Musings Episode 53: Faith – It’s Not Religious.

This weekend’s been a blur…but it was still awesome, filled with a lot of, well, fulfilling conversation. Mostly concerning politics, religion, finance, and more. Boring stuff to some – but important and integral to understanding life.

So as you know last week you all found out I was re-reading Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. Well my friends and I on Friday night just so happened to get into a heavy conversation on religion, atheism and spirituality.

I’ll be honest – I’ve never been the religious type. The church going type. I’ve never been an atheist, either. Agnostic? For a stint. Spiritual? Probably been spiritual out of all of those three.

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There was a time in Asia when I learned many things, it was a time that gave me literally months to meditate. Call it a sabbatical if you will…but probably the biggest thing about it was coming to understand myself, more than anything else.

See once you understand yourself, everything else kind of falls into place. Fear fades, because you know how to test your limits. You learn patterns. Habits. Thoughts. It all starts internally. Begin to know yourself internally and you’ll understand why you do things externally.

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Anyway, back to Friday – a few friends and I got into this BIG discussion on the differences in atheism, religion, and spirituality. It’s pretty awesome when you have a group of friends where some are atheist, some are spiritual, and some are religious. I’ve had friends that are stout Muslim to total atheist – yet we still can comfortably get along and agree to disagree about our beliefs.

An interesting conclusion and mutual agreement within all the conversation that was exchanged though was one specific topic: Faith. Somehow, through some way shape or form, everyone could understand the topic of faith, even if they didn’t understand it completely.

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Which really goes to show that faith isn’t religious – but a state of mind.

It’s not rooted strictly in religion – as religion has its downfalls, as does atheism.

…but what does faith have?

Power.

Insurmountable power.

Once a person comes to know it and harness it that is.

According to Napoleon Hill, faith is simply a state of mind which may be induced or created, by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind, through the principle of “auto-suggestion.”

Faith is a state of mind – yet also an emotion.

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A lot of religions say “have faith,” yet rarely explain what faith is, let alone how to obtain it.

A lot of atheist say “have courage,” yet rarely state that courage is tied in with faith.

A lot of spiritual people say “believe before you see,” without really realizing they’re just saying “be courageous and have faith.”

Faith really isn’t something that can be taught from a book. It’s something you have to develop within yourself. The only way so far to train yourself to have faith is through tapping into your subconscious.

How do you tap into your subconscious? Through repetition of affirmations or “stories/orders” you tell yourself.

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The easiest way to describe this is to think on the man who commits a crime for the first time. When a man first comes into contact with crime, at first, he’s nervous, shaky, and abhors it. If he remains in contact with crime, he slowly becomes accustomed to it and endures. If he remains in contact with it long enough, he slowly embraces it and becomes influenced by it.

Another good example would be someone who goes to war. The act of being in active war is at first frightening, no matter how glorified they think it may be. The adrenaline kicks in, a person can get nervous, resistant of killing their fellow-man. Eventually, the longer they do it, they overcome fear and gain more courage – they gain more confidence. Then eventually, they can think clearly even in the heat of battle…eventually that courage, converts to confidence, converts to faith – that with the right planning, they can win the battle – win the war.

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It can also be easier to have faith when you have a plan.

Faith is something that has to be developed at its own speed – and you don’t need a church or religion to do that.

Faith is something that’s a personal thing, an emotion you yourself have to become comfortable with – faith is something your conscious mind has to work with your subconscious mind on becoming comfortable with.

All thoughts that have been emotionalized (given feeling) and mixed with faith, begin immediately to translate themselves into their physical equivalent/counterpart.

So really, if you think about it, a man could tell himself a lie day in day out, and eventually believe it. Once he has belief in the lie, he has confidence – once he has confidence, he has faith – and once he has faith, that lie suddenly becomes FACT in his mind, regardless of “truth.”

Faith is a state of mind. An emotion. An emotion, that must have self-confidence to truly flourish.

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How do you gain self-confidence?

