One of my favorite features from my bank are their fraud alert texts, where they’ll text me if there is suspicious activity on my credit card and require text confirmation before re-enabling it. Unfortunately, this has been happening a lot recently due to a few life events that have been racking up my spending this past month (what do you mean most normal people don’t go out to “catch-up” drinks three times a week, buy two sets of plane tickets, and get hit with a huge prescription co-pay in the same week? :face palm:)
So while thankfully I budgeted for all this nonsense, it’s still something I’m keeping an eye on because I don’t want this spending pattern to become my new norm. As Francis Bacon said, “money is a great servant but a bad master” which I’ve always interpreted as meaning “don’t get taken for a ride on the hedonic treadmill, keep money in its place as a useful tool”. Even though I know a few people stop by my little blog for my thoughts on minimalism, I hope that it’s abundantly clear that I’m far from being an expert on the subject. I’m still working through my own trouble areas, which is why I found this article to be so pertinent.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, partially because I just haven’t been focusing that much on my wardrobe, which is a good thing! Other, more exciting life events have been taking center stage. However summer is coming, which is my favorite time in the city, and as the pace of life has slowed down this past month I’ve been planning on what I want to add to my closet.
We spend so much time decluttering physical space that we often completely forget about decluttering our mental space as well. One of the easiest ways to upgrade your life is to declutter the media that you consume, especially when it comes to television.
It’s been a while hasn’t it? To be honest, I didn’t shop at all for fall and winter besides a few new accessories and replacing some worn out basics here and there. I just didn’t feel like I really needed anything new, which is always a wonderful feeling. Instead I was busy enjoying the holidays, working on some personal projects and surfing in Mexico.
I know that those of us who grew up with the internet all know some basic safety protocol: don’t agree to privately meet strangers, don’t share private information, and avoid clicking or downloading anything that looks suspicious.
But I’ve recently realized that my colleagues and I in tech have a few extra tools in our toolkit, most which take only a few minutes to set up and have made my online life so much more pleasant and private.
So with the caveat that I’m a front-end developer, not a software security professional (though shout-out to my friends who are!), here’s my personal checklist of plugins, practices, and software that I use to protect my privacy, sanity and improve my internet experience.
Last month I had the pleasure of giving a talk at CodeMash on my methodology for creating modular and component-based CSS. Initially I was a little skeptical about the location (beautiful Sandusky, Ohio in January) but I’m so glad I went. The conference was incredibly well-organized, the attendees lovely, and there were so many interesting hardware hacking talks that I was able to attend. I’d highly recommend going if you have the chance.
I’m definitely a creature of habit, which is sometimes both a blessing and a curse. It also means that I know what I like, so I tend to stick to what works. I try to reduce decision fatigue by avoiding all of those small decisions we make every day, from what I eat for breakfast (granola, greek yogurt, and whatever fruit is in season), to where I drop my coat/keys/bag when I get home at night (wall hook, bar cart and kitchen chair, respectively).
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