Why I’m Leaving The Nomadic Lifestyle (for a bit)

May 27th, 2015

Traveling, seeing new places, no ties, no schedules. Being a digital nomad and being in control of my time has shown me what freedom really means. Living a minimalist lifestyle has shown me that I can happily live with less, using the bare essentials and sustain my living expenses on a mere $35 / day. I could keep on doing this forever. Why I’m Leaving The Nomadic Lifestyle I have never been happier. But as I approach the one year anniversary of this […]

Why Weekends Don’t Feel The Same Anymore (In a Good Way)

March 8th, 2015

I’ve been unconsciously experiencing this feeling for a while now, but I haven’t had time to put it into words until yesterday. So I wrote a note and promised myself to write a post about this. When we’re caught in the cycles of society, we live for the weekend. When it’s Tuesday morning and a huge pile of work stares us in the face, we zoom out and wish it was already Saturday. Then when it’s Sunday night, we wish that we […]

How Do You Think of Great App Ideas?

February 20th, 2015

I have a theory: if you think of ways to make money, your mind will automatically pursue ideas that already exist (because ideas that have already made money, already exist). If you think of ways to help people accomplish something new and useful with technology, monetization doesn’t matter . If your app helps to solve a problem that people have, in a novel way, then you have a great idea! Don’t worry about the cash. It will eventually follow. Instead, […]

Explore Something New

February 3rd, 2015

I picked up a book about the Haskell programming language a few weeks ago. Its purely functional approach is different than most other popular languages, but it’s turning out to be a worthy investment of time. It teaches you a whole lot about functional patterns. Learning something new is like traveling; you might feel a little uncomfortable traveling to a new place at first, but once you get to know an area, all of the sudden you get new perspectives. […]

Letting Go of Things

January 26th, 2015

Materialistic attachment is a silly feeling we get the moment we’re about to lose something we invested time or money into. But if we stop for a moment and ask ourselves what really matters in the universe, then reality settles in. As long as we are in good health, have some friends and family and are not starving, things are going to be OK. Everything else is just extra. Next time your car breaks down or your phone stops working, […]

Coding Outside in Winter Weather

January 21st, 2015

Coming into January I realized that I haven’t had a chance to code in the open skies for almost a month due to the chilly temperatures. I have been working mostly inside the popup camper. It’s still considered outdoor coding, but it’s not as nice. I tried challenging the elements and work outside despite the cold; the body is fine if you put a jacket and a few sweaters, but keeping your fingers warm is impossible without glowes. And typing […]

I Downsized and Found Happiness

January 21st, 2015

For the past 8 months I have been living a fairly minimalistic lifestyle. I have never felt happier. It’s not the fact that I sleep in a small tent instead of a nice, comfortable bed, or the fact that I use a toaster oven (when I’m lucky to have AC electricity), instead of having a full sized kitchen. It’s what these choices teach me. Living small teaches you to appreciate the things you have. No need to quit your job […]

The Path of Least Resistance

December 19th, 2014

How do you describe something beautiful? In nature, art, design, music, engineering, mathematics, philosophy, something beautiful simply flows. Whether it’s a concept, an artistic expression, a practical implementation or an elegant solution. A beautiful flow is achieved by means of finding a path of least resistance. This is going to be very abstract for some readers, but try to follow my thoughts: Flow is in nature A river finds its way from the mountains to the sea by going around things in its […]

Are You a Happy Animal in a Cage?

Me doing silly jumps at Surf City, NC
November 13th, 2014

I first read about the concept of the happy animal in a cage while reading Live on the Margin. It goes something like:  How can you tell if you are really happy? Even if you’re in a place you don’t like and you’re stuck doing something you don’t enjoy, you tend to make the best out of the worst. You eventually convince yourself that where you are and what you do is not so bad overall. You’re happy. You’re in a cage, because you’re unable or unwilling to change […]

5 Months On The Road: Lessons Learned

Beach showing car tire tracks
October 18th, 2014

Traveling, being your own boss, deciding what to do day by day without planning, all of these things do not come for free. Freedom has a price. I always remind people that this type of nomadic lifestyle is not all paradise. It involves compromises. Here’s a few examples: Connections with friends and family We have made efforts to go visit old friends that moved away in several places around the country. It’s been great to see them. At the same time we wish […]