Look out for the explanation and how-to in this week’s “Make it Mondays” post over at the official site, regoslife.eu

Hope everyone had an epic weekend.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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For The Weekenders: Club Adoré, RedCap Chauffeurs, Sobering Up With Cookie Monster…

3:26 a.m. and I find myself sobering up after an EPIC night out. Again, just like this week’s Episodic Musing all posts this week are ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY posts for RegosLife.com. I won’t bore you with the details of dinner and the like – however I will tell you about this awesome little club me and some friends went to, and the sobering up rituals that were carried out shortly after. Enjoy.

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For starters, this was an incredibly interesting night. A few friends and I got in touch and we figured it would be fitting to celebrate this site’s one year blogging anniversary in the most appropriate way possible – taking a road trip up north and loading up on a pre-weekend cheat meal at a favourite restaurant, then heading back down south and hitting up a new scene we’d never been to before: Adoré Nightclub. And I know I don’t talk like this often, maybe it’s the booze, maybe it’s not…but my gawd, that place was effing gorgeous. We’d booked the tickets in great anticipation, and I’m happy to say it wasn’t disappointing in the slightest.

They had an awesome event going on tonight, and if it weren’t for the fact that I had previous engagements set up just a few hours from now, I’d have stayed longer. The place is top notch when it comes to aesthetic appeal. The music is awesome. Sexy strangers are abundant…and for a group of exceptionally good looking people such as my friends and I, that’s a win-win-win-win for everyone.

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It’s one of those places that you can go to with friends or take someone you’ve gotten past that first coffee date to – not a “romantic” atmosphere, but not a “party hard” one either. A mix of upscale and know-how-to-party. A hybrid version of a club when you take Las Vegas tastes and infuse it with Miami quality – a match made it heaven. One of those places where if you wanna order champagne feel free to, because no one gives a damn and the only excuse needed is “just because.”

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A person just doesn’t have time to get into an altercation when they’re suited up.

The next logical step after a place like this and about 4 or 5 drinks in was to get sobered up…which is where one must choose:

Be a dumbass and try to drive drunk…or be responsible and hand your keys over to a stranger.

The last part is not as idiotic as it sounds. At least if you’re using a RedCap Chauffeur.

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Let’s be honest – drinking in America can be annoying. If you’re not in a trendy little area where the nightlife and restaurants are within comfortable walking distance to each other, you’re either stuck sobering up at the club or lounge, or wind up having one hell of a long, stumbling but steady, awkward walk to the nearest food joint, and back to your car.

RedCap takes the embarrassment out of all of that – not to mention takes the pressure off who’s gonna be the “designated driver” for the night…or the dreaded cop paranoia.

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The process is simple: Download the app for your android or apple smartphone, open it up, start booking your reservation for a driver to drive you around in the next couple hours….and that’s it. It’s really that simple. There’s no fee to join, the drivers are all certified (meaning you won’t have Rapey Mc-Rape eyeing your new squeeze) and insured, and frankly, the whole concept in general is pretty damn cool. RedCap‘s one of those companies that have been around for a while now, so it’s worth giving it a spin.

So in knowing all this – where would your new found chauffeur take you? To hang with cookie monster of course. Though I doubt at 1 a.m. you’d find him on Sesame Street.

If cookie monster was an insomniac or into drinking, you’d instead find him at Insomnia Cookies – the place to go when it’s the wee hours of the morning on a Thursday and your usual sobering up hot-spots have already closed their doors.

Unless it’s Taco Bell.

The Bell never lets anyone down.

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Getting back to the point though…when you’ve got a sweet instead of a savory tooth after a night out of drinking, Insomnia Cookies is your go-to spot. Why? Well, for starters, they do both delivery and pick up. So if that little chauffeur of yours dropped you home instead of one of Insomnia Cookies stores, you can avoid the angry I’m-still-too-tipsy-to-drive fist shaking in dismay, and instead conquer the great feat of getting your fingers to go where your eyes direct – thus ordering up deliciousness online in under 5 minutes.

