Stalling on My Goals: Finding Motivation to Bounce Forward

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I have come to the realization that so many of the goals that I had set, and some of the achievements I had hoped to reach have somehow slipped away. I’m not exactly sure why this has happened. Perhaps it’s a combination of being content along with some bouts of laziness, and life just sneaking up on me like a stranger in a dark night. It’s kind of upsetting to set out to accomplish something, only to let it quickly fizzle and fall so abruptly from the mind. I don’t know how to fix this, other than to get better […]


The Day My World Changed Forever

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My mind feels full but my thoughts constantly barrage my senses. It’s difficult at this time to know exactly how things will turn out, what the future holds, and how long it will be before my life returns to any sense of normality. I know eventually as the hands on the clock continue to turn and I continue to rip away the pages of my daily calendar, that the days will slowly get easier. But for now, what should be a calming thought, thinking that the days will slowly get better, is still clouded by the thoughts that things will […]


Discovering Spain’s Magical Brilliance in Andalucia

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I’ve fallen in love again. Quite possibly harder than I have in the past. I’ve fallen for the vast landscape of seemingly infinite olive groves, the mash-up of cultures, the nonsensical zig-zagging of streets and alleys, and the lack of any true sense of urgency that seems so prevalent with the people that call this region of Spain their home. I have found myself in the heart of Andalucia, free to roam the streets aimlessly in search of tasty tapas, some local vino, and listen nonchalantly for the distant sounds of the foot stomping of Flamenco dancers that escape from […]


Learn to See the Good in the World Instead of Focusing on the Bad

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If you have spent any time recently watching some of the news or reading the headlines on just about every single news website or newspaper, you will have seen that it has been quite a tumultuous couple of weeks around the country and world. It seems like horrible, tragic events keep piling up on each other and before we can even get over one event, something else happens and soon we forget about that one. If we’re not careful, we can spend a large portion of our time focusing on all of these bad situations, horrible events, and all the negative […]


Living a Healthy Life: Don’t Feed Your Mind Without Feeding your Body

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Are you suffering from a bit of a hangover, both literally and metaphorically after gobbling down burgers, hot dogs, and boozy beverages on the 4th of July? While it was fun celebrating Independence Day with friends and family and stuffing ourselves silly with barbecue and treats all day long, it’s now time to get back to work. It’s time to suck it up and start living a healthy life that will guide you toward becoming the best version of yourself. Day 1 begins today! Summer has now officially landed on us, and while it’s good to continue feeding your mind […]


Don’t Confuse Stuff for Success

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I remember when I was younger, I used to see bumper stickers that had the phrase, “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” At the time, I’m not really sure what that meant or how it was supposed to be perceived. In fact, here I am, at the age of 34 and I’m still not exactly sure what it means. Does it mean that material possessions are the measuring factor in determining a person’s lifetime success? Or is it a tongue-in-cheek way of saying that in death, those material possessions are meaningless? It’s something worth pondering, and honestly, it’s […]


Sleep is Nice, But Sleep is Not Life! (Seize the Day)

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Some days it may feel good to sleep in a little bit late, lay in bed and stare at the ceiling, but don’t forget, for each minute that you spend, that’s one less minute that you have to spend. There’s a reason that the term Carpe diem is famous (meaning ‘Seize the Day). It’s because it is true and it’s not something that we should take for granted. If there’s ever a time that you feel yourself saying something like, “I love sleep,” it might be time to reevaluate your life a bit. Yes, getting a good night’s sleep is […]


Exploring the Lively Scene Around Ocean Beach Farmers Market

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Wednesday at the farmers market in Ocean Beach, CA, is always a great time to roam around, buy some fresh produce, watch one of the local bands play some good tunes, and do some really amazing people watching. Roaming up and down Newport Avenue, especially when the weather is nice can get pretty crowded, but it’s always a fun, laid back vibe with plenty of good grub and beach living at its finest. Along the park near the beach is always a large crowd of some acrobatic-type of yoga going on and a flurry of people hula-hooping, tight-roping, and local […]