Day 22: Ikea, The video.

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Geez, it’s 11:30. I am in a slight haze right now.

Today, at around 7 in the evening, I raised my arms in the air and cheered. I got stuff done! I am damn proud of myself. It feels good to have made things nicer for my kids. Their rooms are much, much nicer. It also feels good having fulfilled a promise I made to them months ago.  I want them to like their rooms, their space. All that is left is to assemble the beds and move the rest of their stuff back in.They can do a lot of that.

Actually, I could do more, but have dedicated  the rest of vacation to me. Yes, 100 Days of Awesome is little about being selfish. I deserve it. I haven’t thought of myself enough for 11 years. I also know, if I don’t return to peace, health, and happiness, I will become someone I don’t want to be. Plant seeds and grow your garden. If you don’t, weeds will grow instead. 

IKEA. Some like it, some hate it. I like a lot of their stuff, but the place is a maze, purposely, and can send my brain into complete meltdown. I needed to pick up new loft beds for the girls to give them more space in their rooms. I thought, “Why not record the trip?  The whole trip, there and back, and all the way up the million uneven stairs of this old house, was about 3 hours.

Here’s the video 20 times the normal speed (8 times the speed would have been perfect but the video would have been more than twice the length) .  Feel free to watch.. or don’t. It won’t hurt my feelings. If you do,  I recommend sitting back, using full screen, and keeping away anyone who may have seizures. It’s not my best in any way, but I do like the music… and the ending… 

The cool part is I had fun. I was in the moment.  It was the best trip I have ever had to IKEA. What you don’t see in the video is that everyone working there was really, really cool. There have been times I have been there that the employees  looked like they had just been given a colectomy.  Not today.

On a side note, as I was editing and adding music, I saw an old video I made last spring. I can’t believe that it is me in it. I was so much bigger! Not just bigger, but swollen, like I had been pumped full of steroids.   I was so stressed back then.  I am not trying to focus on weight, but I really do look healthier and lighter now. That really gave me a good feeling. 

 

I did not run this morning because I knew I would be quite physical today. I was correct. Going to run in the morning before the beds get put together.

Later muchachos! It’s 12:30 in the morning! I had a great day today and worked hard.

I lived today and made my life better. Not just for me, but for my kids as well. That is awesome. 

 

 

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Day 21: Rest

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Short post today. Tomorrow is a doozy of a day.

I did paint and clean. But that is it.

Rest was in order!!

Not much else to say. Just loved having the house to myself today. I call that living as well.

I lived today. 

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Day 20: !! F#*@ ing Great Day.

It’s Day 20! I am 1/5th of the way there! A Guinness is in order!!!

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In the last 20 days I:

1. Jogged at least three times a week and have a lot more energy.

2. Got an official cheerleader who, by the way, said I write well. I think it may be a cheerleading tactic. Cheerleaders are like cheer ninjas, sneaking motivation in without you realizing it… the good ones at least.

3. Wrote a lot every day. Personally and publicly.

4. Ate very healthy.

5. Was mindful of my life and feel… here now. I am present more than I have been in many years.

6. Figured out a great budget for living well with good savings.

7. Fixed, resolved, worked on personal things.

8. Become a much happier person and have started to find myself again.

9. Have reconnected with my kids. We were good before. We are better now.

10. Read more.

11. Was a better teacher.

12. Lost weight that was weighing me down. That was a bonus. I really don’t care so much about that part.

13. Made new friends.

14. Learned a lot.

15. Struggled but overcame.

Today? Fucking great.

Yesterday I was worried about falling out of my routines. Being conscious of it helped. I ran this morning . Yes, on a Saturday morning. I went faster than any day yet. Not as far, but faster. Oh yeah.

I then went to task redoing the girls’ rooms. It took a little time and effort, but they helped me as best they could. Had to wash the floors really well, and prep it for painting. The floors are 100 years old. I finished the walls when I first moved in, but the floors needed some help. Finished with the first coat today and tomorrow will be a piece of cake. It took all day but looks amazing.