They don’t just do cookies either. Nope. But brownies, frozen desserts, cookie cakes and naturally, milk. Or water…for the lactose intolerant among us.

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So the next time you’re in the mood for a smorgasbord of mouthwatering goodness and you order up that S’mores cookie with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream…and a feeling of excitement overcomes you as you dig in – think of me, as you wipe those tears of joy away.

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As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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“Energy and Persistence…

Musings: Quote Wednesdays…

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…and energy has a lot to do with things. Just a little mid-week wisdom. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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Musings Episode 52: Desire.

Today has been a truly special day. I went out for the day to celebrate this blog, and my company Rego’s Life. Because as of today, this 52nd post, is an anniversary post – an anniversary marking one year to date, that I’ve been writing the Musings on RegosLife.com.

This whole week, is an anniversary week, really – for Quote Wednesdays, and For The Weekenders…but today is the most special day. Because 52 episodes ago is where it all started. Where I decided to gain the courage, and enthusiasm to write and express my thoughts not just to friends, or at small gatherings, not just during writing classes or publicly speaking – but with the entire world.

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I’m proud to say I’ve consistently written a musing every week, without fail – and humble enough to say that all the inspiration, all the ideas, all the wording and expressions, were a gift from what I call Infinite Intelligence; Ruler of The Universe, Master of All Masters. A gift I chose to take heed to, and grab from the ether…but that’s not the only one I’d like to thank today.

I also have to wholeheartedly, 100%, genuinely, thank my readers and followers who have been with me all this time. You ladies and gents, from every stretch of the world, are what further inspire me every day to continue to take all the ideas, expressions, and thoughts given to me by Infinite Intelligence, and share them; unyielding and consistently. So thank you – and may I continue to write and deliver quality content for all of you to enjoy.

You’re all awesome, and I sincerely appreciate you.

This may sound a bit narcissistic, but what the hell….

Happy One Year RegosLife.com Anniversary to Me.

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Well then, shall we? Let’s begin.

I wanted to talk specifically on something that was lightly touched on a couple of weeks ago, both on here and the official site. That something is desire.

For the better part of Friday morning and the entirety of Saturday, I was what one would call devouring the contents of a book I bought years ago – Think and Grow Rich: The Original Classic, by Napoleon Hill, The Unabridged Version.

The book was originally printed in 1937, but many, if not ALL of the principles taught in it still apply to modern day times. Though they have revised it since then, it’s the ORIGINAL version you want to get, as this is one book you don’t want any alterations of.

It helped me in university, and continues to help me today every time I go to pick it up, and read it again. There’s a chapter in the book Napoleon Hill advises all of his readers to read again once they’ve finished the entire book, and continue to read until they fully understand it in its entirety – Chapter 2: Desire.

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Desire is something that’s looked quite oddly upon nowadays. Something frowned upon by some, and encouraged by others. If anyone saw the movie “Mad Money,” there’s a certain scene in it that was both funny, yet makes me cringe.

It’s when the main character who’s a housewife of a guy who lost his job is trying to convince one of her co-workers into “recycling” old money. The co-worker, Nina, makes a clear statement to which Bridget, the housewife, retorts :

Nina Brewster: I don’t want things I can’t have.

Bridget Cardigan: Do you live in America?

Reading Think and Grow Rich again it really puts that last line into perspective. The U.S. was built off of many factors, one of those being desire. Desire was one of the KEY factors, along with decision, definite purpose, faith, fearlessness, organized planning, imagination, persistence, and many other factors that gave the colonists of America freedom from the British.

The same goes for when Lincoln wanted to enforce the Proclamation of Emancipation, and when industrialist America was being built – thanks to capitalism, imagination, proper planning, and specialized knowledge. Without a desire to see change, progress, or any forward thinking movement, many countries would not be built to where they are today, nor have history worth mentioning in books.

