A writer chronicling for posterity. MSc in Marketing. Advanced Fitness Instructor. Discerning consumer.

You don’t need an airplane to travel the world

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Leveraging a self-invented method, and a supremely fun habit, I now know the names of all the countries on our revolving planet. I also know their precise location on the world’s political map.

It’s an unparalleled high — one that I wish I could share with my Geography teacher from high school, who ignored me in class because of my fleeting attention and my utter lack of interest in the subject.

Here, I am going to walk you through how I’ve managed this feat. From the outset, it can feel like it’s highly complex. But I assure you, it’s not…


Exploring an untethered relationship between pen and paper may reap longer-term returns.

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For the first time in my adult life, I’ve written for an hour every day, for the past 30 days.

This article is number thirteen on my list of output produced. I am incredibly proud of my newfound gusto, and the corresponding drive required to stick to this almost-formed habit.

I’m moving toward a 6-month target of daily scribbling, and I’m doing it with two trump cards in my pocket. I’ve made tireless, daily efforts to imbibe the two upcoming markers of initial writing success.

I invite you to ponder these, and to incorporate aspects that strike you as potentially…


Why — and how — I began, and how you can gain all the same benefits if you show up.

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Over the last 1,825 days, or 5 years (ignoring the extra day in a leap year), I’ve read 1,825 hours.

This has strictly included non-fiction books spanning a broad spectrum.

I want to shine a bright light on what led to me picking my first paperback up. Then, I will describe why I’ve managed to stay loyal to this activity (my personally experienced reasons for staying the course), racking up all these hours.

I will explain these in an oversimplified manner, sans the fluff and habit-based psychology.

To end, I will provide a few friendly recommendations for the eager/curious individual.

Genesis


An Argentinian and Indian tale, and how we’ve battled all odds.

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Oftentimes, meeting our future long-distance partner is the product of a chance encounter — such as on a holiday abroad, at a friend’s wedding on another continent, or on a hiking trip in the Himalayas.

These encounters frequently work in mystical ways, beyond the logical reasoning of our analytical minds.

We can’t predict where — and under what circumstances — that ideal personality will show up at the proverbial doorstep of our heart.

Yet, it happens all over the world and has likely been happening since the beginning of recorded history. …


I’m probably taking it with me to the grave.

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I’m a sucker for the popular world of habits.

If you’ve clicked on this, I’m going to assume that you’re like me. And if we’re not alike, I will assume that you are — at the very least — mildly curious about habit-making, habit-forming, and/or habit-enacting.

I’ve been toying with morning routines for as long as I can recall. I was doing this to establish a point of anchor through my day — one that I could draw strength from, as the world unloaded itself on me through the remainder of each day.

Granted, you’re probably under the assumption that…


My crisis was the hallmark of my growth.

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I’ve been off alcohol for over 5 and a half years at the time of this writing. I’m recording this piece in an honest attempt to understand — and stock of — the road I’ve chosen to stick to, despite the initial self-doubt.

I’m 31, and when I decided to pull the plug, I was at a personally vulnerable age of 25.

I say “personally vulnerable” because many people are effectively able to manage their relationship with alcohol by then. Many, however, aren’t. I was in the second, fragile group.

I don’t want this post to touch any of the…


No gym is obtaining my direct debit details anytime soon.

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I’ve not stepped into a gym in 10 months because of the times. When the wave of gym closures hit the world, I didn’t even bother buying dumbbells to save my hard-earned muscle mass.

I viewed it as a powerful opportunity to alter my training routine, with the same goal of maintaining strength, improving muscle mass and thickness, and enhancing my endurance capability.

I had to rapidly to cough up methods to do this, because time was of the essence, and the longer I ignored my resistance work, the weaker — and leaner — I’d get. …


Here’s how I did it, and what you can extract from my story.

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I’m professionally involved in the fitness world. Last year required a drastic shift in perspective for me, as it did for everyone, everywhere, in any industry.

In the fitness arena, this applies to certified fitness instructors hustling on gym floors, business owners drawing the big bucks in, and aspiring trainers looking to build a grand portfolio of clients.

We know that some of the largest and well-established fitness-related businesses have — or will be — shuttering this year.

There is a multitude of reasons for this. But simplifying it for the sake of convenience, we can narrow it down to…


Employing even one of these with discipline may help you reap grand rewards.

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When it comes to hydration, and consuming adequate water in particular, many of us easily presume that we know how much we need to drink through each day.

I was floating in that same boat in 2019.

Signs of dehydration would make me venture into the kitchen for a cup of water (at work or home), but I realized that I was sitting around and waiting for these signs to emerge.

My body eventually told me that this isn’t necessarily the wisest approach.

We don’t need a science textbook, or a blog post, to tell us about the detrimental effects…


Defining it, calculating it, and then nurturing it from a healthy distance.

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There’s a whirlwind rush focused on the subject of one’s body fat percentage. Figures are flung around at parties, offices, and group fitness classes like people’s lives depended on it.

If we’re in the fitness game, climbing up a ladder to build muscle, lose fat, or condition our body for a fitness event, knowing about body fat percentage — and the best methods of calculating it for ourselves and others — can provide a benefit in measuring one’s progress.

And so, through this quick piece, I’m going decode the concept in very simplistic terms, so you never have to read…

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