One fun part was sitting there painting while my oldest sat and watched me, asking me questions about life and the universe. It was… fun. Working, scrubbing, and painting, was fun. Seriously.

I am very, very tired now… Going to sleep like a baby tonight.

And that brings us to the end of Day 20. If this keeps up, day 21 will be even better.

I lived today. I loved today. I laughed today. Today was awesome. 

 

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Day 19: Breaks in the Routine

kemcoFWI woke to another day of not running. It freaks me out a little. I don’t want to break the routine.  I want to get out there again. Idiot snow. No matter how bad it is tomorrow, and even though it is the weekend and vacation, I am getting up and going. Sunday too.

Speaking of vacation, I am a little concerned.  When things change, and I have less to do, I can get antsy. It’s been like that for years. I prepared this time. I made a list and have personal goals for the entire vacation. Some of those days are to do nothing. Others, I am going to practice exactly what I have done for the last 18 days. Mindfulness, meditation, exercise, writing more, reading, and recognize when I need to rest.

One major project starts tomorrow. I am redoing both of my daughters’ rooms. New beds, painting, fixing up the windows. Everything will be done by Monday. I am also going to melt into the couch in the evenings and watch some Netflix shows I have wanted to see for a while, including one recommend to me today. Lastly, I am going to get out and visit some friends.

In other news, a friend from back in Buffalo has nominated herself as the official 100 Days of Awesome cheerleader. I get random messages throughout the day. It’s awesome. Just got this one a second ago.

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She is too funny!

I also met a very cool person today who has visited Buffalo, went to a Sabres game and knows someone from there. So freakin’ cool.

I think, the more you grow and what you have inside, attracts people and moments that fit you for where you are. I like that. The world we create inside creates our world on the outside. It presents us with new opportunities when we are ready for them. 

I can already say that when the 100 days are over, I am going for another 100. This is too good to ever stop. 

Hope everyone enjoys their day.

I lived today.  It had its challenges. It had new experiences and people in it. 

Today was awesome. I feel great. I am here. 

Listened to this as I finished writing. Never get tired of it.

 

…and one more. It’s Friday after all.

 

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If I Could Show You One Video…

I believe everyone should watch this video.

I hold a great fondness for the, now deceased, writer David Foster Wallace.

In 2005, at Kenyon College, he gave a commencement speech. I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon it not long after. Recently, someone made a short video using part of the speech.

I watch it often. I need to remind myself that this is water.

 

This is Water from Patrick Buckley on Vimeo.

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Day 18: Sorry, Snow Jogging Today.

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Here, in Drammen, Norway, we didn’t get much of a winter this year. Well, today we got slammed.. Wet, heavy snow. Lucky for me, I am from Buffalo. The snow always lifts my spirits. I think it is in my blood.

The only drawback was not getting a chance to run. I’m not Rocky IV getting ready to beat Drago. If this snow lasts more than a day or two I am going to have to find something else for a little while. I feel the need to run now.

I had some real challenges today. My daughter had a real tough incident, as growing up will do sometimes. She needed me. I was there for her. There were other moments as well. I had to stop and breathe a few times.

The most important thing I can take away from it all was that my thinking kept me in the moment. I was present for each moment. When I walk out the door, and don’t worry about what will happen, it is easier to deal with what life hands me. There are no good or bad days, just moments that challenge or lift me up. This is an essential part of the first days of this project.

When I was younger this was easier to do. Somewhere along the way I lost it. Thankfully, I am taking it back.

I lived today. 

 

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How I Do It: Running

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Today starts a series of posts called, “How I Do It”.  Today’s topic is running/jogging.

1. I have a good pair of running shoes. I didn’t  have to spend a lot. I just picked what felt best for me.

2. An arm band that holds my phone. I tried the cheap way by cutting an old sock and using the stretchy part to keep the phone attached to my arm. That sucks.

