CosFit: Cosplay as Motivation for Fitness and Better Living – Cosplay America 2016

CosFit: Cosplay as Motivation for Fitness and Better Living – Cosplay America 2016

This year I began hosting a panel at local comic and anime conventions entitled CosFit: Cosplay as Motivation for Fitness and Better Living. I finally had an opportunity to get a recording of the panel when it was held at Cosplay America on October 23rd, 2016. I was joined by Captain Cosplay, QuidditchDragon Cosplay, and Klaus Edwards Cosplay and with recording by Goth Mama Cosplay. If you have your own questions about cosplay and/or fitness, feel free to contact me or any of the other panelists on the Facebook pages….

Great Podcasts for Self Improvement

Great Podcasts for Self Improvement

Everyone loves podcasts, right? For people with desk jobs and long commutes (like myself), they’re a godsend. If you were interested enough to click this link, you probably have a few favorites of your own. I’ve soaked up hundreds of hours of podcast content at my job, particularly self improvement. I’ve gleaned many a post topic or book recommendation (so many book recommendations), so today, I wanted to share some of my favorites with you. It’s a mixed bag of different topics here, but all are beneficial in their own…

The Pain of Rejection is Real. It Won’t Kill You.

The Pain of Rejection is Real. It Won’t Kill You.

Let’s talk about rejection. It should join death and taxes in the inevitability department, because everyone experiences it in one way or another in their lives. Some rejections are negligible (a left swipe on Tinder), some are heartbreaking (being turned down by your crush), some seem like they’ll shatter your soul down to the atomic level (limited theatrical release of Shin Godzilla not coming to your city). Every single one is unique, and they all hurt in some way. I’m just 25 years old, but I’ve faced my fair share of rejection….

Perfection is Unattainable, and That’s Perfect

Perfection is Unattainable, and That’s Perfect

What is perfection? ‘Condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects’ is the basic definition. And yet, society has blown it into an abstract, colossal, and sometimes contradictory concept. It is sought by many, but rarely found. Some people search for the situation, person, or place that lacks defects or drawbacks, yet others find perfection in a collection of flaws (the Zen approach). Some claim perfection is just around the corner, while others insist it does not exist in any form whatsoever. The…

Pick a powerful memory, and take it with you.

Pick a powerful memory, and take it with you.

Think of that perfect time, that perfect moment in your life. Yes, that time. Wasn’t it great? Everything just felt right. You felt invincible, or perhaps exhilarated. Maybe both. It was an intoxicating high, even if drugs were not (or were) involved. There was nothing quite like it before, and nothing quite like it since.  I didn’t need to make a suggestion, you probably thought of something instantly. We all have those memories that stick with us, the ones where everything just ‘clicked’ or fell into place. Even if they were…

What do you do when plans go wrong?

What do you do when plans go wrong?

There is one overused quotation I see proven true again and again and again and again throughout life: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” This nugget of wisdom by Robert Burns has been hammered into the ground for a reason: Rarely do things play out the way we wish them to. It’s stressful. It can be as minor as friends canceling for a night out or as major as a derailed engagement or lost job.  If no battle plan survives contact with the enemy, how do we…

Self Care for Men: More Vital Than You’d Think

Self Care for Men: More Vital Than You’d Think

Read any self improvement or mental health book/blog long enough and you’re guaranteed to come across the words ‘self care.’ It typically delivered with nurturing words and sweet acknowledgements of the struggles of life. The ‘self-care’ tag on Tumblr unleashes a cavalcade of calming pastel colors and uplifting platitudes. There are about as many guides to self care floating around the World Wide Web as there are cat pictures. These blogs tend to be very popular with women, but the copious yet constitutive advice is often lost on the other…

Comfort in Relationships, Death of Self Improvement?

Comfort in Relationships, Death of Self Improvement?

Friends, please bow your heads in a moment of silence. We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of many cool, active, and driven friends and acquaintances. They were bright and shining presences in our lives taken from us too soon. Though they may have left the land of the living, the memories they left us with will live on. The cause of death? A comfortable, non-challenging relationship. Disclaimer: This article does not imply a relationship automatically makes someone into a less interesting person. Many people in relationships and…

Pokémon GO: Catch Some Self Improvement

Pokémon GO: Catch Some Self Improvement

Pokémon GO has lit the Internet on fire. In a news week with the FBI declining to recommend indictment for Hilary Clinton and horrific police shootings, a video game involving searching for fictional monsters on cell phones still manages to be a dominant topic. Nintendo’s stock jumped 10% after release. Thousands of statuses and tweets about the game flood the social networks. Incredible stories are already popping up, like a player that found a dead body while playing. Pokémon GO meetups worldwide are in the making. In a year or…

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…