Sunday, June 24, 2018

What I've learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

6601.  Your imagination is the source of all that has yet to manifest for you.  By staying only with what your senses tell you is your reality, you place a barrier to letting your imagination create all that you wish, all that you desire.  Your imagination is unlimited.  What is today, is restricted by just that: what is today;
6602.  Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.  Your logic, that is, the facts that you’ve accepted as true, have gotten you to point B.  Now you’re going to reprogram your imagination to take you everywhere, everywhere that you are brave enough to envision for yourself;
6603.  Elizabeth likes to be kissed/licked/bit/touched on her lower back;
6604.  Jon Bon Jovi has very white teeth;
6605.  Bon Jovi had a lot of hits;
6606.  The average employee attends 62 meetings per month;
6607.  An executive spends 23 hours per week (on average) in meetings;
6608.  An executive spends 34 percent of his/her time in poorly run meetings.  That equals 2 months of productivity down the drain;
6609.  Failure is an illusion.  No one ever fails at anything.  Everything you do produces a result.  If you’re trying to learn how to catch a football and someone throws it to you and you drop it, you haven’t failed.  You simply produced a result.  The real question is what you do with the results that you produce.  Do you leave and moan about being a football failure or do you say, “Throw it again,” until ultimately you’re catching footballs?
6610.  Failure is a judgment.  It’s just an opinion.  It comes from your fears, which can be eliminated by love, love for yourself, love for what you do, love for others and love for your planet.  When you have love within you, fear cannot survive;
6611.  When you love and respect yourself, someone’s disapproval is not something you fear and avoid;
6612.  Amazon lets you bring your dog to work;
6613.  Intellectual Ventures wrote “Modernist Cuisine: The Art & Science of Cooking;”
6614.  Moz lets you bring your dog to work too;
6615.  Candy walls at work are a thing.  (Just) ask Moz and Zillow (Group);
6616.  Merchant’s Café (& Saloon) (MerchantsCafeAndSaloon.com) is Seattle’s oldest bar/saloon;
6617.  Glass containing manganese will (eventually) turn purple after being exposed to enough sunlight (i.e., ultraviolet light);
6618.  At one point, brothels accounted for 87% of Seattle’s (city) revenue over a nine-year period;
6619.  Back in the day, prostitutes in Seattle had to pay a $10.00 monthly “entertainment tax” at a time when the average lumberjack made $20.00 a month and the average prostitute made $400.00 a month;
6620.  They give out free bananas (to anyone) at Amazon’s “Community Banana Stand” at their headquarters in Seattle;
6621.  Buying items at an “Amazon Go” store (kind of) feels like shoplifting;
6622.  Sous vide steak is very flavorful and tasty;
6623.  The (sous vide, )flat iron steak (with salsa Verde, asparagus & potatoes) at “Amazon Go” is really good;
6624.  The spicy goat taco at Mezcaleria Oaxaca in Seattle reminds me of an Arby’s roast beef (sandwich);
6625.  The Mole’ Negro (i.e., black mole’ with pork ribs, chicken or skirt steak served with white rice & corn tortillas) at Mezcaleria Oaxaca (in Seattle) is really tasty;
6626.  Only in Seattle, will a (perfect) stranger, walking down the street, offer you to try her ice cream (and spoon-feed you too);
6627.  The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle maybe the nicest Starbucks in the world;
6628.  Starbucks’s “Nitro Milk” (actually) doesn’t upset my stomach;
6629.  Apparently, it takes about 3 hours for an edible to kick in;
6630.  Food is more pronounced while “under the influence;”
6631.  I hate time dilation;
6632.  I had the longest 30-minute dinner at Poppy (PoppySeattle.com) (in Seattle);
6633.  I don’t understand the appeal of marijuana;
6634.  The color in scallops is affected by gender.  Male scallops are grayish white, while female scallops can take on a rosy coral hue when spawning. . . . Who knew?
