Chris J Powell

Throwback Thursday – Hacking My Life

With all the radical changes that have been happening in my life lately, I figured that it was time to really take a hard look at what I want out of the 2nd half of my life (assuming I can make it to the ripe old age of 84).  The past year has laid out many of the faults and flaws in what I thought was a solid life plan, and I could sink into a world view that had me questioning every decision that I have made in my adult life but what good would that do. For a long time I have looked to the power of the website lifehacker.com for insight and tips on how to improve everything from my own productivity to getting the most out of the technology that I have all around me but now with this deep period of introspection in front of me…I figured I would dive into my future in full force and look for some ways to make me into the best person that I can be…while still retaining the “good” … Read more

Life is Like a Diamond

This new “Quest” for happiness has led me down some interesting paths to find what it is that I want from my life and how I will be happy in all that I do.  For those that know me, I like to create little subtext stories that relate to the things that I am doing and that doesn’t matter if I am trying to build a Haddoop back end for content research, seeking the next big Customer or just trying to find what will make me smile. In this new life quest, I am finding that looking at the little things has been incredibly satisfying.  I notice things that I had been taking for granted when I was focused on the Big Picture and a 5 year Plan.  The air smells different, food tastes different and the sun seems to shine a little bit brighter and all these things are becoming a source of joy. But I keep taking a step back and thinking about how can I keep this quest up.  The short term checks on my to do … Read more

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