Archives for the month of: January, 2015

Ok so this is a little miserly, but I always hear people complain about cooking for one …

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Life gets busy. Work hours change. Kids need your time. The new episode of “Biggest Loser” is on. There is always an excuse to not be active.

Recently when I was in Palm Springs the weather ended up being cooler than expected. So my plan of waking up for a morning hike or run was put in jeopardy. I stayed out later than expected, drank a few extra glasses of wine, and found myself pretty damn comfortable under the covers. But I decided I’d get up and go. I forced myself to get up and go.

Chilly, tired, and with a sore body I made may through the neighborhood to the trailhead. Honestly I was a couple hundred yards into it when I thought about scraping the plan and heading back to crawl into bed.

Then I saw this elderly lady walking in front of me. As I got closer, and eventually passed her, I couldn’t help but notice her effort. We were on level pavement. But she was working so hard to take every step. No walker or cane, just sheer determination. It wasn’t fast progress but she kept moving. You could tell by her body movement that every step was a lot of work.

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It made me realize how ungrateful I was being for my health; For my ability to break out into a sprint and cut left and cut right. I’m nowhere near being in Olympic shape but I’m pretty active. My health is overall pretty good. But I know it won’t always be. I’ve had to work through a sore knee to get back into shape. My body gets sore when I over do it. And I see and feel that I don’t heal like I used to.

But you have to use what you have before it’s gone. There are people that would love to have the health, or even the limbs, to be able to do something active. Some use prosthetics to do it. Others, like this little old lady, use mental determination.

Don’t waste the days when you can be active and agile. One day walking across the room may not even be an option.

“Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.”

– anonymous

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You need this information – period!

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You only live once – and this world is huge and has so much to offer. And you deserve to see and learn new things. Make yourself worldly and just go!

Yes yes yes, life gets in the way. Money, kids – you name it. I don’t see these as any reason you still can’t explore. Take your kids to a park you normally don’t go to. Take snacks in the car and pick a direction and make a day or weekend trip.

It took a tiny bit of planning, but more mentally than anything else. (Trust me, I can say that because anyone who knows me knows I am a bad planner – not so much bad as just hate making plans!)

So we saw a three day weekend coming up and decided we were going to use it. We didn’t want to spend a lot and didn’t have much time to research things to do. So we came up with some quick ideas: Mexico for the beach, but we weren’t sure it was going to be warm enough or Palm Springs – because it sounded popular and we has never been there.

Palm Springs won. We found a very cheap hotel for a holiday weekend. And we got what we paid for.. Our room was a converted apartment with a functioning beauty salon in it. (That was closed for the weekend I guess!) it was probably last remodeled some time in the 70’s. But it got us to where we wanted to be for the weekend.

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We took our beach cruisers and rode around town and went off recommendations for restaurants from people we met at each meal. We also skipped Siri and used that old fashion tourist pamphlet rack in the hotel lobby.

We ended up seeing things way beyond our expectations. It was a great last minute trip. I commented on the way home that I felt like we did so much in a day and half yet I felt so relaxed.

So maybe you can’t drive to Palm Springs but everywhere has something to offer. But it’s up to you to go find it!

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“Fear regret more than failure.”

~Taryn Rose

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Compliments of lifetricks.com

So we are a couple weeks into the new year. You probably already had time to blow off some of your resolutions. Egh maybe next year .. No! Here is my challenge to you. (I wish I could take credit for this, but I owe it to a friend on Facebook.) Anyway, it very simple, it’s all you and and there is only one rule: try something new each week for a year. At the end of the year you will have 52 new experiences to reminisce about.

I have friends that are trying to visit a new place each week. I amended it slightly for my tastes by simply saying: do something new each week.

So for the first week, we spotted a coupon for a quirky rotating sushi bar in the area. We have probably driven by it a thousand times but picked a day and made it a point to go. It was pretty cool! Sure, I’ve had better sushi, but I had never been to a rotating sushi bar.

The second week we were feeling lazy and preparing for one of us to go out of town. So we picked a new recipe to cook. Nothing crazy, chicken Parmesan. But neither of us had ever made it from scratch. It’s actually pretty simple. And when my coworkers saw and smelled my lunch, they were pretty impressed.

So don’t over complicate it. Just do something new. Watch a foreign film, pick a direction and drive for a few hours, make a date of it or try to meet someone when you are on your adventure, just do something new to expand your world. You might find some new things to like. Or at least you’ll know for sure what you don’t like.

Break the routine, crawl out of that rut. Maybe you will be the world most interesting man!

One more thing: take pictures! Post your new experiences on social media. Think of the fun it will to look back at your year.!

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”

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