The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is an allegory to the pursuit of life! I consider the experience of rereading The Alchemist as the literary equal of rewatching a Miyazaki film in that I’ll discover something new to take away with every iteration. In short, Coelho’s novel follows a shepherd boy named Santiago who drops everything from his homeland in Spain to go on a quest…

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Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá

Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá is my favorite book of all time. For evidence, just scroll up and look at this post’s thumbnail. I don’t really needs three versions of the same book, or do I? Daytripper is an award-winning (Eisner Award, Harvey Award, and Eagle Award in 2011) graphic published in 2010 by DC Comics/Vertigo. This isn’t a kid’s comic; it addresses…

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I Did Breathwork Every Day for 30 Days (Unexpected Results)

Naturally, after practicing meditation and taking cold showers as 30-Day Challenges I encountered the practice of breathwork –specifically the Wim Hof method. Breathing is a free activity, so I did breathwork every day for 30 days. I had no idea what to expect with going into this challenge. I mean it’s just breathing. We do it automatically, right? If it’s not clear yet, I have…

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10 Observations During My First 24-Hour Fast

Day 186 felt like a frying pan shot out from a fire-tornado and hit me in the head. I had some personal matters to handle, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lost her fight to cancer, the recent Southern California 4.8 earthquake’s started where my friend and family live, the wildfires are still burning, and let’s not forget we’re still in a pandemic. Friday, September 18 overwhelmed…

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The Flinch by Julien Smith

I came across The Flinch by Julien Smith during one of my Google searches for ideas associated with the cold showers challenge. The Flinch is a short 38-page e-book packed with pithy reasons why we need to face our fears. This is a short, easy read for multitasking with something else during quarantine. I read this over eating a bowl of noodles during my lunch…

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When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön

I’m drafting this on Day 168 of quarantine and life continues to be a mucky, banal ache. The Bay Area is still on fire and Chadwick Boseman lost his battle against colon cancer this week. 2020, can I fold my hand now?Somehow through the power of clicking around on the Internet, I came across the book When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times…

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I Meditated Every Day for 30 Days

Hello, how are you? Are you still in quarantine? Yes? Me too. I’ve decided to meditate every day for at least 10 minutes as another 30-Day Challenge because it’s a free activity that anyone can do inside in total isolation. In general, I’ve become a fidgety person who is always rushing from one thing to another. I take pride in my ability to critically think and problem-solve…

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Teaching Myself to Like Myself

I’m amid a work-life balance high as I peck away at the terrible ergonomics of my laptop’s butterfly keyboard. I dislike typing on this thing, but that doesn’t matter because right now because I’m engulfed in an ephemeral ocean of self-love. I had a moment with myself after wrapping on set the other day. For the first time, I felt a deep sense of inner…

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