One Thought: Breathe

Standard

Going to start a channel here to organize different thoughts on improvement and growth. Welcome to the inaugural One Thought!

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy filling every nook and cranny of the calendar with dinners, excursions, etc.  While that can be a great way to expand your friend group or try new things, each wonderful ambitions alone, it can be a choking hazard on your own life and happiness.  Making time for others takes away time from yourself and in the end, that is what keeps you going.

On one of those rare weekends when time to breathe miraculously does appear, don’t be wary of the emptiness by filling it in with a last-second wine and paint night.  Take a walk.  Or a run.  Read a book.  Or write one.  And most importantly, breathe.

Goals

Standard

Well, being that its New Year’s Eve, I think this is a better time than ever to talk about goals, especially because they’ve been on my mind for some time now.

Goals are a hot topic. They are the reason for success both individually and as a human race. Without goals, our determination and direction in life would probably wane. There are a few things that go a long way in being able to achieve goals and I’d like to share some tidbits I’ve found come to find as quite useful.
1. Sit down and write a list of goals. Start with short term goals and work your way out in time (1, 3, 5 years). Isolate it down to 1-3 bigger goals and a few smaller ones so that you can appropriately focus on them.

2. Research your goal. Has anyone else ever done this before or is there a community that has a common goal with you? Social pressure can work in your favor.

3. Visualize your goal being achieved. This doesn’t just need to be in your mind. For example, if your goal is to travel throughout South America for 6 months, travel there for a shorter period of time and give yourself a tease of the benefits of achieving the goal.

4. Remember that it doesn’t matter what others think of your goal. Don’t be distracted by dogma. If it is your goal, it is you who will enjoy the fruits of your hard work when you achieve it.

5. Map out steps over time that will allow you to see the progress you make. If you are saving money for a big goal, track your savings and progress to the final total.
These are some of the tools that I used to reach goals and will continue to use. Everyone is different but this may serve as a good starting point for you. Remember that the only person who is stopping you from achieving anything is you, despite how easy it may be to blame others for shortfalls. Hold yourself accountable and you will find yourself to be a much stronger person and your goals will find themselves much more frequently completed. Best of luck and I welcome any suggestions on good tips for checking off goals!  Good luck to all and enjoy the last hours of 2016!

New Kid On The Block

Standard

Hello there!

Welcome to the inaugural post on this somehow already world famous blog!  A little bit about myself, I’m a twenty something (24) stranger who loves people, new places, and doing things.  Ok, I’m a being a bit vague with that, this is my first go, give me a break!  I’m actually an accountant from New Jersey, which automatically makes my life shitty.  That’s a little something for those of you who’ve watched The Other Guys with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.  But surprisingly, life isn’t that bad!  Other than being an accountant, I’m also an avid traveler who would love to see every continent thoroughly by the time I’ve called it quits.  Lastly, I’m also a foolish runner who thinks he can actually finish a marathon in less than 2 hours.  That may have a slightly lower chance of happening, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try!

So at this point, you’re probably wondering why you’re reading a blog from this runner, accountant, traveler from New Jersey.  While I’d love to think it’s because you just love hearing my voice, I’m no fool.  I’m actually here to share tips on running, traveling, and money savviness that I’ve learned in my days.  I may not be able to shape you into a champion marathoner, expert world traveler, or Warren Buffet, but I will try my very hardest to do each of these things, whether you have any interest in becoming Warren Buffet or not (if not, I would like a long and thorough explanation WHY NOT).

That’s all I have to start out on this lovely extended Thanksgiving weekend, but there’s lots more to come with the next post being about my most recent trip to Thailand for two weeks.  Don’t miss it!

Stay happy!

TK