AoM Journaling Challenge Day 18: Tangible Connections

  Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Identify one project you’d like to complete with your hands. There’s something special about a man doing work with his bare hands, and most men today have lost that. Maybe you want to start a garden, or build a workbench in your garage. Maybe you’ve Continue Reading →

Pondering Parenthood- Fears & Uncertainties

This may be the last weekend before full-fledged parenthood with an “outside” baby. The baby’s due date is March 10th and while everyone keeps on telling us that first pregnancies usually run late, I keep reminding everyone that I was born 8 days ahead of my due date. Babies arrive Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 17: Examining my birth year

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Hop on the internet and search for the biggest news stories in the year you were born. Infoplease is a great resource for this. Think about how these news stories, or even statistics, may have shaped your childhood or who you are today. For example, the Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 16: Imagine a book about me

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Imagine that someone has decided to write a book about your life, just up to this point. What would the cover blurb say? Be honest here. Is it kind of boring? Are you happy with it? Now imagine what you’d like that blurb to say at Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 15: Advice from Yore

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Come up with your own Cabinet of Invisible Counselors. There are innumerable great men from history who we can learn from today. When thinking about your life or pondering some question or problem, yes, go to actual mentors and friends, but also take in the advice Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 14: Experiencing Poetry by Hannah Drake

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Write a review of some form of entertainment you recently took in. Whether book or movie or TV show or Broadway play, write out what you liked and didn’t like about it. Was the acting/writing good? Could you follow the story? Is there anything you can Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 13: On Worry

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Perform a mind dump of everything you’re worried about. From the leaky dishwasher to your family member’s poor health — get it all out. Dwight D. Eisenhower did it, and it significantly helped him manage his stress. Just as your body needs to…cleanse itself of waste, Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 12: Stream-of-consciousness

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Give stream-of-consciousness writing a try. This is where you basically just write out whatever comes into your head at the moment it comes into your head. It can feel bizarre, and it’s certainly not structured, but it can lead to some valuable insights into what’s going Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 11: On Mortality

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Memento mori. “Remember that you will die.” Admittedly, this isn’t the most pleasant topic. There is, however, great benefit in meditating on the reality that at some point, you will in fact die. It motivates you to live the life right now that you want to Continue Reading →