A Case Against Optimizing Your Life

Over the past five or six years I have focused on optimizing my life. However, I have recently noticed that some optimizations do not always have the intended effect, and perhaps make things even harder than they were pre-optimization. While there is certainly something to be said for problems such as these arising simply out of an increased awareness rather than that they actually formed due to some prior change, I think it is worth considering the impacts such optimizations have on our lives.

Exploring Your Hometown

A few days ago, I was looking for something to do with a friend back home. We only see each other a few times a year, so I try to plan special trips to make the most of our limited time together. Although I usually have no problem thinking of fun activities, this time I struggled to think of what we would do, until I remembered an article I read a few years back that talked about being a tourist in your hometown.

Systems Versus Habits

In a world filled with so many choices, it can be hard to always make decisions which reflect the manner in which we want to live our lives. Creating habits is a topic that everyone has thought about, so why do we all still struggle with sticking to that new exercise routine, or whatever our intended goal may be?

Why Noah Nomad?

After three years of blogging on justleap.net, I decided it was time for a change. Although I enjoyed the old concept, I realize that in order to create the most useful content for my readers, a new brand is necessary. Enter Noah Nomad. 

November Wardrobe Challenge Recap

This past November, I did a wardrobe challenge where I limited myself to only what could fit inside my 21L backpack. As I was recently looking at getting back into posting regularly, I realized I never wrote a follow up to that post, detailing how the experiment actually went. So here goes:

How You Get There

I came across these musings from author Colin Wright and I thought it important to share them. Colin presents a means of looking at the world's current social and political situation in a way that, at least to me, was both novel and insightful.

Speed Reading

These past few weeks at college reminded me about a useful tool I discovered in high school, and I thought I might share information about the tool since it has been coming up in conversation so often.