As I hustle to consolidate my ideas in one place, I can’t help but look back on the year so far and how much I’ve accomplished in the process. I’ve had plenty of opportunities to slow things down and take some time to let things simmer, but it hasn’t been that kind of year—I’m finally getting my act together, and I know it won’t happen overnight.
The Quest to Make EXCELLENT Content.
I’m convinced I’m on to something, trying to mine the very best content from the hundreds of ideas I have scattered about, but I need to be patient with it all because amazing content can’t be rushed.
But that’s the problem, isn’t it? Our standards have plummeted in the hunt for quick content, too many creators looking for ways to game the system instead of actually innovate. We try hard to mimic others’ successes rather than look to forge our own paths, confused when it doesn’t work for us as well as it did for the last guy. And that’s a damn shame in a world craving better content than ever.
So sure—I’m a bit behind with my posts. But it’s because I want to create something the calibre of which the world rarely sees—I’m consistently inconsistent, but when I put work out, I want it to be amazing.
That in mind, let’s not dawdle any longer. You came here to see where I’m at with my second monthly update, and I’m more than happy to oblige. Without further ado, I present The State of the #BloggerLife, March 2019—”Consistently Inconsistent”.
I hope you enjoy it!
The 2019 200 Monthly Update — February
Zach put it best—with any to-do list, it’s only human to do the easy stuff first for that rush of accomplishment and leave the harder stuff for later. And that’s precisely what happened with The 2019 200, getting so much done in January that I was on track to finish the list by September.
But reality eventually catches up to you, and as you struggle to make everything fit, you soon understand what’s actually possible with the time you have and what’s just wishful thinking.
So for February, amidst Live from the 3.5 and everything I got up to for Black History Month, here’s what I managed to accomplish amidst all the chaos….
It finally happened, Toronto. We thought we could dodge it and the good times would last forever. People strolled around in the middle of December with their coats wide open, not caring that the calendar marked toboggan season. I saw people still mowing their lawns in late November—a time of the year where everyone’s usually salting their walkways so they don’t slip and break their necks. No—snow’s hit Toronto, and it’s here with a vengeance.
But it could be worse—at least we have some idea of what to do when the world freezes over. Bundle up. Get winter tires on your car. Stock up on groceries just in case the weather gets bad. We do all we can to make it through winter, but is anyone making winter easier for you?
Let’s be real—winter takes its toll. Salt and snow do a number on your car, you need extra nutrition so you don’t catch cold… there are extra costs we need to pay to make it through this season, and it’s not like anyone’s paying us more to help out.
Good thing there are ways for us to pay less.
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I’ve heard it said that driving a car is easy—it’s just everybody else on the road that you need to worry about!
In the three years I’ve driven so far (because once you’ve hit 30, it’s time to start taking adulting seriously), I’ve seen some things. I’ve learned to wish ill upon those who do sudden lane changes with nary an indication, clearly believing their claim to the road stronger than anyone else around them. I’ve learned that even though the streets are crawling with police who’re more than ready to levy hefty fines for distracted driving, there’re still far too many who take the law as a suggestion and not an iron-clad rule, giving us more traffic accidents than one might expect. Though I keep learning things about the ever-shifting rules of the road every time I find myself behind the wheel, I consistently find there’s one thing I’m thankful for above all else—good auto insurance.
Getting the Right Auto Insurance—Or, “Why I Don’t Ask My Banker to do my Acupuncture, or My Butcher to do Landscape My Yard.”
We often take our auto insurance for granted, thinking it something we grab on a whim after buying a car. We don’t get into the weeds of our decision—how much the deductibles are, what our policies cover… we too often choose fairly blindly, relying on inexpert advice from our family and friends to choose the safeguards we’ll rely on when things go south.
But just as I wouldn’t ask my accountant father to take a look in my mouth if I get a sudden toothache, why get insurance advice from people poorly suited to the task when services exist that’re designed to best suit your needs?
isure’s a company precisely fitting that description, an Ontario insurance brokerage that’s focused on getting their clients exactly what they need to live lives as stress-free as they’re supposed to be.
