Just Life

30 Ways to Disconnect

Random Observation/Comment #626: Digital retreats are so hot right now. Airbnb with no wifi is a feature. Why this List? You know you’re addicted. It’s made to be addictive and easily accessible. You love being connected. You need to share. You seek validation. You yearn to be admired from afar. Dependency. All you do is share. All you want is...

30 Requirements for a Home

Random Observation/Comment #625: “Home is where the heart is, so your real home’s in your chest” ~Captain Hammer Why this list? In this phase of our life, we get a chance to re-evaluate our settled habits and preferences as a couple and a family. What parts of how we were raised do we want to keep for Evie? Which parts...

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 Favorite Toddler Meals

Random Observation/Comment #620: I can’t find a purer way to show my love than through cooking and sharing food. Why this List? As soon as Evie could eat solids, I claimed head chef of the household. It started off with creating purees of everything using our Beaba and making sure we had as many colors as possible throughout the day…...

30 Things I Suck At

Random Observation/Comment #618: You can’t be good at everything. Why this list? Own up to what you suck at and be your own worst critic. I was inspired to write this list from a coworker who embraces constructive criticism and learns from what she didn’t even know was a weakness. Some of these were easy to write, and many of...

Reflecting on 2018

Random Observation/Comment #610: There’s always more things to do. In 2018, I embraced fatherhood: Traveled to: Boston, Toronto, Dallas, Baltimore, New Jersey and Upstate weekend trips, DC, Pittsburgh, Philly, Dublin, Sydney, and Singapore (all for work) Triumphantly: embraced fatherhood through swim class and little gym weekends, wrote Blockchain4Babies and ABCs of Blockchains, became an accredited investor, helped with Corda Enterprise...

Goodbye, my friend

Random Observation/Comment #609: I guess we’re no longer cat owners. It’s all rain clouds. I’ve never really had a cat or dog growing up because of my parents’ allergies, and probably also to save me from the eventual pain and void of a loss companion. Man, it sucks. It sucked that it was so fast. It sucked we selfishly just...

30 New Little Things

Random Observation/Comment #607: She’s the missing TARDIS to my Doctor Who. Why this list? I lived for a lot of little things and even wrote a whole list about it: http://seelemonslive.com/2015/08/07/list-of-30-the-little-things/ Since writing this list, there have been a lot of new little things that have been making me beam with pride and joy. Happiness still comes in little doses....

30 Lessons Learned from Solutions Offsite

Random Observation/Comment #606: Meshians are pretty damn cool. Why this list? Jam packed information workshops, 100 new faces-names-roles-locations mappings, and sleep deprivation leads to a rollercoaster week of immersion. When we have time to distill the overwhelming amount of collaboration and mesh love, maybe we’ll remember a great week and come to similar conclusions. Mesh culture’s DNA is based on...

Our Life in Lists of 30 Logistics

Random Observation/Comment #604: Sometimes I write completed things in checklists so I can check them off. If you haven’t heard, I’m writing a sequel to “My Life in Lists of 30” called “Our Life in Lists of 30“. Not only have I turned 30, changed careers, gotten married, and became a father, but I’ve also written a lot more lists....

Favorite Photos of 2017

Random Observation/Comment #596: Seriously, what am I going to do with all these baby photos? This has been an incredible year of love and family. While I may not have traveled too much outside of work, this year was in itself the beginning of a new adventure. ~See Lemons Remember 2017

Reflecting on 2017

Random Observation/Comment #595: Be Kind. The world can use more kindness. I’m slowly getting closer to the meaning of life. In 2017, I became a father: Traveled to: Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, Grand Canyon (for babymoon), Las Vegas, Bahamas (for fyrefestival), Miami, London, Los Angeles, Austin, Peru, DC, and Philadelphia. Triumphantly: became a father, road a bike across the Golden...

Favorite Blogposts of 2017

Random Observation/Comment #594: Adulting is so hard. Time is better than money. Life is overall pretty good. I had some very ambitious blogging goals for writing about my experience as a new parent, but parenthood did not give me the same time. Regardless, I think I came up with a few gems. Here are my favorite blogposts of 2017:  ...

