#69 Don’t Be Lazy

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Just about every time I want to do just sit down on the couch or hop into bed to relax or de-stress, there is always a couple things that I forgot to do or put off right until the end of the day.

For example, last night while I was walking into the bedroom to get ready to hop into bed, I remembered that I forgot to move my car from the street to the driveway and put the garbage out for the following morning.

Of course I remember this is after I’ve locked up and shut down the house for the night.

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#68 No Regrets In Understanding

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Earlier this year I started writing on a frequent basis in an attempt to quiet my mind organize all of the thoughts rolling around upstairs and their meanings.

Not only to find meaning, but to find a practical sense of direction and purpose in life.

This is essentially how I decided to deal with the proverbial mid-life extensional crisis that most, if not all of us will go through at some point.

I added writing and meditation and meaningful conversations with family, friends, and colleagues along with diet, moving my body daily, and above all: rest, to my daily regimen.

Just allowing myself to get the sleep I needed and to wake up each morning without an alarm proved to be one of the best things I could do for my wellbeing.

I seem to remember through my whole life I’ve always struggled how much rest I needed and the quantity changing from day to day.

Not getting enough rest all stems from working too much after already working too much, burning the candle at both ends and not having a “work/life balance” as if there were actually such a thing.

I chose the honor of hard work early on. I shouldn’t look back at that decision with scorn and regret, but I did.

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#67 What Size Wire

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I got a question a couple days ago: “If I’m moving my battery to the trunk of the car, can I use the sub / amp cable as the positive lead ?  The previous owner had the car wired for subs but I need space for turbo things.”

To answer this question we need to figure out if the size of the wire that the previous owner of the car used for the stereo is adequate to run the entire electrical system of the vehicle.

Sizing the wire required for relocating the main battery in the car depends on how long the wire is, how much current is drawn from battery, and how much current your alternator will produce.

Testing the Current Requirement

What I usually recommend to do is to measure how much current is drawn from the battery after starting the engine 4 times in a row.   The repeated engine starts is to apply electrical stress to the battery and the starter so that the worst case current load the battery will typically experience under normal conditions can be measured.

You an use a current clamp meter to measure the current at the battery positive wire.  If you don’t have or have access to a clamp meter, you can get one on Amazon though this link. https://amzn.to/2KJkYAv

Testing the output of the alternator for maximum output is a bit more difficult because most OEM alternators are sized to output more than the vehicle requires at full load, so that even if you have everything turned on in the car, the alternator can still change the battery. 

What I typically do is use the rating of the alternator published by the manufacturer. In a standard passenger vehicle, this rating is normally less than the current drawn by the starter mentioned above.

We will use either the tested current at the battery or the current rating of the alternator, whichever is higher.

Calculating the Voltage Drop

Once we know what the current requirement is and the length of the wire, we can size the wire based on it’s voltage drop. The rule of thumb for sizing wires is to have less than 0.5V (3-4% of the total voltage) voltage drop over the length of the wire at the current we need to use it at.

The following page has a great a calculator you can use to calculate the voltage drop and an explanation of physics behind the calculations if you want to read up on it.  https://www.omnicalculator.com/physics/voltage-drop

For example, if your alternator is rated at 160 amps and you measured 200 amps at the battery, we will use 200 amps for the calculation. For a 200 Amp load and the length of the existing stereo wire in the car is 15 feet and is also 00 (2/0) AWG wire, then you’re good to go. If the existing stereo wire is only 4 AWG, then you’ll have to upgrade your wire size.

I hope that helps!

Have a great day!

#66 Hey Take A Break Eh

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My brother asked some questions about taking breaks from work on social media last week and it got me thinking about a few things: Why do I feel like I need to do my own thing? Why do I need to be my own boss? Why go through all the pain and extra work when I can just go and work for someone else and collect a paycheck?

The answer is time.  It’s always been time and how I feel about it.

I want to be in control of my time and schedule.

At this point in my life, being in control of my time is the most important thing.  I’ve placed a huge measure of success on this one particular point.

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#65 Good-Bye Coffee We Had A Great Run

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I’m pretty sure I was at Grandma’s house the first time I drank coffee. I might have been five or six years old at the time. There were a few of us sitting around the table in the kitchen. So many good memories were made in that place. The last thing I remember someone saying before taking my first sip was something about my growth being stunted.

Everyone quietly and patiently waited my reaction.  I must not have disappointed anyone because I remember the smiling faces which I can only now assume was amusement.  I must have no doubt made the bitter-tasting facial expression then followed by the wide-eyed expression of “THAT’S REALLY GOOD!!” when the full bouquet of flavours had presented itself and ran its course.  When I was a kid, this was the treat a grandma’s house: coffee or tea and coffee bulla (Pulla or Finnish Cardamom Sweet Bread).

I began drinking coffee regularly in high-school at maybe 14 or 15 years old; I didn’t have a driver’s licence yet.  My group of friends tended to congregate at one coffee shop or another: Country Style, Robins Doughnuts, or Tim Hortons.  All any of us needed to do was show up at some point after dinner and there would be someone to have a coffee, a smoke, and a conversation with.  We’d spend hours there. Multiple coffees, overflowing ash trays, and stimulating conversations that made us not want to sleep.

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#64 – A New Direction, Sort Of.

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I haven’t published anything in nearly three weeks. Sorry for not letting you know what I was doing, that’s all on me.

