About

I am an American writer and photographer based in Barcelona.

I've been a travel journalist and long term expat since 2008, living abroad in Asia, South America, and now Europe. I'm a former columnist for National Geographic Traveller, and my work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Lonely Planet Magazine, USA Today, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller, and CNN.

My struggles with freelancing (combined with older issues of procrastination and perfectionism) got me into productivity. Since 2013 I've been heavily researching and experimenting with science-based self development, including the subjects of gamification, habit formation, willpower, and grit. 

The majority of this website deals with a shift in self development away from purely motivational to a discipline that treats behavior and skill acquisition as an engineering problem with specific metrics, variables, and graphs.