Too Close to Burn Out..

I’m going to take a break from the blog for two weeks. The past to months have been really crazy. Not only have I set higher standards for myself than ever before, I have also been sick in reoccuring fevers for 2 months, launched a product I’ve worked on for 3 years, bought an apartment and also learning how to be a dad.

I recognize the signals and I don’t want to hit the wall again. It’s been some tough times and I need to take a step back. I know it sounds like excuses, but it’s the responsible thing to do. I’d rather take a little time off now than needing 6 months off further down the road.

See you soon!

I’m Sexy and I Grow it. Month 3.

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It’s the 26th of November and it’s time for some beard progress review for month 3. I have cheated a bit. I did get a trim at the barber to reduce some of the chaos that uncontrolled breard growth creates. The excuse was that I had to do some interviews and a panel at Comic-con/Gamex a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to look proper. We reduced as little as possible but of course it has some impact on the results we see today.

I’m in a state of “beard doubt” at the moment. I feel like the beard does more harm than good for my appearance right now. I have to remember that this is not the final product and that I have to wait a few more months before I’m ready for the barber to properly style it. The goal is a well groomed professional appearance . After that it’s time for a “yay or nay” beard decision.

Here is the post barber version:

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I Can Do It, Just Watch Me!

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How hard can it be? I have been working on this the whole year and still I sat in my sofa with my mouth full of tobacco not even a week ago. I’m not going to fail my goal of being nicotine free in 2015 because of excuses and lack of character. I want my son to have a father that is independent and a role model. Your are not independent if you are dependent on fucking nicotine to function in your daily life. Nuff Said.

I have not taken one snus (swedish type of tobacco) for 7 days today. To ease the transistion to a nicotine free life I have taken nicotine pills when the abstinence is to hard to handle. Which is a couple of times a day. The plan was to get off the pills after a week. Which is tomorrow!

I’m going to prove to myself that I am strong and that I am an independent person. If you want more updates on my progress you can follow the battle on lifestylelabz.

Also, I want to here your stories about changing habits. What is your big battle? Comment and share!

Nerds, Watch in Agony as I Unclutter my Man Cave!

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It’s time to let go. Thanks for all the great experiences you have provided over the years! It’s time for another round in my effort to unclutter my life. This one will be harder the the previous ones since it’s about getting rid of my old video games. Seriously, It’s not that hard. I know I won’t replay any of these old games anytime soon. But it’s still has some nostalgic value. I mean Mass Effect 2, Fall Out 3, Dark Souls and Arkam Asylum are games that really connected with me and I sent hundreds of hours exploring those worlds. Banjo-Kazooie: Nut & Bots, wow, that was a hidden gem of the last generation of console games.

Here is what I will get rid of this time around:

  • Xbox 360 + 70 games
  • Playstation 3 + 10 games
  • Wii U + 1 game
  • 22 sealed Amiboos

The nerds and collectors reading this might think I’m crazy for getting rid a these fine memories and potential future antiques. But the truth is that since a few years back I noticed that I spend less and less time thinking about the past because the present and future has become way too interesting. And for every day I care less about material things. What I’m really interested in is achieving finacial freedom, full control of my time and life long learning.

It will be interesting to see what kind of money I can get from selling this stuff. My plan is to invest the money in stocks. Starbucks maybe? In 20 years it will be interesting to see what is worth more, my Starbucks stocks or a few old consoles.

“If it rusts, rots, or depreciates, strive to have as little of it as possible”

I like this quote. It kind of frames the mindset one gets when you start to learn about how money actually works.

Why Every Man Should Grow a Beard.

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I never get a clean shave. I use a trimmer on 3mm every two weeks usually. A very indecisive approach to facial hair I have to say. Never shaved and never really bearded. Always somewhere in between.

One of my latest experiments here at the lab is growing a manly beard. I bet a lot of men wonder what could have been but never find the courage or have the determination to stick with it for long enough to reach their full beard potential. I am one of them.

There are alot of reasons why I grow a beard:

  • I hate to shave.
  • I like the way beards look.
  • I would have something to stroke when I’m thinking.
  • I always wanted to grow a beard.

Now I’m in middle of the third month of beard growing right now and I thought this project would be a great blog series to show the width of lifestyle experiments this site is all about.

I believe every man should grew a beard ones in their lifetime. You owe it to yourself and those who can’t.

Here are some photos of my beard progress. These where originally meant for private tracking but I guess I don’t mind posting these bad hair day shoots.bear_progress1

Falling Off Track and Sucking at Life

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I both hate and love to write this post. I hate it because I have ones again surrendered to tobacco. And I love it because this is what Lifestyle Laboratory is all about; documenting a journey. Most journey don’t get straight to the goal. There are bumps in the road, Pirates on the sea and sharks in the water. I want write about those encounters too because that’s how life is.

I have been sick for weeks with fevers that keeps coming back. The doctors don’t know what it is yet, but they suspect some kind of virus infection. Being this weak has really put me into my lower self. I have feasted on cheeze doodles, candy and soda. But worst of all is that I started to buy tobacco (swedish snus) again. Out of pity for my own situation. Now I lay here in my sofa, stuffing my face full of snus, and watch old movies on Netflix.

I’m going to quit this year. But right now I’m far from tobacco free. What makes you lose your willpower? What makes you fall back to old habits?

Stepping up my Game: Mentors

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I’m starting to think about new goals for 2016. A big one will be to get mentors. I never really had one, I don’t know where to start looking or how to approach them. What I do know is that I want to cut the learning curve by taking advice from people that already succeeded in what I want to achieve and are at least 10x better than me in whatever subject they are mentoring me in.

It’s scary to reach out to people you admire and being rejected doesn’t always feel great. But most people that do great things have had mentors of their own, and you reaching out to them will remind them of how they ones where in your shoes. At least that’s what I’m trying to convince myself off when I try to contact them.

Today I contacted a Chinese person that wanted to learn Swedish and asked if she could help me with my Mandarin skills and if we could be in person language partners.
This one was not so scary since I have something to offer in return; My Swedish. And she passes the 10x requirement since she is a native Mandarin speaker. It will be much harder to find financial, health and business coaches. I mean, what can I offer in return?
At least I took some action today.
If you have any advice on finding mentors or want to share your experiences on this topic, please write something in the comment section.