The Power of Intention: Arnold Forges His Destiny

I recently finished reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.” There were many things I enjoyed about this book. For one thing, Arnold is an excellent writer (especially for a famous person not primarily known for writing). He brings to life the many people, places, and projects he encounters with vivid and well-constructed descriptions that paint a clear picture and are quite enjoyable to read. Also, he gives deft and insightful observations of his own mindset as he progresses through his life and career. Arnold comes…

“Day Dreaming” (rhyme)

I love daydreaming. It’s so fun. There are lots of things I have day-dreamed about, and many of them have come true. They continue to come true. I continue to day-dream and it continues to be fun. Here’s a rhyme about day-dreaming: What a lovely day dream No matter how it may seem I’m doing a great thing for myself as I gaze deep- ly toward a far away scene In my mind. This ain’t sleep though my face beams blankly, I’m awake see, having a great think! Attracting my…

Slow and Steady to My First Marathon

My Christmas Day unfolded as follows: I ran 10 miles this morning, came home and after a nice breakfast enjoyed gift-giving with my wife. We then visited with family on Zoom, after which we had an excellent Christmas meal she prepared (the menu: our Thanksgiving meal, back by popular demand!). After this, we both took a nap, after which we played cards while listening to a virtual radio broadcast of a play from a theater my wife shoots pictures for (in normal times where plays are being produced). 🙂 Today’s…

Christmas Eve Appreciation List

I like to write things I appreciate :). I did it on this blog at least here and here. And so I shall do it again right now! Here is my list of things I am appreciating: This blog. It’s a totally cool way to express myself, to play in my sand box, if you will, to articulate thoughts on subjects that matter to me, and to have an ongoing creative project that suits me. That today’s TV appearance went well :). I was back on Good Day Sacramento playing…

“the Inner Loon” (poem)

It acts like it’s on my side Yet it judges me that I’m less It’s focused on fear and lack It must want me out of whack It has trained me well I barely know it’s here Yet I recognize its stink In unhappy thoughts I think Why believe its lies? Why let it manipulate? I wish I’d say I didn’t But it keeps itself so hidden Working in the background I forget what it is I forget its trickery Until it’s gettin’ me Awareness is my tool To come…

Top 10 Personal Accomplishments of 2020

I believe in making lists of things I’m proud of, things I’m enjoying, things I appreciate. So here goes a list of ten personal accomplishments from 2020 (in no particular order): Sometime Blogger Excels: This year I took a flexible on-again, off-again approach to blogging (though when I blogged, I did it every day). The months I blogged were April , June, and starting up in mid-October through today. Myhappinessobsession continues to be a great healing and creative personal outlet. Run, Man, Run! This year has probably been the best…

Onward with the Learning

When it comes to money, being an adult has provided an ongoing-financial education. Running my own business, dealing with life’s expenses, and planning for the future teach me much valuable lessons every single day. I’ve supplemented my personal experience with lots of reading: since 2015, I’ve read about sixty-six business and financial books 🙂 Just today I finished reading “7 Secrets to Investing Like Warren Buffett,” by Mary Buffett & Sean Seah (thank you, Sacramento Public Library). The book gives a basic primer on “value investing,” which is what Warren…

Practicing Being Flexible

(I typed this post last week while my blog was down. I intended to publish it as soon as the blog was back up. So here we are. Light-editing done to my original draft). Okay, so for today’s post, I’m typing into a “notes” file on my computer. My blog is currently down, apparently experiencing some debugging-related issue. Or bug-related issue. The end result being that the blog is not up.  So I will likely be posting today’s post tomorrow, or as soon as I get this figured out! Though…

Just Happy to Be at a Bookstore

Today my wife and I went on an actual shopping trip that didn’t involve buying groceries. Our holiday-related trip consisted of a stop to make a purchase, a stop at the post office to send out four packaged, and a stop at Barnes Noble at the nearby mall. For numerous years now, I have asked my wife for and received books for Christmas. This year, obviously, has been quite different from years passed. Neither of us had been in a bookstore in at least nine months. This Christmas, I wanted…

Create Your Own Weather (Version 2)

(This is a different draft of yesterday’s post, which I wrote before my website went down for a few days. I decided there was merit in publishing this version as well, as it is different enough in wording from yesterday’s, and this is my blog, so what the hey!) Imagine a world where people were always pleasant to you. Where they were always generous, always kind, always considerate, and always conscientious. Imagine a world where people cared about what you care about, the way you care about it, and for…