December 2, 2021
Today we dig into the most wonderful time of the year.
But I'm pretty sure that's just something Hallmark said to sell more presents, or cards, or whatever.
All of those decorations are great, unless they're not. And lights are fun, but not really the chaotic ones that move around a lot. Here's how the Left of Normal mind processes decorating for Christmas.
November 26, 2021
This episode is going to drop on Black Friday.
I really don't like shopping. And to have an entire day dedicated to shopping makes it even worse.
I'll walk you through how I despise shopping, why I despise it, how I cope, and a little rant about the associate that insists on asking if I found everything okay. No I didn't find everything okay, you've rearranged since the last time I was in the store!
November 18, 2021
I don't mind the concept behind giving thanks. And the idea of eating a bunch of food is cool too. What I'm not real crazy about is everything that surrounds Thanksgiving.
Today we take a look at how irritating it is growing up as a Left of Normal and dealing with family, food, friends, and football simply because that's what you have been instructed to do on Thanksgiving.
Next year I vow to do 30 days of rants instead of 30 days of thanks. Please hold me to that.
November 12, 2021
About a fifth of Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder - SAD. It's nothing to be ashamed of, when the sun goes away, often the joy does as well.
But there are ways to deal with it, sometimes with medication, sometimes with meditation, and sometimes with logic.
In today's episode I argue the case for Daylight Saving Time, and explain how I logically eliminate the SAD that can creep on in.
November 4, 2021
In this episode of Left of Normal we look at some of the issues I have with organization, and some of the organizational methods I use (even if they don't look very organized).
I also touch on how those farther left on the Autism spectrum line things up in a seemingly nonsensical manner, and the reason they do so.
Of course my podcast on organization feels to me a bit unorganized. But I was having trouble putting my brain thoughts into cohesive patterns.
October 28, 2021
This week we have been exploring favorite subjects, and why many Left of Normals enjoy math. It's likely because math is predictable, and we thrive on predictability.
We'll dip into a little more about that in today's episode, looking at math, people, worldviews, and why my subconscious decided what I should study in college even though I didn't realize why I was choosing that area of study.
October 21, 2021
My daddy always told me you either get busy talkin' or you get busy dyin'.
Actually, nobody told me that. In fact, most of the time talking is cumbersome and annoying. But it all depends on who you're with and how well you know the person.
Today we talk about talking. And how a left of normal views conversations.
October 15, 2021
This week we looked into perfectionism. Today's podcast goes into how the idea that something won't turn out perfect (or at least as intended) causes projects to never even get started.
A couple of anecdotes on how my day/week was ruined when things didn't go perfectly as well.
Please share, and feedback is always appreciated!
October 8, 2021
Today's episode topic comes to you courtesy of Ian Ullman.
The first half anyway. Ian tells us be you, not someone else. And he says to embrace your awkward the way Scott does on Left of Normal. So I spent the first part of the episode talking about why everything is so awkward (I blame normies).
The second half is a little test bit... do you like it? Change it? Get rid of it? Let me know!
October 1, 2021
I don't believe I will ever have to interview for another job. Not in the traditional sense anyway.
Today's podcast plays off a question that I asked in the Facebook group on Wednesday. It laments the idea that when you have a Left of Normal personality, it's a bit harder to put on that bubbly cheerful disposition and schmooze your way into a job.
So, I did what any sane person would do. I created my own job, and offered the position to myself. It's something I teach people how to do through my course at www.notogrow.com