aaron-burden-43446Recap and Prospects

It’s been a crazy couple of months. Blogging has taken a backseat to more immediate priorities, like moving in with a couple coworkers, visiting my brother in Kansas and taking care of my knee after an injury from tug-of-war. I was able to write a couple blogs, take a few photos and share my experience. Here’s a look back at the past month—reevaluating October gives me an opportunity to review what I’ve accomplished and where I can improve.

The Good, The Bad, The Unfortunate

A good thing from this month happened when my little brother and I visited my older brother in Kansas. We have gotten so good at traveling, we had absolutely no stress throughout the entire weekend. We bravely explored the streets of Kansas City, visited the World War I museum and experienced what Manhattan, Kansas had to offer without breaking a sweat. And we were able to save money by visiting family and sleeping at his house.

I was able to finish reading I Thought It Was Just Me by Brené Brown. It’s a wonderful book that explored the phenomena of shame experience and how people react to shame. She studied mostly women, but a lot of what she talked about applied to me. I related to feeling inadequate or feeling like I am flawed. Realizing that many feel similar to me, and realizing that I experience these feelings, gives me the self-awareness I need to combat negative feelings with positive thoughts.

My knee injury was incredibly unfortunate—I shouldn’t have played tug-of-war on that weakened knee. I was able to see a doctor afterwards, which reassured me that I could come back from the injury. I was also encouraged to go to Walmart and buy myself a cane, which I enjoyed using for about a week. I am now using a brace, but I still can’t run or play basketball.

Since reinjuring my leg, my fitness goals have taken a hit. I’m no where near my goal to dunk a basketball or run half a marathon; I’m barely getting back into the rhythm of working out again. My first priority is to heal and strengthen my knee—I’m nursing my knee until I’m able to run and play basketball like normal. I plan to sign up with a local gym and start waking up at 5:00 to get a workout in.

Planning for Progress in November

Looking forward, I have to stay positive. You attract what you think, and if I continue thinking positive, I’ll improve. Armed with the mentality to work with what I’ve got, I can start doing bodyweight exercises and continue practicing yoga everyday. I can also practice handstands, getting better with my balance.

My goals for November include:


  1. Heal knee
  2. Build a workout regimen five days a week
  3. Continue practicing Yoga every day


  1. Blog eight times in November, that’s twice a week
  2. Continue journaling everyday


  1. Read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnigie
  2. Finish listening to the audiobook of “Big Data Baseball.”
  3. Read “From Swords to Canes” (a silly book a buddy let me barrow)


  1. Create a budget for the month
  2. Pay off my deposit ($250 on top of rent and paying down student debt)
  3. Invest $200 into my Robinhood account
  4. Save $200

Practice and Virtue

One goal I really want to stick with this month is staying consistent with my blog. I needed to take a step back from researching vegan foods and writing my blog to move out of my parent’s house and into my own space. Now that I’ve settled in, I can get back to focusing on researching, reading, working out, and sticking to my daily habits.

Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Developing daily and weekly habits to ensure I’m spending adequate time to each of these four areas of my life will greatly improve my chances of achieving the goals I’ve set fourth. I have to stay positive and stick to the plan, and in no time my leg will be healed and I’ll be well on my way towards running a marathon.