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Halfway to the Beginning

Another chapter in my black belt quest closes and a new one begins. I resolved to reflect on my life at each belt test; determine what’s going right, identify areas of improvement, and re-align my goals to ensure I’m headed in the right direction. Today, as I don my next belt at the halfway point to my black belt (by forms learned), I’m thankful that I’m still alive (the searing pain in my left hand keeps me aware of this), able-bodied (in the best shape of my life, actually, and somehow with all my limbs attached), of sound mind (arguably at times), with a roof over my head (quite frankly the most comfortable place I’ve ever lived from the walls in), skill and resources to cook nourishing, delicious food (from experience that can rival the absolute best of steakhouses), somehow still with a very special someone who must be better at looking past the now than I am or she’d have jumped ship at this point, and still in contact — no matter how distant — with friends I hold dear (in absolutely no particular order). Read more…

The Power of Choice

I lost another battle against myself last night. I took something personally and let it hurt me. In doing so, I probably hurt the person who said it. If I had paused for just a moment to see it for what it was, it wasn’t their words. It was someone else’s. Read more…

Lessons in Hacking Myself from Wushu

Starting wushu was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. I have a really fun way to express myself, keep fit, make new friends, reduce stress, learn more about my body… I keep finding new ways to appreciate this sport and have completely fallen in love with it. I get to learn swords, spears, and staff and I’ve always been fascinated by kung fu and swordsmanship. Read more…

On Managing My Stress

I’m not going to lead this one with a clickbait title.

I’ve been a user of the Headspace app for about 9 months now. Before this, I’ve never really tried any sort of meditation or mindfulness. For the longest time, it was vilified as almost a pagan worship ritual (or at least that’s how it came across to me). Once I dispelled that belief, I just didn’t know how. It seemed such a foreign concept. Read more…