Even if you aren’t seeking enlightenment.

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“Meditation” can mean different things to different people. In a historical context, meditation gets even harder to pin down, as its origins are religious in nature. Even modern meditation, detangled from its religious roots, can feel ephemeral since it happens exclusively inside the mind.

Dan Harris explores meditation in his book 10% Happier, which I recently read for the second time. The first time I read it was years ago, before meditation had really entered my personal sphere. As I read it for a second time, it hit me in a different way.

I…


How you set a goal can change everything

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Years ago, my partner and I decided to make a video game. We were both fresh out of college then, with dreams to make a beautiful and ambitious indie RPG.

We dove into planning immediately, and recruited some people to help. Mostly artists, since we are both developers.

From the beginning, we treated it like a business, and formed an LLC to take the venture seriously.

We were all working full-time jobs to pay the bills, and doing work on The Game in our “free time”. …


In June of 2020 I was abruptly laid off for the first time in my life, but instead of despairing, I chose to “fall up”.

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I’ve been a software engineer for over seven years, and for most of that time I have been salaried, with medical coverage and some form of paid time off, though some companies were more stingy with time off than others.

This isn’t a brag (well, maybe a little), it’s to show that I’m used to stability; it’s all I’ve really known. …


You shouldn’t feel guilty for bending rules that were designed to be flexible.

If you’re here, I assume you know what Bullet Journaling is, or you probably wouldn’t have clicked past the title. Just in case you’ve wandered in here with no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a primer:

Bullet Journaling is, at its core, a system for writing down goals, reminders, and tasks using bulleted lists. Often on dot-grid paper. It was invented as a way to consolidate all the tiny notes in our lives that end up scattered across sticky notes and memo books and notepad apps.


For people who want to do everything, but don’t have the time

I’ve always been pretty ambitious. Not in a competitive sort of way; I don’t want to be better than other people, I just want to be better. I want to learn new things. More than anything, I want to create. Creativity gives me that spark of vitality that feeds back into my natural ambition.

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I like to think I’m a fairly organized person, as well, but sometimes this ambition gets away from me. New interests grab hold, and they don’t always let go. …

Alyssa Blackwell

A software engineer and artist interested in self-development, creativity and becoming a better version of me.

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