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It was about -4 and it felt like it could be -30. I wanted to go outside for just a minute. In the winter one of my favorite things is when it gets cold you see your breath outside. I still love. It reminds me of life and it makes me feel so present in the moment.

I started out this year not quite sure what my goals and my path should be. I was asked recently in a card game “What Was Your Biggest Accomplishment?”. If you pause and reflect on that for a minute it's a big question. But, I time and time again keep thinking about the business I built years ago.

I think that I am on the path that I should be ok. I am going to write a lot of blog post and I am going to build some things and some of them may not be interesting or helpful. But, I am going to wake up and not be afraid of the following my curiosity.

Today is a beautiful day where we all get to start fresh and reset. We can forget about the things that have been and focus in a bit on the things that will be. Goals and Resolutions are what you make out of them.

This year I tried to make its goals and stick to them. I even got to the point toward the end of the year where I would review those goals at least once a week and mark my progress.

2017 marked an up and down year for me. Looking back on my goals that I started earlier in the year I missed a few marks. But, there was a lot of learning experience and a lot of work that I look back on with pride and excitement.

Take the time this week and think about some of the things that you want to do and change. But, we have to go after something. A small change can yield some huge results.

The goal this year was to read 20 books. It is New Years Eve and I am short just one book. I might try to sneak in a little reading time today but as of writing I am at 18 books. I also have a habit of reading anywhere from 2-4 books at the same time. Here is my list for the year.

Finished

  1. Murder on the Orient Express
  2. Reinvent Yourself
  3. The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth
  4. Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts
  5. Breakfast at Tiffany's
  6. Unbelievable
  7. What Happened
  8. You Are a Badass
  9. Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups
  10. The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic
  11. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?
  12. Start with Why
  13. Hillbilly Elegy
  14. So Good They Can't Ignore You
  15. Sex Object
  16. You Don't Know JS: Up & Going
  17. The Fourth Transformation
  18. Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk

Currently Reading

  1. Tribe Of Mentors
  2. Design Systems
  3. Radical Self Acceptance

Terry Crews — How to Have, Do, and Be All You Want

Terry Crews is an actor and former NFL player and now start on the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Terry sat down with Tim Ferris for an almost two-hour interview. I didn't know a lot of Terry's backstory before this show. But, there are some really honest and powerful moments in this conversation. Each time I listened to the episode I keep getting something out of it. Terry is just an inspiration to me.

I have been an avid Google Chrome user for years now. I have always had Firefox installed but it was mainly for dev or debugging purposes. It was never a daily driver for me. I live in the Google ecosystem and never saw a reason to change.

Yesterday, Firefox released their Quantum browser. The new update is first and forth most just really fast. Firefox claims 2x faster but even just using it there is a noticeable speed in rendering pages. There is also improve memory management so when you have open 156 tabs.

Quantum is an impressive jump and it got me thinking that I get so tied up in the Google echosystem. That I want to make sure that I spend some time inside of different browsers to learn

These last few months, I haven’t been making good quality work. It has been stressing me out. None of the tricks that would normally work to get back to normal have been working. I have had a yearly goal to read 20 books. So, I decided to make a conscious effort to read more. Typically, I would be spending most of my time in the non-fiction section.

But, I wanted to change things up and I wanted to change my approach to reading. I am one of those people that highlight and leaves note all over the book. I also use the kindle app to markup up the book. But, I never do anything with them. But, I am going to use them. I am going to use them as sources of inspiration to ponder and to try and expand my thinking and go on a bit of a journey.

I bought my first Cryptocurrency on 11/2/2013. Like, I am sure a lot of people who were playing around back then. If they kept what they had it would be worth thousands if not millions. I didn’t have that much but I sure do wish I kept it in my wallet.

For, the people who are in the Bitcoin space. Have you ever tried to explain the currency or even the technology to someone? Did you get frustrated and give up? Did you show them your wallet and try to explain it to them in the simplest terms possible?

Just last week, I was trying to explain it the best way that I know how and I had people looking at me like I was talking a scam. And of course I got the naturally. “What weird shit are you buying online?”

Coming up there is going to be an interesting invent.

Episode 9 of the Big Bang Theory season 11, which will air on November 30, 2017, is entitled “The Bitcoin Entanglement,” and this will introduce bitcoin to a whole different group of people.

Now, you might be thinking that broadcast TV still doesn’t have the same power that it did say 10–15 years ago. But the show is going to be viewed by around 12 million people.

Bitcoin and other currencies have seen a steadily increase this month. But, it will be fascinating to see how many people start talking and asking.

On this day, each year I just mark the calendar with a single letter. The meaning behind it is still painful to remember. I remember that day so well and so vividly over the years. I don’t remember much about my time in high school or college anymore. But, I can close my eyes and remember that day second by second.

I can’t help myself and I think back to that day and that moment when we found out what happened. As, I get older the memories are starting to fade and I want to keep something with me. I have nothing else except for these moments.

What it really is this that I don’t want to ever forget. I don’t ever want to let them down. I just hope they would still be friends with future me.

This week, my Square Cash app gave me the option to sign up for what they call the cash card. For those of you who have not used the cash out function before, it is basically a super simple way to send money to people. Recently, they introduced what they called a virtual debit card, and now they are going plastic.

Most people don’t want or credit cards — more bills, more things track, more things to monitor. One thing that I like about these prepaid debit cards is that they help a lot with budgeting. A few years ago, Google Wallet released its debit card. I used that card a lot. I allowed myself to use whatever was on it as money that I could do whatever I wanted with. It felt nice because Google allows you to auto deposit money each week or each month. When I got a paycheck, I would just deposit whatever I felt comfortable with that week. Google got rid of that product, however, and I haven’t been able to find a really great replacement.

The Square Cash card is free, so there’s no reason not to try one. If you don’t use the cash app, it’s really good way to get paid back others for stuff.

Masters of Scale first episode features Airbnb’s Brian Chesky. This episode felt like an amazing insight on how to build a product that people love and the thinking the methods that helped him grow the company in the early days. Brian talking about crafting what he calls an “11-star experience was one of those audio moments I wish I could snippet and achieve that for my next product launch.