Men like Abraham Lincoln, Samuel Adams, Gandhi, and even Napoleon Bonaparte were all fueled by desire and purpose, desire being something they never let die within themselves, through the strength of persistence. No matter how many times they may have encountered failure or met temporary defeat.

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Desire can be a tool used to fulfill both good and bad things…but desire is something that every human being must continue to have in order to live the type of lives they want and accomplish the type of goals they have.

It was desire that gave me the strength to persevere in building up Rego’s Life, first starting with this Personal Blog, then the Official Site, and finally Rego’s Life Store.

It was desire to spread positivity, that gave me the determination to turn Rego’s Life Official Site into a place where knowledge and information could be sourced and utilized to the best and most positive ability for all who came across it.

It was the desire for the ability to keep all of that information free to the public, which prompted me to go all in, quit all things automotive and real estate related, assemble a team, and start Rego’s Life Store and it’s main branch RLS Web Creations™, so that I could fully dedicate my time to writing and sharing all the information you see on RegosLife.com, regoslife.eu, and things you don’t see that happen offline as well.

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I’m happy to say I’ve found what I truly enjoy doing in life, which includes but isn’t limited to firstly RLS Web Creations™, providing the utmost quality service and products to all of our great clients (some of who are also readers, thank you), which also helps fund the official site….

Secondly, the Official Site, which I can freely share my life lessons and knowledge to make the path easier for those in search of success, be it financially, physically or health wise, spiritually, and through the power of thoughts

….and thirdly this personal blog, that enables me to share with all of you my innermost thoughts (Episodic Musings), quotes I live by from truly inspirational people (Quote Wednesdays), and hobbies and interest I think the entire world should know about and try at least once (For The Weekenders).

Desire, faith, definite purpose, and many other positive thoughts and things are what have kept me going and ensured success my entire life – and it’s desire, and many more positive thoughts and things that are going to ensure success and keep me going for many more years to come.

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I’ll be doing a follow up post on Desire in tomorrow’s “Make it Mondays” over at the Official Site, and share with you the 6 definite steps you need, along with desire and a few other principles in order to obtain what it is YOU want out of life, and manifest that desire into physical reality.

If you don’t have Think and Grow Rich: The Original Classic by Napoleon Hill, I highly recommend you get it today, and start reading at least a chapter a day.

I hope everyone’s had an awesome weekend, and once again I’d like to thank you all for being my readers and followers.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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For The Weekenders: Three More Liquors You Should Know About…

Since the last For The Weekenders got so many views, figured I’d continue the trend this week. So here’s three more liquors you should know about. Enjoy.

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Quality liquor is a vital key in having a decent get together. Here’s three quality liquors that won’t leave you hanging when you’re looking for drinks that taste great, start great, and end smooth. Out of the various brands tried, these are my personal favorites.

When you’re looking for a happy drink, choose tequila. More appropriately, Espolón Tequila. Not a lot of tequilas you can drink straight without a chaser or being chilled – this is not one of those tequilas. Usually I like to have mixers with tequila – this is not one of those tequilas.

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Espolón Tequila Blanco has a nice start, light to medium bodied palate and a strong agave flavor. Really take the time out to taste it and your taste buds will pick up hints of pepper, vanilla bean, and (interestingly enough) pineapple. To top it all off it’s got a nice, smooth finish. What more could you ask for? Another great tequila from Espolón is Espolón Reposado, a much bolder, aged tequila, which you can use in this recipe:

If you’re really into cocktails, the Decolletage is for you. The name itself perks the ears up, and if any of you have seen the movie Alfie (Jude Law version), you’ll laugh a little every time you drink this:

Decolletage

1.5 oz. Espolón Reposado tequila
1 oz. Dubonnet Rouge
.5 oz. ounce Aperol
.25 oz. Fernet Branca
orange twist to garnish

Get a mixing glass and stir all the ingredients over ice, then strain into a double old fashioned glass. Break the orange twist over the drink, allowing the citrus oils to blend in, then add it as the garnish. Simple enough to make at home with any standard mini bar.

