Journal Entry – 034

I'm thinking of moving my Game Log posts from my gaming blog into my online journal. – I made this change some time after. You can find the gaming log posts here.

Drove the wife's CX-5 to work today because she has the day off. Perfect timing too, because I unexpectedly got stuck in really bad traffic. – As much as I love driving my Speed3, getting stuck in traffic is never fun in a car with a manual transmission.

Bought new floor mats for the Speed3. – After over 90,000 miles of daily driving, I tore a hole on the floor mat where I position my right foot.

It seems that the new clutch on my Speed3 has renewed my excitement in driving it. It got me excited enough that I am now once again looking at more mods for the car.

It almost feels like my Speed3 is going through a rebirth after going past 100,000 miles. It just had its AC serviced, got new brakes and now a new clutch. Also bought new floor mats for it. All that's left is to replace the suspension and it will be like a brand new car!

Regarding those floor mats. I really wanted to get the rare Mazdaspeed3 floor mats with the red stitching, but at $98, I just couldn't afford it. So I bought the regular ones for $40 on Ebay. It is important to live below your means, so as not to incur more debt. – I have found that Ebay is a great place to look for OEM replacement parts. They are usually legit OEM parts and are cheap compared to buying from a dealer. Anyway, floor mats should be good for another 90,000 miles.

If you have two coats in your closet, one belongs to you; the other belongs to the man who has no coat.

I have not listed the source for that quote in my journal, but doing a quick search online reveals that this might be a quote from St. Ambrose. It also seems to be based off a verse from the Bible, Luke 3:11.

Anyway, regarding that quote, I find this to always be a struggle for me. How do I know if the amount of stuff I have, is more than enough and that I need to donate the rest? An earlier quote from a pope said something like, “If you have enough to cover the basic needs of necessity and propriety, the rest can be given away to charity.” Still a struggle for me, but that is a good place to start figuring things out.

Ever since I started my quest for digital minimalism, I have felt a thirst, a hunger for spirituality in my life. Like as if I've been away from God for a long time. Like I've drifted away and am only finding my way back. I don't know what it is exactly about the practice of digital minimalism that triggered this, but my guess is that since I'm no longer tethered to my smartphone and social media, I now have time to think about what I'm doing with my life. I now have time to reflect on my choices in life. I now have time for God in my life. - Digital Minimalism will force you to think about what is really important in your life.

I found a new trick to stay focused while doing online compliance training – turn off my second monitor to avoid distractions.

An idea for another experiment – stop looking at the website stats for this online journal. – This turned into this experiment.

Google is buying Fitbit. There goes my health data. I need to look for an alternative to my Fitbit Charge 2.

I tried to look for an alternative to my Fitbit Charge 2, specifically an alternative from a different brand. I could not find one. Garmin was the closest but their products all had fixed bands, which is a deal breaker for me. – I have yet to find an alternative and currently no longer use it every day. Did an experiment on it too.

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