Archive for May 2010

Is Barefoot Running Really That Strange?

I first mentioned barefoot running in my post The Shocking Truth About Running and how what we’ve long believed to be the “right” way to run, i.e., wearing well-cushioned running shoes, is actually quite debatable with opposing scientific research, real-life examples, and the unveiling of what it all boils down to–money. Read my post for further shocking truths.

Barefoot running is catching on–and fast. That includes running in Vibrams, which mimic barefoot running without having to go completely barefoot.

On Thursday, May 27, I completed my first race of the year, a 3.5 mile run in Grant Park, Chicago (JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge), running in my awesome Vibram FiveFingers. With nearly 20,000 participants, I certainly did not get the opportunity to see (... read more)

Minimalist Traveling and How to Do It

Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities. – Dalai Lama

I wrote briefly on how traveling minimally is not only easier on the traveler but also how it is so not the norm in my post 84 Things. You will stand out, if not amongst fellow travelers, then when you are trying to go through security checkpoints. This exclusion is a good thing. Not everything everyone does is necessarily correct or the best way to do things. You musn’t let the fact that you’ll get funny looks deter you if you are to really just enjoy your travels for the sake of traveling, not (... read more)

Go It Alone

Direct your right eye inward, and you’ll find A thousand regions in your mind Yet undiscovered. Travel them, and be Expert in home-cosmography. - William Habington

Have you ever found yourself having to eat alone while out in public? Say, while on a business trip? Does it make you feel lonely and conscious of your “aloneness”? Well, it shouldn’t, because going it alone is not necessarily a bad thing.

So often we do things in pairs and in groups that when in the off chance we find ourselves without a companion, we feel like everyone’s staring at us and wondering why we are sitting by ourselves. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay, and in fact, refreshing to be on your (... read more)

How to Make the Most of Your Commute Time

If you’re like most working folks, you probably are not so fond of long commute times and bumper-to-bumper traffic. In fact, I might take a gander and say you hate it. You despise it. You wish it was a living thing just so you could kill it. If you were married to it, you would divorce it, and take the house, the car, and all the money, as well.

But alas, there’s only so much we can do about this situation. It is like getting your seasonal allergies whenever spring comes around. You can’t stop it from happening, but you can treat it and make it less painful and irritating.

Here are 4 stress-free ways to make the most of (... read more)

Reality Is What You Make It to Be

Where your mind goes, energy flows. – Ernest Holmes

How can one person view a rainy day as the suckiest day ever and complain how the rain has ruined his plans for the evening while another person views a rainy day as an opportunity to catch up on a good book, or to call his mom up for a nice chat?

Is it something we cannot control, as in, that’s just who we are and what our personalities are like? I do believe, to a certain degree, that personalities tend towards optimism and pessimism. Just like some people are more happier than others and you just can’t figure out why that is.

I (... read more)