Welcoming our first child

It’s official! Our inside baby has officially become an outside baby and we have welcomed our first child into our home. We have taken his arrival in stride since we have been preparing for so long. Christine and I agreed I could tweet about his arrival until the point where her Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Becoming a Dad

“So, do I get all those benefits now?” I remember the morning that I first learned I was going to be a father. It was just around 9:30 AM on the second Saturday of July. The sheets smelled faintly of campfire smoke since Christine and I had crawled straight into Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 8: Career Plans

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Take some time today to reflect on your career. Jot down a timeline of it, including all the ups and downs. What was your best experience? And the worst? What would you like your future to look like, in terms of your career? If you’re a Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 7: A week of posting

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: You’ve made it one week! Reflect on what this newfound practice has been like. Getting through the first seven consecutive days is truly the hardest part. Have you enjoyed it? Has it been difficult? Has it been what you expected? I’ve made it to one week Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 4: Self-care

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Via negativa; today, pick a habit that you’d like to eliminate from your life. Bad habits are like armpits, we all have ‘em and they all stink. Whether cutting soda out of your life, or putting a stop to your porn addiction; either way, as with Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 3: Adding to life

Today’s AoM Journaling Challenge: Decide on one positive habit you’d like to implement in your life. Whether seemingly mundane (like flossing) or perhaps life-altering (exercising every day), think of something you’d like to add to your life that will be beneficial. Then, think about the steps you’ll take to get Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 2: Six Word Memoir

I have to admit that I had a good start on this particular post since I had done this activity before. Today’s AoM journaling challenge: Continuing to work within that idea of constraints, try to write a 6-word memoir of your life so far. This idea is rumored to have Continue Reading →

AoM Journaling Challenge Day 1: Why do this at all?

Having returned to the blogosphere, I was looking for something to get me back into the habit of posting regularly. I found an answer through the 31-day journaling challenge presented by the Art of Manliness (AoM) blog. Today’s challenge: AoM Journaling Challenge Day 1: Why do this at all? Start with answering Continue Reading →