Everything is Change

“No man steps in the same river twice.” Because the river has changed, and so has the man. – Marcus Aurelius

Life is in a constant state of change, and so are we as human beings. To get upset by things is to wrongly assume that these moments in time will last. That type of thinking pattern is very toxic to the mental state. Work on being more kind and gentle towards your roommate living upstairs in that head of yours!

The only thing constant in a world of inconsistency is change. Bit trippy when you read that out loud a couple times. On the theme of working on controlling the controllable and not stressing about what we can’t control, I ask you this week, to embrace this concept. Flow with it. Everything is change.

Thank you reading and have an awesome Monday! Win the day.

New Week, New Thoughts

Happy Monday!

What a roller coaster last week was… Election Week. I feel like my central nervous system fought 9 rounds with Mike Tyson. I don’t think I am the only one who felt that way when the whole country was and has been on edge given all that is going on with the 2020 Presidential Election. Biden is the “winner” announced by the mainstream media, but that still doesn’t officially make him the president of the United States. If Trump somehow pulls the prestige of all magic tricks and squeaks a win out, this country will see more violence in city riots than George Floyd. A lot of uncertainty is still in the air, I personally am trying to tune out the political noise this week and focus my energy towards working on myself.

New week, new goals, new intentions, new energy, new results.

Intentions for the week:

  • Control what I can control
  • Daily journal / gratitude list
  • Yoga or run each day. Keep momentum from last week
  • Be gentle on myself. Don’t be hard on my actions/mess ups. Next one
  • Smile more
  • LISTEN, before speaking. God gave us two ears and one mouth

Obviously, these are intentions for my own self, but hopefully you can take one or two of these and apply to yourself this week. I have been keen on building daily healthy habits, big proponent on blockchain reactions and momentum.

We live in the greatest country in the world and am grateful to be free. That being said, it seems that we are being controlled more than we ever have been since we became free in 1776. Slowly taking away our freedom of speech and cancel culture has been the new “cool and trendy” thing to hop on. So, yes.. we are indeed free, but I am redefining a bit what “freedom” means

Freedom means not needing anyone & not needing to be anyone. Being able to detach from modern day social standards and expectations. Cultivating a life that allows you to pursue your highest callings and potential. THAT, is true freedom.

Have a kick ass week!

The Infamous Monday

*Insert Garfield in bed GIF*

There are two different ways and types of people who approach the infamous “Monday”. For some, It’s the first day back to work/reality after the weekend. For others, it is the beginning of a new week and a chance to hit the ground running and attack the day! Everyone has choices.. no one is telling you how you should handle your Monday. There isn’t a clear cut IKEA “how to” manual for directions on your day. Everyone gets the same clean slate and 24 hours. The choice is yours! What are you going to do with the Monday?

I’m attacking the day. After a LONG weekend in NYC (first time back to the big apple since moving out), I am quiet tired. Double espresso and a 9 hour sleep can’t even fight that. But, I know that I will be holding myself accountable and attack the day in a healthy way. I will not over strain my body and cause physical/mental overuse. I will be conscious of my activity.

There is something about a good 5K run after work that really puts me in an awesome state of mind. That feeling of finishing up a 3.10 mile run and taking the headphones out. Would assume it’s the same feeling of a woman taking off her bra after a long day of work. I don’t know if this is true BUT.. the memes suggest this. Sometimes my Nike Run Club app will ask me, “What do you want to takeaway from this run?”.. The answer is complex , yet also simple. I want to feel a sense of accomplishment. I want to feel that reward of natural dopamine rush. That natural runners high.. I want to feel like I got better on a day in which everyone can easily coast through. I don’t ever want to be average. I know that this 5K on a Monday will ultimately make me have a better tomorrow. I know that deciding to go for a run will not only have benefits for myself, but for everyone else I interact with. Run with a purpose. Redefine the calendar day.



Internal Mirror

2020 has been quite the year. Being in universal quarantine has given not just myself, but the whole world a time to really look at yourself in the mirror and self reflect on the last _ years of your life. You find out what has worked. You find out what hasn’t worked. You find out what tools you are going to use moving forward to come out of this pandemic stronger and a better version of yourself.

What is something you’ve learned about yourself over the last month?

Don’t just read that above question out loud. Really think and sit on that for a bit. Challenge yourself.

