Annual Review, 2017

Annual Review, 2017

It’s somewhat comical looking back on the last year of posts knowing that I made a total of three articles live throughout that time. While it may be laughable, it’s also an honest reflection of where I find myself within this space.

Early 2017 proved to be immensely difficult for…

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Hate in America, A Bike Commuter’s Story

Japan. A country deeply rooted in tradition, respect, awareness of one’s self around others, and an inner-appreciation for helping people. A country that, despite it’s own shortcomings, stands out for its differences in cultural norms when compared to our own.

Norms that become so apparent—almost tactile—when I return to the United States after…

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Dear Rally

Dear Rally

Dear Rally,

I hope you’re not upset with me that I started writing this letter in my head a little more than 3 weeks ago. When we found out your kidneys were failing, I knew we still had some time together. I wanted to start thinking about our life together,…

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Annual Review, 2016

Annual Review, 2016

The Roman leader and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius famously said, The measure of a man is the worth of the things he cares about.

As I look back on my third year of intentionally tracking life’s ups and downs, I stop to reflect on how well I’m doing as a man….

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Nothing Changes Unless the Pain is Too Great

I’ve been thinking a lot about this mindset lately. Mostly because I’ve been there before, friends and family have been there before, and someone nearby is probably “there” right now. Actually, you can be certain someone close to you is.

This year I’ve thought more about how we choose to extend ourselves and…

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Hideaway: A Look Back

Hideaway: A Look Back

It was the latter half of the 90s, and for the first time in my life I was the new kid in school. We’d moved to Virginia only a few months prior and my summer was spent mostly doing teenage things: playing guitar, listening to music, tinkering on my first iMac, and working…

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Annual Review, 2015

Annual Review, 2015

Last year was the first time I set course with an eye on the new year through an official annual review. The pros and cons of the previous year, where that left me emotionally and physically, and what I was looking towards for this year.

All to often we hear of the…

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Working Remotely Around Family and Friends

Working Remotely Around Family and Friends

We’ve been big proponents of the remote working movement for years now at Authentic Form & Function, and as we dig digger into the culture it encompasses, multiple sub-topics arise and warrant further discussion. One of the most challenging topics we’ve encountered is working remotely when around family and friends….

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Seeking Light: What Comes After Marital Infidelity

A few weeks ago I started tossing around the idea of writing a book about my experiences in the years prior to starting Spirit by Design. The thought has never been far off, and yet it’s also never held a large chunk of brain space, either.

But just like that, I recently…

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Scope Matters: A Digital Disaster

This article was originally written as a stream of thought “brain dump” roughly one year ago as a way to purge my thoughts after losing the reigns on a large UI design and development project. Below, I recount that story, both as a narrative and as an education to others in a similar field.

Before we…

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