….but tequila’s not for everyone. Especially not the “angry” drunks. It’s been known to sever friendships after one too many shots. The alternative? No, not beer….absinthe, my young, boozy apostle. Absinthe. One thing I can say I love about Europe – the plethora of absinthe. The absinthe you find out in the states just isn’t the same as the kind you find in Europe, and it’s said to be made up of synthetic ingredients. Not good. Huge no.

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Absinthe Original is what I used to have – which, might I add, I haven’t in quite some time. Absinthe is one of those drinks best enjoyed with a date you want to get intimate with, or a really, really close group of friends. It’s the friendly drink. The drink that makes you feel awesome, mellow, cool. The drink that no matter what should not be abused…but respected.

Though the best way to be had is straight mixed with melted sugar, there is one drink you absolutely must try…

Dead Man’s Mule – it’s not as bad as it sounds, BUT, I highly advise you have two of these MAXIMUM, and not a drop more.

1 shot Absinthe (duh.)
1 shot Goldschlager (cinnamon schnapps)
.75 shot Orgeat (syrup)
.75 shot lime juice
Top it off with ginger beer
Garnish with a decent lime wedge or two
1 long slice of ginger

Shake and strain the first four ingredients, then top it off with ginger beer. If you’re not used to the taste of absinthe, have it over ice in a collins glass or my favorite, mason jar. Add a lime wedge to garnish, cut one thick slice of ginger, and add it into the glass so the ginger juices can mix with the alcohol.

I used to drink this back in uni all the time and I can still say today it’s one of my favorite drinks.

Alright so you’ve had a taste of Latin America. You’ve had a taste of the Western Europe. Now let’s head East…but not too far east. Just enough to land us in Mother Russia – yeah, you got it: vodka. Not just any vodka. No, not Smirnoff. Not Grey Goose. Not even Absolut. Real vodka. Vodka that’ll put hair on your chest and fire in your heart…

….and the only one that comes to mind is Stolichnaya.

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I used to be a fan of Absolut, until I saw the light. Yes, Absolut is smooth, clean…but somehow, one day it just stopped mixing (pardon the pun) well with me. So I switched…and lo and behold that switch introduced me to Stoli.

This one starts, and finishes smooth, with citrusy hints the same way I like my gin. Vodka is one of those drinks that should be enjoyed on it’s own, on the rocks. As I ‘ve said many times before, though there are a lot of tasty drinks out there, sometimes if I’m on a strict fitness routine and I’m changing up for strength/stamina, I’ll lay off on the drinking a bit and just go with something boring like vodka soda – and no, that doesn’t mean I’m some calorie obsessed asshole. It just means I’m conscientious when the time calls for it.

Then other times I like a bit of flavor. Still though, not wanting to lose the taste of Stoli, one of my favorite recipes for this vodka would have to be the Desiree. Which consists of….

1 oz. Stoli
5 oz. Creme de Cassis

So straightforward you can make it at home without going out and buying 50 different ingredients, and you can even instruct your casual bartender on how to make it without coming across as a “snob” or “pretentious,” as some people ever so affectionately like to call it.

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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Musings: Quote Wednesdays…

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Just a little mid-week food for thought. 😉 Hope everyone’s having an awesome Wednesday, and if you missed Business Tools Tuesdays now’s your chance to check it out here.

As always…

Stay Awesome.

– Rego

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Musings Episode 51: Capture The Moment…

Plans today incline me to get out there and capture some moments with the ol’ Canon camera. Days like these allow me to wind down from work and the company. Capturing moments in time through photography is more important than a person actually realizes.

I’ve had this camera going on about 6 years now and can honestly say there was a point in time where going anywhere without it was incomprehensible. True, there are some moments that are just so timeless, so beautiful they’re not meant to be captured and framed – but then there are those moments that we look back on flipping through a photo album and review our own moments in “history.”

