TSA#32 – Finish That Project

Jun 25, 2012 by

I’m a big fan of projects.  I have lots of ideas and always have several projects in varying stages of completeness going on at any given time.  This can get a little out of control as I get new ideas and want to start other projects while leaving unfinished ones in different stages of completeness.

One thing that I sometimes have to force myself to do is not start new projects until I finish up the old uncompleted ones.  Part of this is just so I can have the room to start the new projects but sometimes its just for my sanity.  I need to finish the old before starting on the new.  Finishing up projects and cleaning out my workspace in the garage or house gives me a clear head to think about what I might want to take on next.  This past weekend was the weekend for finishing up projects around the house.  My family is coming to visit this week so I set out about tackling all the 75% projects around the house and garage and finishing those up.

Your TSA for this week is to finish “that project”.  Yes you know the one.  Its the one that popped into your mind when I said “that project”.  Its time to get inspired and muster up the energy to finish it up and cross it off your list.  Also don’t underestimate the satisfaction of not having it on your to do list anymore.  That is a great feeling.

Here is one of my big projects that I finally finished up this weekend. Its a new door I built for our hall closet and I am so happy with how it turned out.   I’ll post more on this project as I am very proud of it.

*Update* – More finished pictures of the door.

Ben…

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TSA #31 – Move Your Money (for real this time)

Jun 18, 2012 by

Remember when you were all mad at the banks and there was that big push to get everyone to move to a credit union.  Remember when you said to yourself, “hey, no fees, I can actually earn interest from my money, this actually sounds like a great idea!”.  Remember when you didn’t do anything and your money is still sitting in the big bank?

Well its not too late.  It’s still a good idea now and there is still time for you to move your money.

The big banks still suck.  They are still charging you fees to access your money that you don’t need to pay.  You can switch to a local bank or credit union and get all of the features and more of the bank you are at now, except you won’t be paying for them.  Stop wasting your money and make the decision that THIS is the week and get it done.

Your TSA for this week is to move your money out of that big bank that is screwing you over and into a local credit union.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Find a credit union
  2. Follow this simple checklist.
  3. Go buy yourself a nice milkshake with the money you are saving and smile.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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TSA #30 – Start a Project

Jun 12, 2012 by

Time for projects.  I love projects.  I love making stuff.  I love having an idea or getting inspired and creating something from it.  Now that summer is almost here and there is more daylight I feel like I have more time for projects.

My dad got a new car and decided to drive it down to visit us this past weekend so I wrangled him into helping me with a new project (as I always do). I wanted to replace our hall closet door as its very white, has a flowery glass thing in it, and is just very ugly over all.  So I had a great idea for a sliding barn door type of door to go there.  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and finally got started on it this past weekend with my dad.

The plan was to build the door and then buy the hardware for the sliding mounting part.  Well as some Google searches revealed, the prices for that hardware started out at $350 and just went up from there.  No thanks.  So I set out to build the whole thing.

We went out, got the metal, got some wood and set out to build the door and the hardware to mount it.  We got pretty far, but have not finished it yet.  I’ll post some pictures of the final product when its done, but the point is, go out and start some projects.  Get on some fun sites like Pinterest to get some cool ideas for projects and just start.  That is your Truly Simple Action for this week.

Also share your cool project ideas in the comments below.  I love to get inspired by people making cool stuff.

Ben…

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What are we doing?

Jun 5, 2012 by

Warning… short rambling of some thoughts I’ve wanted to get out of my head for a while now.

What are we doing?

As a people I mean?  Why do we constantly fight, back and forth, about things that don’t really matter?  Why do we listen to politicians and celebrities who have nothing valuable to add to the conversation?  Why do we repeat the same cycle of distraction, obsession, destruction and indifference?

These thoughts have been rattling around my head lately especially as the presidential race is beginning and my mailbox is flooded with incoherent messages of division or hate toward one particular issue, group or person.  I don’t watch the news.  I can’t.  It drives me insane.  Its the main reason I cut the cable into our home.  I try to filter out as much as possible as its all just the new reality TV set on a larger stage.

We bring up issues that don’t matter and bring out the crazies from each side to shout out talking points that neither addresses their side or answers any questions about the topic, but rather just belittles or decries the other side as evil or wrong.  We pitch 2 parties against each other and nothing of any real meaning gets addressed or fixed.

I’m a fixer.  If I see or am presented with a problem, I just fix it.  This doesn’t serve me particularly well when listening to my wife as all she wants is for me to listen, but all I want to do is fix and eliminate the problem.  I would not do well in politics.

I swing between two extremes lately of utter hopelessness for our current system and its “leaders” and bright hope for the future when I look at the kids today who just don’t care about everything everyone is arguing at today.  I’m hoping we can last long enough for them to be in a position to affect change.  I’m am hopeful for the day when we have a generation brought up who understand what is minutia and what matters.  I’m hopeful we can raise a generation with the skills to see through the distractions of the media and see the spin in every story.  I’m hopeful that technology will outpace our problems and can find solutions to the destruction we have caused.

I try to swing toward hope.

And all of that rambling brings me to this.

Everyone is busy these days.  Needlessly so.  We try to cram more in each second of everyday, and I am certainly guilty of this.  As I’m writing this I’m on the train, on the way home from work.  The train travels up the pacific coast and it has the most beautiful view of the ocean, but I’m often found head down in my laptop or phone, clicking on the next link to entertain me or get me riled up on the state of the world.

We are all busy and we all have so much going on.  We distract ourselves to avoid our problems.  We get upset by others who mindlessly hurl their opinions out to make a point.  We fail to look past the message to consider the messenger which only confounds the problem or creates one.

So what are we doing?  What are you doing?  What will you do?

Will you work to avoid distractions in your life?  Will you put in an effort to make time for that which is truly important?  Will you brush off the ignorant comments made by others and understand that they are probably (obviously) going through something that is making them so unhappy that they feel the need to lash out?  Will you work toward understanding those around you and help out where you can?  Will you stop and take a moment to watch the sun set on the ocean?  Ask yourself, “What are we doing?”

And finally, here’s a good tip to keep you sane.

Here’s to making life a little more simple and working toward what really matters.  How we get there is the jouney we should all be helping one another on.

Ben…

PS. I haven’t posted any recipes in a while because I’ve been having some stupid sinus issues which has caused me to not be able to taste anything.  Not fun, but I’m hoping to get that resolved soon and get cooking and posting again.  Stay tuned.

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