The 2020 Focus Course Digital Planner.

I am a big fan of what Shawn Blanc does with The Sweet Setup and his personal blog.

I’ve been looking for a way to bring my planning to my iPad. I have traditionally found it cumbersome, even with great apps like Goodnotes.

This PDF planner looks like it will give some structure to an iPad based planner, especially with the page linking. I am going to give it a shot, and I will let you know if I stick with it or go back to pen and paper.


The ladders of wealth creation by Nathan Barry.

Here is a great article on learning how to build wealth over time. I love how Nathan Barry breaks down the path between employee to marketplace. The reality is, making money is a skill that can be learned like any other skill, and it takes more time for some than others.

I especially resonated with the parts on:

  1. Turning hourly freelance work into recurring packaged priced work.
  2. Increased earnings don’t often translate into increased wealth.
  3. Moving to a business that affords a higher degree of wealth building often means a temporary decrease of income.
  4. It takes longer than you think it will. (I am experiencing this personally.)
  5. The questions towards the end about where in the process you are.

Learn about Stoicism.

Ryan Holiday writes excellent books. Ego is the Enemy and The Obstacle Is the Way are my two favorite. These books are influenced by Stoicism, and ancient philosophy of mental toughness and being present.

What I love most about it is the idea that we can control our behavior and the framework it provides to be intentional.

He wrote aseries of emailsteaching about the basics of the philosophy, and it’s definitely worth signing up for and reading.

My two favorite emails are about daily journaling and remembering that we can die at any moment.

Go check it out.


A Good Country Mile, Kevn Kinney & The Golden Palominos (2012).

I had the opportunity to see Kevn Kinney play a singer-songwriter set a few weeks about. I’ve always enjoyed Drivin N Cryin, but I only knew their hits.

I was struck by Kinney’s story telling in the songs that he played. I found him brilliant and comfortable on stage. He wasn’t trying to prove anything. He seemed like he was doing what he loved and was simply sharing his experience and feeling with everyone in the room.

Before the set wrapped up, one of the other performers told a story about Kinney. He said he was on tour with him and and woken up in a bad mood, hungover from the night before. He walked to the front of the bus, and Kinney was standing there holding little chocolate figurines. Kinney said, “Hey man. I was at the dollar store, and I saw these little chocolate figurines. They made me think of you, so I bought them for you.” The other performer said, “That’s the day I knew I would know this man forever.”

I couldn’t wait to listen to more of what Kinney had written.

I’ve been listening to “A Good Country Mile” frequently since that day. I’m in love with it. It captures a nostalgic feeling that I will try to explain:

It feels like sitting alone in a room, feeling the weight of all that’s good and bad, knowing all of that is for good, and knowing we are never really alone. I close my eyes, and I feel the room expand infinitely. There is so much space around me, and that weight I was feeling is off of me. It’s now in the air around me…expanding as the room expands. I open my eyes and the weight comes back to me, but not like a weight. Instead it is warm like a hug.

This is where great music, great art, great food, great books, and great conversation take me. It’s not sad. It’s not happy. It just is, and it’s right now, and there is so much comfort in that feeling. I wish I could sit in it always.