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”

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”

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”

I don’t just want to write a screenplay, I need to

I watched the movie Good Time last night and it made me realize how much we’re in need of better stories on the screen. That movie was just terrible. It seemed like practice for the creators. Like they didn’t actually give a shit if it meant something to other people besides themselves. Continue reading “I don’t just want to write a screenplay, I need to”

The Thanksgiving Day Parade is ridiculous but ridiculousness is a basic need of life

The Thanksgiving Day parade is ridiculous.

Giants objects floating in the air, held steady by people dressed as elves. Boy bands from the 90’s, singing from a big decorated box on wheels. Marching bands moving in a military-like manner, playing music for a holiday still a month away. Hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets in New Your City, watching all this. Millions of people watching at home on their television. Continue reading “The Thanksgiving Day Parade is ridiculous but ridiculousness is a basic need of life”