Archive for the 'Personal Development' Category

Hoarding/Cluttering and Compulsive Eating Help

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Catherine, my partner in marriage, life and all that stuff has just launched a website. The site is called Nurturing Hope and it is reaching out to people who are grappling with the issues of hoarding/cluttering and compulsive eating. Catherine is making these issues her life’s work. Check out her personal story of recovery from morbid obesity and hoarding (with BEFORE and AFTER pics).

Our life together started back in 2002. The first time that she came to visit me at my house, she was relieved to discover that I had a cluttered home. In a strange coincidence, we both had entrance hallways that were missing drywall on the ceilings as the result of second story bathroom repairs. We shared a cluttered home together for quite a while before Catherine began to make lifestyle tweaks that gradually changed her health and our home for the better. While I played an active role in some of the strategies to battle the clutter, I have been pretty much an onlooker with her weight loss.

Catherine is the love of my life and seeing her make dramatic improvements to her health and to our home life has been a joyful experience. The thought of her being an agent of positive change in the lives of other people is pretty neat :)

Has the Internet Led to Better Relationships?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

I doubt that there is
anyone reading this
who has not
witnessed long term
relationships that
were begun and/or
ended as the result
of social activities on
the Internet.

Early adopters of
social media are
not representative
of the general population, but there have been many waves of adopters recently. I think it is time for someone to start a serious study to determine whether social media and online dating have been beneficial or detrimental overall.

My wife and I were aghast when we found out that a certain blogger had left his wife for another blogger after a few months of mostly online flirtation. Wait, we were not aghast at that point. It was more mild disappointment and guilty bemusement. The man had left his wife and driven 11 hours or something to be with his new lady who had just recently left her spouse. The two started playing house in a new place. It was blogged about. The ‘aghast’ part came when he returned to his wife after only a few weeks. Oh, and he stopped blogging (yeah, right.)

Successful online matchups are not as apparent. I know of at least one personally. I just heard about a self help book for single women that deals extensively with online dating.