3. Headphones.

4. A good running mix of music.

5. I use the app Couch-to-5K. This is the key!  (Android)It is great for anyone starting from the couch, or anyone who has had a period of time away from running. It gradually ups your running throughout a period of 9 weeks. It has voice prompts that tell you when to walk, run, keep going, you are half-way and cool down. It also tracks distance, speed, and your route. It also plays the music you choose. Very handy. I love it because it starts slowly and works up to the goal of 5 kilometers. Less pain, less chance of injury. The total plan is 9 weeks to 5 kilometers.

6. I run in the morning. Why? Several reasons. One, it wakes me up. I feel amazing when I get to work knowing I already ran. My mood is better. Two, it’s a little painful getting up in the morning and I seem to like a little pain. It motivates me. Three, it is always quiet on the road. Four, less cars means less exhaust in my face. Five, I never have the time or energy after work to run. There are always other things that become more important. Six, I read somewhere that you burn more fat by running in the morning before you eat. Not sure if it is true, but it isn’t that important to me. Overall, it’s my time. It’s just me and the world running down a quiet road. 

7. Why running and not a gym? I hate gyms. ‘Nough said. I like running. You can choose what is best for you.

8. Clothes. I wear whatever I have. I don’t give a rat’s ass how I look. Sweats, shorts, ripped t-shirts, mismatched gloves…It doesn’t matter, as long as the shoes are good. What matters most is that I am out there running.

9. Wake up and go running! If I miss it, I forgive myself and try again the next day.

Post any questions you may have below!

Disclaimer: Keep in mind this is what I do.  I am no expert, just a guy who reads up a lot. If anything is unsafe or inaccurate, I will gladly change it. Just make a comment below.

 

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Day 17: The One With the Old Truck Driver

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What a day. Challenging, interesting, and even a little exciting. 

This morning, on the way to work, a parked truck with an additional trailer on it, pulled out from a parked position right in front of me without signaling. I drive slow on the side streets and reacted fast enough to stop. The truck stopped at a red light in the left hand lane. I got in the right hand lane to turn right. The guy gets out of the truck and walked  towards my car. Now, I was thinking that he was going to apologize for cutting out in front of me when I had the right-of-way. Nope. This little scrawny, older guy, opened my door (yes opened it) and started screaming at me. This is where it gets strange. I just stared at him. You see, I was practicing mindfulness on my way to work. I was feeling really peaceful. In a pre  “100 Days of Awesome world,” I may have  reacted differently. Nope. He slammed my door and went on his way. I took out my phone, took a picture of the truck and license plate and called his boss when I got to work. I just told him what happened, calmly.  Apparently this isn’t the first complaint about this dude. Pre-100-days-me may have kicked his ass. Really. I can be a little grumpy in the morning. Instead, I was calm. I wasn’t even shaken after that. Not a fluster.  I look at that as real progress. The funny thing was, his boss was really cool and we were actually laughing a little about it. When someone acts like the truck driver did, it isn’t me that has the problem. It’s him. My guess is he isn’t feeling so good about his life right now. Maybe he needs 100 days of awesome. 

Other than that, I read, wrote, had a very meaningful day at work, and a great conversation at lunch with a friend.  Teaching was even positive. I feel like I am really making them into better writers.

My overall attitude has really improved. My outlook is improving. Things feel better. This damn project is awesome. Each day is challenging and has its tough moments. Nothing is perfect, but my conscious decision to make each day important, and improve my life, has been the best decision I have made in years.

It’s past my bedtime, snowing, and I need to jog in the morning. Gotta run!

(written in 5 minutes. Please forgive any errors)

I lived today. It was awesome. 

 

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Day 16: Not Enough Time for All That I Wanted

 

ronShort post. It’s almost time for bed.

I ran today, again! Extremely proud of myself.

Wrote a lot in my journal.

Things are getting better in everything I set a goal for.

I smile more. Am silly more. Am having more fun. Am feeling better all the time. Life looks and feels better.

 

I lived today!  

Stay classy…  planet earth.

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