Welcome to Don’t Be a Cog

The mission of this site is to help others learn to think for themselves by providing examples of out-of-the-box thinking. I write on topics like politics, religion, New Mexico (where I live), self-development, travel, history, money, and various experiences. I also review other out-of-the-box thinkers who inspire me. THINK FOR YOURSELF…don’t be a cog in someone else’s machine.


I recently moved from central Maryland to Albuquerque, NM. I have a lot to say about this move and why I did it. The main reasons were:

  1. Affordability
  2. More dating options
  3. Nicer people
  4. Better climate
  5. Friends from college living here


If you live in a crowded, expensive blue state, you might relate to my reasons, which I will write about in depth. The move took months of planning and I will describe this process also for anyone thinking of making a similar move.


I grew up in a military family and lived in New Mexico from ages 12-23. After college, I moved to Maryland to start a career. Just before I turned 31, it dawned on me that I could solve a lot of my problems by moving back to New Mexico (not to the small town I was from, but to Albuquerque, the biggest city, and where I still had multiple good friends from college).


While I was in Maryland, I attended Master’s level classes at George Washington University in D.C. during 2016 and 2017 (yes, during the election…I have stories). I traveled into town by car and subway twice a week, sometimes more for events, and rubbed shoulders with D.C.’s yuppies and political professionals. I even served as an elected volunteer officer in a student org. All of this was the kind of immersion educational experience I was looking for. However, a year and a half later I was feeling completely differently and decided I never wanted to work or live in D.C. What could change a mind so fast and so firmly? What could inspire a young professional to turn away from one of the most lucrative places in the nation? Read my stories and see.


I also do product reviews of products I use, that I find helpful or save me money or help my health.


I am a proud Christian conservative and write about my faith and beliefs as well.


Have a topic you’d like me to write about? Send me a message or comment!


Enjoy your visit to the site, and remember, don’t be a cog.