10 Things I’m Proud Of

  • Moved to an unfamiliar place that was alien to me and made a home of it
  • Learned to speak Chinese fluently
  • Never funded my lifestyle with money I didn’t earn. Never borrowed money from parents
  • Established a career without spending four years and tens of thousands of dollars in college. Achieved results unconventionally
  • Had fulfilling and meaningful relationships with girlfriends who didn’t speak any English
  • Gained 40lbs in four months after being 175lbs for 10 years. Currently 6’4″ 215lbs
  • Made my parents proud
  • Learned to play guitar without formal lessons
  • Survived an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, 40km from the epicenter, while on a Daoist mountain (2008 Sichuan earthquake)
  • With the exception 18 months after buying a new car, never went into debt

Writing these down brings me satisfaction. Like the countless days that have flown by continue to mean something. It reminds me to continue to strive to accomplish more and take things one step at a time while keeping the big picture in mind.

What are you proud of?


Published on April 1, 2011

Song of the Day #59: Links

Chameleon – Links (Logical Progression)

Steven has been sending me a mountain of killer tracks recently, and I wish I could post them here, but this will have to do for now. I love this late-90’s lush atmospheric sound that has all but died over the last 10 years. Fingers crossed for a resurgence.

Published on March 30, 2011

Times Are A-Changin’

“Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you Is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’.”
Bob Dylan
Published on March 27, 2011

SOTD #58: Walking in the Rain

Wax – Walking in the Rain (feat. Dumbfoundead)

I’ve been listening to a lot of Dumbfoundead recently. After seeing his rap battles on Youtube I began to identify with his laid back style, which was the counterpart to a gaggle of rappers talking and acting tough. Him and DJ Zo are tied at the hip these days, making music and doing shows together everywhere. They’re making great music and it’s inspiring.

Published on March 26, 2011