For The Weekenders: The Last Days of Summer…

With summer coming to a close and September right around the corner, I wanted to make this week’s For The Weekenders special.

I remember when I was a kid growing up in a four season climate, one of the best things about the beginning of fall/autumn was having summer go out with a bang.

So here’s some ideas for those of your that love summer just as much as you do fall, and wanna make sure 2014’s is one to remember. Enjoy.

For The Weekenders: The Last Days of Summer…

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I don’t know about you guys, but nothing brings back awesome memories like a crackling fire, crashing waves, s’mores, and football on the beach like a nice bonfire does.

There really is something special about a good bonfire. Maybe it’s the fact that you’re surrounded by good friends…or maybe it’s the fact that you know it’s the end of something good but the beginning of something better – but bottom line is the warmth – both literally and figuratively – that such an activity brings to the table is beyond compare.

So grab a few beers, maybe a cooler full of some fine items for grilling, don’t forget the marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate (or, get some delicious pre-made ones to really make it special), and sit down with a few close friends, while you all burn the night away with awesome stories and swap some of your favorite memories of this years summer.

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If you don’t live by the beach or just aren’t too talented at creating a controlled fire, no worries, there’s always alternatives.

Next one up on the list is for those of you that are huge car enthusiasts.

What’s better than driving down endless miles of road into the sunset with the warm hum of the engine and cool summer breeze in your hair?

Doing it with your S.O. or maybe one or two of your best friends.

We’ve all at some point wanted an endless summer. Make it feel like one by planning an unforgettable road trip with that special someone of yours or a few close buddies. If you’ve got a ride you’re happy enough to call your pride and joy take it out on the open road and really open up that engine – or if you don’t feel like abusing your car with that many miles rent a classic and REALLY make it that road trip you’ll never forget.

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The main thing here is to get out there and explore. Have a bucket list to check off – or no bucket list at all. Get creative. Get caught up in the moment. Stop off at a drive in movie. Get lost…only to find yourself again.

Wherever you go, make sure it’s somewhere that’s special to YOU. Grab a few refreshments, crank up the tunes, wear your favorite t-shirt/polo like it’s going out of style, make good use of those aviators….

and like I once read off of a piece of clothing by Volcom (I kid you not) – Leave only footprints. Take only photos.

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Speaking of dying sunsets, if you want an epic adventure and *really* want to get the most out of this summer, don’t limit yourself to keeping it local. This one’s more tailored for those of you that live on the west coast. You know what I’m talking about – and no, it isn’t Cabo.

Go all out and check out bits of Central or South America – two countries that have the most gorgeous scenery around, endless sunsets, insane local food, with more tequila and Latin dance culture than you can shake a stick at.

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If I had to pick, I highly suggest you check out Brazil. The culture is awesome….the food is awesome…and the music? Perfect.

This idea’s flexible enough to experience with friends, your S.O., or even by yourself.

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Feel free to refer back to some of the older For The Weekenders posts I’ve written if you need some inspiration.

I hope everyone’s had a great summer, and that autumn is just as memorable.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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

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“The greatest weapon…

Musings: Quote Wednesdays…

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Just a little mid-week food for thought. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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

Musings Episode 70: Balance…

It’s been a pretty unproductive weekend for me…not saying that time spent was wasted – it was indeed not.

…and somehow, I kind of needed this unproductivity. Or at least I think I did.

In saying that – yes, I do realize I blew off writing last week’s “For The Weekenders” – but don’t sweat it – this week’s is going to be a very special one, largely having to do with squeezing out the last bits of this awesome August weather we’ve been having.

For now though I wanna talk about balance. *shrugs* Let’s start.

Musings Episode 70: Balance….

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This is more of a follow up really from last week’s post regarding slowing down, enjoying life, all that jazz – it’s parallel to it, but not right in line with it.

The kind of balance I’m talking about is the type where there are times in a person’s life where, whether they like it or not, they’ve gotta keep themselves balanced – especially if they’re going through stressful situations.

You’ve gotta take the time, energy, and mental strength, to try and steer yourself back on course – to remember what it is you’re doing, where it is your life is going, then assess and rearrange if things aren’t to your liking.

It can be hard as shit, if you’re not ready for it – or it can be insanely easy, if you know how to let go.

But letting go is the trickiest part. It’s a delicate distribution or, well, balance of saying “fuck it” while still making sure you’re headed in the right direction.

So many things in life can leave us distracted – forgetting that when it gets down to the nitty gritty, the bare bones, the core of it all – no matter how many things happen in life, you’ve still gotta remember that this is YOUR life, and that you have to care about WHERE it’s going and WHAT is happening to, or in it.

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This is the kind of balance I’m talking about.

You can’t beat yourself up about when you get off course either.

I mean, you can, to kind of give yourself a kick in the ass, get that motivation going again – but you’ve gotta be careful not to do it too much.

There are days when you can pull the covers over your head, pretty much sending the message to everything and everyone to “fuck off,” but you only wanna do that sparingly, just enough to give yourself a chance to exercise some introspection – time to pause and reflect.