6635.  Pat Sajak has been a (Washington) Capitals season ticket holder for thirteen years/seasons;
6636.  I can say I’ve been to a Stanley Cup Finals game;
6637.  I’ve watched a hockey game with “Wonder Woman” (i.e., Lynda Carter);
6638.  I’ve watched a hockey game with Bradley Beal (of the Washington Wizards) too;
6639.  I can say I was at the (Washington) Capitals’ first home win ever in the Stanley Cup Finals;
6640.  Apparently, you can apply wax with a paint roller. . . . Who knew?
6641.  Your beliefs create your reality.  What you believe plays out in your outer reality;
6642.  Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate;
6643.  I can (finally) say I’ve watched the (Washington) Capitals win a Stanley Cup (championship);
6644.  (As of June 8th, 2018,) the (Washington) Capitals have played 3,701 games(, including the regular season and the playoffs,) in franchise history;
6644.  (Since joining the NHL in 1974-75,) the (Washington) Capitals have played 3,701 games(, including the regular season and the playoffs,) in franchise history;
6645.  You should say “thank you” when someone cooks you dinner;
6646.  You should (also) say it’s (i.e., dinner) “good” (when it is);
6647.  Alexander Ovechkin is (now) the second-oldest player on the (Washington) Capitals(‘ roster) behind (defenseman) Brooks Orpik;
6648.  Jay Beagle (of the Washington Capitals) is the only player to win a championship in the ECHL, AHL and NHL;
6649.  (I don’t like cauliflower, but) the buffalo cauliflower (with spicy tahini) at Yard House (YardHouse.com) is (pretty) tasty . . . probably because it doesn’t taste like cauliflower;
6650.  The poke nachos (i.e., marinated raw ahi tuna, avocado, cilantro, serrano peppers, green onions, nori, sesame seeds, sweet soy sauce, sriracha aioli & white truffle sauce over crispy wontons) (at Yard House) are good too;

Monday, May 7, 2018

What I've learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

6551.  Oral sex in a (public) restroom (specifically Murphy’s Irish Pub) . . . check . . . sex in a (public) restroom . . . (double) check;
6552.  Walt Whitman wrote letters during the Civil War at the (Smithsonian National) Portrait Gallery;
6553.  There have only been five (U.S.) presidential elections where the winner didn’t win the popular vote (i.e., John Quincy Adams in 1824; Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876; Benjamin Harrison in 1888; George W. Bush in 2000; and Donald Trump in 2016);
6554.  Porcelain is the only ceramic that’s translucent;
6555.  Marge Margulies (MargeMarguliesPottery.com) is one of Elizabeth’s favorite potters;
6556.  A sign of a good potter is how thin s/he can get the clay;
6557.  Elizabeth made out with Michael Trotter (the actor) in grade school;
6558.  The “Cereal Milk” soft serve (ice cream) at Milk Bar (MilkBarStore.com) is tasty . . . and so is the chocolate malt cake (i.e., chocolate cake, malted fudge, malted milk crumbs, charred marshmallows & malted chocolate frosting);
6559.  Making out in the backroom of a hotel (specifically the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.) . . . check . . . getting caught by a hotel employee . . . (double) check;
6560.  Apparently, if a woman tells you she does/uses cocaine, she’ll sleep with you (for cocaine). . . . Who knew?
6561.  Making out at the Tidal Basin . . . check;
6562.  Collar . . . check;
6563.  Our cognitive ability does not remain the same throughout the day;
6564.  How we perform depends on what we are doing;
6565.  For most of us, our (cognitive) peak is in the morning and, for night owls, it’s later in the day;
6566.  Our (cognitive) peak is where we are most vigilant (i.e., able to bat away distractions) and the best time for analytical work;
6567.  Standardized test scores for students go down in the afternoon and the number of auto(mobile) accidents increase;
6568.  Once you control for cars on the road, the most dangerous time to drive is between 4 o’clock and 6 o’clock in the morning with the second most dangerous time (to drive) between 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock in the afternoon;
6569.  During our midday (cognitive) trough, we should be doing more of our administrative work (i.e., batching & answering routine e-mails, filling out testing procedure specification reports, filling out expense reports, etc.);
6570.  During our (cognitive) recovery period, we have an elevated mood.  Our mood is better than it is during the trough, but we’re less vigilant than we are during the peak.  This is a good time for brainstorming and insight work;
6571.  We should be moving our analytical work to the peak, our administrative work to the trough and our insight and creative work to the recovery (period);
6572.  Time of day explains about 20 percent of the variance in how people perform on cognitive tasks;
6573.  The reason people hate it when you change is because the ways they used to manipulate you stop working;
6574.  Avocados (will) last a long time if you store them in the crisper (drawer) in your (re)frig(erator);
6575.  Elizabeth’s birthday is on Cinco de Mayo;
6576.  Your calf can cramp (up) during sex. . . . Who knew?
6577.  Cock face slap . . . check;
6578.  (Mini) remote control egg . . . check;
6579.  Breakfast (e.g., tacos, huevos rancheros & breakfast burritos) is served all day at District Taco (DistrictTaco.com);
6580.  Apparently, I’m the most sexual person Elizabeth has ever met;
6581.  In 60% of cases where a family’s fortune is blown, it’s usually exhausted in one generation by the children of the person who created the wealth;
6582.  In 90% of the cases where a fortune is blown, it’s gone by the second generation, by the time the grandchildren die;
6583.  (Getting) a cordless, hand vacuum is worth it too;
6584.  Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.”  Spirit says, “Find your peace and then everything will fall into place;”
6585.  Note to self: Make sure the penis/cock is in;
6586.  Apparently, I’m the best lover Elizabeth has ever had;
6587.  Oral sex at work . . . check . . . diving at work . . . (double) check . . . sex at work . . . (triple) check;
6588.  Chemically speaking, there’s no difference between humans and rocks, trees, orangutans or distant stars.  Grind them all up and their chemical composition isn’t what distinguishes one from the other.  Our physical presence is a spiritually directed conglomeration of a hodgepodge of chemicals and the end result is that we’re beings made up of the same stuff that makes up the stars.  We’re made up of stardust.  That’s right, the stuff of dreams; twinkling, magical, beautiful and light-filled stardust!
