31 Days 31 Inspirations - Day 24 - Coffee

Sleeping in this morning was great and necessary. But now I have a bunch of things to get done in the next hour before heading out for a full day. So my inspiration for getting moving today is a simple pleasure, a good cup of coffee. In this moment, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

31 Days 31 Inspirations - Day 23 - Physical Strength

After a second day of unpacking, I'm stiff and ridiculously tired. And my part of the work wasn't nearly as strenuous as what the movers did. I'm inspired by their strength! And their ability to bounce back and move someone else the next day.

I've made good progress fitness-wise by walking every day, but that doesn't build much strength. I think it's time to start adding weight training into my routine. Right after I sleep through the weekend?

31 Days 31 Inspirations - Day 22 - The Cave and The Zone

The movers dropped off all of our stuff today, so the second-to-last day of our move is done. It was exhausting, but I just got a big energy boost out of being able to write this post from my desk and my chair. It's a nice hint at how much I'm going to enjoy having my office set up again and getting back to a normal pace of work.

This feeling reminded me of one of my favourite Rands in Repose articles, "A Nerd in a Cave". My routine is different, but I'm totally the same kind of nerd. Having my office set up "just so", a view, and privacy are all crucial to me getting deep into The Zone and staying there.

It'll be a couple more days until my cave is fully ready, but I am already feeling inspired!

31 Days 31 Inspirations - Day 21 - Podcasts

Way back on day 4, I wrote about one of my favourite podcasts, The Incomparable. Instead of writing a post for each of the rest of my favourites, today I'd like to share all of them at once.

Around 18 months ago, I started walking at least a half hour a day. That has been great in a lot of ways, but a nice side effect is that I have time to burn through a lot of podcasts. I listen to shows with varied topics, but in general, the ones I like best feel like listening in on a great conversation.

I am especially inspired by hosts and guests who are comfortable talking through ideas that aren't fully formed yet. For me, it builds a strong (though one-sided) personal connection with the speaker in a way that reading an edited blog post never would.

Here's a list of my current favourites... What are your favourite podcasts?

General Interest

Apple / Tech / Software Development

P.S. If you're new to podcasts (and you have an iPhone), there is a Podcasts app included with iOS. But it's pretty lousy, so I would recommend supporting independent app developers by using either Castro or Overcast.