[Rowing Machine] Two Five One

Fitness is not just for weight loss. It’s for health, overcoming stressful situations, wellness, and the general sense of being able to do what you need to do! When I don’t exercise, or when I’m in what I call “fat mode,” I can barely do anything. When I’m in “fit mode,” I can take on the world! I have more endurance both physically and mentally to push-up against things that might otherwise take me down.

WANNA SEE HOW I’VE BEEN PUSHING UP AGAINST IMPROVED HEALTH? KEEP ON READING!

[Concert Review] Melvins (2017)

(The) Melvins have the musicianship and showmanship that could have made them the biggest band in the world. If they cared. They would have been bigger than Nirvana if they removed anything weird about their slightly inaccessible brand of heavy rock. They have the relentless work ethic to compete with The Beatles. Would compromising their sound be worth the money and fame? Would they still be the same Melvins? Or would they fade from relevance?

Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
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[Applied Psychology] Last Minute Work

“A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.” I saw that on a sign on the first day of my first job, and though I’ve accidentally excused myself and others from that rule, it’s overall been my career’s guiding principle. Tasks take time. For last minute work, I will do the work “to the best of my ability” within the time available, and will strongly guide future timeframes.

WANNA HAVE MORE TIME TO WORK? I CAN’T FIX THAT. I CAN, AT LEAST, CAN PROVIDE IDEAS FOR HANDLING TIME-CRUNCH SITUATIONS. KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Driving Toward Ambitions

Punctuating brave, loving, and violent moments somewhere in “The Story” is a quiet scene that’s lingered in my head for years. John (driving) and Trishna are driving along and nothing exciting happens. No car accident or argument. Just a close couple going toward their mutual goal. In this week’s brainstorming update, let’s cover some of how they’ll arrive at their motivation, because while you can have any goal you want, it’s all about getting there.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (background character development)
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[Fiction Practice] An Insurmountable Odd

The sun was settling in for the evening on unpolluted land as the three men continued their trek through the formerly forbidden lands. They, a seasoned soldier, a training tactician, and practitioning prowler, were the newest advancing guard for a scouting team poised to dutifully document this newly annexed ground. They arrived at a clearing overlooking a majestic vista, after hours silently walking through dense forest, to a roar that shook their pristine planet’s foundation.

WANNA FIND OUT WHAT ROARED? KEEP ON READING!

[Applied Psychology] Remedies for Anger

“I end up lashing out at him because he’s the one closest to me.” When we finally express our anger, it’s rarely that event actually breaking our figurative back. It’s the combination of stresses that cause us to lash out: irate people, heavy traffic, prolonged multitasking, sleep deprivation, and infinitely more. Rather than medicate with negative solutions, how about some healthy ways to proactively take control of your anger before you lash out at others?

WANNA CONSIDER FIVE PRACTICAL REMEDIES FOR ANGER? KEEP ON READING!

[Applied Psychology] Working Through Regret

“I’m really sorry. I thought it was…” Regret, for me, is when the overwhelming gravity of a situation takes fold. Missing an appointment, making a social mistake, breaking something, making something worse, or infinite other situations. Regret might be our way of analyzing the situation to prevent it from reoccurring. That over-analysis can consume us. Instead, I have a couple steps that help me overcome that overwhelming sense of regret that happens frequently in life.

WANNA PRACTICE NOT REGRETTING MINOR, NO HARM, SITUATIONS? KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 29 / 50

You must work toward anything you want to achieve in life. Every motivational person says it their way because it’s all the same. The ones that burn out typically went too quick, didn’t fully anticipate the amount of grinding away at life it takes to get that better life, or maybe wanted easy results. Rowing is fun for me. It’s also grueling. I’ve already seen drastic improvements since March and I know there’s even more.

WANNA SEE MY GRUELING, GRADUAL STEPS IN ACHIEVING IMPROVED HEALTH? KEEP ON READING!

[Concert Review] Video Games Live (Seattle, 2017)

Video Games Live symphonically celebrates the best of videogame music. Led by composer Tommy Tallarico, the orchestra have performed to sold out theaters worldwide for 12 strong years now. Subjectively, I dig the cultural preservation aspect of the series, respect Tallarico’s composing and reviewing work, and enjoy most classic videogame soundtracks. Objectively, there isn’t much to appeal to folks that aren’t already fans. Can Video Games Live attract wider acceptance to this maligned music genre?

Subjective Rating: “8.0 / 10” (★★★★☆ [4/5])
Objective Rating: “6.5 / 10” (★★★☆☆ [3/5])
WANNA CONSIDER A SIDE NOTE? THAT TRON: LEGACY INTRO, MAN. GENIUS. ALRIGHT, KEEP ON READING!

[Applied Psychology] Stop Overanalyzing Situations

Over analysis leads to analysis paralysis.” The main problem with overanalyzing is that you don’t realize when you’re already sinking into analysis paralysis. In moderation, analysis is a fundamental tool in self-development, helping you prevent repeating similar mistakes. It’s just that we’re too critical of ourselves, often to the point of being critical before we even receive that missing piece of information to complete the analysis feedback loop. One quote helps me mute that noise:

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