6589.  (Eating) pizza (tends to) make(s) me feel tired and lethargic;
6590.  Blue Chair Bay coconut, spiced rum is tasty;
6591.  (I can say) I’ve gone boat fishing . . . although I didn’t (actually) catch any fish;
6592.  The most common misuse of imagination is stressing what you don’t want for yourself;
6593.  Highly functioning self-actualized people simply never imagine what it is that they don’t wish to have as their reality;
6594.  Never place into your imagination any thought that you would not want to materialize;
6595.  Never allow your imagination to be contaminated by ideas about how your life used to be.  You need faith in your power to make the nonexistent your reality.  Just because you haven’t experienced the magic of the nonexistent appearing in your daily life is no reason to poison your imagination with the thoughts that got you where you are now or have been for most of your life;
6596.  Your imagination is yours and yours alone.  It is a vast, unbounded realm within you that no one else has access to.  No one can peer into your imagination and place things in there that they prefer for you, nor can they extract any ideas that are percolating in that grand imagination of yours.  Your imagination is your own fertile field for growing any seedlings that you choose to plant for a future harvest;
6597.  Never allow someone else’s ideas about what is possible or impossible for you, how you should be thinking, who you should be or anything else to occupy your imagination;
6598.  The viewpoints of other people regarding how you should occupy your imagination generally involve their own self-interest;
6599.  Do not let your imagination be restricted to the current conditions of your life.  Your imagination is unlimited and, if you’ve opted for an ordinary level of living, it is tempting to stay in “what is” rather than what you unabashedly intend to manifest for yourself.  Keep reminding yourself that everything that you’ve believed has gotten you to precisely the point where you are now;
6600.  If you want to elevate your life and become a manifester then you have to change what you’ve believed to be true about yourself that has landed you where you are;

Monday, April 30, 2018

What I've learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

6501.  Designate two blocks of the day to respond to e-mails.  Odds are, your inbox is getting blasted all day.  Answering e-mails in a one-off fashion is inefficient and will disrupt your focus on other tasks.  So set aside two blocks during the day to answer e-mails, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.  It can be a game-changer;
6502.  When we don’t want to face what’s holding us back, our minds can even trick us into thinking that the avoidance impulse(, which is really based in fear) is actually a spiritual message from above.  Mistakenly thinking that all of our impulses are higher intuitive guidance.  So how do we know which impulses to follow?  Often we don’t.  Some humility is called for.  It’s useful to stop expecting our higher self to be able to communicate with us with absolute clarity, like a bell, every time;
6503.  Unless you’re already an enlightened being then not all of your impulses are going to come from your higher self, intuitive guidance system.  Some of your feeling based impulses are going to be coming from your lower level blockages: your fears, limiting beliefs, old wounds, emotional baggage triggers and karmic patterns;
6504.  When we really face our blockages with honesty and humility, thank them for the service they’ve performed for us (because our blockages were initially designed to protect even if they’re no longer appropriate and they’ve definitely taught us something) then the blockage has permission to dissolve;
6505.  If we choose not to face ourselves in that moment, that’s okay.  The universe will patiently keep knocking on that door over and over again with new situations that give us the same opportunity to face our shadow(, the unacknowledged and disowned parts of ourselves,) until we’re ready to finally answer the door and really look ourselves in the eyes;
6506.  Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate;
6507.  Elizabeth likes sour beer;
6508.  The “lotus spinach chaat” at Urban Tandoor (UTandoorVA.com) (in Ballston) is (pretty) tasty;
6509.  Elizabeth likes (chicken) wings;
6510.  Apparently, I’m easy to talk to;
6511.  Nipple clamps . . . check . . . anal beads . . . (double) check;
6512.  How to cook pork chops: 1.  Place oil in a large skillet and heat until medium hot; 2.  Place chops in the skillet, placing them so they don’t touch; 3.  Cook each side for 4 minutes; and 4.  Cover the skillet, turn off the heat and let the chops sit for 8-10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the chops);
6513.  (Not surprisingly, )the chicken and double-smoked bacon sandwich (i.e., herbed chicken on toasted, apple brioche with double-smoked bacon & maple mustard) at Starbucks is (pretty) tasty . . . (after all, )it does have bacon on it;
6514.  Apparently, churches will hire professional singers to join their (church) choirs for major religious celebrations (i.e., Christmas & Easter) to try to get more/larger donations;
6515.  Sofa . . . check;
6516.  The greater danger is not that your hopes are too high and you fail to reach them; it’s that they’re too low and you do;
6517.  A mind that’s open to everything means being peaceful, radiating love, practicing forgiveness, being generous, respecting all life and, most important, visualizing yourself as capable of doing anything that you can conceive of in your mind and heart;
6518.  What you think about expands.  If your thoughts are filled with doubt and you have a closed mind, you will out of necessity act upon those closed-minded doubts and you’ll see evidence of your thinking virtually everywhere you are.  On the other hand, should you decide (make no mistake about this, it is a choice) to have a mind that’s open to everything, then you’ll act upon that inner energy and you’ll be the creator as well as the recipient of miracles wherever you are;
