Category Archives: Life

5 Years Ago Today

I’m not a big fan of the new ‘memories’ function of Facebook.  For me, rehashing your old memories and putting them back up onto your wall on Facebook is nothing more than grandstanding.  At least that’s what I thought until this morning.

5 years ago today

I took this photo to remember the morning ritual that I endured when I lived in Japan.  Work all night, leave to jog at 4am, return by 6am, quick shower, make espresso and dinner / breakfast.  It didn’t always work out that way – more often than not I would say screw it and climb into bed.  Or exhaustion would take over and I’d fall asleep where I was sitting.  Then I would ‘have’ to walk to the 7-11 down the street and get a snack.

I find myself now doing a weird routine again – up at 4am, workout at 10am, meetings in the afternoon and evening.  I find that I can get a lot of work done before most people are awake and that these are my most productive hours of the day.

Ahhh Japan, I’m looking forward to seeing you in a new light soon.  😉

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3 Yard Gains

For the first time in years, I threw the football around with my brother.  It was deflated to the point where you could barely grip it to throw a good spiral and it felt like a Dominatrix’s whip when you caught it.  I almost said no.  I didn’t have the proper shoes and my pants had been falling down all day.  I said nothing, got up and went outside.   Needless to say we had fun.

I’ve been doing the same three actions every morning for the past few weeks – say nothing, get up and go outside.  It’s enabled me to get up in the morning and get the work done that has to be done.  I enjoy doing it however at the end of the day I find that I’m starved for human contact and have a tendency to ramble on about what’s happened in the past 24 hours in extreme detail.  Turns out very few people care about the daily 3 yard gain that I strive for on a daily basis.

How to lose weight in four easy steps, aka how to enact change, is well worth the read.   I saw it when I was reading Mark Suster’s treatise on unicorns (tech startup companies valued at over $1 billion).   It turns out that there are some things that you can’t edit down to one or two things.  Some stories have to be told in their entirety.  And a few are worth memorizing.

This week I plan to burn up the phone and make a few new friends.  I also want to fix a web site and get a few brave people to test it out.  Hopefully one or two of them can break it, expose the flaws and then I can fix it.   Any volunteers?

 

 

 

Morning Rituals

It’s been a week and I’ve found a new routine.  It’s not perfect, but you gotta start somewhere.

4:30 am alarm.
Get up and go sit on the couch for a few minutes wondering aloud why am I here. (I may have fallen asleep for 5-10 minutes a few times)
Stand, walk to coffee maker and brew coffee.  This generally takes two tries for both the standing up and the brewing of coffee.
Bathroom, change into workout clothes, turn on computer.
Read / write / plan for 20-40 minutes.
Workout or first task on the list.

I found that the first day was the easiest, although on the second day I was awake at 3:40am due to an email (phone was silenced at night after that).  I made the mistake of waking up early and putting in a long day (not home until 11:30pm and not asleep until 1am) on Thursday.  As well, the bedroom door and latch needed some grease, and socks are a must for early morning walking around to keep the noise down.

Tweaks for this week:

Clothes set out the night before bed with socks.
Get up, brew coffee, bathroom, drink a glass of water- skip the couch.
Meditate for 5 minutes – sitting, eyes closed, focus on a thought and let mind wander, consciously bringing my attention back to the single thought.  If I go over five minutes, that’s ok.
Write for 20 minutes while sipping delicious coffee.
Workout – Monday (long jog), Tuesday (yoga), Wednesday (lift), Thursday (yoga), Friday (whatever)
If I fail at something, go discover some new music and post on Facebook with a reminder note on the failing topic.
Tasks for the week posted in project management software – all I have to do is complete the tasks and check it off the list.
Scripts have been written as well to cut down on time wondering to myself ‘what should I say?’.

I should also note, that if an email comes in from Asia, I respond to it immediately regardless of what I’m doing in the early morning (that is if I’m awake). This past week I’ve been able to respond to fifteen requests within two minutes and had a few comments about speedy replies despite the time difference.

I’m also going to stop worrying about being a ‘bad dog’.  I’ve found that my drive comes from being constantly dissatisfied along a consistent theme.  There are many variations of the theme, but it’s always there.

Ok, enough of this, time to get started.

Tech & Babies

I’ve been deep reading deep into all things tech this week.  From new sci-fi books (Seveneves by Neil Stephenson and the Culture series by Iain Banks) to new Kickstarter campaigns to meeting new startup founders and listening to their pitches for funding.

