30 Day challenges

30 Survival Skills

Random Observation/Comment #624: I am poorly prepared for the zombie apocalypse. Why this list? Most of what I do in my professional career depends on computers and creating resilient systems that have Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans. These practices need to carryover to my real life. What if electricity failed? What skills do I need to learn to survive...

30 Days of Drawing Evie

Random Observation/Comment #613: Take advantage of your technology as a tool instead of being a tool to your technology. (Seems like a 90s catchphrase). Why this 30 Day Challenge? I’ve recently found myself playing too many mobile games or getting sucked into always being connected to work via slack and emails. To do a level of disconnecting and taking advantage...

30 Day Drawing Journal Challenge

Random Observation/Comment #562: I almost forgot the joy of just sitting down with a pen and drawing what’s on my mind – I highly recommend this challenge. Why this Challenge? I can draw one good line at a time, gauge perspectives, scale sizes well, and be patient with results. However, one of my all time goals is to be able...

Actions of the Day Part 2

Random Observation/Comment #554: Spending 5 minutes a day working on a small project leads to a fairly sizable project after 3 months. Routines are quite amazing things. Challenge Set Up Continuing the first part of Actions of the Day, I decided to do a follow-up that combines actions with questions related to careers. I posted these on FB and Twitter as...

30 Days of MealPass

Random Observation/Comment #552: I miss the simplicity of cafeterias at school. Who am I kidding – my mom packed lunch for me. Can I get on that meal plan again? At the end of April 2016, my colleague introduced me to Mealpass. Naturally, I signed up immediately and decided to make a 30 day challenge out of it and see...

Actions of the Day

Random Observation/Comment #547: Life is a multi-player game. Challenge Set Up Complete a different action every weekday for as many days as possible. I posted these on FB as Actions of the Day (AotD) and encourage others to complete the action as well. Why This Challenge? Before I learned about micro-resolutions and the you-app, I felt a little slump in my...

30 Micro-resolution Categories

Random Observation/Comment #541: Motivation only gets you so far. Create long term habits that effectively build you to become a better person without even thinking about it. Why this list? 90% of New Year’s Resolutions fail within the first 2 months – why? Because we set our standards too high and phrase our changes too broad. People focus too much on...

Questions of the Day #Qotd

Random Observation/Comment #527: Questions get us into trouble sometimes, but it’s always the good kind of trouble. Let’s poll the audience. Get the Creativity of the masses. Harness the power of the people. Make others think a little bit on a day-to-day basis. Over the past 30 weekdays, I’ve proposed a question of the day #Qotd. It was a social...

Kindness Revolution #DisruptTEDActive

Random Observation/Comment #503: Kindness is contagious. Have an up vote. I’m inspired by people who do good deeds just for the sake of doing good deeds. For me, handing out these cards in NYC was just a way to recognize the common awesome people and make them smile. For #DisruptTEDActive this year, I’m helping this community of extremely brilliant and...

[List of 30] The Value of Giving a Speech

Random Observation/Comment #485: The process of writing and practicing a speech is more valuable to learning than delivering it. There’s a certain mystical power behind preparing for a speech. All of a sudden, you’re put on the spot knowing your colleagues, friends, and bosses will be listening intently to you for the next 5-7 minutes. All your words will be...

[Lessons Learned] 30 lists of 30 challenge

Random Observation/Comment #282: you know what’s better than starting a project? Finishing one. 30 lists in 30 days. It was easier to write the lists up than expected, but certainly a challenge to schedule time to write them out in one sitting. Definitely do this if you feel stuck and need to evaluate a stance on a position because lists...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Funniest moments

Random Observation/Comment #281:  Remember that time when that guy fell and he was okay … well I guess you had to be there. Why This List? These are funniest moments in my life that you probably won’t get because it won’t make any sense to you unless you were there with me when it happened. Interesting side note: Things are much...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Favorite Start-up Ideas

Random Observation/Comment #280: Every few months, I see a start-up company release an idea that I immediately say “I thought of that 2 years ago!”  I wish they’d give me money for that. Why This List? Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur and start a company. It’d be awesome – we’d be our own bosses and work on a product...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Favorite Apps

Random Observation/Comment #279: “There’s an App for that” is a pretty great way to start a conversation. Why This List? Nowadays we depend on our smart phones to keep us connected and highly functioning addicts to information.  We feed on those small doses of packaged care in aggregated “likes”, <heart>, retweets, and “+1″s.  Needless to say, I have my own...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Favorite Games

Random Observation/Comment #278: Entertainment is such a brilliant concept. At the end of the day, we’re all just bored. Why This List? Puzzles, card games, board games, first person shooters, MMORPGs, or mobile games – there’s a long epic list.  They keep us entertained, but also hold a special place in our heart. I guess I should go back and revisit...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Favorite Words/Terms/Phrases

Random Observation/Comment #277: Words are powerful. They move hearts and dreams. Why This List? There are just some words that are just so awesome that they exist to represent a certain feeling. Just to not have a full list of random words, I’ll include some phrases that may not be full quotes. Love. I wish I had the words to...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Most Attractive Traits

Random Observation/Comment #276: Sometimes you just need to play with the cards you’re dealt, but for all other things you can change with your attitude towards life and frequency of smiles – do that first. Why This List? Hot people have it easy, right? Well… yes. I think they do have a clear advantage, but unfortunately they’re also somehow stereotyped with...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Interesting Facts

Random Observation/Comment #274: It’s easier to remember things if you think they’re interesting. Now you just need to find out what interests you. Why This List? I read a lot of random things and it usually leads to discovering really crazy and interesting facts. I don’t think I’ve written them all down except randomly in my journal entries, but I’ll...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Wouldn’t it be cool if…

Random Observation/Comment #273: Give yourself 5 minutes a day to meditate (not think about anything) and day dream (think about all the things possible).  It’ll help you relax and put things into context. Why This List? I live in a reality that’s limited and constrained by laws, but my imagination knows no such limits. It can keep following thoughts and...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Favorite Songs

Random Observation/Comment #272: Music, more than anything else, makes me nostalgic. I miss those days on the bus listening to my CD Mix and having it skip everytime we went over bumps. Why This List? Music has always played (ha) a big role in my life. I listen to music to set the mood and sometimes just to make me feel like...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Things to Teach my Future Kid

Random Observation/Comment #471: What’s even more scary than parenting is the fact that most parents have no idea what they’re doing. Why This List? My parents taught me quite a few things that I hope to teach my future kid. Hopefully they will just learn them without resisting and one day hating me because “I don’t understand them” or “I’m...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Favorite Gadgets

Random Observation/Comment #270: I would have never guessed 10 years ago that I’d have a phone and that phone’s least used function would be making calls. Why This List? I surround myself with fun and useful technologies because they not only help with my productivity or data collection, but also make me look cool. Just kidding… I’m pretty sure they make...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Favorite Blogposts

Random Observation/Comment #470: I don’t think I have  goal for the number of blog posts I want to write in my life. I’m just always happily surprised that the number keeps increasing. Why This List? My blog is a mess and I know it – I just have too much content.  in the thick of it, however, I probably can...

[30 Day Challenge] 30 Favorite Quotes

Random Observation/Comment #469: It would be nice to be remembered by a quote if it’s deep and inspiring, but what if I just said “I really love mashed potatoes” all the time? Why This List? Sometimes an inspiring quote is all you need to pick you up and make you work harder towards your goal. Those seemingly normal words put...