2020 has truly taught us the value of “time”. Kobe Bryant’s sudden death that shocked the world has heighted this value that we sometimes don’t always take the TIME (no pun intended) to stop and think about the concept. I have made it a point to know the true value of time. Life is too short to linger on problems and lose your courage over.

This Coronavirus is fucking horrible, BUT you have to find the small silver linings in tough situations like this virus has handcuffed us in. This virus has taught us the meaning of our priorities in life and what is truly important as we go through our day to days. Health, family and friends are just three of the many things in our life to be grateful for and not a day should go by where these are looked over or taken for granted(above paragraph for reference). We as a society have come to appreciate this more during the global lockdown. Crazy what can be taken away from you at any point in time. Even your own freedom to eat a damn burger inside!

So to answer the originally question, What is something you’ve learned about yourself over the last month?

I have learned to love myself more. I have learned to prioritize my health both physically and mentally. Using tools that were always there in my arsenal, but never seemed to utilize. I learned to put on my running shoes, chuck the airpods in (no free ads) and go for a run after work to decompress and compartmentalize my work days. This assures me that if I have a bad day at the office, I don’t bring it home with me and let it affect my 5:30pm on. I have learned to drink less with a conscious focus on moderation. The toxic social cycle of drinking two days a week and then going out heavy every weekend takes a massive toll on you mentally.

Like running, I have used the art of yoga to not only help me physically, but mentally AND spiritually. The work I put in on the mat gets reflected off the mat. I am not only benefiting myself, but everyone I interact with after! A true win win for everyone involved in my life. I find myself running around a lot (especially mentally), so yoga gives me an excellent carved out space in my day to slow my mind down and focus on being present in the flow practice. Also don’t hate the fact that I can feel myself becoming more flexible by the day! Yoga has so many benefits and I can’t recommend “Yoga with Adriene” enough (Check out her YouTube page). I have seen an increase in muscle strength and tone, better respiration and energy, and even a better sense of improved athletic performance. It pairs very well with my running practice.

Some people hate this year and the number sequence of “2020” gives them PTSD already, but I have enjoyed this time of self reflection. I strongly believe that I have become and will come out of this time a much better version of myself than I came in with.

2020 isn’t over yet, go finish it out strong and build daily healthy habits!

Addiction (Guest Blog)

Addiction – Let’s talk about it. Booze, Cocaine, Strippers (the cocktail of trouble), gambling, winning, stealing, cheating, success, masturbation, puppies. Although most of these have had a net positive effect on society and continue to run almost all of my thought. These are some of the biggest vices that I have and will have for the rest of my life. 

But today I found a new vice. Something that I have never experienced before. Coffee. Did you know that coffee actually comes from coconut trees? Well it doesn’t. It comes from the seeds of berries. MMM! The first time that beatiful taste of chocolate and caramel touched my lips, I instantly knew my life would never be the same. 

Now, you’re probably thinking this is going to turn into me bragging about how much more I could accomplish, much like one of those crossfit freaks who puts “coffee addict” and posts videos of himself power snatching 250 pounds every day at 4AM. No. My newest vice, coffee, instantly sent a shock of exhiliration down my spine that I haven’t felt since I sucked on my mom’s titty for the first time. I immediately had the urge to spit some of the best game I ever have seen (by myself or others). 

I immediately walked up to the counter, hoping to spur a little of giggling from the overweight, mulatto barista. Knowing that I had to hydrate due to the diaretics I have often heard about in coffe, I ordered a “bottle of water.” She immediately handed some bullshit cardboard milk carton full of water, smiled, at me and said “here you go.” 

Knowing I had to spit game and win her over due to my recently acquired superpower, I quipped, “this is good for the environment, right?” she confirmed, then I retorted: “good, then I’m going to throw it on the ground as soon as I get outside.” 

“You like littering?” she said. “Yes, it makes me feel very naughty.” I winked and walked away. As I sat down at my table to finish my final paper for the semester, she approached me with her newly minted business card on bone colored paper with Silian Rail typeface, handed it to me, and requested that I call her within the next 72 hours.

Today was the day I added one more vice to my collection of addictions. Today is the day I will never look back. If only I could go out and test it out at the BARS tonight – but I have to be up at 3AM for Crossfit.

Until next time, cheers.