6519.  Overt instruction works to lead people, yet influence makes the strongest impact.  The best leaders lead not only by instruction, they lead by example;
6520.  Leaders become great not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.  If you’re a leader or a parent, know that some skills and attitudes are impossible for those under you to learn by instruction alone;
6521.  In one study, children tasked with writing an essay delivered longer, higher-quality essays when writing by hand.  In another study, children were asked to write, trace or type various letters.  They were then shown the letters while researchers performed fMRI scans.  When shown letters they had written, parts of the brain associated with reading lit up with activity.  This response was dampened when traced letters were shown.  Letters that had been typed elicited the smallest response;
6522.  When a group of preschool students was divided into two groups, one training in handwriting and the other on a keyboard for sixteen sessions, the handwriting group outperformed their peers not only in writing, but also in reading assessments.  The typing group did not excel beyond their peers in any field tested;
6523.  In a 2014 study, researchers confirmed that students learn better when they take notes on paper.  They reason that the slower speed of handwriting forces students to consolidate and reword lectures, helping them to process and retain new information.  When students who used laptops were asked to consolidate information in their notetaking, they still used more words and did not reap the benefits of the handwriting group;
6524.  A positive emotion (i.e. compassion) wears off relatively quickly, researchers find that when they give someone a negative feeling (i.e. anger) to concentrate in, the physiological effects last over 5 hours;
6525.  We tend to think group performance depends on measurable abilities like intelligence, skill and experience and not on a subtle pattern of small behaviors of making the group feel safer;
6526.  Little moments of social interaction that can help make a team: 1.  Close proximity, often in circles; 2.  Profuse amounts of eye contact; 3.  Humor and laughter; 4.  Physical touch (i.e., handshakes, fist bumps & hugs); 5.  Intensive, active listening; 6.  Lots of short, energetic exchanges (i.e., no long speeches); and 7.  High levels of mixing, where everyone talks to everyone;
6527.  Rosé(, hard) cider can be (very) dry;
6528.  When you introduce a new idea/product to the world: SW2 + WC = MO (i.e., Some Will love it, Some Won’t + Who Cares = Move On);
6529.  When acid is added to milk, the drop in pH causes the milk’s casein proteins to bond together in tight clusters.  Why?  In the presence of acid, the proteins lose their negative charge, which normally keeps them apart.  Once those charges are gone, the proteins clump, forming curds;
6530.  When the cell walls of certain fruits and vegetables like avocados, apples, artichokes and potatoes are cut or crushed, enzymes in their flesh are exposed to air.  Those enzymes react with compounds called polyphenols, producing black- or brown-colored pigments.  Acids (and citric and ascorbic acids in particular) slow the rate of this oxidation, which is why we often use lemon or lime juice to inhibit browning in recipes like classic guacamole and roasted artichokes;
6531.  Acidic ingredients, such as citrus juice, buttermilk, yogurt and even chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and non-Dutched cocoa, react with alkaline baking soda to produce carbon dioxide gas.  Baking powder, on the other hand, is a complete leavening system.  It’s a combination of baking soda and crystallized acid.  When baking powder is added to liquid ingredients, it dissolves almost immediately and carbon dioxide begins to form;
6532.  In the popular South American dish called ceviche, seafood is “cooked” via a soak in an acidic marinade.  The acid causes proteins to denature and coagulate eventually giving it the opaque appearance and firm texture of “cooked” fish or shellfish;
6533.  (I can say) I’ve eaten beef from halfway around the world (i.e., Australian, grass-fed beef from Whole Foods Market);
6534.  Whippets . . . nothing, nada, zilch;
6535.  Sex on a balcony/sex outside . . . check;
6536.  Elizabeth’s skin tastes salty;
6537.  (I can say) I’ve eaten brownies for breakfast;
6538.  Three things you can’t recover in life; the words after they’re said, the moment after it’s missed and the time after it’s gone;
6539.  Kevin (Dwyer) and I have the same birthday;
6540.  Everything I need comes to me in the perfect time and space sequence;
6541.  I forgive everyone in my past for all perceived wrongs;
6542.  I bless and prosper everyone in my world and everyone in my world blesses and prospers me;
6543.  (I can say) I’ve licked champagne off a porn star’s leg (specifically Adria Rae);
6544.  (I can also say) I’ve had a porn star lick my face;
6545.  Worrying is praying for what you don’t want;
6546.  Getting a blowjob on your birthday . . . check . . . blowing your load in her mouth . . . (double) check;
6547.  (According to Elizabeth,) I taste “healthy” . . . and (slightly) salty;
6548.  Joanna Krupa (i.e., model) and I have the same birthday too;
6549.  You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have;
6550.  Just because you can’t keep up doesn’t mean you can’t show up;

Monday, April 9, 2018

What I've learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

6451.  One might expect single people to be less risk-averse than their married counterparts, but the opposite is true.  Married people, for example, are more willing to make risky financial investments than single people.  The outcomes of success can also be seen in marriage studies with married men earning about twenty percent more than unmarried men;
