Today I turned twenty-nine. As a new tradition, I'm writing twenty-nine things I've learned in twenty-nine years.

  • Whenever a friend is on your mind contact them.

  • If you believe but don't expect you will never receive.

  • Take time to understand your interest and values; it'll help you focus, live more, and get ahead.

  • Expectation is acting on what you believe (your faith) before you see it.

  • You'll never have a breakthrough year if you focus on a breakdown year.

  • Money is a medium. Wealth is value.

  • Goals should always be aligned with values.

  • Under schedule and you'll have meaningful time to reflect and engage in leisure.

  • Like what you have to do; don’t do too much of it; get the most out of the free time that remains.

  • Stand out by means other than simply outworking peers. Be impressive.

  • Maximize rewards and interesting opportunities afforded while minimizing time investment and schedule footprint.

  • I've defeated statistics but my impact in society is not done.

  • A certain substance is really good.

  • I finally came to the realization that I will never get "into" sports. It's just not me.

  • Leaving Facebook and Instagram wasn't hard. It only made Twitter more interesting and valuable.

  • Being a star was never in God's plans. Remember this and you'll be full of Earth.

  • I don't like seeing my mom cry; losing my brother was emotional and still is.

  • Node.js isn't that bad.

  • I feel naked without a wristwatch on. I like watches.

  • Shipping is hard. Fitting a culture unlike you is even harder.

  • Marriage is cooler than I imagined; Tamara makes it beautiful.

  • Time swiftly passes.

  • Learning to think big is easier when you focus on less and meditate.

  • Knowing people use software I've open source is soothing.

  • I was reminded recently that understanding how to perform CPR is important. Learn.

  • Tamara and I are living a pretty awesome life. I'm continuously happy.

  • Vinyl records sound warmer than digital records.

  • Tattoos will be in my near future.

  • I want an experience, not money, not celebrity.