Kick Monday’s Ass: don’t forget to pack the Drano (May 10, 2021)

It’s time to kick Monday’s ass…

You know, you learn a lot about what you need (and don’t need) when you’re on a year-plus road trip. When I set out on this journey, I thought I had the essentials…

Toothbrush and face wash? Check .

Laptop and podcast stuff? Check.

Underoos? Check.

Cat and all her feline accoutrements? Check and check.

Drano? I’ll admit, that didn’t make the initial “to pack” list. As of this morning, it’s apparent that’s gotta change.

Before I tell you why, first look at this:

The words “wild mane” have been used to describe that hair. They’re not inaccurate words. No matter how thoroughly I brush and de-shed my hair before showering, I have yet to meet a tub drain I can’t defeat with these luscious locks.

When I had a permanent residence, this was something I was well aware of, so I had the appropriate tools on hand to keep the water flowing freely through the drain pipes.

When I hit the road, I kinda thought Airbnb hosts would have similar maintenance and upkeep supplies on hand. Turns out that was a bad assumption on my part. I’ll spare you the details.

Today’s agenda now includes running to the store to pick up a bottle of Drano and adding that to my rapidly growing bucket of “miscellaneous household maintenance supplies,” which currently includes a bottle brush, vinegar, and sanitizing wipes.

So I now carry a bucket of household supplies, for two main reasons: 1) surprisingly few Airbnbs have these things readily available, and 2) I ain’t buying my hosts’ cleaning and maintenance stuff after the assload I’m already paying to stay here for 6 weeks.

Life and business are kinda similar when you think about it – you plan and prepare as best you can, hit the road, and then realize you need some damn Drano.

You don’t burn the house down to show a clogged pipe who’s boss. Yet there are many who would take even a small setback as a sign they should quit their business.

As for me, I prefer to fix the problem as best I can, add another tool to my arsenal, and find the next tub drain to battle.

Now for this week’s video:

Kick Monday’s Ass: You Can’t Stall Your Way to Success


I shared this one a couple weeks ago, but it totally fits with my Drano disaster, so I thought I’d share it again.

Are you an overplanner? I sure am. You can count on me to bring approximately 100 pounds of luggage for a long weekend, just because I like to have options and WHAT IF THERE’S A FREAK HAIL STORM OF COURSE I NEED A HELMET. Also 10 pairs of shoes. And now, Drano.

I digress… point being it’s easy to get stuck in creating the master plan (then the backup plan, and the backup backup plan, and the backup to the backup backup plan…). After all, that deep thinking and advance prep feels like you’re accomplishing something, even when you’re really not. So if I’m describing you (and no shade – I’m totally talking to myself here too), here’s how to get a plan to “good enough” so you can get going.

Badass of the Week

Today’s badass is Barb Heim, a long-time elementary school teacher who’s earned some serious extra credit. When one of her students, who has leukemia, couldn’t move back to in-person learning with the rest of his class, she took the school to him.

Barb visits him every day to catch him up on work he’s missed and make sure he doesn’t fall behind as he’s being treated. Knowing someone cares enough to do something like this can make all the difference in someone’s recovery… and that makes this teacher a hero in my book.

(If you know someone who should be featured as my Badass of the Week, leave a comment and tell me!)

New podcast episode!

I don’t know how else to describe this episode other than “fun”. I certainly didn’t expect to riff like we did, about so many different topics. Jimmy Parent, who when asked to provide a bio, first submitted “I am Batman!”, requires quotes over an explanation…

Out of Context Quotes from this Episode:

“The reason why that’s true is because I made it up.”

“My parents were understandably pissed because my dumb ass called home and said, so I’m going to move into my car. If you’re going to live in your car, maybe tell your parents after you’ve gotten out of the car.”

“Poof, I’m a ghost.”

“I didn’t get up in the middle of the night to go pee. You’re not going to get up and go swim.”

“Jimmy’s about to cliffhanger the F@*& out of you.”

We had so much fun with this episode we’ve ALREADY recorded part two. You don’t want to miss this one. Click here to listen (and subscribe) now!

On Repeat This Week…


I hear this one in the car over the weekend and it’s essentially my whole mood lately. Behold, So Done by Alicia Keys and Khalid.

It’s such a mellow groove mixed with a spicy, sassy note. I’ll let the lyrics say the rest…

I lost control over all my energy
Done so much damage to my heart
I’ve given in, I’ve changed my identity
I didn’t mean to go so far

Oh my God (God)
I wish (wish) I could be (be) better than this
My God, wish (wish) I could be

‘Cause I’m so, so done (so done, so done)
Guardin’ my tongue, holdin’ me back
I’m livin’ the way that I want (I want)

‘Cause I’m so, so done (so done)
Fighting myself, goin’ through hell
I’m livin’ the way that I want
I’m livin’ the way that I want



If you’re an aspiring freelancer who’s working up the courage to leave the day job… good news! I’m sharing all the things I WISH I’d known before making the leap so that hopefully your journey goes a little more smoothly than mine.

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