6452.  4 rules for strategic givers: 1.  Don’t break the bank: The amount of money you spend doesn’t matter.  It’s what you spend it on.  Here are two words to guide your gifting: practical luxuries.  Most of your gift recipients are (more than likely) extremely high-powered.  They don’t need an $80.00 watch because they could afford to purchase an $8000.00 watch.  So if you have $80.00 to spend, gift something useful that the recipient might never buy for themselves.  Make it both practical and top-of-the-line.  Spend the $80.00 on a custom coffee mug.  Or on a pair of zebra wood headphones.  Or on an engraved cheese knife (i.e., American-made, guaranteed forever and sold by college students).  If your recipient says, “I would never buy this for myself, but I absolutely love it!” then you’re on the right track; 2.  Use the crucial ITY’s: A good gift shouldn’t live in isolation.  It can’t live in isolation.  Worthy recipients today are likely to be worthy recipients tomorrow, so set yourself up for success.  Not by putting your logo on everything, but by adhering your gifting to the three crucial ITY’s: A) Visibil-ITY gifts are things that’ll be seen by others.  Conversation starters.  Make your recipient look good and they will love you forever; B) Continu-ITY gifts are those you can buy in a series.  Today you send the leather belt, next month the leather travel bag and so on; and C) Qual-ITY gifts are things that last forever.  Nothing says, “You don’t really matter to me” like mediocre quality; 3.  Don’t be an ABC gifter:  ABC gifters limit their strategic giving to Anniversaries, Birthdays and Christmas.  Your goal is “surprise and delight,” you should know that ABC gifting thoroughly eliminates the “surprise” part of the equation.  Better to change your giving calendar to reflect those months, dates and days when your recipient least expects it.  “I was having the worst Tuesday and then I got your package in the mail!  Thank you!  Where did you find this thing?”  Shock and awe just isn’t the same without the shock; 4.  Follow up without attachment: You should follow-up and ask “How’d you like the gift?”  It doesn’t make you tactless.  The only way to become tactless is to make the follow-up about you.  “How’d you like the gift?  Great!  Hey, I was wondering if you could do me a favor;”
6453.  In 2011, as part of the Science of Generosity Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, W. Bradford Wilcox headed up a survey of 1,630 married couples designed to home in on a single factor in after-the-nuptials happiness: marital generosity.  In a 2013 article for the Journal of Marriage and Family, Wilcox and coauthor Jeffrey Dew define this generosity as “giving good things to [one’s spouse] freely and abundantly,” including “regularly engaging in small acts of kindness, expressing affection, expressing respect and forgiving one’s spouse;”
6454.  One of the worst feelings you can get is that feeling of stagnation.  When your life stagnates, it starts to affect other areas of your life.  You might feel uninspired, unmotivated, like you’re in a rut that you can’t get out of.  You feel bored . . . bored of everything;
6455.  (I can say) I witnessed Alexander Ovechkin’s 602nd (regular-season) NHL goal making him the 19th all-time NHL goal scorer (by surpassing Jari Kurri on the all-time list);
6456.  Morning sex . . . check . . . snow day . . . (double) check;
6457.  (Instant) oatmeal (specifically maple & brown sugar) made with (black) coffee is actually (pretty) good;
6458.  Dining room table . . . check . . . raw dog buggery . . . (double) check;
6459.  Making out in the car . . . check;
6460.  (Getting) a body trimmer is a worthwhile purchase;
6461.  New opportunities, new experiences are always found outside (of) your comfort zone;
6462.  The key to feeling good is to decide to stop feeling bad;
6463.  This day, I vow to myself to love myself, to treat myself as someone I love truly and deeply, in my thoughts, my actions, the choices I make, the experiences I have, each moment I am conscious, I make the decision I love myself;
6464.  Darkness is the absence of light.  Any negative thought is darkness.  How do you remove it?  Do you fight fear or worry?  Do you push or drown away sadness and pain?  Doesn’t work.  Instead, imagine you’re in a dark room and it’s bright outside.  Your job is to go to the window, pull out a rag and start cleaning.  Soon enough, light enters naturally taking the darkness away;
6465.  If you had a thought once, it has no power over you.  Repeat it again and again, especially with emotional intensity, feeling it, and over time, you’re creating the grooves, the mental river.  Then it controls you;
6466.  The chicken tender sub at Publix (Publix.com) is (pretty) tasty;
6467.  Calming meditation: 1.  Put on music . . . something soothing and gentle, preferably instrumental . . . a piece you have positive associations with; 2.  Sit with your back against a wall or window.  Cross your legs or stretch them out, whatever feels natural; 3.  Close your eyes.  Smile slowly.  Imagine a beam of light pouring into your head from above; 4.  Breathe in and say to yourself in your mind, “I love myself.”  Be gentle with yourself; 5.  Breathe out and along with it anything that arises . . . anything thoughts, emotions, feelings, memories, fears, hopes, desires or nothing.  Breathe it out.  There is no judgment or attachment to anything.  Be kind to yourself; 6.  Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the music ends.  When your attention wanders, notice it and smile.  Smile at it as if it’s a child doing what a child does.  With that smile, return to your breath.  Repeat steps 4 and 5; and 7.  When the music ends, open your eyes slowly.  Smile.  Do it from the inside out.  This is your time.  This is purely yours;
