined it and I actually started to want one. I figured it’d be good for being on a plane or having to wait awhile somewhere, I had thousands of books at my hands. I love looking at my bookcase and seeing all of the different kinds of books and the different covers laid out in front of me. I even started highlighting my favorite quotes from the books I loved most.

I researched the hell out of the different Kindle’s and wasn’t sure which was best for me. I found a ton of Youtube videos that reviewed it (I look there for reviews on any products I plan to purchase, I can’t be the only one!?) and there was on that really stood out. I loved this review and it’s what made me decide on a Touch.

So, glad I did. I love this thing so much.

It’s the perfect size and I love the case it’s in (except it’s purple.. ugh). It came with a light so you can read at night and a wall charger. When reading, I feel like I’m reading a book, which I heard was the most “book-like” Kindle out there. I find myself flying through a book so much faster than an actual paperback.

What I love most is being able to sit at home in my pajamas and buy any book I want from Amazon. It’s so much easier, especially because there’s only one book store, Barnes & Noble around here and it’s not the closest. We had a Borders at the Mall but they closed. Lame.

The one downfall I will say is that now that I’ve got the simplest way to get a book, I can’t think of a book. I say there for such a long time last night trying to think of a book, only to come up blank. There are tons of books I want to read but now that I have the opportunity to find them, I can’t. I need to start making a list.. hah.

I’m currently reading a few books by a new author I found, Kody Boye. He’s younger than me (so jealous!) and writes such fantastic stories. I’m going to review some in a few days when I finish them and hopefully get an interview out of him. I found him on Twitter and have his personal e-mail so we’ll see!

Also, Alyicia reviewed her Kindle and gave out a website, Lendle.me to borrow books from readers, which is fantastic! If you sign up, I’d appreciate putting in this referral code so I can get more borrow requests!

 


Am I the only one that gets giddy when I discover new music?


Finding new music for me is probably the hardest thing to do. I’m really picky when it comes to music. People will recommend artists to me and I’ll begin to listen and if I’m not feeling it, I’m going to move on. I honestly can’t really stand much music today, especially people like the new VMA Best New Artist. I looked up some of his lyrics and I was disgusted and appalled that he was even a nominee.

I find a lot of artists and I think “Wow, this is pretty good”, but rarely will I find an artist that really gives me goosebumps and can really make me obsess over their songs. I don’t find too many artists that make me so impressed with their sound and words, but when I do, you’ll know it. I’ll tell everyone about them and bug them until they listen to my favorite songs. I’m sure my friends are annoyed with it, though. I’ll obsess over a new tattoo idea incorporating the artists lyrics in it or I’ll update my Facebook status.

I’m not sure if anyone of you have heard of Explosions In The Sky, but you need to. Wikipedia describes them as “an American instrumental post-rock band from Texas. The band has garnered popularity beyond the post-rock scene for their cinematic, elaborately developed guitar work, narratively styled instrumentals, what they refer to as “cathartic mini-symphonies,” and their enthusiastic and emotional live shows.” I’ve recently discovered instrumental music and how powerful it could really be. I’ve come to love putting in my headphones and reading while listening to Mozart or instrumental versions of my favorite artists. EITS are the best band to listen to if you’re looking for inspiration or just background music while reading. Every song is relaxing and so powerful in it’s own way.


About me


  • The journey to date
  • I’m a lifelong digitalist (I’m not sure if this is an actual word – if so I bag copyright). I’ve worked in print, interactive and strategy roles in Johannesburg, London, Austin and now Houston.  I met my amazing wife whilst on a 6 month surf trip in Mexico (15 years ago). I have three beautiful children, Jack, Anna and Harry  and am starting to get some clarity on my hazy idea of the brotherhood of man.
  • Things I like
  • • All things Digital (In no specific order)
  • • Cricket (I don’t like it…I love it)
  • • Triathlons
  • • Surfing
  • • Guitar (been stuck for 20 years though)
  • • Meditation
  • • Reading books on Spirituality/Growth/Improvement
  • • Supporting the Golden Lions (my experiment in patience)
  • • Travel
  • Cool things I’ve done/do
  • • Hiked the Inca Trail
  • • Travelled through 30 countries
  • • Lived on the beach in Mexico for 6 months
  • • Travelled in Indonesia for 3 months
  • • Run New York Marathon
  • • Lead Singer in an Irish Folk Band
  • • Salmon fished in Alaska
  • • Helped build a shop in rural South Africa
  • • Run marketing for a non-profit children’s home
  • How to stay happy
  • Prayer, Meditation, Exercise and Mental Stimulation (reading, writing and concepting).
  • Things I don’t like
  • The word “thought leadership” (would somebody please explain this to me), that word is banned from the office (see t

5 steps you can take to practice gratitude


Below is a picture of me and my mom when I was the wee lad. I keep it next to my bathroom sink and I try and give gratitude every day for her unconditional love.

We go through so many forms in this life. Sometimes we feel as if we’ve got it all figured out and then in the blink of an eye we’re grabbing at straws, begging for answers and trying to get back home.

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I’ve never quite figured out the point at which these waves turn. Maybe it is just me, but they do turn and for whatever reason, when it does we have to enjoy the ride.

I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever been 100% happy or ever wallowed in too much self-pity. Well, that’s not exactly true. There are times when I have no clue as to the next “upswing” phase, but as experience waves, it’s wand over us, we realize that things will settle down and the proverbial mist will clear.

So what is it? What is this elusive happiness that seems to evade us at times? What does the world look like when shrouded in happiness? Is it a myth? Should we expect more?

I hope so. I’d hope that we eventually get to a stage whereby we can live in a perpetual state of flow, positivity, and light.

The “formula” is shaping up for me and I’m influenced by enlightened minds who tell the same story. Be grateful, love yourself, love one another.

You can think mumbo jumbo, hippy bullshit, whatever… but I think it’s true.

BE GRATEFUL:

We live in a world of duality. We live in a world where people are happy to lay down a tirade of abuse against their barista for not preparing their $5 latte correctly when that same $5 would feed a family for a week. That’s not hippy bullshit, that’s fact. I’ve lived and traveled in countries where $5 would be a gift from god. In the 1st world, we don’t think twice about spending $5.

Here are 5 things you can try:

  1. Be grateful when you wake up in the morning. Seriously, give it a try. The second you open your eyes…say thank you. Be grateful for that conscious breath, be grateful for your child wanting a bottle of milk (resist the urge to throttle),  be grateful for the light entering the room (unless it’s 2 am)
  2. Sit in Silence. There are a million ways to the top of the mountain. I don’t know the path. I do know that we don’t move forward without acknowledging the good that surrounds us. Sit for a minute, for five, for an hour if you choose. Just sit and listen and say thank you.
  3. Say thank you for the smallest things. If your coffee tastes good or the traffic light changes just in time for you or your wife/husband has a sparkle in their eye … pay attention and you’ll be amazed at how much we can say thank you for.
  4. Set an email alert for every few hours that reminds you to be grateful. Hell Yeah, it’ll bug the shit out of you…but something will register and we can do this. Go one step further and set a 15-minute reminder for the reminder. At 3 o’Clock…I will find something to be grateful for. Keep doing it.
  5. At the end the day…say thank you. Take a deep breath…let the shit go and say thank you!
  6. Create your own brand. Keep in mind your industry and the level of professionalism required. If you are in a creative industry you may have greater leeway in this area.