Thanks for visiting my blog. As an ENTP in Myers-Briggs, one of my greatest strengths is synthesizing, categorizing, and simplifying information. I write about topics like personal growth, motivation, feelings, group dynamics, and Myers-Briggs. I also work to simplify complex topics like cryptocurrency, anti-racism, and COVID.

Whatever the topic, I try to explain it from the beginner level onward—step by step. At the same time, my writing typically ends up on the longer side because I believe in diving deep to explore nuances.

In my experience, most complex subjects (like crypto) are not just X or Y (e.g., good or bad) but some combination of X and Y or somewhere on a spectrum between X and Y.

As an NT type in Myers-Briggs, I tend to think in terms of science, rationality, and objective evidence. But, feelings are crucial too, and I'm now more open and curious about other sources of knowledge such as certain spiritual traditions or indigenous practices. (After a lot of personal growth work, I've realized that it can be limiting to restrict oneself to only what's 100% objectively rational and provable in double-blind, randomized experiments 🙂.)

Quick Reads

Below this section, you'll find all my deep-dive posts—the ones that explore the details and nuances of complex topics.

But I've also been publishing shorter posts that take just a few minutes to read. They're cross-posted to three different platforms, so you can pick your favorite:

LinkedIn
Medium
Twitter

Mindfulness & Meditation

I was a proud skeptic. I thought I was already self-aware so meditation would be a waste of my time. I was very, very wrong. I tried and failed at various meditation techniques for years, but it's now become my most important habit that I prioritize every day.

Especially if you're a T in Myers-Briggs, I believe this is the single most important skill for you to learn to succeed at life. I'll walk you through meditation step by step in a rational, non-woo-woo way, and I'll offer you the most important tips I've learned over a decade of practicing.

Social Justice

Hey, I see you!

You might have just read that headline ("social justice") and felt uncomfortable. What's in here might not apply to you, right? Or maybe it'll be impractical or unrealistically idealistic.

Worst of all, especially if you're a straight white guy, you might imagine that anything in this section will be designed to make you feel bad about yourself.

As a fellow straight white guy, let me assure you: I'm still learning too, and I know that we all make mistakes. This collection is meant to be gentle & educational. I won't be "canceling" you.

Finally, I firmly believe that being a good ally to people with marginalized identities (e.g., people of color or people who identify as LGBTQIA+) is not just for their benefit (although that's certainly important too). It actually benefits all of us. This work is about our collective freedom and liberation.

Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency is my newest obsession. As an ENTP in Myers-Briggs, I love that crypto is so multidisciplinary. It really feeds my cognitive functions of Ne (i.e., exploring possibilities) and Ti (i.e., logical accuracy). Especially if you're an ENTP or INTP as well, I believe this will fascinate you.

The first two posts are linked below, but there are a lot more of them on my page devoted to this series: Easing into Crypto. (P.S. Each post is also available for free as an audio podcast on Spotify or iTunes).

Cooking

For most of my 20’s, I was convinced that being a successful adult meant following recipes to cook fancy, exciting meals. I would spend hours searching Reddit and Allrecipes for interesting recipes, sorting by highest-rated, and pushing myself to try new flavor profiles.

Cooking seems hard. But it only seems that way because you’re used to thinking of cooking in terms of following complex recipes. It doesn’t have to be that way at all. Let's make it easy for you to cook easy, healthy, delicious meals in just 15 minutes.

Personal Growth

This section contains posts on a variety of topics related to personal growth.

Living with the Pandemic

I'm not a medical professional, but I was frustrated by all the misinformation and confusing advice out there on COVID-19.

So, I did a lot of research (synthesizing hundreds of articles) and created this series of posts with everything you need to know from how to keep a "bubble" or "pod" safe, to which specific masks are best, to the latest information about the virus "variants" and vaccines.

The most recent two posts are linked below, but there are a lot more of them on my page devoted to this series: Living with the Pandemic.