Hammer(Ed) + The ASSociation

Balance is key so don't judge me. 

While drinking doesn't benefit my running and contradictory to a healthy active lifestyle, I've worked 10 days straight (most being 12 hour days) with no days off and have house guests visiting from the East Coast. I walked in the house and said I wasn't going out last night, but the vodka made me do it.

Now I can return to my normal life, study for my next certification and get back to my running groups. 

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The Atlantic | 7 Ways to Find Meaning at Work

The happiest people according to all the best studies have a balanced portfolio,” Arthur Brooks said. “You need to balance your life portfolio between four things: the transcendental, which is to say the spiritual things bigger than you; your family; your community, which is your service and your friendships; and earning your success through meaningful work that creates value. Faith, family, community, and work.”
— http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/07/meaning-work-happiness-brooks/489920/

Once Upon A Time...

Before moving to Los Angeles my favorite place to visit in the city during work trips was Culver City Stairs.  Sad to say that it'll be a year in a few weeks and I've only been once. 

The one time I went just so happens to be day I had a conference call, I had shaved and was was pretending to be "Detroit Red."

Question: Would you consider Culver City Stiars hiking? I think this is a prime example of when it's appropriate to use air quotes in conversation.  This is definitely what I consider "hiking."

 

 

 

 

 

In The Meantime

If you only know me from social media then you may not know just how much I love GOD and that I am just as committed to showing up to Sunday service as I am about posting pictures about running.  If you know me in real life you may not know how much I love God either, but I'm working on that.

Like running, my relationship with God has only gotten stronger since moving to Los Angeles. A large part of my new found faith is because I discovered ONE CHURCH LA. Say what you want about a church filled with celebrities and industry people; I did the same, but "in the meantime" while questioning the intentions of everyone in the service, I stayed faithful and found a church that I actually enjoy.

"In the meantime," was the title of Sunday's message, which referenced how we operate between those time when we have highlights.  While some learned how to appreciate "the meantime" during the service, I learned how to feel about it.

See, I love "the meantime." I'm the guy who sits in traffic, gets certified to run, before changing my IG handle to @RUNWITHB and find it difficult to enjoy the meantime while constantly attempting to explain that I'm growing, practicing and conditioning when others are attempting to push me into various directions.

Although I knew how to appreciate the meantime, I know how to operate when others who don't appreciate the meantime fail to understand.

Tuesday

I consistently search for new gym motivation. Some weeks it's my desire for abs, other weeks it's too get some good treadmill workouts, but lately my motivation to get to the gym is to read "Awaken the Giant Within," by Tony Robbins.  

Since moving to LA and no longer relying on public transportation I've found that my reading has dramatically decreased. I've completed two books since moving to the West Coast, but found that I really like to read in the sauna. Thirty minutes of reading and sweating has become my new win / win. Sometimes it's an unnecessary conversation started from others in the sauna who have read the book, but often times it's a decent way for me to block out my surroundings and focus on myself.