6468.  “I love myself” mediation: 1.  Set a timer for 5 minutes; 2.  Stand in front of a mirror with your nose a few inches away.  Relax.  Breathe; 3.  Look into your eyes.  It helps if you focus on one . . . your left eye.  Relax.  Breathe slowly and naturally until you develop a rhythm; 4.  Looking into your left eye say, “I love myself.”  Whether you believe it that moment or not isn’t important.  What’s important is saying it to yourself and looking into your eyes where there is no escape from the truth.  Ultimately, the truth is loving yourself; and 5.  Repeat, “I love myself,” gently, pausing occasionally to watch your eyes;
6469.  If a painful memory arises, don’t fight it or try to push it away.  Struggle reinforces pain.  Instead, go to love.  Love for yourself.  Feel it.  If you have to fake it, fine.  Feel the love for yourself as the memory ebbs and flows.  That will take the power away;
6470.  Fighting fear doesn’t work.  It just drags us in closer.  One has to focus on what is real . . . on the truth.  When in darkness, don’t fight it.  You can’t win.  Just find the nearest switch and turn on the light;
6471.  James Altucher talks about how he stops negative thoughts in their tracks with a simple mind trick.  “Not useful,” he tells himself.  It’s a switch, a breaker of sorts, it shifts the pattern of the fear;
6472.  When fear arises, remember that it is a hallucinated snake, that it’s not useful or that it’s not real.  There are many more.  As long as it works, it’s valid;
6473.  The key is, when in darkness, have a light switch you’ve chosen standing by;
6474.  It’s easy to wish for health when you’re sick.  When you’re doing well, you need just as much vigilance;
6475.  If I loved myself truly and deeply, what would I do?  The answer is: I’d fly . . . fly as high as I possibly can.  Then, I’d fly higher;
6476.  Often the price for not being present is pain;
6477.  Whenever you notice fear in your mind, instead of pushing it aside or using it as fuel, say to yourself, “It’s okay,” a gentle “yes” to yourself, to the moment and to what the mind is feeling;
6478.  Real growth comes through intense, difficult and challenging situations;
6479.  Fear strengthens the ego.  Love softens it;
6480.  The women you’ll see in the lobby of LIV (Nightclub) (LIVNightclub.com) in Miami is ridiculous;
6481.  What’s a great place to meet women in Miami?  The answer is: The lobby of LIV (Nightclub);
6482.  Apparently, you should put your Molly under your “junk;”
6483.  Putting your Molly in the waistband of your boxers works too;
6484.  Don’t take the 3rd pill . . . just don’t;
6485.  (The feeling of) too much Molly reminds me of lucid dreaming;
6486.  100/150 mg and then 100/50 mg 3-4 hours later is (probably) about right (for most people);
6487.  (I can say) I saw Swedish House Mafia play (at Ultra Music Festival) in Miami;
6488.  Apparently, Floyd Mayweather likes to go to LIV (Nightclub) in Miami;
6489.  Ice cream made with (liquid) nitrogen is very creamy;
6490.  The 10 minute rule: It’s really easy to put off tasks that seem daunting, but there’s something that works.  Promise yourself you’ll put just 10 minutes into the task.  Once you get in the flow, you’ll pick your head up two hours later with a large chunk done.  Getting started is the hardest part so don’t give yourself a choice;
6491.  How do you get 2,000 free (frequent flyer/airline) miles from American Airlines?  The answer is: Have a kid throw up on you on the plane. . . . It’ll also get you a free (alcoholic) drink and your dry cleaning paid for;
6492.  Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore;
6493.  Hospitals are cheap(er) places to park in the Inner Harbor (in Baltimore);
6494.  (I can say) I’ve been to Opening Day at (Oriole Park at) Camden Yards;
6495.  Apparently, I smell “salty;”
6496.  It seems (that) the kid’s dog (i.e., $1.50) is a better value than a regular hot dog (i.e., $5.00) at (Oriole Park at) Camden Yards. . . . You can buy three kid’s dogs for less than the price of one regular hot dog;
6497.  Going to a strip club with a girl you’re seeing . . . check . . . bonus, (in that) it was her idea;
6498.  Something you don’t see every day . . . (a woman with) a dog (i.e., Chihuahua) at a strip club;
6499.  Apparently, Elizabeth is “falling” for me;
6500.  If you don’t want to be mistaken for a(n) Lyft/Uber (driver) in D.C., don’t drive a gray (Toyota) Corolla;

Monday, March 19, 2018

What I've learned since moving to D.C. (some of which should be obvious):

6401.  I place no limits and no restrictions on all that I intend to accomplish and become from here on in;
6402.  Whenever you’re experiencing discomfort or sadness, rather than trying to change the thought behind your emotional state, instead just put it back onto the never-ending conveyor belt of thoughts and then select a different thought.  Keep doing this until you’ve selected a thought that allows you to feel good and you’re no longer condemning yourself for creating unhappy thoughts;
6403.  Mood and sleep use the same neurotransmitters.  That makes it very hard to tell if someone has sleep loss or depression.  Other nasty effects of short-term sleep deprivation include memory impairment, mood swings, dullness, fatigue and even hallucinations.  Sleep time is the time when you recover from the stresses of life.  Take that away and the brain and body suffer a little more every day;
6404.  Bigger isn’t always better.  Better is better;
6405.  You can’t have what other people have if you aren’t willing to do what they do;
6406.  You don’t always need to grow your business to get what you really want;
6407.  If you’ve felt the pressure to build something big to do what you really want to do, remember these words: you don’t have to do this.  You can create the life you want without playing somebody else’s game.  So go play your own;
6408.  Purposeful celebration brings an energy to your team and that energy will directly impact the performance they deliver.  It feels good to be acknowledged.  And it doesn’t take much.  Sometimes it’s just a pat on the back or thumbs up from the right person at the right time;
6409.  Because of the way our brains work, goal sharing often gives us the same psychological satisfaction of accomplishing the goal without having to do the hard work.  In other words, talking becomes a substitute for doing;
