Welcome to the first Sunday Morning Links of 2018 made possible by Kyla kicking me out of the house on Saturday afternoon.
See, I don’t leave the house much anymore. I spend most of my time with Devlin. Which is awesome and I love it, however, it means I rarely take a moment for myself outside of 5 AM hour and the 8 PM hour.
Here are some of the things I’ve like during the quiet moments:
Eyes and Ears
Music:Common Ground by Above & Beyond – I fell in love with A&B during our first trip to Europe in 2015. I slept from Toronto to London listening to their last release, We Are All We Need, on repeat. Their new release, Common Ground is a great straight-through listen. My personal favorite on the fifth track, Sahara Love.
The Lent Rules are now in effect for me. This means strict guidelines for how I use Twitter. For the next 40 days, I am basically a ghost, haunting my timeline.
Last year, I attempted to give it up cold turkey. It didn’t work out very well as I never factored in how I would manage work responsibilities. I can not give up Twitter completely since I still manage Kyla‘s presence on the platform but I absolutely can limit what I see by using Tweetdeck and muting words.
When I found out about Gary Vaynerchuk‘s 2017FlipChallenge, it was late March. The challenge is simple. Take the stuff laying around your house/condo/apartment and sell it with the target of earning $20,170 for the year. Fairly straightforward. But, I will let Gary Vee lay it all out for you.
I was excited to start. Ready to find and post all the items I could. But, I ran into one little roadblock – I had already given away, donated, recycled, or thrown out hundreds of things in the months leading up to the discovery of the 2017FlipChallenge.
I had to get creative, tweak some rules, and see how much I could make in a little over eight months.
Allied Races are on their way. With each build, the PTR gives us more information about their story, their perks, and everything else they entail. By the looks of things, the pre-order for the expansion at the end of January is not out of the question. This puts me in a bit of a bind.
My last update to the Warcraft Minimalism project was back in April. (Where has the year gone?) At that time, I was planning to hunt for a new guild and become a main only player. Two weeks after the post published, Devlin was born and the search for a guild placed on permanent hiatus.
Minimizing my character load did make it easy to level up my alts and get all of the class mounts over the summer. But, it has left me it an unexpected position. With Allied Races joining the fight soon, how do they fit within the parameters I set for myself?
Talk of the next Warcraft expansion began in the summer, even before the launch of Tomb of Sargeras. Recently, it has taken on a life of its own post-BlizzCon and with the recent information found on Allied Races on the 7.3.5 PTR. I have been making some wild claims on Twitter since early July regarding the new expansion. The time has finally come to centralize those thoughts (and tweets) to see where I stand.
Far too long between round-ups, but here we are. Two months since the last Sunday Morning Links. I knew an infant would mess with my schedule but not to this extent. Fun Fact: It took 9 hours for me to complete my Travel post on Friday.
Now… To Links!
Eyes and Ears
Podcast: The Couragecast from Andrea Crisp | Episode 10 features my boss, and wife, Kyla Roma. Kyla speaks on how she has adapted to life with GAD, Depression, and Bi-polar II all while building a business that supports our family and lifestyle. I am so proud of her strength, resilience, and heart.
I first adopted Minimalist Travel techniques while working as a sales rep for Staples. My role had me traveling at least once a month by plane to either Toronto or Thunder Bay. Since time is money, the less time spent at the airport, the better. Waiting for baggage was a waste of time. This is how I first started traveling carry-on only.
While carry-on worked for business, it took me a few more years to adopt it for personal travel. After a trip to Boston in 2014, where we almost couldn’t get home due to the amount of stuff we had, I realized I never wanted to be a slave to my bags again. For the three week trip Kyla and I took to Europe the following year, we scrutinized every last thing we packed and made carry-on only work. Seven trips later, we still haven’t checked a bag. This includes our trip most recent trip in August to Ontario with Devlin.
When I originally began the Minimalist Gamer idea in February, one of the criteria I set was Be Streamable.Until recently, this was the only item I was not living up to with the project. Adjusting to life with an infant did change my gaming habits. Spending most of my day carrying Devlin meant certain games (Overwatch) were not able to be played. This should not have stopped me from fulfilling the streaming portion, but, for some reason it did.
At this moment you’ve either just finished or in the middle of completing a Legion assault. Before you do anything else, learn Artifact Knowledge rank 40 (AK40). If you have not already sent a tome from your main to the alt which just dinged, log out and do this now.
Once you’ve learned AK40, it is time to proceed with the rest of the process.