In a country where the weather can change more often than we do our underwear (which I hope is at least daily for y’all out there), there’s plenty to consider when your rubber hits the road. Are you willing to pay more upfront to get more from your insurance when you might need it, or are you looking for accident forgiveness that unfortunate first time things go awry? Or maybe you’re a young driver whose demographic belies just how safe a driver you are, and you’d actually benefit from giving your insurance company more information about your driving habits to lower your rates.
There’s no such thing as “simple” insurance at all.
Which is exactly why isure helps their clients navigate through their insurance policies to avoid potential pitfalls. They write blog posts on ways to save money when choosing an insurance policy. They broker deals with and run comparisons against more than 25 different insurance providers, to make sure their clients get what they need. It’s always the fine print that gets us, so why not have someone in your corner who’ll hold the magnifying glass, making sure you won’t regret it later once you’ve signed on the dotted line?
I guess that’s just my long way of saying: If you don’t know your way around auto insurance, go get someone who does. You can even visit their site to get a free auto insurance quote online, comparing rates to give you the best premiums for what you need!
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It’s no news to many of us that life is hard. With the exception of the very fortunate, we spend our days trying to eke out a living, often grinding away in unforgiving jobs, never really getting ahead of the bills and taxes.
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Good luck to all who enter, and until the next, I remain,
Disclaimer: I’ve partnered with isure to bring you content focused on insurance and the things you should know to keep on top of making the right decisions in your life, avoiding pitfalls that are easy to fall into if you don’t get the right guidance.
It’s indeed sponsored content, but I’m a huge advocate for covering your bases when it comes to protecting the lives of those who matter most to us, so for me it’s a perfect fit. I hope you’ll continue to check these posts out!
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
Everybody has something they’re trying to protect.
I didn’t fully appreciate it until we started having kids, but I’d take a bullet for my family. The things I held dear before were far more intangible — my viewpoints and ideals; the things you couldn’t see but very much made me who I was. But now? Amidst sleepless nights, dirty diapers and tantrums over things as simple as whether we’ll have scrambled eggs for breakfast, I love my family for what it is, and as tough as this world is, I wouldn’t want anything to change that.
But not everything’s under my control — I certainly won’t be here forever. I can’t be around for my children every second of the day — they’ll encounter things on the schoolyard, the streets, and who knows where else that I’d never want to see happen in their lives. Every new day brings unexpected challenges and lessons we need to learn… for all these things we can rarely see coming, it often proves difficult to prepare for it all.
But it’s our responsibility to make the best effort possible to do so!
The world’s randomness is why we have insurance. This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned it — I did a sizable piece on life insurance a little while back — but you can’t protect everything you care about on your own… you just can’t be everywhere at the same time!
Which makes it good that there are companies specializing in this kind of thing!
isure — Keeping the Things That Matter Most Safe… Even When You Can’t!
I was introduced to isure earlier this year — an independent insurance brokerage working with their clients across Ontario to get them what they need to safeguard the cherished things they worked for; not just tell them what options they qualify for. isure uses the same approach you’d use with a mortgage or stockbroker — they shop on behalf of their clients across more than 25 insurers for the best possible quotes so they can cover all their bases for the best possible price, no matter what they’re looking to take care of!
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But if you remember anything from this post, remember this — you can’t put a price on the things that matter to you most. Just as we welcomed our second little guy into our family, my wife lost her grandmother, a stark reminder that you often fail to truly realize what you have until it’s gone.
For the times your home’s unprotected, filled with memories, keepsakes and more.
For the times the people you love are on the road, weaving through the teenagers who just got their licenses and 40-year road veterans alike.
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Until the next,
DIsclaimer: While compensated for this post by isure, the words are my own and I definitely stand by them—if you’re not insured, get insured; life is full of unpredictable twists and turns… you need to prepare for as many of them as possible!
Tell your wife, tell your kids, tell your husbands:
I can’t even lie, guys — coming up with a list of 100 goals for the fourth year in a row was hard — ridiculously so. I’m a very different me than I was when The 2013 100 came out, back when free time was still an abundant commodity I didn’t even know I was taking for granted, trying to fill it with countless things that’d keep life interesting.
A problem I most definitely don’t have in 2016!