6410.  Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, conducted her own goal-setting study with 267 participants.  She found that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down;
6411.  There is a place for sharing our goals after all.  Participants, who sent their commitments to a friend, accomplished significantly more than those who didn’t and those who followed up with weekly progress reports to their friends did even better.  So don’t set goals and tell everyone.  Instead, tell those people who need to know and can provide the support and accountability you need to get results;
6412.  The food at the Silver Diner (SilverDiner.com) is (actually) pretty good . . . and they don’t just serve diner food;
6413.  As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know.  We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know.  But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know;
6414.  Having a lot of (throw) pillows and blankets (on your couch) can come in handy;
6415.  (Bath)tub . . . check;
6416.  Social media can become like an echo chamber, where we only choose to listen to the views of people who think the same way we do, and unfriend those who don’t.  We can become a slave to that limited way of thinking with our minds slowly narrowing and closing down without us even noticing.  When our thinking becomes narrow, we don’t see as many opportunities.  And that can block our abundance;
6417.  Social media can also become an addiction, where we know that we’re frittering away time that could be spent far more productively, but somehow we can’t help ourselves.  Being unproductive can block our abundance too;
6418.  A comprehensive Harvard study by researchers Holly Shakya and Nicholas Christakis has shown that increased Facebook usage is associated with lower physical health, mental health and life satisfaction.  “Overall, our results showed that, while real-world social networks were positively associated with overall well-being, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with overall well-being.  These results were particularly strong for mental health; most measures of Facebook use in one year predicted a decrease in mental health in a later year.  We found consistently that both liking others’ content and clicking links significantly predicted a subsequent reduction in self-reported physical health, mental health and life satisfaction;”
6419.  When something bad happens to you, you can’t let your grieving period last too long.  There’s just too much great stuff out there in the world waiting for you;
6420.  You shouldn’t use oil-based lube with (latex) condoms and you shouldn’t use silicone-based lube with silicone toys;
6421.  When thinking about life, remember this: No amount of guilt can solve the past and no amount of anxiety can change the future;
6422.  You’ve got to work on yourself day by day.  You’ve got to remember that your entire life is a work in progress.  That you’re going to have bad days, but also good ones to balance everything out.  You’ve got to know that sometimes you’re going to get your heart broken, while other times, you’re the one who’s going to be breaking someone else’s.  You’ve got to accept that nothing ever goes as planned and that nothing is perfect.  You’ve got to realize that what you feel is never wrong and that you must always trust your intuition, but also accept the consequences of things.  You’ve got to know that it’s never too late to be where you want to be, to become who you want to become, to feel what you want to feel and to love the way you want to be loved: both freely and without discrimination.  You’ve got to believe in this, live by this and listen to your voice when you have to, in all shapes and forms.  You’ve got to empower every human you love and empower yourself to do good.  Be good and let everything that brings the light closer to you and everything that brings you peace in;
6423.  Anything that annoys you is teaching you patience.  Anyone who abandons you is teaching you how to stand up on your own two feet.  Anything that angers you is teaching you forgiveness and compassion.  Anything that has power over you is teaching you how to take your power back.  Anything you hate is teaching you unconditional love.  Anything you fear is teaching you courage to overcome your fear.  Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go;
6424.  5 things not to do in the morning: 1.  Think negative thoughts; 2.  Immediately think about what could go wrong with the things you have to do for the day; 3.  Start your morning without a purpose; 4.  Forget to be grateful; and 5.  Ignore your inspired actions;
6425.  5 things to do in the morning: 1.  Always look for a better feeling thought.  Become a vibrational match to the things you want to attract into your life; 2.  Close your eyes for a few minutes every morning and visualize your day going exactly the way you want it to go; 3.  After visualizing your day, visualize your bigger, long-term goals coming true and take a few moments to say your affirmations that describe your goals in their already completed state (e.g., “I am celebrating feeling light and alive in my perfect body weighing 135.”); 4.  Remember to be grateful.  Take a few moments to write down what you’re grateful for; and 5.  If you get an inspiration to do something, act on it immediately;
