I got rid of my second monitor at work because open space and photos of my family are better to look at than email and Twitter. (16/365)
(Former) Alabama Quarterback Jalen Hurts on The Players’ Tribune:
Now, I’m an alumnus of the University of Alabama.
Now I’m Bama for LIFE — and that right there will never change!
But now it’s also time for me to start a new chapter in my story.
I’ve decided to take my talents to the University of Oklahoma, where I will continue my development as both a quarterback and as a student.
I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity, and I’m excited for the journey ahead.
So to my about-to-be family in Norman, I truly appreciate you for bringing me on board. Y’all don’t know me yet……… but just for now, to introduce myself: I’m a motivated coach’s son from the Eastside of Houston, and I love to play ball.
This fit could not be any more perfect for Oklahoma. Coming off of two Heisman trophy winning transfer quarterbacks, we land another potential one. With Spencer Rattler expected to redshirt this year, we had a big need for the QB position this year. Jalen is the perfect fit.
Watching him lead that comeback in the SEC Championship was a great redemption story, but watching him beat Alabama in the playoffs after grabbing another trophy in NYC would be an even better one.
We already know he looks good in crimson, but it will look even better with a little cream mixed in.
Brian Phillips for The Ringer:
Being a Russell Westbrook fan is the emotional equivalent of playing basketball like Russell Westbrook—it’s spectacularly difficult, it takes willpower and imagination, it hurts, and if you’re not actually doing it, you probably can’t understand why anyone would try. When you are doing it, though, it seems to … not make sense, exactly, but reflect a kind of higher logic, detached from the utilitarian logic of the game. Westbrook is one of the most frustrating players in the NBA, and quite possibly one of the most frustrating human beings in the universe, but for the true Westbrook fan, his shortcomings are merely the obstacles against which our greatness must test itself—the 10-foot rims and help defenses of the spirit.
This is such a great read. I can’t think of any other player at Russ’s level whose play is as controversial as his.
I regret this gift. (15/365)
One small step. (14/365)
Look, no hands! (13/365)
Since my post on what habits I want to focus on in 2019, I have seen a bunch of other resources on how to make meaningful change in your life by structuring that change around habits instead of goals. I figured that I would share a few of them here for people that are interested.
- Atomic Habits by James Clear: This book is all about the idea how small habits performed every day can make a significant difference in your life. I am only a couple of chapters in, but it has been an interesting read so far. For a quick sample of what to expect, by friend Billy Adams is writing up his thoughts on the book on his blog as he reads it.
- Your Future Self Will Thank You by Drew Dyck: I have not read this one yet, but I am really excited to based on hearing Drew talk about it on the Holy Post podcast. This one is also about habits, but he is tackling it from two sides; he shows what current scientific research says about habits and what the Bible says about them.
- Focused on Relay.fm: David Sparks and Mike Schmitz recently transitioned (and renamed) their podcast about working for themselves to being about focus and productivity. In the first episode, they talked about the Atomic Habits book mentioned above.
- Clear Habit Journal: Shawn Blanc’s review of this notebook is what got me stared made me think about restructuring how I approach my habits this year in the first place. This notebook is a collaboration between Baron Fig, who are known for making great notebooks, and James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits. The notebook is designed to help you execute the ideas from the book. I have ordered one and should get it soon.
- Streaks: No list of resources about habits would be complete without mentioning Streaks, which is my favorite habit tracking app on the iPhone.
- Capsicum: This is a new app that combines habit tracking, note taking, scheduling, and todo lists into a single app. I will be using the Clear Habit Journal for this type of stuff myself, but Capsicum looks like a great choice if you prefer to keep everything digital.
- A Weekly Review for Your Goals by Issac Smith: Issac talks about how having a weekly review is essential for making sure goals don’t get lost or forgotten.
- Hybrid Productivity Method by Shawn Blanc: This post talks about how to combine using an physical notebook and a digital app to plan your days.
If you are trying to make some changes to your life in 2019, hopefully there is something in their list that can help you out.
“Do you want vegetable stir fry or stir fry with ground beef in it?”
– the dumbest question my wife has ever asked me.
I think he liked the cake. (12/365)
My “favorite” gift that Caleb got at his birthday party today was a Baby Shark puzzle they plays the song every time he puts a piece in.
The couple that got it for us are about to have another baby, so I have a year and some change to plot my revenge.
One year old. (11/365)
Last sleep before one. (10/365)
My physical therapist just told me that I am not allowed to sleep on my stomach anymore and now I am wondering if I will ever sleep again.
I used to like green beans. Then we switched from canned to fresh, and I realized that all I was really liking before was salt.
Wearing this dog out isn’t easy, but I think that run did it. (9/365)