As I work at surviving the upcoming year — especially with our second child’s imminent arrival — I needed to make the list a lot more realistic; I’m all too skilled at chasing ambitions that exceed my lifestyle’s capacity, and I’ll need to keep wary of that in 2016 if I want to see myself make it out the other side!
So without further ado, The 2016 100. It took a couple of days to polish off after recovering from the gauntlet that was 2015, but I feel like it’s a list that will really make waves in this life o’ mine should I see it finished!
But hey — that’s what I say every year ????
Thanks for reading!
1) Write an amazing series for Black History Month 2) Win a vacation for my dry cleaner 3) Watch Creed; Mad Max: Fury Road; The Martian; Ant-Man 4) Take Eric to a sporting event so he can stop complaining about getting left from sporting events 5) Phase my old 3.5″ hard drive out 6) Get rid of my old electronics 7) Stop biting my nails 8) Get rid of the wedding thank you cards I never sent 9) Clean out the basement crawl space 10) Build shelves into the crawl space 11) Give my FWD Powershot 2 to my old manager the hockey coach 12) Do the CN Tower Edgewalk 13) Sort out my old TD employee RSP 14) Consolidate everything down to a single notepad
Though a chiropractor I started seeing late into 2015 told me I’d developed some mild sciatica in my back, I didn’t need him to tell me I carry too much STUFF. In a digital age where we can pack mountains of information into a single device, there’s really NO NEED for me to carry all the draft posts and note that I do — save the fact that working from hard copy’s the way my brain’s WIRED.
In 2016, I need a little more focus to keep all my ideas stored in one place so I’m not constantly carrying EVERYTHING in my house made of paper, knowing that I probably scribbled SOMETHING on ALL of ’em.
15) Sort out the Internet situation at home so I can stop relying on tethering to LTE data 16) Learn enough Spanish to understand my sister-in-law’s Mexican wedding in May 17) Find time for date nights, which will involve finding someone who wants to babysit two kids… how about we just find more awesome things to do at home, just in case? 18) Try Uncle Tetsu’s cheesecake 19) Get to 0 drafts on CaseyPalmer.com by converting everything into live posts 20) Install the growth chart for my kids that we got at my office baby shower 21) Update all the old content on CaseyPalmer.com 22) Upgrade the site infrastructure to better support contest traffic 23) Redesign the heck out of the blog (Twenty Sixteen, what up) 24) Find the time to pack more lunches for work 25) Clean up and optimize my Pinterest account (I still have that copy of Pinterest Savvy lying around somewhere) 26) Shave more regularly 27) Hand out my remaining business “cep” cards so I can put in a new order (wait — do we still do business cards?) 28) Clear out the bookshelves to prepare for Baby #2 29) Replace the lost key to our 2011 Ford Edge 30) Figure out what I ACTUALLY need to run my site and invest in THAT. 31) Replace our bathroom sink 32) Meet with the people who I never seemed to schedule in through 2015 (Aaron, Emma, Ria, Adrienne, Dianna) 33) Get a Brookhaven Computer Cabinet
The 1% of the Casa de Palmer workspace I use to do all the things isn’t the best — in fact, it’s falling apart. As I get older and start formalizing my #BloggerLife, Sarah and I agree that my workspace should evolve to show that. It’ll take some saving to make it happen, but it’d be a nice addition to the home.
Many guys think it’ll be when she walks down the aisle or when you say “I do”, but for me, we entered our marriage as two adults who were still living their lives — we just shared with one another the things we brought as individuals… for better or for worse.
Fatherhood was different — it could’ve been when Little Man’s little head first popped into the world or when I carried his tiny frame for the first time, but really, it was that first drive home, driving well under speed to keep my wife and the new baby safe. The reality suddenly sunk in that nothing would ever be the same, and I’d need to step up in a whole new way to handle this change!
The next six months only confirmed my fears — I thought I’d be a horrible father: I wasn’t reading the right books, singing the right songs, or doing the right things to stimulate my son. Six months in and I’d ruined him forever.
But — as many parents do — I eventually learned that children are far more resilient than we often give them credit, and he taught me to think beyond myself; to stop dwelling on the past I couldn’t change, focusing more on the days we had ahead and the things I could do as the great father I knew I was inside.
And it’s those kinds of realizations that show you there’re people you not only want to honour with your life, but protect no matter what happens.