Category Health & Happiness

Burnout, Variety and Crop Rotation

I’ve written a lot about the value of habit formation and repetition. I’ve been riffing off Aristotle (or whoever it was) who said: We become what we repeatedly do. Habits are super-important. Lockdown has been an opportunity for me to change my diet habits and I’ve been off alcohol (with surprisingly good results) in 2021. I like […]

Let’s go outside!

It’s a cold Autumn morning but I feel better than I normally do at this time of year. That’s because I’ve been making a conscious effort this week to haul my lazy butt outside every day. In Spring / Summer, getting outdoors comes naturally. But at this time of year, it takes a conscious push […]

You can’t choose the cards, but you can always play the hand you’re dealt

There is something missing from the debate on Covid-19. As far as I can see, most of the news and related debate involves looking for someone to blame. The Escape Artist is not above blaming politicians. But my primary focus is always getting my own shit together rather than complaining about the rest of the […]

No News is Good News! (Part 2)

In No News is Good News! (Part 1), I explained why a few years ago I stopped reading newspapers or watching the News on TV. And, for a period of several years, I achieved a blissful state where I managed to tune out politics, overseas wars, natural disasters, gossip, astrology and celebrity wardrobe malfunctions. But […]

Don’t be a Nice Guy, Be a Good Guy

Back in 2018, I wrote a summary of the book No More Mr Nice Guy by Dr Robert Glover. Since then, I’ve met men who have told me that they recognised themselves as Nice Guys when reading that post.  I’m not saying that all men have Nice Guy Syndrome. No, my point is just that it’s common […]

Don’t be the frog that gets boiled in the pan!

As I may have mentioned before, you shouldn’t be wasting your money on “stuff”. But does that mean that all spending is bad? Of course not. I spend money where it has a high return on investment. There is no better investment than your health.  Its strange how much people spend on cars and holidays […]

Hold everything…someone is WRONG on the internet!

Here’s a question for you: What do angry Daily Mail readers have in common with people that hate the Daily Mail? Answer: they’re both outraged. And here’s the thing. I’m starting to suspect that they might secretly enjoy being outraged. Ryan Holliday uses the term outrage porn to describe how the media keeps its jaded and […]

Eliminating fear with bio-hacking

I’ve been writing this blog for over 4 years now. When I go back and read the earlier articles, I can see that the writing has evolved over time. Sure, some things never change…I still find my own jokes funny even if no one else does. But I can see that the writing has changed in […]

The Inestimable Advantages of Lifting Weights

In last week’s article, The FIREman talked about the challenge of depression. What if there were a medical intervention more effective than anti-depressant drugs? What if it also worked on low level anxiety? What if it actually made you more confident? Not to mention better looking. Well it turns out there is. It’s called “exercise”. […]

Is it even possible to go one month without alcohol? (Part 1)

Today marks the start of Dry February where I’ve undertaken not to drink alcohol for one whole month. I’ve chosen February for obvious reasons. All I can say is thank God its not a leap year. How does alcohol relate to financial independence? Well, firstly you can waste a fortune on alcohol. Money out, drinks […]