Here are a few things that I found interesting this week:

I’m also actively looking for medical / health / wellness publications that are online and produce good content that is relevant to any health professional.  Any ideas?  It’s proving a lot harder then I thought it would be to find an online publication that puts out good content that is of interest to their audience.

It’s cold brew coffee time!  If you’ve never done it, get a big mason jar, add five scoops of ground coffee or espresso beans, shake it up, then put it in the fridge over night.  Strain it in the morning and enjoy.

Now to drive down the Gardiner to The Beach and experience the joy that is driving in Toronto.  Plus experience the joy of my first baby shower!

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A Book On Bath Tubs

I’m writing a short story about bath tubs.

This is similar to the type of story that I wrote when I was in Grade 6 when I wrote about Alex Corpse – a fun loving, scythe wielding psychopath who ran around town lopping people’s heads off and keeping them in a big reinforced garbage bag.  I managed to keep that story going with various chapters about walking to school, going to the mall and fun at the beach.  Thinking back, I’m glad that my teacher at the time had the wherewithal to realize that writing then was merely a creative outlet for expression of pre-teen angst and not a sign of things to come.

I’ve been busy focusing so hard on one task that I’ve let a lot of other things have gone to the way side.  I eschewed a balanced lifestyle and now I yearn for just a little more balance away from work towards other things.  Maybe not a balanced lifestyle but something different.

This week I will be pitching people (entrepreneurs) on giving me a chance to break things that they hold closest to them (their company, new product / service idea, current marketing and finance plans) then finding new ways for them to conduct business and document everything for them.  This way they can continue the new process, analyze the details and tinker with it, or abandon it completely and look longingly at a pretty binder on their bookshelf.  Do you know someone who can benefit from an abundance of new revenue for their struggling business?

I’m not sure how many days are left (I don’t want to experience that many blank lines in a spreadsheet today) but I do know that I’ve been moving at the right pace in the right direction.  I think I’d like to spend an extended period of time up in Dawson City in the middle of winter this year.

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Hello Learning Studio!

The Learning Studio has launched!  The first email has been sent and slowly the invites will go out over social media.

I’m excited that the first course has been approved as a continuing education credit for massage therapists in Ontario.  We’re waiting on a few other provinces and have the next course lined up and ready to go.

It has been a epic amount of work getting this project off the ground while helping a friend run for Toronto City Council along with “regular” work.  Check out the site – http://www.TheLearningStudio.co – and you can click on the pictures below to be taken to it’s corresponding topic.

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The first course, Starting Up, will go live this Friday for RMT’s.  If you want to reserve your spot for this month, click on the picture below.

Starting Up Course Cover

There’s also a contest launching in November and I’d like your input.

Contest Challenge

Back to work.  There’s also an update on Goober that I’ll post tomorrow.

[No idea how many days to go, but this is a massive step forward]

A Kitten Named Goober

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This wee kitten was found outside of Minden, taking refuge under a car during a downpour.  When someone went out to shoo the cat away from the car, the wee one followed him back to the porch where everyone else was sitting.  A chorus of “I bet it has fleas!”, “Don’t touch it” and “Poor kitty” erupted when it sputtered under the cover of the porch.  A few moments later it was obvious that there was something seriously wrong with this kitten.  It couldn’t stand properly, it had stopped cleaning itself, and there was nothing left to it but fur and bones.  “Oh my god it’s just a kitten.”

Slowly the kittens face was cleaned up, tuna was laid out, and to add levity to the situation it was named Goober. Petting Goober was an experience unto itself unleashing a blast of furious kisses.  You had to pet gently so as to not touch bone and at first you avoided the stubby ear and cut whiskers – but it turned out that that’s where Goober wanted the most attention.  Goober would open it’s mouth to meow, but it was so malnourished that it couldn’t make a sound.  Absolute silence was required to hear the faintest of purrs.

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As the day turned to night, a cat carrier was found, a possible home or two lined up and Goober hit the road down to Essa Township.  Right now Goober lives in a barn, but it’s painfully obvious that this wee kitty was abandoned as an indoor cat.  Every day Goober tries to make it in the house (unsuccessfully due to severe allergies) and the cat will follow a person outside for hours on end.

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Goober has had two weeks of good food, love and a roof over it’s head, but with winter coming, a home has to be found as soon as possible.  Goober has a shine back into it’s fur, put on a few ounces of meat, but not enough to survive living in a barn during the winter.

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Goober needs a home.  This kitten has been through a lot during it’s short life.  It’s obvious that someone has cut it’s whiskers on the one side and cut off the opposite ear.

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Can you be the one to help Goober find a home this weekend?