A Motivational Gay Love Story

A Motivational Gay Love Story

Author’s Note: This is a very different piece than what I usually write. I felt there was one way to present a story, and it required a voice very different than how I typically present these posts. You’ll understand why soon enough. Let me tell you a story; a tale of loss, the friend zone, unadmitted furry tendencies, not being able to get curly fries, unhinged friends who enable rash behavior, fake votive candles, and putting it all on the line for the person you realize is perfect for you (some of…

Turn the Heat Up with a Cold Shower

Turn the Heat Up with a Cold Shower

Few things are more emblematic of the comforts of the modern, developed as the warm shower: A virtually unlimited supply of relaxing warm water falling from the faucet to wash the troubles away, conveniently accessible from the comfort of one’s own home at any time (hopefully utilized daily). You know that First World fear: One must never be the last person to shower, otherwise they’ll miss out on steamy comfort and get stuck with bone-chilling glacier water that you’re surprised isn’t freezing the pipes. People associate a cold shower with dilapidated gym locker rooms, houses…

A Journaling Template for Relief and Self Awareness (Updated)

A Journaling Template for Relief and Self Awareness (Updated)

As the old cliche goes, know thyself. Self awareness ranks among the most important skills for reaching your full potential in life. It helps guide decisions, provide insight into personal conflicts, and clarifying our own thoughts. Living a life without self awareness is like a playthrough of Skyrim without a HUD or stat menus. You can try to fight dragons and participate in the Nordic Space Program without ever checking strengths and weaknesses in your build, but the experience becomes so much richer when you explore the intricacies of the system. Explore…

Is Tolerance a Paradox?

Is Tolerance a Paradox?

Last week week, I published a post that, among other things, advocated for a broad spectrum of tolerance based on the Wiccan Rede: Let people do their own thing, without criticism or condemnation, so long as what they’re doing doesn’t bring harm or distress to others. As you might guess if you have read other posts here or followed the blog’s Facebook page, I lean liberal. I try to minimize bringing politics into this operation, but I’m not afraid to make a statement either. Writing that post, plus following the comments…

Shoutout: Chalene Johnson’s PiYo

Shoutout: Chalene Johnson’s PiYo

It’s no secret that I am a fitness junkie. After being the pudgy kid for sixteen years, I took up running on the treadmill my sophomore year of high school and exercise has been a consistent part of my life ever since. Hell, my parents even first met at a gym, so you could say I was destined for it. Fitness is one of my core drivers in my journey down the Way of the Spiral. Because of my work schedule and the fact I lost free access to a…

Wiccan Rede: Do Your Own Thing, Without Judgment

Wiccan Rede: Do Your Own Thing, Without Judgment

New Age Religion, or alternative spiritual practices, or “not Judeo-Christian,” is all the rage these days, particularly European pagan traditions and Wicca. Eastern religious traditions are getting plenty of love as well, including meditation. While there are many lifetime practitioners who were never swayed by hot trends into the tradition, the number of Americans who claim beliefs that can be considered New Age has grown exponentially in recent years. Just float over to your local bookstore, you’ll find books about applying Buddhist mindfulness practices to Google’s business model as well as using…

Shoutout: The Nerdist Way, by Chris Hardwick

Shoutout: The Nerdist Way, by Chris Hardwick

Since beginning this blog, I’ve taken up reading more self improvement books and hell, just more reading in general (which is self improvement in itself). I’m sure my Kindle loves the attention after collecting dust for two years. The intention was to learn some things for myself but also to currate helpful recommendations for the blog’s readers. These posts won’t neccessarily be critiques of the books in question, but more like examinations and distillations. I’ll start it off with the second-most-recent book I read: The Nerdist Way, by comedian and…