Year One! (Summer of 2013)

Hello fellow bloggers and readers this is a special post today. I have been blogging for a year now and have no plans to stop. Also I will share my Summer of 2013 which was pretty interesting as well.

So first of all its been a year since I have started blogging and its been an interesting activity. I am a avid reader of other blogs and thought it would be fun to join this community of writers. I have learned a lot about how and what to write. Blogging is a great way to share your insight with others and help inspire and teach along the way. Since I am in school my postings are not consistent as I would like them to be. But when I do I make sure its substantial.

My tool for all of my Blogs.

My tool for all of my Blogs.

I can see how some people can get paid and some who should get paid. I like do it to keep my writing skills fresh and finely tuned so when the time comes to profit from it I can. When the time comes it will be a seamless transition.

So I wonder to myself what to write about next? I have so many ideas and get inspiration from conversations I have and well as in my own mind. Even you readers and fellow bloggers can provide some input and advice, its all good!

Sharing ideas makes us all successful!

Sharing ideas makes us all successful!

Now on to this Summer! Usually I go take a trip somewhere aboard. I always focus on external aspects of things but this year has been quite internal. This year the trip was mental and managed to dig up a lot of interesting things that sort of held me back. I ended up purging a lot of things that have been lingering on in my life. This was also a time I used to throw away a lot of old things that have been piling up in my apartment. I ended up throwing away seven years worth of junk! This helped pave the way for new energy to flow in and all that stagnant stuff has been eradicated. I must say it was very therapeutic. So the Summer was still great even though I didn’t really go anywhere.

This year the Travel was internal.

This year the Travel was internal.

Well thats it for now! Thanks to all my readers and followers, also my fellow bloggers who inspire me to keep it up.

Thanks for an awesome year!

Thank-you-notes

Dean

It’s YOUR Year in 2013!

Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying your gifts and nursing your holiday party hangovers. Hey! We even survived the impending Apocalypse! With that being said lets look to the future and what opportunities 2013 will bring.

Someone asked me what my new years resolution was. I told her I don’t have one, all I want is to do better than I did last year. That’s it. Nothing more or less. So I am going to share with you all how I plan to do this. Maybe it will help you get ideas on what you want for the new year.

  1. Get an annual check up. I get a physical/dental exam around my birthday month. This way i know whats going good or bad. You are the only one who can take care of your self.
  2. Continue to study and practice Yoga. This is my hobby maybe yours is reading, drawing or exercise, having a hobby is great. Its keeps your mind fresh and away from bad habits.
  3. Stay in school and continue the practice of Autodidacticism. If you don’t know what that means; basically it means “self-taught”. This gifts from this are infinite. I will always be a student.
  4. Family time. Yeah I know we get caught up in our rapture and routine of our lives. Family is the gel that will keep you together. Plan a day out and go somewhere, doesn’t even have to be fancy, dinner is good.
  5. Travel! One of my favorite things to do. Going somewhere different is great as you can look outside the sphere of your life and reflect. Even a simple road trip for a day will let you experience something new. Also go somewhere alone and use your natural skills to figure out who to get around.

Well that’s all I have and will be my last post for 2012. Once again thanks for all the support and following my blog. Happy New Year and see you in 2013!

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Peace!

Dean

Interlude: Dreams

Hey everyone! Its been awhile! I know, school and work are keeping me from doing this blog. I haven’t forgotten about you though! Wishing everyone a great holiday season and a positive new year in 2013!

So in the meantime while I finish up my Yoga blog I will leave you with a gem that I found on my phone from last year. This was written as I sat in Heathrow Airport in 2011 returning back to NY. I have left it untouched sans any grammar or punctuation corrections. Enjoy!

American_Dream

Dreams…
I am taking this time to reflect on my trip and a lot of other things. We as Americans take what we have for granted or lose sight of what we want. Well lets just say get distracted. As some of you know I went to London for vacation. This was a great trip and sort of inspired me to write this.
On my last night out I was talking to my friend Mac, I had said, “the dream is over.” he replied,” Well least you are going back to the land of dreams.” What he said made me think about other people who come to America like my grandmother and came to accomplish what they desired.
I here a lot of talk about “foreigners” coming over and taking jobs from Americans. Sometimes I want to yell in their ear and say that they came here the same way their forefathers/ancestors/grandparents did jackass! This makes me very annoyed because WE ALL have a fair shot to get what you want. But if you sit there and don’t do anything, while they are busting their ass to get that house and car who is to blame? That’s the question i leave to you…..

Summer 2012

Well as Summer winds down and the weather shifts I am reflecting not only this Summer but the year. This year started off by burying my Grandmother which was sad, but no one lives forever even if you think they will. That showed me upfront the finality of life. This Summer has been one of the best so far and have gained a lot of insight into myself and other things.

TRAVEL

Road Trip!

