My Line in the Sand: The Pragmatic Pursuit of Passion

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Photo Credit: Tiago Muraro

On Jan 4, 2015, I wrote a post that marked a pivotal point in my life.

I drew some lines in the proverbial sand and put some rigor around committing to them.

  • I was going to get what I was worth
  • I was going to do what I loved
  • I was going to focus on proving things to myself first and then to everyone else
  • I was going to give the things I chased my damnedest effort

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A No-Frills Approach to Progress in 2016

Today is the last day of the 2015. New gym memberships will be registered. Bold 11 p.m. declarations will be made. Regretful make out sessions will occur in hallways and guest bedrooms all over.

Hopefully after the dust has settled and pragmatism sets in we can really focus on where we are and where we’re going.

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The 5-Minute Journal Experiment

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Yesterday, I was listening to Tim Ferris’ podcast.

The topic was “The Magic of Mindfulness”. Mindfulness is defined by Tim as “a present-state awareness that helps you to be non-reactive”.

It’s an arena I’ve dipped my toe in a few times, but never fully jumped into the pool. I’ve tried meditating with “Calm” (it’s an app). It’s a really great way to start the day but for me it works best a reset button during it; perhaps when I’ve lost my focus.

But mindfulness isn’t just about meditation, it’s about being more appreciative and aware of your surroundings. it’s about focusing on the present and staying in tune with what’s right in front of you; which is increasingly important in our hyper-stimulated world.

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4 Mandates for Communicating Like a Good Human

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I just recently returned from a vacation in Dubai.

It’s a pretty big and awesome city.

It was my first legitimate international trip. (Passport requirements aside, the Caribbean doesn’t count). Did I mention how fortunate I am to have experienced that? It almost goes without saying.

While overseas, I realized how much of a challenge communication in large groups, small groups, with strangers and barterers in a suk can be.

So I wrote down some rules that should help the flow of good communication for everyone, anywhere.

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Endorphins, Emotions and Metaphors: A Twitter Soliloquy

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I was at the gym the other day — it’s kind of become my little sanctuary now.

It’s where I go to confront internal conflicts floating around in my head. It’s where I go start my days on a positive note. It’s where I go when I’m stuck in a creative rut.

Most importantly, it’s where I go to grow.

And I’m not alone, either.

The best part is that everyone at the gym is in a state of progression.

Even it it’s only for just the hour that walk through the door until we shower and unconsciously stumble back into a bad habit we’re trying to kick.

For that hour, we’re moving forward.

At my 24/7 sanctuary, I wrote little soliloquy on Twitter in between sets about fear, honesty and growth.

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