Motivation Monday: Six Months of Workout Wisdom

After hitting the gym hard this year as my main goal for 2016, I’ve learned a heck of a lot about fitness, nutrition, and motivation.  Just over 6 months has passed and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned, especially about motivation and the expectation vs reality aspect. When I started the year, my main goal was to be consistent.  I went to the gym no matter how I felt.  Even if I sat there and stretched or walked on a treadmill, I would consider it a win.  With nutrition the goal was to eat cleanly (I’ll...

Relative Time: Photography Year 2

Last year after getting a Canon DSLR camera, I spent as much time as I could doing some basic astrophotography.  I took photos of stars, planets, the Moon, and even did some star trails.  One thing I quickly realized is that there are limitations if you don’t have a tracking mount or a telescope adaptor.  The tracking gives you a method for taking longer exposures, and the telescope adaptor as expected gives you the ability to zoom in on distant objects. Even with these temporary limitations (I hope to invest in them someday) there are still a lot of options...

Motivation Monday: The Shared Path

“No man is an island; entire of itself; Every man is a piece of the continent.” -John Donne It’s easy to feel alone sometimes.  We feel as if our feelings of anger, shame, or sadness are ours alone.  The rest of the world, in the meantime, is happy, confident, and energetic.  As a counter to this you’ve probably heard that we compare our behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.  Well not only is that true, but it’s also true that we are not the only ones to feel these emotions.  We, as humans, never realize how much deeper our similarities...

Motivation Monday: A True Day Off

Ever worked really hard for a few weeks in a row? A few days before this big influx of work you mentally prepare for it and then go-go-go the entire time during the peak period.  When it’s done you can’t believe it’s over, and as tired as you are, it feels really amazing to have accomplished so much, after all, you made it through hell! And now that you have a day off, you don’t know what to do with yourself. When you have yourself all geared up and focussed on accomplishing your goals, having a rare day off can...

Motivation Monday: Doing Things you Really Really Don’t want to do

It’s not really that difficult to talk about motivation when dealing with something that we know we should be doing.  Something that has a plethora of ‘pros’ on a pros-cons list.  We know that performing the task is good for us, necessary, and it will make us feel better.  Motivational speakers and bloggers the world over talk about how to motivate yourself to do those things that will benefit you, help you get to where you want to be. But what about those things where there is an abundance of ‘cons?’ How do we motivate ourselves to accomplish tasks that we...