We Swiped Right: Episode 18 “’Five Direction”

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Welcome to Episode 18! Check out some of the weird news stories we talked about: 

• World’s Largest Bee Is Spotted For First Time In Decades – https://www.npr.org/2019/02/21/696626918/worlds-largest-bee-is-spotted-for-first-time-in-decades

•  A woman was jailed for 3 months because police thought her cotton candy was meth – https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/27/us/cotton-candy-meth-dasha-fincher-trnd/index.html 

• Kayla’s Ebates referral – https://go.ebat.es/erLdukzJnU 

• Donnie’s Ebay – https://www.ebay.com/usr/djharkcom89 

• Our Favorite Instagram accounts: 

• Sarah Nicole Landry – https://www.instagram.com/thebirdspapaya/?hl=en 

• Doug the Pug – https://www.instagram.com/itsdougthepug/?hl=en 

• Kaitlyn Bristowe – https://www.instagram.com/kaitlynbristowe/?hl=en 

• Olivia Caridi – https://www.instagram.com/oliviacaridi/?hl=en

• targetdoesitagain – https://www.instagram.com/targetdoesitagain/?hl=en 

• Mophie – https://www.instagram.com/mophie/?hl=en 

• TravelHomeDad – https://www.instagram.com/travelhomedad/ 

• Mav_Tech – https://www.instagram.com/mav__tech/?hl=en 

• Kayla Harkcom – https://www.instagram.com/kayla.harkcom/ 

• Gshock _ Steven – https://www.instagram.com/gshock_steven/?hl=en

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We Swiped Right: Episode 17 “’Fry’ Festival”

In episode 17 we talk about all of the movies, books, tv shows and everything else we have been up to. 

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Apple’s Smart Battery Case

I know I know, I don’t shut up about battery cases. I have reviewed the ones from Zerolemon and mophie before, but this one is one that I have been waiting on for a while!

A couple of weeks ago Apple released their own battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.

I have been testing this thing out and I absolutely love it. I originally wrote a review for the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case and my thoughts mainly remain the same.

A couple of things on this one:

  • It is heavy. These iPhones are already pretty heavy. Beware of that. Especially if you have the iPhone XS Max or XR, this case is going to add some weight to it.
  • The price is no fun. It is $129. Of course, I would rather it be cheaper but when mophie is charging $119 for their new Juice Pack Access that only gives you 35%-40% extra charge, I feel like $129 is right where it is supposed to be.
  • You should get 80%-85% extra battery with Apple’s Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS. As a side note, this case has been confirmed to work with the iPhone X.
  • This case works with lightning and Qi wireless charging. So no need for any extra cables.
  • It is integrated great with iOS. When you put the case on the charger it tells you the charge of the case and your phone. Also, you can get those charge percentages when you swipe over to your widget screen.
  • A couple of users have mentioned on twitter that their battery health dropped since using the case. I thought this coincidence and the health just dropped around the same time as using the case. Two weeks in, my battery health dropped from 100% to 95%. I am going to keep a close eye on this to see if there is any significant damage. Some of these users have mentioned that their battery health went back up to 100% after a couple of days.

Overall, these cases are exactly what I have been wanting from Apple. To never have to worry about battery, is a great feeling. For some people, who are around chargers all day, you won’t gain much value from this. But if you are always on the go or travel a lot, this case is a no brainer!

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS Max

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XR

Disclaimer – Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will make a commission if you decide to purchase after clicking the link.

Let me know in the comments or on Instagram and twitter if you are going to buy one of these.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

7 Ways to Deal with Burnout, Stress, and Imposter Syndrome

This is a real good article that touches on a couple of different issues including burnout.

Jeff Perry at RocketPanda.net:

I have seen people I follow and consider my peers gain success in their own ways and I can’t help be get a little jealous and envious of them for growing while I am not growing fast enough to my liking. This kind of thinking is how you get discouraged and throw in the towel. It isn’t healthy to always be looking how well others are doing and comparing yourself to them. If anything it will drive you insane.

Like Jeff, it is hard not to keep checking your growth on different platforms and comparing yourself to others. I think you have to ask yourself why you are doing something. What is your goal? When I had more time and just started the blog, I would reach out to individuals on twitter who had questions about products that I wrote about. I got a lot of clicks that way, made some more money and provided tons of value to people looking for answers. But that was also a lot of work. With work, comes results.

Go give Jeff’s article a read.

How I Read 26 Books in 2018

26 books may not sound like a lot to some readers but recently I heard, on a couple of different podcasts, that people struggle to even complete two books a year. Some people have a goal of 12 books a year and that was my starting point.

Reading 12 books was my overall goal for 2018. I committed to read 20 pages a day for the year. That comes out to around 600 pages a month which, depending on the book, varies how many books you will actually complete. I think most of the books I read were around 350 pages. So I was knocking out a book and a half to two books easily.

I kept a daily log, in Apple Notes, that showed how many pages I was behind or ahead as of the current date.

If I missed a day of reading, I would simply add 20 to my count that needed to be read. If I read over my 20 pages, I would subtract the difference from my total count that needed to be read. It was a simple way to keep track everyday.

2018 was a busy year. So I often got behind. In all honesty, I didn’t catch up on my reading until the beginning of December.

Making this something you have to do everyday may seem like a chore for some people. If that is the case, do not follow it because you will not enjoy what you are reading. You should want to read what you are reading or you are just wasting your time.

When my wife and I went on our honeymoon, our goal was to relax. We didn’t want to go on excursions or be too busy exploring. We wanted to chill. And that is what we did.

While in Jamaica, we both read a lot. Drinking some frozen vodka lemonades or Rum and Cokes by the pool and reading our next book was truly relaxing and we knocked out a lot of reading. With all of the time that goes into getting married, I was already behind on my reading. So this free week of doing nothing was a great way to catch up. Again, I’m not saying to spend your entire vacation reading but if it is something you enjoy doing, that is what vacation is for!

For 2019, I started using this app called Strides. It is a habit tracking app. After I do my reading for the day, I check off that I did it. It keeps track of how many days in a row that I have completed those specific task. I also have it set up to remind me at 8 PM every night if I have not completed the tasks that I have put in there. In the short amount of time that I have used it this year, I find it very useful.

People will often say that they do not have time to read (or whatever other thing you WANT to start). But if you really want to start with something, you have to make the time. It sounds cliche, but it is the truth. When I was getting behind on my reading in December, I woke up a little bit earlier to make sure I did my reading. Or if I knew my evening was booked, I made sure to wake up earlier to compensate for the lost time in the evenings. The biggest thing is, is that you have to want to do what you are attempting to do. With no motivation, nothing will ever get done.

All of this might sound silly and unnecessary, but it worked for me and kept me on track. The best thing I can tell you is to find a way that works for you, modify it as needed, then stick to it. Carve out that time to read what you have been planning to read for years. You got this!

If you want to see all of the books that I completed last year, check out my Instagram!