2 10, 2016

Fear and fighting the urge to run

By | 2016-10-02T19:40:12+00:00 October 2nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Want to know, ahead of time, what the hardest thing you'll ever have to do really looks like? What a gift, what a curse! Here it is. Knowing full well, the idea that you're about to face a challenge, yet deciding to do it anyways. That's the hardest part. Knowing that you've got uneven, rocky ground in the path ahead and deciding to forge onward with little deviation. Last week, I embarked on a new (and old) passion. A martial art I've long wanted to go back to since pausing my involvement in college. I went down to D&D United [...]

19 09, 2016

For shame: An average guy’s struggle with fitness.

By | 2016-09-19T10:29:48+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Earlier this week, I read an article about the effects of shame and guilt on gym memberships, particularly for men. Since then, I've been practicing a particular strain of mindfulness; when I'm eating and when I'm feeling fat. Here's a little context. About two years ago, I made a series of decisions to start really losing weight. Prior to that driven part of my life, I had tried and failed to make a routine out of eating well and working out many times over many years. Here's what worked for me, condensed into a few statements; I stopped drinking beer, [...]

15 09, 2016

I Can’t Disappear: Living life after growing up online.

By | 2016-09-15T10:33:01+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

I'm past it now, the major nervous part of it all. I'm past the wondering and the digging. I've almost accepted it. I grew up online. From the days when I would wait all day for a demo to download from Happy Puppy, just to have my connection interrupted by my mom trying to make a phone call. I ran e-feds, hosted GeoCities sites and toyed around with Netbus on ICQ. I grew up online. Now, as I wait for the good-feels that come with every like and thumbs-up, I wonder about the decades of data I put out there. [...]

11 09, 2016

A round of words.

By | 2016-09-11T11:34:39+00:00 September 11th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Today marks the first time for a few things. For one, I'll be hosting a write-in at the Bench. I'm not sure what that means, exactly, past the expectation to have a whole bunch of people come in, sit down, charge up and write. Should be a fun thing and further, fun to get out into the community to share my own attempt at art - writing. I plan to leave about 20 minutes at the end where we can share our favourite part from what we've written today. What's more - I'm starting a writing challenge today called #ROW80. [...]

8 09, 2016

Sugar, we’re going down.

By | 2016-09-08T10:47:35+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

You know it. Way deep down, you really do. We all do. We know when we're doing things contrary to our best interest. Be it in the form of health, our diets or our relationships, I really do believe we've got that magic-mirror inside of us. Barring the folks who have something blocking their ability to reason like this, I think a lot of what we do has some anchor in our hearts - where we know if we're really, truly working towards our best selves. Enter, the JRE. On an episode this week, Joe had a guest on who [...]

6 09, 2016

Falling off, getting on.

By | 2016-09-06T10:43:55+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

It happens to all of us, like it or not. Waves come and go. We get off track, we get back on. The path. It's always right there, always just within reach. I think the only thing that separates us from being as disciplined as we want to be are collections of little decisions. The best (read: worst) part is, we already know in most cases that being on the wagon and in control feels really good. When I'm on top of my game, I know I am and you can see it in my stride. The little demons that [...]

21 08, 2016

ROW80, NaNoWriMo & Atlantik

By | 2016-08-21T23:55:56+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Blog|3 Comments

It's really no secret that I like taking on creative projects. Most recently, I had a script written for three episodes of a story-focused podcast called Atlantik. I only ended up putting out episode one - listen here - because after it had been chopped up, edited and refined, I realized the task ahead of lining up my characters for recording days and organizing everything was a tad unrealistic for a new dad. Somehow, I couldn't bring myself to fully drop the idea behind Atlantik. As a story, I've always been excited to develop it. The age-old dilemma is and [...]

21 08, 2016

Adventure Archives

By | 2016-08-21T12:09:28+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Every so often, in-between the nonsense that positively fills the bandwidth on YouTube, you find a gem. Adventure Archives is a diamond, if "outdoors" videos are the bucket of rocks. Produced by a group of friends in the states, the show is exactly that, it's a show. Reminiscent of Les Stroud's work in the sense that all of the video work is done by them directly, it must take FOREVER to complete an episode without the help of major networks. They've got the little bits, Steadicam and awesome lenses that technically set them far apart from the leagues of 'hey, [...]

19 08, 2016

A familiar friend – assignment anxiety.

By | 2016-08-19T10:51:29+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Blog|3 Comments

I just remembered, as I settled up my homework for the day. My tutor said he would have the assignment graded within a week and it's been at least ten days. I put my books away (these days, that just means folded into a pile on the kitchen table, as I'm doing the work daily now) and logged into my school's portal, to the same page I'd submitted the assignment to. There it is. "Graded." A creeping, building flood washes first into my chest. This, followed by a slight tingling in my fingers when finally, my mind takes hold and [...]

17 08, 2016

Why won’t we pay for apps?

By | 2016-08-17T11:41:04+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Here's a solid question. If I'm perfectly comfortable spending ten bucks on a game that I know definitively that I will never touch again after only one play (I'm looking at you, racing games) - why won't I pay for an email app? I've grown too accustomed to the idea of free applications on my mobile devices. Let's be clear though, everybody knows there's no such thing as free on the internet. If you're not paying with cash, you're probably paying with your privacy, data or even worse, you're paying with your time. When those ads pop up that you [...]

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