I just returned from about 35 days on the road in the US, and in 2 weeks will be in Czech Republic for a wedding followed by 45 days on the road in Europe.
I haven’t made a public post on this blog in a couple months, primarily due to a) doing a 30 Day Vlog Challenge which you can watch below, and b) been traveling a fair bit and have spent much less time online.
The 30 Day Challenge playlist can be found below – each day is around 5-10 minutes where I share an idea, a philosophy, or teach something I know. It is my attempt to simply share, and I hope you enjoy it. I’d love to see others make their own vlogs, it is a fun little challenge.
It’s always strange to stop at some point, or many points, during the year and think “holy shit July is almost over?”. But here I am again in 2019 thinking the exact thing. Where time goes and how we perceive it is a strange thing, but recognizing this is yet again a reassurance in our lives to stay motivated to do the things in life that we genuinely want to do, as we don’t have unlimited time and soon the wrinkles in our face get clearer.
This has been a wild year, but a lot of fun. Currently it’s 10pm and I’m sitting in Bangkok about to sleep after a solidly productive day of work, trip planning, intense exercise, and enjoying dinner and a movie with Kemji. I’m excited for the upcoming European trip, but will also be excited to be back home in Bangkok as it feels like we just got back.
Earlier in the year I was doing quite a lot of weight lifting for the first time in my life really. It was fun pushing the limits and seeing progress, but I didn’t think eating 4,000 calories a day to continually pump more iron was the best way to maximize my longevity. It was fascinating to realize how adaptable the muscles are – if I stopped lifting for a week I’d lose nearly 10% of my strength, and now I’d struggle to squat 20kg less than I did easily just a few months ago. If you don’t use it, you lose it, that’s for certain.
Since slowing on the lifting (mostly due to travel and being away from a routine and a gym), I’ve since switched more to movement, mobility, and calisthenics. I’ve long wanted to be able to do a free handstand and now I think I’m motivated to put in the daily steps. It is something you can do anywhere, anytime, and it is a great exercise for strength, mobility, and a daily challenge to get better. It is something I hope to continue throughout my life.
Upon returning in mid-September, I’ll have roughly 1 month home before heading back to the US again in October/November for a few fun trips and to visit more family, something I always thoroughly enjoy doing.
I’ve learned a lot this year, and I’m stoked for what the coming months bring. Expect more blog posts soon – got a few things to publish.