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Colorado put me in the clouds

September 12, 2019

I was driving east around October of last year, cruising through New Mexico with no real plans for what was next, when I heard a song for the first time. It was Randy Houser’s “No stone unturned.” I’ve linked it below if you haven’t heard it. This song spoke to my soul. It’s about roaming, traveling… being free spirited and in search of yourself. As I drove east,…

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I’ve lost myself.

August 12, 2019

I’m lost. I have slowly lost myself over the last few months, and… I don’t know. It feels all sorts of fucked up. This is why I’ve barely posted anything. I’ve been feeling incredibly cynical and depressed. Stagnant and lonely. Unbearably lonely at times. Sometimes negative. Just mostly… sad. When I decided to stop traveling full-time, I had developed an intense case of cabin fever. Living in a…

Advice Life

The hard pass

July 27, 2019

It’s been a while since my last posts. The last few months have been interesting. My business has kept me busy. My training at the gym has kicked up several notches (more on that in another post, perhaps), and I’ve done some self-reinvention. It seems that every couple years, I undergo some sort of transformation – sometimes it’s physical, sometimes it’s more emotional. Sometimes it involves me moving.…

Aging Life Sex

One month on testosterone: The details.

April 2, 2019

I remember a few years ago when I was putting on a lot of muscle in gym. I had tapped into that difficult-to-achieve state where you’re simultaneously putting on muscle and burning fat. I was visiting my mom and one evening after a particularly killer workout. and she asked me if I was on steroids. Perhaps strangely, I was flattered. Although I was definitely not on steroids. Years…

Aging Life

Let’s talk about hormone hell.

April 1, 2019

Hormone hell. noun: the place everyone woman of menstruating age finds herself on a monthly basis. Generally, hormone hell becomes exceedingly excruciating as a woman progresses into her late thirties and early forties. Rarely talked about. Because, you know, women are crazy. Related words: purgatory, abyss, deep rotten pit, place of emotional instability, cognitive circus act, underworld of pandemonium. Hormone hell is real. And as a 36-year-old who…

Culture Life

Let’s talk about toxic femininity

February 5, 2019

In light of the intense reactions to the Gillette commercial – and the concept of “toxic masculinity” – I think its important to have a follow-up discussion about “toxic femininity.” Really, we could give these toxic female behaviors a number of names… bullying, bitchiness, etc., but for consistency’s sake, let’s call it toxic femininity. Women can be ruthless – especially to one another. An honest discussion of the…

Happiness Life

The absurdity of getting offended.

January 22, 2019

My last post on the Gillette commercial and toxic masculinity prompted some strong responses – which I expected. These are good conversations to have, opportunities to spend some time trying to understand one another. Opportunities to remove emotion and recognize that the conflicting opinions of others are nothing to get worked up about. Our differences are something to celebrate, not fear. What a boring place this would be…

Culture

Why so many boxers are in a wad over the Gillette commercial

January 22, 2019

Last week, Gillette joined the growing force of U.S. companies who have used their large platforms and marketing dollars to launch powerful social commentaries. And like the commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick, launched by Nike last September, people have their britches bundled over it. I’ve spent some time reviewing the commercial and the scathing commentaries it has prompted from individuals and conservative news outlets. As of today, the YouTube…

Happiness Life

Maybe we all just need a tootsie roll.

January 18, 2019

In light in the insanity going on around us, I want to share a short, sweet story from my day. As some of you know, I don’t own a television. I made the decision to ditch mine a decade ago and haven’t looked back. The only time I’m really exposed to the news media is when I’m doing cardio at the gym and get sucked into one of…