Motivation Monday: 5 Minutes a day to Incredible Progress

Note: This post parallels my post from last week on SMART goals, but adds a lot of valuable information for achieving your goals. Okay so it’s the new year, you’ve settled back into work, school, or whatever else you do for a few hundred days a year.  You’re motivated to get a new project started, get going on those new goals, or even just make some positive change because you are feeling fresh.  You may have had a busy holiday, but it was fun to see all your old friends and family, and you are totally re-energized. So you start all...

Motivation Monday: Why New Years Resolutions don’t Work (And why we think they will)

Ah 2015, a new year, a new chance to do things right.  This year life is going to be better, this year I’ll do everything I’ve dreamed of, this year is the year of great changes!  Sound familiar? Maybe you said that this year, or at the start of 2014, or 2013, or every year prior. It’s okay, we all make resolutions, even if we aren’t the type of person who makes resolutions.  There’s just something about the New Year that inspires us to make a fresh start and shed all of the hardships from the previous year.  We have...

29 on the 29th: A Birthday post for Motivation Monday

Fitting it should fall on a Monday – so we should call this a motivation Monday post.  This won’t be about me per se.  I’m not going to spend two hours writing about my life, expecting you to read every minute detail and be captivated.  The truth is, even though its been interesting and even hilarious at times, I haven’t really lived a life that’s any more captivating than anyone else’s.  I’ve had fun, and I’ve taken risks, and I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve loved and lost time and time again.  Even though every single person can say the same,...

Motivation Monday (on Tuesday): Following Through

When I was in University, I was a frosh week rep / spirit leader, meaning we played games and got new students excited about being part of an educational community.  It also gave them a chance to get out of their norm and shake it up, while making some new friends. As part of the training for this, every rep in the school saw a motivational speaker before the week began.  I’ve seen motivational speakers before, in high school,  but I never remembered them.  This guy stuck with me.  It wasn’t because he was funny, he didn’t have some gimmick,...

Motivation Monday: Momentum

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.” – J.R.R. Tolkien “The Hobbit”   You can start with a step, then another.  The steps build and become a slow walk, then a fast one, and then a trot.  The next thing you know, you’re jogging, faster and faster, then it’s a run.  The energy builds as...

Amazing NYT Mars feature and thoughts on the Universe

You have to see this incredible feature on Mars, showing some of the best High-Res photos and milestones from the mission. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/09/science/space/curiosity-rover-28-months-on-mars.html As you look through the images, remember that you are looking at another world.  It feels foreign, yet oddly familiar.  You almost want to reach out and just grab a handful of sand.  It makes you realize that we are not the center of the Universe. There are likely Billions of worlds similar to Mars, with Dunes and Soil and Skies and Mountains, except those world may not be so barren.  They may be lush and alive, dominated...

Motivation Monday: Your Past Exists to Guide You, Not Define You

It’s possible you had a past that is less than glamorous, that you’ve had things happen to you that hurt you deeply, things that you just want to forget.  You spend years of your adult life trying to forget it all, and maybe you succeed. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, its that trying to forget, remove, or replace an old experience is not the best course of action.  The best thing to do…. Is own it. Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you. It can be painful to look back sometimes, to remember an...

Motivation Monday: The Quarter Life Crisis

There’s this new thing I heard of recently that people my age and nearby (20-32 roughly) are experiencing.  It’s being called a quarter life crisis.  It’s a time in a person’s life where they are making that change from young adult to ‘real’ adult, and although the trigger is different for everyone, the symptoms are similar.  They feel lost, hopeless, chained to a career that may never pan out.  They’re worried about money constantly, and question every.single.decision…. many times. Sound familiar? Let’s go back to the beginning to understand why we feel this way.  When we were young the world...

Motivation Monday: The Dark Side of the Self

Pop Culture is saturated with the old story of a Hero’s journey.  The Hero is a great person, capable of so much good, but their strength also leaves them capable of great evil.  They undergo a journey of great struggle and are tested, seduced by the darkness, the easier path.  In the end they always come out on the side of good.  Star Wars was a perfect example of this, but you can find the same lines of thought in most heroic adventures. But our fascination with the light and dark sides of the self are because of our intimate...

Hubble Ultra Deep Field – Amazing Image!

You need to see this animation.  It’s an amazing picture showing the Hubble Ultra Deep Field and the small patch of sky Astronomers had to aim at in order to photograph it.  The moon is there for comparison.  The patch of sky is about the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length. Courtesy of gfycat.com, it really puts things in perspective.  The crazy part is that if you look in any direction in the universe, in patches of sky as small as this one, you see the exact same thing.  There are more galaxies in the Universe than we...