Routine 2.0: Going easier on myself and accomplishing more

Routine 1.0  was restrictive and demanding. I was supposed to only eat meat on certain days and do a medium-to-intense workout every day. Because it was so demanding, I wasn’t able to do it. And when I didn’t do it, I stressed myself out. Continue reading “Routine 2.0: Going easier on myself and accomplishing more”

Routine 1.0: The foundation of routines to come

I’ve been working on building a routine over the past few months. It has mainly consisted of doing a light walk and yoga in the morning, taking a walk around lunchtime, and exercising at night. It also consisted of drinking less alcohol and caffeinated beverages, and more wholesome foods and less animal products. This is a good foundation, but I’ve been missing more days than I should. Continue reading “Routine 1.0: The foundation of routines to come”

December 2017 photos: Hanging with family in Pittsburgh and old friends in Boston

I spent a lot of time with my family these last four months while looking for a new full-time job. I rounded out the year with them when my sister visited Pittsburgh from Philadelphia. We went to the restaurant Eleven and then saw the one-act play The Humans. The former was good, the latter okay. The company was great. Continue reading “December 2017 photos: Hanging with family in Pittsburgh and old friends in Boston”

Tips for managing anxiety and staying grounded when starting a new job in a new city

The following is an email correspondence between me and my health coach, Sam Thorne. His response helped me understand where my social anxiety was coming from — and how to manage it — after I moved to a new city and started a new job. However, this advice can be used to manage anxiety associated with other types of change. Continue reading “Tips for managing anxiety and staying grounded when starting a new job in a new city”

The era of shitty cable, commercials, and consumerism

I’m sitting here in the airport terminal. It’s the Friday before Christmas and, strangely, it’s not crowded. Just me and a dozen other people. There’s plenty of space between the slightly-reclined seats in the waiting area. In fact, almost everyone has their own row. Continue reading “The era of shitty cable, commercials, and consumerism”

Message from the King: What I liked and didn’t like

Message from the King is about a man from South Africa who comes to Los Angeles to find his sister. When he discovers she’s been tortured and murdered, he hunts down the responsible parties. It’s a classic game of getting revenge. No surprises here. Continue reading “Message from the King: What I liked and didn’t like”

Movies as marketing for human opportunities

I wonder why I’m fascinated by movies. They captivated me as a child, and still do today as a form of entertainment, but what about them makes me want to write them? What makes me want to be a screenwriter? Continue reading “Movies as marketing for human opportunities”

Keep a routine but keep it flexible

Thirty minutes into yoga class today I started worrying about exercising enough. I anticipated sticking to my schedule of working out almost every evening, but I grew afraid that I wouldn’t have the energy to work out tonight because the yoga class was quite difficult. This worrying held me back from having a great yoga practice. Continue reading “Keep a routine but keep it flexible”

Life Itself: A sweet memoir by film critic Roger Ebert for himself as much as us

I picked up Life Itself wanting to learn more about the film industry and what makes a good movie. However, only a small part of the memoir covers these topics. The majority of it covers people involved in Ebert’s life. Continue reading “Life Itself: A sweet memoir by film critic Roger Ebert for himself as much as us”