6426.  Here is a list of 18 of the most commonly used excuses and an affirmation for each.  The affirmations will assist you in making a conscious effort to encourage yourself to elevate your beliefs: 1.  It will be difficult: I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to with ease and comfort; 2.  It’s going to be risky: Being myself involves no risks.  It is my ultimate truth and I live it fearlessly; 3.  It will take a long time: I have infinite patience when it comes to fulfilling my destiny; 4.  There will be family drama: I would rather be loathed for who I am than loved for who I am not; 5.  I don’t deserve it: I am a Divine creation, a piece of God.  Therefore, I cannot be undeserving; 6.  It’s not my nature: My essential nature is perfect and faultless.  It is to this nature that I return; 7.  I can’t afford it: I am connected to an unlimited source of abundance; 8.  No one will help me: The right circumstances and the right people are already here and will show up on time; 9.  It has never happened before: I am willing to attract all that I desire beginning here and now; 10.  I’m not strong enough: I have access to unlimited assistance.  My strength comes from my connection to my Source of being; 11.  I’m not smart enough: I am a creation of the Divine mind; all is perfect and I am a genius in my own right; 12.  I’m too old (or not old enough): I am an infinite being.  The age of my body has no bearing on what I do or who I am; 13.  The rules won’t let me: I live my life according to Divine rules; 14.  It’s too big: I think only about what I can do now.  By thinking small, I accomplish great things; 15.  I don’t have the energy: I feel passionately about my life and this passion fills me with excitement and energy; 16.  It’s my personal family history: I live in the present moment by being grateful for all of my life experiences as a child; 17.  I’m too busy: As I unclutter my life, I free myself to answer the callings of my soul; and 18.  I’m too scared: I can accomplish anything I put my mind to because I know that I am never alone;
6427.  Clean up your messes.  When you live in a state of mental and physical clutter, it’s likely that you won’t be very productive.  Incomplete projects, unfinished business and piles of cluttered messes can weigh you down and take away from the energy you have to move forward toward your goals.  When you don’t complete tasks, you can’t be fully prepared to move into the present let alone into your new future.  What this means is that in order to be productive, you must complete any unfinished business or tasks that have been holding you back;
6428.  Focus!  The most successful people create entire days dedicated to focusing.  A “focus day” is a day in which you spend at least 80% of your time operating in your core genius or primary area of expertise, interacting with people or processes that give you the highest payoffs for the time you invest.  To be successful, you must schedule more “focus days” and hold yourself accountable for producing the results.  The more you focus on your highest payoff activities, the more productive you’ll be;
6429.  Learn how to say “no.”  If you are going to increase your results and your income as well as increase the amount of free time in your life, you are going to have to eliminate those activities, requests and other time-stealers that don’t have a high payoff.  You will have to structure your work so that you are focusing your time, effort, energies and resources only on projects, opportunities and people that give you a huge reward for your efforts.  You are going to have to create strong boundaries about what you will and won’t do;
6430.  Practice the “rule of 5.”  The “rule of 5” simply means that every day, you must do five specific things to move your most important goal toward completion.  By committing to take meaningful daily actions to achieve your goals, you will accomplish more than you thought possible in a surprisingly short amount of time;
6431.  Meditation is very important when it comes to productivity.  Through meditation, you can do many things better.  When your mind is clear, you make better decisions, you’ll be able to focus on your most pressing issues, you’re more creative, you have much greater awareness of the world around you and you ultimately get more done;
6432.  If there is something to gain by asking and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask;
6433.  “No’s” are just part of the journey on your way to finally getting a “yes.”  It only takes one “yes” to radically change your life forever;
6434.  Don’t get discouraged when you get a “no.”  Just keep asking.  You have to accept that you may get a lot of “no’s” on the way to a “yes;”
6435.  Ask as though you expect to get it.  Make your request with confidence and a full expectation that your wish will be granted;
6436.  Assume you can.  Don’t start with the assumption that you can’t get what you want.  Adopt the attitude that all you need to get what you want is to speak up and say that you want it;
6437.  Ask someone who can give it to you.  If you want a “yes,” there’s no sense asking a person who is incapable of fulfilling your request.  Qualify the person you are talking to before asking;
6438.  Be specific.  Vague requests produce vague results.  Be clear about exactly what you want to ensure you get it.  Don’t ask for a raise.  Ask for $5,000.00 more a year;
6439.  Ask repeatedly.  Persistence is a key principle of success.  Some people will say “no” to your requests.  Your job is to keep asking until you get a “yes;”
6440.  (Ricard) Wagner (the German composer) was anti-Semitic;
6441.  My (paternal) grandfather was born in 1918;
6442.  The (Peking) duck at Peking Gourmet Inn (PekingGourmet.com) in Falls Church, Virginia, is (very) lean and (almost fall off the bone) tender;
6443.  Apparently, multiple erections during (one) sex (session) isn’t very common;
6444.  Apparently, size doesn’t factor into the number of erections;
6445.  I don’t get/understand toe sucking;
6446.  I like getting my inner thigh kissed;
6447.  (I can say) I’ve been slapped . . . by a guy . . . (just) weird;
6448.  “Pollo a la brasa” (in Spanish) means “grilled chicken;
6449.  “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
6450.  Success requires the drive and support to face challenges, learn from our mistakes and continue to face challenges of increasing difficulty.  As recently highlighted in How Our Partners Empower Our Personal Growth, people with supportive partners are substantially more likely to take on challenges;