I’ll be sure to make a post about any future hiatus the next time around. Either that or I’ll have to prepare some content ahead of time to keep you busy while I duck out the back for a break.

Here’s the scoop.

I decided that I wasn’t going to publish anything or engage in social media while I was prepping to be and while I was away from home for a few weeks.  A week with the family and a couple weeks for work plus the travel time.

Just three days before I was scheduled to travel, my work plans fell through, so I decided to spend more time with the family and just take a break.

I haven’t worked in that industry since February and to be honest, I didn’t really want to do that work again anyways. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise?

I agreed to the work trip because I need top up the bank account again, and I still do because as fun and personally rewarding being a new content creator is, it doesn’t pay the bills yet.

When I sent the confirmation email for the work trip something happened to my thought process. Pressing the send button for email was like flipping a switch back into my old stressed-out rat-race lifestyle.

It felt like what I’ve been doing for the past four months was instantly deprioritized and didn’t matter anymore and all that mattered was making money again. This is why I didn’t publish anything the Saturday or Sunday before left to spend time with the family.

It was such a strange feeling because everything that I had created up to that point had such an enormous value to me, and it still does.  I even made a point to save all the money I could from my last work trip so I could concentrate on learning about writing and recording and streaming and not have worry about where the money was going to come from.

I’m invested enough into what I’ve learned this year that I want to keep doing it.  I want to be in the business of helping people, not just being a cog in a giant business machine. I want to feel like I’m actually in business for myself and not just a contracted employee.

Mind you, being a cog in the machine isn’t a bad thing either.  It has so many positives that I sometimes wonder why I even bother trying to make my own way at all.  But, I always end up back at the exact same point of being burned-out and resentful of having my time taken advantage of, because when I’m a cog in the machine, all I’m selling is my time. Enough with that.

I’ve never been able to fully figure out the work-life balance idea either because I don’t think my gears ever stopped turning; this is the curse or superpower of an ever-curious mind. Even when I’m out having fun or doing nothing at all sitting on the couch unmotivated, there is always something stirring in the background.

I’m a maker of things at heart and I’ve always enjoyed helping people fix their stuff or make that custom thing they need.  

It’s always been the side hustle that’s brought me the most joy.

Most of the time it’s something that needs to be welded, fabricated, or wired, which is cool because I love doing that kind of work.

I think I should do this more seriously and make it the topic of my content in the future.

Want to hear about the welding repair I’m going to finish up this morning on an oil tank for a Lamborghini, and the installation of new wiring system for a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro that I’ll be installing this afternoon?

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Have a great day!

#63 Do You Even Eat Bro?

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Welcome to Fit Friday, where I write about a health topic, tell you about the progress in my personal health and fitness journey, what I’m doing at the gym, and some of the meals I’m planning on eating next week.  If you’ve been reading my health blogs so far, the format should be familiar to you already.

Today I’m going to write about my progress so far and reflect on each of the times I saw significant weight-loss progress in my current health and fat-loss journey.

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#62 A Chat About Time

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I sat down to write about what’s been on my mind the past few days and I ended up writing down my daily schedule which I guess sounds a bit odd, but when I make my own schedule for things it’s a really good idea to have what I’m supposed to do with my time planned out or else I’d just end up just entertaining myself all day instead of doing something productive.

Of course, sometimes making these sorts of plans is a futile effort because, well life happens, and other stuff will get prioritized. 

If time is our utmost finite resource, what we do with it should be very important and wasting time should be avoided at all cost. You need to be in control of your time to do that.

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#61 Do The Best You Can With What You Have

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The piece of wisdom that I want to share with you today is “Do the best you can with what you have”.

I can’t remember how many times I’ve had to improvise to accommodate how I do things in order to complete a project.

It’s usually not having the right tool for the job, or maybe using a material that is sub par.

Whatever situation you’re in that is less than ideal, try to make do with you what you have available.

Use your experience, creativity, and resourcefulness to work the problem.

For instance, having to cut a straight line without a table saw or a round hole without a radius jig. 

Maybe the person who you normally use for a particular task that you’re relying on isn’t available and they’ve sent you ‘the new guy’.

The onus is on you to complete the task so sometimes you have to jump in to pick up the slack or keep a closer eye on the quality of work and direct as need be.

Or maybe you forgot that the gym isn’t open on the statutory holiday and you need to get your workout in. Time to improvise and use physics to your advantage: stuff can get really heavy with the proper leverage.

Whatever it is that you have to deal with, get creative and work the problem.

Every time you’re in a situation that requires this type of thinking and action,  the experience you gain will allow you to be better prepared for next time.  Rest assured that it will happen again.

Thanks for reading (or listening) and have a great day!

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#60 Health Blog – What’s Leptin?

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What’s Leptin? Leptin a hormone produced by your body fat that is used by the brain to regulate hunger, the metabolism, and stress hormones.

The amount of leptin in the body is determined by how much body fat you have. More body fat equals more leptin.

When you are leptin sensitive, where the brain ‘sees’ the leptin, this process works correctly.

When there is excess fat on the body, the brain will raise the metabolism and lower hunger to reduce the amount of stored energy to the ‘normal’ level.

It’s the feedback loop your body uses to tell you that there is enough stored energy and that you don’t need to keep eating.

Unless of course you’re leptin resistant.

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