Back With Some Old Habits and A New One

It’s been quite a while since my last entry.  Been meaning to write a few posts but I got bogged down with real life and some old pleasurable pursuits. Work both at my job and at the home is ever all time-consuming. On top of that I’ve re-re-rekindled my love of reading and of course there is always good TV to watch.

With my new old distractions back in full force there is only so much time in a day and so other things get neglected and put to the side. The biggest casualties were of course my social media accounts and this here blog (which I guess is the same thing). I decided to finally address this somewhat. I took yet another long look at my social network accounts and decided the best course of action is to weed out the ones that I’ve used the least.

Twitter was the one of the first to go (again!). It seemed that  I would check in on my twitter feed on an average of once every 2 weeks or so. I would share links on my twitter accounts through other sites and services (via ping.fm or a tweet this button on said websites,) more often than I would read what other people would have to share. This made Twitter less social and more of a chore so that was an easy choice to make. The other social network I decided to dump was this new one that’s mainly used on a smart phone called Path. My wife added the Path app to our iTunes collection a few months back and I decided to give it a spin.  I was relatively active on it for a few weeks and then after a while I just stopped (like I do with just about any other social network I initially try).

I’m keeping my Facebook and Google+ accounts live for very simple reasons. Google+ is already attached to my email account and I won’t be getting rid of that anytime soon so why not keep Google+ as well. As for Facebook, out of all the social networks that I’ve used, I visit that one the most and still find it useful to find shows and events around my neighborhood. And heaven forbid I make my wife a “Facebook Widow” for the 3rd time (or would this be the 4th time? I’ve lost count).

Now with the old habits out-of-the-way on to my new one. For a few months, I’ve been debating about switching over to veganism or vegetarianism and I have inquired this idea with one of my favorite independent and podcast authors on Facebook, Kimberly Steele. She even has her own vegan podcast. She gave me some food for thought (no pun intended). I was still on the fence for a bit, but then a food allergy scare that afflicted my wife and a viewing of the eye-opening documentary, Fork Over Knives, and we switched to vegan diets the following day.

We’ve been mostly vegan for about a month now and have both lost about 8 pounds each (there has been some lapses with honey and some products that have contained whey protein). We definitely feel better and look forward to continuing this new path in our lives.

And now you’re all caught up with what I’ve been doing these past few months. As always, I promise to try to be more active here but who’s to say I won’t falter again (it has been known to happen). The next few posts will probably be about the past few book series that I’ve absorbed.

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Insights To Help Guide In The New Year

In all of my social network profiles I used to describe myself as “a dreamer, a dabbler and an urban wanderer,” and for the most part, that is how I’ve lived my life. For 2012, I’ve decided to change it to read, “aiming for a more purposeful future,” and that’s how I plan to start 2012. For the past month or so I’ve come to realize that I’m not getting younger, my path still seemed aimless and if I really want to change my current financial and professional situation and anything else in my life, I really need to start to focus. To do this, I realize a few things need to be done.

The End Of The Dreamer And Wanderer:

It’s time for me to let go of my whimsical flights of fancy. They just aren’t going to happen. The very core of my being just won’t let them come true. Through high school and college I had thoughts of being a cartoonist, a writer and doing something in the performance arts. Heck two years ago, I was playing around with the idea of being a stand up comic. Unfortunately, the facts are dead set against me doing any of these things. Continue reading