TSA#41 – There is Still Time

Aug 27, 2012 by

Summer is winding down but it is not over yet. Not until we say it’s over.

Labor day is this next weekend and that means you have a three day weekend to do something fun. Go camping. Go to the beach. Go for a hike. Go find something fun to do in your town. Get the most out of the summer and make it last as long as possible. The weather is beautiful (unless your in Florida right now) so go out and make the most of it.

We are going camping up to Pismo Beach/Morro Bay area and are very excited about the trip. We are planning some great camping recipes and some great adventures.

You have the great opportunity of a great weekend ahead of you.  Don’t waste it.

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#40 – Start Happy

Aug 20, 2012 by

It is back to school time.  Time to wake the kids up early, get them dressed and fed and out the door to the first day of school.  Now I don’t have any kids, but I know it can be hard to get up and start the day with a good mood.  I imagine the end of summer and the beginning of school is not the happiest time of the year for some teenagers kids.  Heck somedays its just hard to get up for anyone, so here is a way to make your mornings awesome and start the day off happy.

It is time to make a happy playlist.

Make a play list of songs or videos that make you smile.  Only put songs on there that are so awesome that you can’t hep but tap your foot and dance a little as you get your morning started.  Find those favorite songs that will start your day off with a huge dose of happy and put them all together in a playlist and crank it up each morning as you and the others in your house get ready to start the day.

Your playlist will be personal to you and those in your household, but here are some suggestions to get you started.


and if those songs don’t get your day started right, this video surely will

Also this one is phenomenal. I could watch this every day.

Start off happy and see how awesome your day will be.

Ben…

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TSA#39 – You Can Help

Aug 13, 2012 by

If  you reading this, you can help.

If you are reading this that means you have internet access and can help.

You are probably reading this on your computer, which means you can help.

It’s time to help.

Kiva, is an amazing organization that users micro-lending to help others around the world.  Here is how they describe themselves.

We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

So instead of just giving your money to a worthy cause (not a bad idea), you loan your money to entrepreneurs worldwide that could use a little help to grow or expand their local business.  Your money gets paid back and you then get to re-lend that money again to others.

I’ve been lending with Kiva for a couple years now and it is a great idea and a very worthwhile endeavor.  Right now Kiva is running a special offer for new members.  Sign up now and they will give you and me $25 dollars (for free) to lend out through their network.  You have nothing to lose here.  Try it out.  It’s time to help.

If you brushed your teeth this morning with running water, you can help.

Ben…

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The Simple Pleasures

Aug 8, 2012 by

I got up early this morning so I could sit outside and have a bowl of cereal.  Its not a big deal, but its one of those little things that makes me happy.I love sitting outside in the early morning when the sun is already up, but its not yet hot.  I love fresh fruit on cornflakes.  I love the smell of a summer morning.

It’s the simple things that make this life wonderful.

I love family dinners when we have friends over and all sit around the table eating and laughing.  I love watering my garden.  I love making food from the garden (I ate this again last night. It was so good!).  I love taking my dog for a walk.  I love building things.  I love fixing things.  I love just going for a drive. I love talking with my older neighbors.  I love great design.  And I love helping others.

These are some of the simple things that make me ridiculously happy.

What are the simple things in life that make you happy?

This is not a rhetorical question.  This is not something to ponder and let pass as you move on to the next online distraction.  Stop for 60 seconds right now and think about the little things that make you happy.

Now write those things down.  Grab a piece of paper, or email yourself the list.  Take 1 minute right now to do this.  Write down all the little things that make you smile.  Write down all the fun things you’ve done and would like to do again.

Now save that list somewhere that you can see it often.  Put it up on the fridge, or tape it to your computer monitor.  Look at this list frequently and start making plans and mental notes to do more of those things.

Its these simple things in life that will make you happy and it is up to you to make those simple things happen.

It really is that simple.

Ben…

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TSA#38 – Back up

Aug 6, 2012 by

This is your friendly reminder that computers do break, and hard drives do crash and they will take with it all of your precious photos, music, documents etc and you need to back up those files so you don’t lose them.

My hard drive crashed a couple weeks ago.  Just died.  No warning, no freezing or clicking noises.  It just worked one day and was gone the next.  And on this particular hard drive was ALL MY FILES.  All of my media.  Over 13+ years of digital pictures, hundreds and hundreds of hours of my music collection, all my documents from forever, gone.  Because I am smart, I had all of if backed up online with Crashplan and was able to get all of those files back.  It did take some time to download all of those files but thankfully I got them all back and they were not lost.

So now, instead of saying to yourself, “yeah I really need to backup my files”, do something about it.  Actually backup your files. It would SUCK to lose all of those pictures and music and such.  A lot of our memories are now digital and if your computer is ever stolen, or damaged or just crashes you want to have those files safe somewhere.

Here is a great guide on how to back up your computer to an external drive.  I also recommend an offsite backup system like Crashplan as well.

Do yourself a giant favor and get this done this week.  When, not if, something happens to your data you will thank me and look like a genius.

I could have lost all my pictures including great ones like this one of Monty in a cowboy hat.

Ben…

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