Great Investment Channel

I recently started following Ryan Scribner. Check out this video called “I’m Building A $100,000 Stock Portfolio From SCRATCH (In 2020)”.

He’s doing a new series. From the description:

“In this series, I will be building a $100,000 dividend stock portfolio from scratch investing with M1 Finance. Each week, I will be contributing money to this account. Then, each month I will be providing you with an update video. “

Thank God TFA Rejected Me!

Many, many years ago (well over a decade ago) I applied for Teach for America. I liked the program for many reasons:

  1. It was prestigious: Many Ivy League grads join TFA. I figured I’d meet a lot of interesting, high quality people.
  2. Scholarships / incentives for TFA alumni.
  3. A chance to live in a new city for a couple of years.
  4. Training programs to prepare you for inner-city teaching.
  5. A chance to make a difference.

I applied and got invited to a discussion panel thing in Chicago. I had to write a response to a prompt about teacher pay. I don’t remember too much more about that day. But I do remember being bitter about the rejection letter that came later.

This morning I was online and came across this article, and it made me so thankful I got rejected:

I also read this followup written in 2015:

If you are looking to make a difference or change careers, I would recommend joining The Peace Corps. Or, you could do what I did: Spend a couple years teaching abroad.

If you go to Japan or Korea, you can get paid well, help RESPECTFUL students learn English, and save a lot of money. You could even get an online degree in your free time while teaching abroad.

That being said, I do think TFA has great intentions, and I’m rooting for every TFA teacher. But please read that article and understand something similar could happen to you.

Book Review of Deep Work

I listened to the audiobook of Deep Work, by Cal Newport. Here’s the synopsis from his blog:

The Deep Work Hypothesis: The ability to concentrate without distraction on a demanding task (what I call “deep work”) is becoming more rare at the same time that it’s becoming more valuable in the knowledge sector. As a result, those individuals and organizations who put in the hard work to cultivate this skill will thrive.”

I learned that I do too much, get distracted constantly, and that I need to correct this if I’m going to accomplish something great.

The audiobook is an easy listen. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Very applicable. Buy it here:

Happy New Year: What I will do in 2020.

Daily habits I will cultivate:

  1. Do a 30-minute workout video 6 days per week (Beachbody App).
  2. Pack my work lunch daily (no eating out). Smoothie or eggs for breakfast.
  3. Spend time daily improving my online businesses.
  4. Read daily FOR ENJOYMENT.
  5. Do the dishes daily and tidy up (set out work clothes, etc.) every weeknight.

Books I will read in 2020 (and there will be more):

  1. Dead Wake
  2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  3. Watership Down
  4. Sophie’s World
  5. Antifragile
  6. Skin in the Game
  7. Sapiens
  8. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu


  1. Take an online course in entrepreneurship (I signed up for Engineered Truth Premium!)
  2. Earn a work-related certification from EdX or Google Educator.


  1. Wear “The Pants” (size 34 waist)
  2. Read 10 (or more) books total
  3. Earn a work-related certification
  4. Earn $1,000/month (at least once) in passive income
  5. 2,200 products for sale on TPT

Guerrilla Travel Photography Manual

It’s a professionally designed, content-packed 259 page manual (129 double spreads, A4 size pages) that’s really more like a course than an ebook.

It provides you with a personal photographic armoury of creative tools, ninja practical tips and downright cunning techniques that will transform your travel images and the way you shoot on the road.

Above all, it is designed to be useful in the real world. The emphasis here is to give you solid information that you can use right away to improve your travel photography, with a minimum of technical jargon.

What you’ll read here is distilled from literally decades of experience, not just my own but also that of other photographers, both professional and amateur, that I’ve known over the years.


Homeschool Planner

This will help you organize your school day and record your daily learning ~ year after year. Additional forms help you keep track of testing results, evaluations and special events.

Each of the pdf pages in the file can be typed in, edited, and saved to your own computer every time you use it.  Personalize it to fit your family!  It is a homeschool planner you use year after year.

Secure Purchase and Download

Immediately after your secure purchase at ejunkie via
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pdf planner file. You can save this file to your computer
or even print it off to use in a binder ~ the choice is yours.