Blue Jean Recap – 2021 Q1

At the beginning of the year, I shared my financial journey with you. If you have yet to read it, please do so here. As an accountability measure, I thought I’d share regular updates as I continue my financial journey. I contemplated monthly updates, but I don’t do a ton of exciting investments or trades.Continue reading “Blue Jean Recap – 2021 Q1”

The Presidency of Donald J Trump

2016 was an opportunity to be seized upon. After eight years of President Obama, conservatives were energized to make a change. This could be the reason Republicans fielded more candidates during the 2016 primary than any party had prior. It also led to the “sound bite” debates – ouch. Though my opinion on some ofContinue reading “The Presidency of Donald J Trump”

It’s Your Ship – Leadership on the Benfold

I’ve had It’s your Ship on my shelf for a while and finally got to reading it. Captain D. Michael Abrashaff challenges the leadership styles he encounters in the Navy and believes there is a better way, and acts on it. Captain Abrashaff takes the Benfold from a ship sailors couldn’t wait to leave to one thatContinue reading “It’s Your Ship – Leadership on the Benfold”

From 300 to 800 – My Financial Journey

I usually take time on January 1 each year, when not putting away Christmas decorations, to reflect on the growth I’ve made in key areas over the past year. I think over items like faith, family, health, work, leadership, and, the subject of this post, my finances. Where was I? What was my goal? DidContinue reading “From 300 to 800 – My Financial Journey”

Believe in People to Reclaim the American Dream

Believe it or not, I’ve never met or spoke with Charles Koch. I did have the honor and pleasure of meeting David Koch before he passed. He was both warm and well-grounded. But, I’ve never met Charles. That said, I’m fairly certain we’re well aligned, in both policy and business. I’ve no doubt we couldContinue reading “Believe in People to Reclaim the American Dream”

How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business

How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business by Douglas Hubbard was more technical than I expected and a great refresher, and then some, on my old statistics course. Hubbard gives several insights into the reason to measure and methods to think about how and what we’re measuring. According to Hubbard, measurement isContinue reading “How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business”

Investing Your HSA (and from Fidelity to Lively)

A Health Savings Account is a great way to pay for your health-related expenses. An HSA is a tax-advantaged account that, in 2020, allows individuals to save up to $3,550 and families up to $7,100 tax-free. If you’re 55 or older, you may save an additional $1,000 in catch-up contributions. You may then spend thoseContinue reading “Investing Your HSA (and from Fidelity to Lively)”

Reflection on our Digital Declutter

This September, Heidi and I read Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. Newport first shows how our digital environment has stolen our attention and diverted it too often meaningless and wasteful activities. Often, social media is described as the worse offender. But, I’m sure we can add several other activities, like television, gaming, or endlessly searching shopping apps.Continue reading “Reflection on our Digital Declutter”

Installing NPM Globals without Sudo

I recently purchased and set up my new iMac. I might write something on the machine itself at some point and how it performs compared to my old MacBook Pro, but today I’m discussing NPM. Before setup, I had come across an article from Andrew Crites, Don’t use sudo with npm. In my MacBook, I thinkContinue reading “Installing NPM Globals without Sudo”

Full Stack React App

This application allows users to sign up and create available courses for others. The REST API portion of the application is served on Node.js using Express, Sequelize ORM, and sqlite. It handles GET, POSTS, PUT, and DELETE and returns a proper response. If data fails validation protocols, errors are returned. React was used to designContinue reading “Full Stack React App”