Archive | November, 2009

got challenges? you need to kick it!

17 Nov

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enjoyment is a necessary part of life, NOT a guilty pleasure. the puritanical roots of our society have duped us into believing that it is only through hard work and struggle that anything worthwhile can be accomplished.   i would say “hogwash”, but there is a time when you will have some necessary effort.

please note: enjoyment is what gives you the oomph to carry on… to persist through challenges… trials and tribulations… amen.  life would be pretty wack if Continue reading

foodie friday: adults too “smart” for their own damn good

13 Nov

small delux organic box - photo credit: WordRidden

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during the past week, i spent several rewarding hours teaching kids about real food in baltimore-area community centers.  the many hours i spent commuting were rewarded by the joy of hearing their fresh and candid takes on what i have to share.  and the heartwarming highlight: Continue reading

unlike orgasm, joy cannot be faked

10 Nov

 

orgasmatron-settings.photo credit-bbaunach

orgasmatron settings - detail from the orgasmatron 3000

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the original title to this post was “like orgasm, joy cannot be faked”. tragic that so many do fake orgasm.  how can you truly get your groove on if you’re fakin’ the funk?  and no, the fake-it-til-you-make-it abso-friggin-lutely ain’t gonna cut it here.  it just doesn’t serve anyone involved.

so i edited.

true joy is…
being who you truly are, doing what you truly love, and not giving a damn about what anyone else has to say about it.

success with out joy is like sex…
without enjoyment.

material success, sought by so many, achieved by some, is a joke with a harsh punchline.  you might acquire a home full of trappings, but still never feel really satisfied or full of joy… kinda like Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Completely Justifiable Indulgence

6 Nov

self explaining addiction - photo credit: procsilas[read time: 3 minutes]

everyone earns the right to indulgence once in a while, whether it be a celebration of an accomplishment or just trying to cope with a crappy day.  i am all in favor of infrequent, completely conscious self-medication with a mindful measure of moderation.

the only thing i find more miserable than austere dietary regimen is perhaps the subsequent self-degradation and the ensuing guilt that follow the inevitable “infractions”.  such intransigent behavior can only lead to more suffering.

to circumvent the aforementioned train wreck, i offer the thoughts below as you ponder options when the next moment of weakness arises. Continue reading

Steps to heal money troubles

3 Nov

"tell me who's watching?"[read time: 5 minutes]

this morning, i was fondly reminiscing about halloween night in Adams Morgan.  [cue cheesy soap opera flashback visual effects and music]

i was perched in the front window at Amsterdam Falafel, which is, quite possibly, the best place for people watching [Tryst: a close second] on the entire 18th St. NW strip. while enjoying a scrumptious bite of my falafel, a woman passes by in costume as the money you could be saving with Geico.

my LOL snapped me out of my daydream and back into the reality that i have got to finish this dang post on money that’s been hanging out in my drafts… looking at me, tapping it’s foot.  hmmmm… yeah, kinda like that stack of bills from the commercial!

one of the biggest challenges facing people in search of fiscal abundance is not actually the making of the money, but rather the battle in their heads about money.  Continue reading