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Get set for a rebound in November

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:

Health

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

Writing

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

Reading

  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)

Finance

  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.

My weekend trip to Kansas City and Manhattan

bubblegum-153651A Short, Minimalist-Inspired Visit to Silicon Prairie

My younger brother and I took a trip to Kansas City and Manhattan in Kansas State to visit my older brother for the weekend. We packed three days and two nights’ worth of clothes into a couple backpacks and flew economy, having boarded a connecting flight from LAX to IAH to MCI. It was an awesome trip—and I only had to miss one day of work.

We bought basic economy tickets to Kansas City a month ago for $100 each from United Airlines—I found this deal after signing up with updates from Skyscanner for the best-priced flight from LAX to MCI.

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Organic and Proud

Popped my knee and waiting for my diagnosis

success-dhamala-407968Throughout life, we meet with adversity. Obstacles try to prevent us from achieving our goals, but those most persistent reach their goals in spite of the difficulties that come along with overcoming mental illnesses like depression or learning a new skill and mastering it. Champions look at adversity as a challenge to rise to the occasion. You are entirely capable of achieving the goals most important to you. Yes you can.

I am devastated by my most recent leg injury I sustained while playing tug-of-war at a company-sponsored event, but I continue to look up. There’s not much I can do to change the reality of my situation, but I’m in complete in control of how I react to these present challenges. Optimism is my defense against losing inspiration. That said, I want to tell the story of what happened.

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I moved out in a week and grew up

rose-erkul-36990This is not like my usual posts, but I’d like to share a personal experience today.


It’s a slow grind to the top to of Mt Everest, and sometimes climbers need to backtrack down the mountain to acclimate to higher altitudes. Anticipate altitude sickness, because climbers that do are better equipped to handle the challenges that lie on the journey ahead. Climbing Mt. Everest was never meant to be easy, it’s a test of fortitude, will, and perseverance. Mt. Everest isn’t just a mountain in Nepal, it’s our greatest challenge—it’s our purpose. What’s your Mt. Everest?

I moved out of my mom’s house and rented a room from a 36-year-old Filipino lady living in an apartment nearby my work. I hope to live here for only a few months until I can get my own space in better living conditions with people closer to my age. I just needed to get out of my situation and onto my own thing. As much as I love my family and as much money as I was saving, I just wasn’t in a healthy situation. I felt that moving out was the best decision for my mental and physical health.

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Reasons behind the choices that define vegans

meg-kannan-245874.jpgFrom my experience with veganism, the major differences between vegans and vegetarians are most tied to ethical reasons. Vegans choose to abstain from eating or using animal products for reasons that stem from an understanding and compassion for all living creatures, not just humans.

Big-bully companies in the meat and leather industry not only threaten our livelihood but the planet too. Veganism presents a solution to the issue of global warming, hate and cruelty in our world, and it starts with the choices we make about the foods we eat and products we use.

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Learning about stocks, ETFs, and other investments

benjamin-davies-332625.jpgI’m obsessed with learning about stock market investing–so for my health and fitness readers, you can go ahead and skip this one. I’ll be back Sunday with my regular focus on veganism! But, since I can’t stop reading all I can about stocks, bonds, ETFs, index funds, options, and all the other brokerage jargon that is necessary to maintain a profitable portfolio, I’ve decided I just have to write about it.

Earning financial independence allows for greater freedom to pursue my other goals in life, which is I why I think it’s important to blog about. Investments can be a great place to grow wealth if you can stay smart and stick to a solid game plan.

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Financial freedom, knowledge to alleviate money woes

vitaly-145502“Cash rules everything around me.” A quote by Wu Tang Clan said in the 90s that still rings true today. While many avoid talking about money, financial literacy, along with living compassionately, is essential to living a happy, fulfilling life in modern culture.

Of course many could make the argument, “there are tons of people in the world that don’t have money and are perfectly happy.” While true, this blog post isn’t written for them, it’s written for the majority of us that live in a first world country and depend on money for practically everything.

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Celebrating 100 Subscribers on my health and lifestyle blog, veganism and growth

seven-sisters-1462388_1920.jpgI just hit 100 subscribers. This marks a pivotal landmark in my blogging life. I’ve been blogging for about three years now, but it hasn’t been until recently that I’ve really picked up the pace and stayed dedicated to this creative outlet. I’ve grown a lot from when I first started, and here’s to looking forward to growing my readership another 100.

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A cheap way to stay clean and healthy eating organic

foodiesfeed.com_fresh-fruit-in-summer.jpgOrganic foods have gained great popularity in the recent years, and rightfully so. While it’s important to avoid eating all non-organic foods, it can often get expensive. Knowing which foods are most often genetically modified or sprayed with pesticides helps to determine which organic foods to choose first when living healthier on a budget.

Recent Changes to Our Food

Twenty-first-century culture has developed technology to alter the genetic makeup of foods to allow them to stay on shelves longer, grow bigger and faster and kill the insects that are cutting into production sales—all at the expense of quality produce. Non-organic foods are toxic for the body and cause several detriments when consumed, such as increased body fat and a weakened immune system. Additionally, genetically modified foods don’t hold as much nutritional value and often lack taste, which means quality becomes an issue.

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