I Can’t Stop Listening to These 8 Podcasts

February 20, 2015

You hear that?

Well, of course you don’t because you’re not here.

It’s silence.

This is the first time all week I’ve sat in silence, mainly because I can’t write and listen to people talk at the same time. My brain ends up all scattered.

It is really hard to sit here right now and not be listening to a podcast. Every moment that I’m not working on a big project, writing, or sleeping, you will find me listening to podcasts.

I freaking love podcasts.

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Save $10 on Your Comcast Bill Each Month by Doing This

February 5, 2015

Nobody likes the word fee.

Ugh! It just made my skin crawl typing it.

As you’re probably well aware, Comcast charges a $10 fee per month (which is up from $8 dollars in 2014) for using their modem, which conveniently doubles as a public WiFi hotspot that any of their customers can connect to.

Well, being the control freak and penny pincher that I am, I didn’t like the thought of either of those things and was determined to find a way out of Comcast’s vice grip on my wallet.

It turns out that it’s actually quite easy to save $120 a year by buying your own modem and returning the rental. Here are some step-by-step instructions for you to follow to ditch this fee once and for all:

  1. Buy your own modem, preferably this refurbished model that is $30 off for today only (That was fast! The refurbished model is already sold out. This version of the modem is still a great deal, and is brand new) . Make sure that you have your own router, which provides the Wi-Fi signal to your devices. Comcast’s new modems have the Wi-Fi router capabilities built in.
  2. Call or visit a Comcast office and let them know that you purchased your own modem. They will ask for some identifying numbers on the back or bottom of your new modem so that they can connect the modem to their systems.
  3. Return the modem/router that Comcast provided you.
  4. Commence saving $10 per month on your cable bill each month.

There are a few caveats:

If  you have any questions about this process, leave a comment below!

Tracking My 2015 Goals – January Edition

February 2, 2015

I set some pretty intense goals at the beginning of the year. Now that I am a full month in, am I on course to achieve them or way off track?

Let’s find out.

Helpful Resources Shared In the Video

P.S. – I am going to learn to stop relying on the word “so” so much. 😉

Unsolicited Emails Are Like “Cold Calls”

January 29, 2015

I love John Siracusa’s take on the latest edition of the Mac Power Users podcast on “cold” emails and the need to “be polite” and reply to every single one we recieve:

I never felt like I needed to reply to every email, certainly not after I started getting a lot of email. Even when I got a little email it’s like … It’s like a cold call at home. If someone calls you and you didn’t ask them to call you and they call you and start asking questions … I don’t owe them anything. I don’t even know who you are or what you’re asking about. I don’t owe you any of my time; I didn’t ask for this email to come; It just lands in my inbox. I feel free to ignore it.

I never thought to compare unsolicited emails to cold calls, but they’re very similar. Yet, I quite often feel the need to “be polite” and give them some type of reply.

I spend at least 10 – 15 mintues each day replying to these types of emails.

I’m Going to Be A Dad …

January 26, 2015

This picture is the most incredible thing I have ever seen and probably will ever see in my lifetime.

Looking at it evokes so many emotions in me: hope, excitement, fear, love, joy, and a few others I’ve never felt before.

All that is certain right now is that I want to be a great Dad.

There is no doubt in my mind that Amy will be an incredible Mom. She’s so loving, caring, selfless, thoughtful, devoted, and strong. And if Amy’s Mom is any indication, she’ll have this whole Mom thing down from the get go.

I’ve had a lot of people tell me that the instincts that go along with being a Dad will “just come” over time.

If my son or daughter ends up loving me as much as I love my Dad, then I know I will have achieved that greatness I seek.

You can read Amy’s take on our pregnancy on her blog, The Funky Fork.

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