30 r3 corda wordplay

Random Observation/Comment #591: Sometimes you need a break to get unstuck. Why this List? I personally love our logo designs. Kudos to Vault49 and their attention to detail. For those who haven’t seen it:         I know, so great. The best part is the cr3ativity we can have with c()mbining our logos with words: bar3 (we actually...

30 Fyre Festival Memories

Random Observation/Comment #580: Make the best out of a bad situation. Background Over promising and under delivering is dangerous. #Fyrefraud made the major news outlets (CNN, Bloomberg), but it was completely blown out of proportion by social media. Here’s what I experienced. I was in Exuma by 1pm with a tequila in hand and high spirits. The flight wasn’t the...

30 Drinking Tips for 30-year-olds

Random Observation/Comment #577: NYC is filled with functional alcoholics. I am certainly one of them. Why this list? There are a lot of reasons why drinking changes for your 30s. It’s no longer about getting drunk and pulling off shenanigans – it’s more about being social and catching up with people in your limited time juggling multiple “grown up” responsibilities. The...

30 Organizing Meet up Tips

Random Observation/Comment #576: There was a time when I lurked meetups around NYC to meet new interesting people and pick up women. The picking up of women didn’t work very well. Why This List? If you’re organizing meetups for your company around software or specific industry trends, it’s always a good idea to follow the lessons learned from some very experienced...

Designing Your Life

Random Observation/Comment #573: It’s never too late to redesign your life. Ever since I’ve started drawing every night (currently at a 200+ day streak), I’ve started doodling more random infographics about life. This one came to me when I was thinking about a community hub model to connect people to their interests. I wanted to map what people need for a...

Happiness Jar

Random Observation/Comment #569: You don’t need a reason to feel great.   I loved fireflies growing up. Whenever I visited Pennsylvania, I’d grab a mason jar and run around the meadows with my brother catching them. Because the flickering green made me happy, I always thought I had bottled happiness. I learned a valuable lesson that first summer: happiness needs...

Reflecting on 2016

Random Observation/Comment #568: Have compassion and perspective. If you’re kind and have a view that keeps humor in mind, I think things will be just fine. In 2016, I turned 30: Traveled to: Bermuda, Naples Florida, St Petersburg Florida (for Niki/Tomas wedding), Toronto, Maine, Switzerland, South Africa, Oregon, Redwoods, Washington, Alaska (cruise), London, Maryland, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney. Triumphantly: Moved...

Favorite Blogposts of 2016

Random Observation/Comment #567: I may have actually written more internal work-related posts than public ones this year (which means I’m really liking what I’m doing). It’s been a slow year of writing blogposts mostly because of the new role. As I spend the last quiet week before things get crazy in 2017, here are my favorite blogposts of 2016:      ...

Favorite Photos of 2016

Random Observation/Comment #566: Get addicted to creating, sharing, and putting good use to content. It’s so much more rewarding than simply absorbing it. Another year of incredible changing times. I chose the photos above as my favorite because it represents the teamwork and hard work it takes to move the needle. I continue to see some pretty incredible sights and...

Turning 30

Random Observation/Comment #565: “It’s all downhill from here…” ~All my friends My 20’s was basically a test of goals, time, and relationship management. Goals management is your mission, vision, and true North towards your ideals of success. Time management is the organization and prioritization necessary for executing and delivering those goals. Relationship management is making the connections and building a...

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...

[Travel Advice] Pacific Northwest roadtrip

Random Observation/Comment #560: Honeymoon Roadtrip was the best choice ever. A lot of car tunes, audiobooks, podcasts, and funny discussions that brought us closer. Things Pacific Northwest Does Well Pure nature bliss – National parks are sprinkled throughout this magical place. Clouds – When you get the non-rainy ones, they’re really something #cloudporn Hospitality – Super friendly people with a lot...