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What I've Been Up To (August 8, 2017)

Tons of recharging, actually. Life has been very beautiful for me lately. 

Been spending some time at my cabin, writing as well, and seeing some beautiful friends that I love. 

I recently read Bit Rot by Douglas Coupland and Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. I liked the former the most.

For the rest of August, I will be working as hard as I can to produce high quality, much shorter posts, as well as seeing all my beautiful Vancouver friends while I spend my last couple weeks here. 

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Sam, What's Good? (July 20, 2017)

Friends! What is good? Everything. Just got back to Vancouver, feeling happy as a penguin. This penguin. 

Doesn't he look STOKED?!

Doesn't he look STOKED?!

And I'm taking a week off, at the place below. Chat in a week!

the magical place I'm off to!

the magical place I'm off to!

What Am I Doing Right Now? (July 9, 2017)

Just got to Thailand, trying to stick to the same routine, just with less rigidity. 

Still waking up, brushing my teeth, and meditating. But now, I'm adding in a breakfast, and taking away the guide. I want to learn to meditate without needing anything. 

Still writing for the morning. But now, since I've finished my third book, I'm focusing all my creative energy into the blog posts. I'm excited for the quality to rise in them, since I was having a difficult time balancing my focus on them with the focus on the books. 

I'm still eating lunch, and then writing more in the afternoon. 

Throughout the whole day, I sprinkle breaks by talking with family and friends, looking up what old friends that come to my mind are doing on social media, taking sips of water, getting up and walking around, and looking to the side of my computer screen at the beautiful lake and trees that surround me (see below). Here is where I am staying. 

I'm so spoiled.

I'm so spoiled.

I'm still exercising right around sunset, getting closer and closer to finding a program that works. It's 15, 50, 100, for the first set, then 15 and 50, then 10, and last set is 10. On day one, the first exercise is pullups, then pushups, then half these things and half hanging in the hollow position. Second day is handstand pushups/shoulder press, dips, and deadlifts. I'm mixing in squats, one legged squats, and calf work when I feel like it. First day would be 15 pullups, 50 pushups, then 100 ab things, then 15 pullups (different grip), 50 pushups, etc. Second day just switch exercises. Jamie Foxx inspired this routine. 

I'll do first day, then rest day (when I'll usually stretch), and second day, then rest day. So I guess a four day cycle. Still working out the kinks, and figuring out where to put squats in. Balancing it with getting enough sleep and food for recovery has also been a challenge. 

At the start of my exercise session, I'll do this workout. I've had back pain for a long time, and am working at this every day to finally get my hip area all sorted out. 

Then I'll eat food and roam around town. 

That's how my first day here went, and I suspect that's how the next 11 will go. Trying to build consistent progress from a consistent routine. 

What Am I Doing Right Now? (June 13, 2017)

Waking up. 

Meditating for 26 minutes, guided by my good friend Mr. Sam Harris.

Working on writing for the morning. Usually, I start the day with writing for my current book.

Taking lunch, tempe sayur with three eggs, and 600ml of water. Sometimes I'll have gado-gado too. 

Then I come back to my bed, lie down for an hour or so, digesting, watching videos on YouTube that are inspiring to me. 

More writing until sundown. Usually on the blog post I'm working on, and planning for tomorrow's book section.

Workout. Pullups on a tree branch. Pistol squats. Push-ups. Squats. Etc.

Shower. Dinner: gado-gado, and 30 sticks of sate ayam. Talks with the kind man who cooks sate for me. 

Then a short documentary, or some other long-form video. And bedtime. 

Sometimes, I'll call with a friend or two in the morning. 

What Am I Doing Right Now? (June 4, 2017)

Most of my thoughts are taken up by dreaming of the skiing I'm going to do at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver this Winter. Not true, but I have been looking forward to this very much. 

I am on a sugar cleanse, ridding the stuff from my life, not really for health reasons, but instead because I love to use it as a great way to waste time, hiding from my problems. So, I have set up an accountability system with my friend Dave Tripp, checking in with him on my progress each Saturday for the next month. So far, I have succumbed to one large DQ blizzard (yes, they have these in Bali), but that was it. Far from a splurge. The progress begins. 

I am still meditating for 26 minutes each morning, thanks to the guidance of my friend Sam Harriss (find the track here). But, I have missed a couple of days over the past couple weeks. 

I have stopped committing to yoga each day, and have replaced this with my own freestyle stretching. I may continue to go for the occasional Yoga With Adriene video, but I have moved onto trying a CrossFit Travel WOD each day (I'm working through this list, starting with number one). I was missing the intensity and competitiveness that I need from exercise with only doing yoga each day, and a few days of these WODs has brought my body back to feeling more invigorated from the intense exercise. 

I've stopped using my phone, since I found it was distracting me from writing. Half hour phone calls would turn into three hour heart to hearts, which was making me end each day with writing juice left in the tank. While I have a feeling I may be losing energy from doing this, I find it is helping me focus more on the cool people around me while I'm travelling. So, I'm going to try to go without checking incoming communications for a week. 

And that's it. I'm in Ubud, Bali right now, with my Visa finishing a week from today, so I have to leave the country. I initially thought I was going to stay in Ubud, renewing my visa by flying to a nearby country, and then flying right back, but now, I am feeling I could benefit from a Major Pattern Interruption. 

So, I'm going to continue going about my days, writing, eating, and doing everything else I mentioned, for another week, and then it's probably off to Thailand!

P.S. I am super homesick, but I promised myself I wouldn't go home until I had finished three books, so I am patiently working through each day, awaiting the hugs of my loved ones that shouldn't be more than a month and a bit away. 

P.P.S. I finished writing my first book. Yay! 

What Am I Doing Right Now? (May 16, 2017)

I am waking up around 6:30, beginning each day with about 26 minutes of meditation, guided by my friend, Sam Harris.

I am in Bali, enjoying fresh, local food at $1/meal. 

I am working on finishing my first book, which should be done within the week. When I am done this, I will start my second. 

I am working on this blog, aiming to release one killer post each week. 

I am working to vlog each day, which you can find at the link on the top bar. 

I am enjoying connecting with friends and family on the phone back home. 

I am enjoying connecting with my friends at the hostel I'm staying at, which costs $4/night. They are from all corners of the world, and have really interesting stories. 

I am invigorating my body with yoga everyday, as well as some pull-ups, push-ups, and other fun strength building exercises. Usually in the evening. 

I am really happy where I am, so I am doing what they say - if you're happy stay where you are. So I am going to stay right here for as long as I'm happy. 

What am I doing right now? (May 6, 2017)

I am going to Bali on Monday (May 8) for indeterminate amount of time to meet new people, focus harder on writing, and learn more about the world.

I am not reading anything in particular right now as I hone in my focus to my book being released on Amazon on May 18. 

I am also writing 1-2 blog posts per week. (This week's one is on backlog, will be posting it next week). 

I am taking a cold shower upon waking each morning, followed by 20 minutes of meditation. 

I am not consuming any social media, and working to post to instagram once a week. 

I am vlogging every day.