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Come to think of it, I’m not really sure if people still print photos and put them in albums. Though I do use a digital camera in today’s modern time, the feeling of printing out the photos and being able to touch them enables a person to connect with that moment, even years down the road.

Yet nowadays I wonder if people really think about that. If they really think of the impact a photo actually has, when it’s not on their computer screen, in their Facebook albums, or posted up on Instagram.

Hashtagging photos is great and all, though there are certain moments in time you don’t want to share with the world; but instead keep them special and significant, known to only yourself, friends, family, S.O., or whoever else you were with at that exact time.

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Sometimes you just want it to be that moment YOU remember, and not turn something that special into a popularity contest.

Really when you think about it, the same way history books were once written, a photograph is a way of notating your own history. The same way a blog or “diary” (though I never could understand those things) reflect moments past, and a video camera records things said and actions done.

Yet it’s something about a photograph that’s different than writing or recording. It’s the fact that quite literally, a second (or even milisecond) of time has been frozen, captured.

An exact moment, where once wishing you could see it again is made possible, whether it’s that time you were on holiday or that person you used to hang out with. It’s a way of tracking the person you used to be, and the person you’ve become.

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You can determine and evaluate progression, regression, change, additions, and subtractions in your life…a sort of “road map” that time stamps the good, neutral, and bad; but mostly the good and neutral. Though the traditional method of photography is developing a negative in order to obtain the final result, rarely do you ever capture a moment of negativity out of intention.

I think people should take photos, capture the moment, every chance they get. It’s a good way of learning, growing, understanding. Photographs can show you certain things you may not have noticed in that moment; zooming in on details unsaid, air not read.

Every time you look at a photograph, something new should be learned from it. It’s a way of pressing “pause,” and no matter how many years have passed, allowing your memory to press “play,” and resume that memory from where it left off.

It’s a way of reliving a happy moment, even when you yourself aren’t feeling too happy.

Think on that…I’m off to go capture some moments. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Three Liquors You Should Know About…

Every once in a while, it’s nice to share some of your favorite things with other people. In particularly, people whom you enjoy having a small gathering with.

Often the trend nowadays is for everyone to bring their own alcohol, and share it around – but if you’re looking to share something more than just beer or wine, considering that’s what most usually bring, here’s three kinds of alcohol that will be sure to make a great night for everyone. Enjoy.

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Let’s start off with my favorite….Jagermeister. More of a digestif liqueur, this stuff is amazing. Good God…there’s so much you can do with it – so many drinks you can make. The most well known being Jagerbombs – Red Bull and Jager (formerly Jager and beer)…but there are many, many more mixes than that.

I really enjoy the taste of this stuff, not to mention the fact it’s made of 56 herbs and spices. Usually when I drink I try and drink clean, and am very particular about the type of alcohol I take into my system. Hence why if for example, if anyone were to hang out with me, it’s more than likely you wouldn’t see me mixing alcohols.

So besides the ever-so-famous Jagerbomb what are two more drinks that are worthy of mentioning? Read on…

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The Bob Dylan. – Fairly simple, with a decent proof. You’re gonna need a blender for this one – it was originally made with Surge…but that was discontinued. Then I used to make it with Vault…and that was discontinued. Now, I used Mountain Dew. Take 12 oz. Mountain Dew, 4 oz. Jagermeister, and 16 oz. ice. Put all this in a blender, throw the top on, and blend until smooth. Careful though – this is soda you’re blending, after all.

Serve it in a highball glass and what do you get? One chilling, refreshing drink with a nice aftertaste. The ice M.D. taste hit you first, with a nice finish of jager once it warms up as it goes down. Try it out, and if you have already, comment below.

Reservoir Dog. Named after one of my favorite movies, this one’s quick and simple to make, as all it takes is one part Bailey’s Irish cream and one part Jager. Mix both over ice cubes, strain, and before you know it you’ve got one excellent drink that didn’t takes years of mixology to perfect.

