My personal challenge

Well what better way to commit to doing something than post it on the web!  Today I started working out again.  It has been a very long time since I last worked out and I am going on record and sharing with supporters my dream of getting into shape and quitting smoking.  My personal challenge page is only open to people who contact me and want the inside scoop on my goal of losing weight, getting into shape and quitting smoking.  This is not going to be easy but I figure if I put up a private page and post the start ( today 4/12/2015 ) and get a few people who are here for me to encourage my efforts I might just get a killer body by July!  Wish me luck and if you want access to the page just send an email to john <at> askjohn.com with the subject my personal challenge!

New Music

Cosmos

I wish I would have heard about it more earlier but I am glad some of my friends got me to checkout the new Cosmos series.  I’ve only caught one or two so far and have to say it is outstanding!  I hope they have it on youtube for those of us who consciously decided years ago to turn off the TV.  What a great show… Bravo!

I have found it is much better to rely on yourself than others

In my life I have taken the path to “Cultivate my own garden” struggling to learn new skills and refining hobbies that have turned into professions all the while asking for help along the way when needed.  It is always best to rely on yourself first yet when faced with a challenge that you just can’t get through turn to others for assistance.  There is ALWAYS someone there.  ALWAYS.  No matter how dark it gets no matter how hard it is to motivate yourself to do something just visualize lifting yourself up and getting better.  You will in due time.  I know it is hard to realize it but even if it takes a very long time small steps are the best way to a long journey and you need to always start small.  If your only task is getting up out of bed, brushing your teeth and making a nice meal of scrambled eggs with turkey bacon sobeit.  You did something.  If you only got out of bed and skipped the brushing your teeth and nice nutritious meal that’s great too.  I have been in many places up, down and everywhere in between and know how difficult it is to motivate yourself to do something.  What I have learned is just try something new like a nice walk near a pond saying hi to all the beauty of mother nature, slowly walk down a bustling noisy street in some big city, lay down at a warm sunny beach somewhere in this beautiful place we named earth or cuddle up and watch a good happy movie or read an uplifting book.  Whatever it is just do it and you will thank yourself all the more and be able to do it more regularly the more you try it.  Wishing you a great day filled with great new experiences!

Your minds’ eye

To expand and grow your minds’ eye is one of the greatest gifts and challenges in life. Take each day as a new opportunity to grow its perspective.  Have meaningful conversations and listen carefully to everyone’s sliver of reality sharing hope and joy with advice and good humor all the while engaging in the struggles we all must face.