CurEight: My 8 Favorite Discoveries From the Past Week

March 2, 2015
The first edition of CurEight

Welcome to the first CurEight.

What is CurEight, you ask?

CurEight is the first in a series of posts I’ll be sharing every Monday on my blog that focuses on my 8 favorite discoveries from the past week. Now, the discoveries I share with you could be anything: a new app that has helped me become more productive, a link that has given me some insight into solving a particular problem, an incredible book I might have just finished reading, or even a podcast that I think you might enjoy listening to.

Each discovery I share will hopefully add some type of value to your life, because if I’m sharing them on CurEight they’ve helped me in some way, shape, or form.

Without further ado …

  1. 15 Clever Recipes to Try With IFTTT’s New Do Apps (Field Guide) – IFTTT is one of my all-time favorite internet apps. Their new app Do is interesting. I’m not entirely sure how it will fit in to my workflow, but I’m willing to give it a try.
  2. Getting Lost in Just Doing (zen habits) – My wife and I were talking about this topic over the weekend. It is so easy not to act and just be content with the way things are.
  3. SelfControl (Mac OS X App) – Pat Flynn of the Smart Passive Income Blog featured this app as one of his top 5 productivity tools that can make you better, faster & stronger. I haven’t totally set it up on my machine, but from what I can tell it is going to help my increase my productivity by keeping me off of sites I don’t mean to spend time on (I’m looking at you Gmail and Feedly!).
  4. Spring Cleaning, or How I Fell in Love with 1Password Vaults (MacStories) – I use 1Password to manage all of my passwords and sensitive info and I’ve noticed that my vault has been getting a little cluttered lately. This gave me a starting point to begin cleaning it up.
  5. The first rule of web design (Seth Godin) – It is astonishing to me that clarity that Seth Godin possesses. This post is spot on and one that every web designer should read.
  6. f.lux (Mac OS X App) – It’s 10:32 PM at night and my computer is not suppressing my melatonin production with its harsh blue light. Thank you f.lux. I’ve had this one for a while, but it’s too good not to share in my first edition of CurEight.
  7. 5 Questions to Ask When Interviewing Interns (LinkedIn Talent Blog) – I have a new intern that just started with me this week at The Bailey Group. With my first intern, I didn’t spend the time learning about what interested her. This time around, I wanted to figure out the tasks could I give her that she’d feel comfortable with completing right away because that’s where her skills lie.
  8. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) (Written by Hal Elrod) – I read this over the weekend after hearing multiple people talk about it on the podcasts that I listen to. The premise? Start your morning early and with intention and it will take your life to the next level. I completed my first Miracle Morning this morning; I’ll let you know how it went in a later blog post.

That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed the first edition of CurEight. If you found any of these resources helpful don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of this post. That way you’ll get each edition of CurEight delivered straight to your inbox every Saturday morning.

Have an incredible week!

It’s a Wrap …

February 21, 2015
The production office at the Season One wrap party.

Man.

I’m close to tears right now.

Maybe it was a bad idea to do this in The Kookaburra. Crying in public is kind of frowned upon, right? The sappy coffee shop music isn’t helping.

Oh great. Coldplay just came on.

I’ve resisted looking back at all these pictures since we left Los Angeles in 2011. I had come to terms with the fact that moving back home was the best decision for Amy and me; if we were to eventually have a family, Los Angeles wasn’t the place to do it.

Just because It was the rational decision, doesn’t mean it made it any easier to leave.

When we moved to Los Angeles in 2009, I had no clue what I’d end up doing for work.

Little did I know, I would end up with the best Production Assistant job in all of Hollywood. I quickly learned that it wasn’t the job that was special, it was the people around the job that made it one of the best experiences of my life.

Today is the last official day of shooting for Glee, which is why I’m sitting here looking at all these photos … reminiscing.

I love my Glee family so much. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about you all.

I feel SO lucky and blessed to have been able to get to know each and every one of you.

I haven’t been able to watch an episode of the show since I left after Season 2; I knew that it would bring back too many incredible memories that I wouldn’t be able to deal with emotionally.

You better believe I’ll be watching Glee’s final episode on March 20.

Gigantic box of tissues by my side.

Reminiscing.

I Can’t Stop Listening to These 8 Podcasts

February 20, 2015
These are 8 podcasts I can't stop listening to.

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
This is the Motorola Surfboard Modem I recommend buying.

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
2015 Goals – January 2015 Check-in

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. 😉