Jager, depending on your alcohol tolerance, is one of those alcohols that give you a nice buzz without the terrible hangover. Quite honestly, what causes a terrible hangover is one of two things:

A) Cheaply made alcohol
B) Not enough oxygen to the brain – not drinking enough water after you’ve had your fill of alcohol

Next up…New Amsterdam Gin. Usually, I’m a bit of a gin snob. I like Beefeater London Dry Gin all the way – but sometimes, just sometimes, I like to change things up. New Amsterdam Gin is (suprisingly) something that caught my attention one day while I was out with a few friends getting some spirits for a small pool party.

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It’s a bit lacking in Juniper, but it does quite well in fruity drinks, due to its citrusy flavor. It’s also one of the better gins if you’re looking to pay less than $20.

Personally, when it comes to gin I have one favorite drink. It’s very simple, and sometimes boring – but with my fitness regime and again, conscientious nature, it’s something I don’t mind. Sometimes, the best things are the simplest – one of which is your classic G&T, or Gin and Tonic.

If you’re looking for more flavor though, these two should do the trick:

Classic Clover Club. – Another classic, but with a twist. Created in the 1800’s, this is one of those classics that everyone should try at least once.

All it takes is 2 oz. gin, half a lemon’s worth of juice, 1 egg white, 1 tsp. sugar, and lastly 1/4 raspberry syrup. Pour everything in to a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake like your life depends on it. This is so the sugar and egg mix well, and properly. Strain it into a cocktail glass and you’re good to go. Many people replace the raspberry syrup with grenadine but to be quite honest, without the syrup the drink is nothing to brag about. Raspberry syrup is key.

If you like mint, Caruso is for you. This one is both old-fashioned and cocktail glass worthy, and is simple enough for even the novice bartender to make.

The ingredients? 1 oz. gin, 1 oz. dry vermouth, and a touch of green creme de menthe. Pour them into a mixing glass with ice, stir, and stir well, strain into a glass and presto – you’ve just found a drink for the upcoming St. Patty’s day.

…but maybe you’re not a gin fan. Some people hate it. Maybe you don’t even like Jager – some say it smells like medicine….but everybody loves honey, right?

Cue Wild Turkey American Honey. What can I say about this stuff…except for the fact it’s effing awesome. You can drink it straight, on the rocks, or mixed. It’s got a sweet start and robust finish. The honey is so thick, it coats the glass quite easily even if you’ve accidentally let the ice melt. Interesting fact: Whiskey back in the day used to actually be considered medicinal, and was the preferred drink over water due to a safety point of view – considering the filtration process a few hundred years ago wasn’t exactly…effective.

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Sometimes I like to make Masala Chai (mixed spice tea) and spike it with an ounce or two of American Honey, makes for a real nice nightcap.

But if you prefer your drinks cold and not warm, here’s two recipes that’ll knock your socks off:

Let’s start simple, with American Honey and Ginger Beer. – Just as the name says all you really need is a large tumbler glass, limes, ginger beer, and about 30 ml of American Honey.

Pour the A.H. in the tumbler glass, slice the limes up into wedges, squeeze four over ice in that same tumbler glass, and top up with ginger beer. Keep in mind I said ginger BEER, not ginger ale – big difference. You can usually find the ginger beer in the “ethnic” aisle of your local grocer. No Canada Dry here folks.

Nothing like a little Lo-Fi THC. – If you’re looking for something a little more rewarding to make – as in, complex, then you’ll really enjoy Lo-Fi THC. I love making this whenever friends are over. I don’t care what anyone says, the way in which you mix a drink determines the flavor, so follow these instructions closely…

First, you’ll need the following:

30ml Wild Turkey Bourbon
30ml American Honey
30ml Campari
Dissolved sugar cubes
Dash of whiskey bitters
An orange rind twist for garnish

Throw all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker GLASS. Stir 3 times clockwise, then ONE time anti-clockwise. Place your ice in a tumbler glass and start pouring the ingredients through a strainer over the aforementioned ice. Top it off with the orange rind in the glass and voila – you just became 50x more impressive to that date you invited over.

