Whatcha Reading, Schwartzy?

This book is a beast, but I am already learning a few “tools”.  For instance, doing the 5 minute journaling is by far the way to go.  Also, Tim is going to get me off my crazy coffee kick and into tea.  I know it.  I started listening to the audio version of this book, but it’s really more of a reference – something to take away pieces that work which leads to cramming bookmarks in a whole bunch of places.  As I go through this, I’ll blog with the tools that I think are amazing and because I know who you are and you are just like me (lol), you will think they are too.

Trance Junkie Podcast!


Did you know that I ran a Podcast for a hot min?  It was really fun.  I still have the equipment and perhaps I will do it again.  It’s just that my office is already jammed with stuff and it would take me a hour to set up, like three hours to record, haha, and then an hour to break it all down.  But you can check out the podcast at https://www.trancejunkie.com/.  It even has it’s own twitter page (Isn’t that cute).

1m0va.com

Internet, I have created another blog.  Why?  Because I wanted to play with Jekyll and I have a raspberry pi.  So, I give you, https://www.1m0va.com/.  It was a fun weekend project, and now, I have two blogs, so now I am scattered and have no idea what’s going on other than this life is a garden, and I am having fun.  My thought is to make this blog a personal blog and make 1m0va a Pen Testing blog.  I need to back it up though – having it run on a little San Disk is a bit risky.  Ooooh, challenge accepted 🙂  More fun things to play with!

GitHub & PTS

This book, well speaks to me.  It’s about time to get the wheels greased on this project.  The problem is that I am doing PTS as well, and I just got a teaching gig.  I am spreading myself too thin here, in my humble opinion.  So let’s take a poll in this next moment… ok, I am going to stick with PTS and put this one on the shelf to pick up another day.  Maybe in my PTS breaks.

Also, yay to another week!  Here are some of my habits – yesterday was MLK day, so I didn’t do that hawt, but I’ll get some checkmarks today.  Live on, people.  So I have exercise on there, 20 minutes at least 4x this week, gotta get in meditation, which Waking Up with Sam Harris is the way to go.  Read 10 pages, which comes from The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen, study, which will be the PTS, and fingers, well, I have a bad habit of putting my fingers in my mouth, so let’s not do that.

Starting my eCPPT Journey

INEWork has graciously bestowed on me the gift of the INE Premier Pass.  In there is the PTP course which preps me for the eCPPTv2.  So I am gradually going through it, and I forgot how many slides there are.  The class goes right into assembly, which is fine, but not too much fun.  I hope there are more labs and this gets more fun.  Because I am picking up little nuggets, but not a lot at the moment.

I have a year of the Premier Pass, so I suppose a year to go through the test, and I am going SLOW…. I need more “impact hours” on it.  At least 1 hour a day.  I can do this.  If you are reading this, you can check out my notes.

The Wealthy Gardener

I generally start listening to books, and if the book feels like it’s a wealth of knowledge, then I will buy a hardcopy.  The Wealthy GardenerI did this for The Everyday Hero Manifesto by Robin Sharma, and I did it for this book that I am currently reading, The Wealthy Gardener by John Saforic.  I can see why the criticism to the book in some ways – it follows the “Think and Grow Rich” mantra of the world is working in your favor, but it takes this to that a higher power is working in your favor, if you meet it halfway.  Why not?   I mean, I believe that there is more to life than we yet know, and all I know is my higher power has always been there for me.  Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Also, the lessons in this book about how to grow financially independent all make sense.  I like it, and I think it’s a good book to at least read and think about :).  So how did I come across this book?  Well, I stumbled onto Kristina Karlsson’s podcast through Robin Sharma, she recommended the book, I picked up, and here we are.  Check it out:  https://wealthygardener.com/.  You won’t be disappointed.

Why am I not on Jekyll & Github?

Yes, WordPress is a place for a slew of vulnerabilities and not really seen as a good place to showcase my “technical work” as WP is generally for newcomers and easy-peasy blogging.  Well, one, I am fortifying this blog as much as I can to prevent it from getting hacked and two, I just haven’t learned GitHub yet.  I’ll get there.  Let me work through a few pen testing courses and in due time, I’ll move over.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, everyone.

Am I picking this back up?

I feel like Moana – you know how the water called to her?  Well, this may sound a little nerdy, but my OSCP journey still calls to me.  It’s hard, like really hard.  Mad props to all those who are flaunting their OSCP on LinkedIn – I am going to get there, but it’s been some time, and I need to refresh, not cheat through walkthroughs, and just focus.  After some deliberation, I took a look at this comment from /u/Howl50vride and ultimately decided on The Cyber Mentor’s Practical Ethical Hacking Course to get back into it.


I think the course is a great place to take few steps back and just refresh.  From there, I think I am going to pursue my eCPPT and then onto the OSCP again.  I think a lot about my role now in cybersecurity, and I have decided that this will help it.  It’s not perfectly aligned, but that’s ok.   Who knows what the future will hold.  I should follow my passion and see where the world takes me.

Robin Sharma’s Books to the World

Robin Sharma’s books are great.  Here is what I have read from him so far:

  • Family Wisdom from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
  • The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life
  • The Secret Letters Of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

I am currently working on the The Everyday Hero Manifesto.  The one that has changed my routine at least on a daily basis is the 5 AM club.  This new book, The Everyday Hero Manifesto is powerful, and hard to put down.  It’s full of great wisdom on how to lead a successful life on your terms and I highly recommend it.  The main theme in it that I am finding so far is how to be a great person, and how to respect, honor, and appreciate the world we live in.  It’s a beautiful manifesto to live by.