A Year in Review: 2018

Blessings, achievements, goals, and life lessons of the past year.

Why Am I Writing This?

Since 2016, I’ve been committed to doing a full-year retrospective and review on the highlights of the year, some fun stats, what I’m grateful for, and goals that I’ve had. I also finish it off with goals for the coming year as well as some of the biggest life lessons learned.

While this is very personal, I really hope that whoever reads this gets some value out of following my journey, whichever part that may be.

Check out past years if interested:

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Book notes: Where Should We Begin? by Esther Perel

Where Should We Begin by Esther Perel book review summary and key ideas.

Esther Perel’s Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love by Esther Perel

Synopsis:

“For her latest Audible Original, Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love, Esther Perel invites you to listen to private and intimate conversations exploring the evolution of relationships.

Hear six sets of people at different points in their quest for romantic and familial love, including a young couple whose immigration status has forced them to consider marriage, a step-mother trying to put the pieces back together for four children whose mother died by suicide, a non-binary child desperate to connect with their single mother, a divorced couple whose two-household relationship may prove that marriage doesn’t have to end after divorce, and more.

Listen and better understand your own relationships through the struggles of these people and Esther’s remarkable insights.” -Audible

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How to deal with a breakup

Tips to help you move forward when you’re facing a loss or need to move past a relationship.

I was chatting with a friend last week who recently got out of a serious relationship and we had a good conversation on what helps with getting over a breakup.

Getting over a relationship or any sort of loss can be very challenging, but there are definitely healthy ways to get through it.

I recently went through a tough breakup earlier this year and had similar insights on the process of moving forward.

It’s not easy, but these tips can help.

Dating Advice Compilation From 3 Top Books

Best dating advice compilation from 3 top books on relationships, attraction, and seduction.

The theme of the month for October was “Dating, Attraction, and Relationships“, so I decided to choose three of the top books I could find on these subjects.

The goal was by the end of it, I could analyze the common themes among the books and synthesize a high-level guide for anyone currently in the dating scene, or maybe just feeling like they need some advice on how to navigate relationships.

We all know that this can be one of the most emotionally exhausting parts of our life so it’s good to get some insights from people who may have way more expertise than us in these areas.

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Book notes: Models by Mark Manson

Models by Mark Manson book summary review and key ideas.

Models: Attract Women Through Honesty by Mark Manson

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Synopsis:

Models is the first book ever written on seduction as an emotional process rather than a logical one, a process of connecting with women rather than impressing them. It’s the most mature and honest guide on how a man can attract women without faking behavior, without lying and without emulating others. A game-changer. Inside, you’ll learn:

  • The root behavior that causes all female attraction.
  • Why typical dating advice and pick up theory is counter-productive in the long-run.
  • How to overcome nervousness and anxiety around attractive women.
  • How any man can make himself appear attractive with a little time and effort.
  • The three keys to keeping conversations with women interesting and engaging.
  • How to discover the beliefs and attitudes that are sabotaging your success with women.
  • How to develop a genuine and joyful sense of humor.” -Audible

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Book notes: The Mystery Method by Mystery

The Mystery Method by Mystery book summary review and key ideas.

The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed by Mystery A.K.A. Erik Von MarkovikLovedrop A.K.A. Chris Odom

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Synopsis:

“One of the most admired men in the world of seduction” ( The New York Times) teaches average guys how to approach, attract, and begin intimate relationships with beautiful women.

For every man who always wondered why some guys have all the luck, Mystery, considered by many to be the world’s greatest pickup artist, finally reveals his secrets for finding and forming relationships with some of the world’s most beautiful women. Mystery gained mainstream attention for his role in Neil Strauss’ New York Times best-selling expose The Game. Now he has written the definitive handbook on the art of the pickup.

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Book notes: The Dating Playbook for Men by Andrew Ferebee

The Dating Playbook for Men by Andrew Ferebee book summary review and key ideas.

The Dating Playbook For Men: A Proven 7 Step System To Go From Single To The Woman Of Your Dreams by Andrew Ferebee

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Synopsis:

“Unveiled at last, a simple proven playbook to go from being a frustrated single man to having the woman of your dreams.

“When I discovered this strategy, I was initially scared to share it with the world. I didn’t want to become a dating coach and the stigma associated with that. However, I knew I had to write this. I was frustrated with all the pain I saw inside men stopping them from getting the women of their dreams. I’d been there, and I wish I’d known this strategy earlier.”

You’ll learn how to turn the number one barrier stopping men from chasing the women of their dreams, fear of rejection, into your ally. You’ll completely eradicate approach anxiety from your psyche forever, and most importantly you’ll acquire the number one trait that women find most attractive.” -Audible

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Is “Love” a Feeling or Action?

My thoughts on how to define “love”.

Morning thoughts during my commute to work 🚙

I had this thought while reflecting on a recent book I read The Gifts of Imperfection and wanted to capture my ideas.

Main idea: If we wait for a feeling to act, we’ll never do it. But if we act first, we’ll produce the feeling. This applies not only to going to the gym and working out but also to love, in my opinion.

Thoughts? How do you define love? Agree or disagree?

Originally posted 7/24/18 on Facebook here.