You’re welcome…and I hope everyone has an awesome weekend. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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Musings Episode 50: Wants vs. Needs…

I want to share something very special with you all today…and it has to do with wants and needs.

Doing some studying over the weekend that mostly revolved around finances and financial prosperity, I’d like to stress something I’ve mentioned in previous episodic musings, but probably never touched on or explained with the angle I’m about to give now.

Read carefully as I really want everyone to understand this – it’ll help significantly in clearing up some “fuzzy” logic that’s got most people thinking about money all wrong. Let’s get started…

Wants vs. Needs…

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First off – in a nutshell, if someone asked you to draw the defining line between wants and needs, how would you start? What would you define as wants? Needs? It’s here many people are taught that wants and needs are complete, separate things – and here where some wires get crossed.

So when you think wants, you may think: boat, car, fancy house, new clothing, etc…

and when you think needs you may think: food, water, money, place to stay, job, clothes, etc…

A few of the examples above run parallel to each other (clothing, accommodation) – but often are split into two different categories.

Usually, the logic goes like this:

Having a place to stay is normal – needed.

…but desiring a nicer place to stay is a want – not needed.

Having clothing to walk around in is a need, most definitely.

…but looking at new clothing and desiring to buy them is a want. Not needed.

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Let’s clarify one thing: No matter what, shelter (no matter how nice), clothing (no matter how new), and cars (no matter how recent), are all NEEDS. You cannot classify them as wants.

Saying they’re a want is like saying they’re OPTIONAL.

Another thing – wants and desires are different. This’ll be explained in tomorrow’s Make it Mondays post over at Rego’s Life official site.

Back to what we were talking about though…

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There are four essential needs we as humans have in life – basic/physical, everyday, lifetime, and spiritual.

Food is a need – it doesn’t matter if you eat it at a restaurant, or at home. If the body is hungry, it NEEDS to eat.

Shelter is a need – it doesn’t matter if it’s a penthouse or a trailer. Humans are not animals; a roof over your head is not a luxury.

Clothing is a need – it doesn’t matter if it’s 100% silk or 100% polyester, to preserve your dignity and to keep warm, the clothes on your back are essential.

Transportation is a need – rant all you want about global warming, CO2 emissions, etc, etc…whether you use public transport or you have your own vehicle, getting to and from a destination to get something accomplished is a NEED.

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Lastly and most importantly…taking the time out to do what makes you happy, is a NEED. It doesn’t matter if it’s reading a comic strip or travelling the world; doing a job you love or quitting your job to start a business; hanging out with friends or engaging in a sport; working out or writing poetry…

…whatever makes you happy, doing it is a NEED…not a want. It’s the most important need – a spiritual need. This is the most important thing so you can feel at peace with yourself, happy with yourself, FIRST – before anyone else.

Wants? Wants are simple. Leisure spending is a want – spending is a want in general…and it’s completely separate from putting money towards your needs.

Seeing something you like on display, jewelry, a new wallet, a new purse, that new watch you’ve been figuratively dying to get – those are wants.

Checking out that new lounge bar, going to see that new movie, playing pool with friends – all wants.

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Now the defining moment – the most important thing you need to know – something religion discourages, society says is hedonistic, and your grandma may say isn’t true:

Wanting is not a bad thing.

Needing is not just what you’ve been taught it is.

…and money? No matter how your try and analyze it, is absolutely CRITICAL, and was given the ability to be manifested from pure “imagination” to physical reality, in order to allow you to achieve both needs AND wants.

Like all things, moderation is key – balance is key. You have to make sure to balance all aspects of your life to live a fulfilling one.

Wanna know where I’m going with this? Stay tuned for and be sure to check out tomorrow’s Make it Mondays post over at regoslife.eu, the official Rego’s Life website. To all of you that are already subscribed to my (this) personal blog – do yourself a favor and stay in the know with updates over at the official site, too.

Hope everyone’s having an awesome Sunday.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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