Fast forward to July when school broke for the Summer. I decided to go on a up north trip and visit some of my old stomping grounds, such as SUNY Canton and Fort Drum. Before I left I planned on staying in Syracuse which is a good middle point for NY state, from there I was able to venture out in any of the four cardinal directions. I started by taking a drive out to Niagara Falls. That was an awesome experience watching nature do its thing. The New York side is cool as you can really walk around the park; but the Canadian side is where the view will show you the true glory of the falls. You can walk across the bridge into Canada. There you buy some liquor from the Duty Free. Try “Ice Wine” champagne; it’s like candy flavored Champagne! The next day I visited Fort Drum where I met up with my old boss and mentor from the Army Ed Malinowski. Visiting Fort Drum was cool seeing the place where I learned to Soldier was awesome. The place has changed but is still the same. We ate at the DFAC (Dining Facility) and talked about benefits of Army life and the even better life as a Veteran.From Fort Drum I visited SUNY Canton was about a hour drive from Ft. Drum. Canton looked the same, but I strolled through the park and stuff. Was a good way to set the Summer off and break from school.

Niagara Falls from the Bridge to Canada

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Dan Akykroyd’s quirky Vodka Bottles

Visiting Fort Drum

LondonTown!

London aka The Motherland!

Going to London was a blast! Last time I went I was a bit of a tourist this time I chilled out and immersed myself in London Pub culture. I still have family out there and as always they made me feel at home and welcome. During this time the Olympics was going on and I got a one in a lifetime chance to hold the Olympic Torch and the medals being used for the events. My Uncle lives close to the Olympic Stadium so we went by there on the day of the opening ceremony. Seeing people from all over the world gathered in one place was amazing. You could feel the energy of excitement and felt the pride of London in the air. That day was another highlight of my trip.

Holding The Olympic Torch!

The Stadium where the Games where played.

 

Back to the Pub culture though, I don’t know how the British do it!(even though I am a pseudo Brit) I thought my Army peoples drank a lot but every night is a party night there. The weather was awesome and only rained when I was leaving. I guess London was sad I was departing! Was a great vacation and nothing beats coming home to New York. I like traveling as it takes you out of your “zone” and lets you see the world from out outside of your bubble. Got some inspiration and renewed energy from my “Motherland” while I was gone also.

Always a Party in London.

Good Peoples and good drinks..

HEALTH & FITNESS

Health

Okay, this is a real personal, if you read “Some Healthy Things To Think About” you know about my path on personal fitness. Some may think I am a little obsessed which is probably true but anyway, but I do things that my future self will thank me for. Also I haven’t mentioned my food allergy. Since I was a child I have had eczema, it comes and goes and is a nuisance to say the least. But the Fall of 2011 I had a really bad outbreak of it. A month out of work bad. At first it was all about treatments. But I thought about this and decided to find the cause and not just keep putting a Band Aid on it. I mean something must be causing this right? So I went to an Allergist and had my blood analyzed. Well here is the shortlist of the things I can’t eat anymore:

  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Nut Products
  • Scallops

Yeah! Sucks right? No more of my Baked BBQ Ziti with Three Cheeses. No more Ice Cream! Chocolate Cake! But I survived and just find foods that are allergen free. Eczema is a hassle and to parents with children look to what they are eating if they have this condition. Adults you too could have an allergic reaction too food in the form of Eczema.

Fitness

This Summer I was dedicated my fitness routine to Yoga. I put Yoga as the base from which everything else fitness wise branches from. Personally it has made all other exercises and movements I do much more fluid, focused and finally powerful. Yoga will make you aware of your body and how use it. I think that Yoga makes your body strength more resilient and lets you control and manipulate the weights better. Let me add that Yoga is a good way of harnessing your energy and focusing it properly. I concentrated on Body Weight exercises more as this develops more body control. This added with weight training and Aerobics and I am enjoying the benefits of a healthy body.

This is a hobby and what I call “Playtime”, exercise is when I go have fun to work on my skill and learn my craft. There are many tools that I use to perfect my craft. I have exercises that i do more than some and even have favorites. Also I make a list of exercises to do so I stay on track and don’t forget what to do. So when I am at the gym I am in the zone and can stay on track. This way also I have exercises that get results . In the future I will share exercises and other things to help you stay healthly and fit.

Here is a list of some of the things I don’t go to the Gym without:

  • Jump Rope
  • Yoga Mat
  • Vibram Five Fingers
  • Interval Timer
  • Chalk
  • Mp3 Player

With these items here I can do the impossible!

Motivation

As I mentioned my Grandmother is gone and when I seen her get buried I told myself that all my negative aspects and thoughts would be “buried” as well. That I will live my life freely and without regrets. Then I stumbled upon this word:

Arete

This word means excellence in any kind. This is how I have decided to live my life from now on. Now you may think that its a pretty daunting task but if you think about it, its not. From this I give 100% to what ever i do, there will be days when I may feel down or low but in the long run this word will keep me focused and driven to succeed and move forward. This is why I decided to start a Blog. Not only to keep myself focused and accountable,but too also share what I know with others and they can share with me as well. As time goes I will expound on this principle more.

‘It’s manifested, the Gods work like appliances
Dealin in my cypher I revolve around sciences’ (GhostFace,Criminology 1995)

CONCLUSION

So this is where we are at right now. Looking forward to the future and still living in present. I hope everyone else out there had a great Summer and will share some stories with us as well.

Peace,

Dean Joseph