You can go out there and hit the sauce, but don’t do it to the point where those demons you’ve had locked away deep inside of you get a chance to come out and fuck with you – that’s not the way to get rid of them…that shit’s like a pressure pot, you’ve gotta let it off slow.

You can even do the opposite of all the “bad” habits to knock you back onto your feet, like becoming a gym rat or going pro-health when it comes to food.

But everything in moderation – moderation is key.

Perhaps it seems like I’m rambling, maybe I am – just think of this as one of those sit down sessions you have with someone and you both just kind of get shit off your chest.

I’ve never really been a cynic – but then I wouldn’t say I’m 100% optimist either.

I just believe there are certain steps a person takes in order to carve out that ideal life they want.

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Human kindness is big. Focus is big. Having goals to reach is huge. Compassion is huge. Remembering where you came from and giving yourself little self-assessments at least once a month is massive.

You’ve gotta think of your life like a canvas – you can paint whatever you want with it, with an array of colors, brushes, oils, and styles. If you’re not getting the gist of that – simply put, you can do whatever you want, because you’ve always got OPTIONS. Options, are what really allow balance.

When you realize this, though it may be challenging at first, in certain situations you’ll come to understand that it’s not the situation that defines you – but how you handle the situation.

Handle the situation with the right amount of balance, and you’ll weather the storm.

Focus too much on the situation though, as if it’s something that’s molded and created your life – and you’ll only end up fucking yourself over.

Introspection is key.

Understanding is key.

Mental discipline it critical.

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And sometimes, just sometimes…not giving a fuck is the best path to enlightenment.

Hope everyone has a great week…

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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

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“Slow down and…

Musings: Quote Wednesdays…

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Just a little mid-week inspiration. Hope everyone’s having an awesome Wednesday. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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

Musings Episode 69: Slow Down…

I was out and about at the park last week, and while waiting for someone to arrive I was meeting, took the chance to have a seat and look up at the sky.

Man, what a sight. Blue skies, white clouds, perfect amount of sunshine.

The whole thing prompted me to gear this week’s episodic musing towards one thing: slowing down and really recognizing life.

Musings Episode 69: Slow Down…

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Often times so many people have their heads down looking at their smartphones, or looking straight ahead, rarely does anyone look up anymore.

But really, when you take the time to look up – that’s when time really stops.

So often day to day life feels like such a rush, yet so often it’s merely just an illusion held together by habitual tendencies and societal norms of the “rat race.”

Rarely do people realize life goes at a leisurely pace – but like the finishing line in Ferris Bueller, if we don’t stop and look around once in a while – we could easily miss it, as at the same time, it doesn’t wait for us.
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I remember there was a time when I used to work crazy hours.

I mean, 12-14 hour days. It was insane.

Then I realized I wasn’t living at all – just existing.

I wasn’t living, because I wasn’t getting a chance to actually do anything with my days. It was so bad it was interfering with my social and family life.

This was a very short period in my life where for a moment, just for a moment, somehow I let myself lose sight of the vision and get into a “rut.”

Hey – I’m not perfect – even I lose sight sometimes – but it’s all a part of keeping yourself on course.

Fortunately I woke up and realised it – in ample enough time to get back to what matters most – friends, family, and actually enjoying your life.

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Aside from the instance of waiting on my friend I managed to stumble across an old movie in my collection as well (don’t judge me), “The Devil Wears Prada.”

I’d not watched it in years but decided to give it a look and by the end of it realized just how much that movie drove home the exact point I’m making in this post now.

Slowing down and not rushing gives you a chance to actually assess your life moment by moment, while enjoying it day to day.

Keep in mind, slowing down doesn’t mean becoming lazy – but instead just taking the time to notice the world around you, compared to getting so caught up in the daily routine of making/creating money and any other repetitive task.

It’s all about working to live, not the other way around…and frankly, if anyone told you we’re in this life the just waste it away 8-9 hours a day at a desk, that person deserves a slap.

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Humans are so individual and are given so much free will, it’s a wonder why so few stop to take the time to enjoy that power they have.

I’d say the “rush” of daily life starts with the mind though – that gnawing feeling of always being busy with something or having something you’ve gotta do before a certain time, the nervousness of wondering if there’s anything you’ve forgotten, left out, didn’t think about.

The moment you give yourself a chance to STOP thinking – is the moment you BEGIN thinking about everything that actually matters.

Then you realize…life isn’t as busy as it seems.

It’s not as hectic as you think it is.

…and it doesn’t have to be as crazy as everyone believes it should be.

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Life is about slowing down, understanding your priorities, acting on what matters most to you, cooperating with other people who have your best interest, exercising human kindness, and ENJOYING all this world has to offer.

Once your start appreciating the simpler things in life, the rest comes easy.

I guarantee it.

Hope everyone’s had a great 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: Three Cocktails That Scream Power…

What you drink says a lot about you…the vodka and club soda for the gym rat – the gin and tonic for the health conscious upper-middle class socialite – the Cosmo for the OH-EM-GEE sorority girl who just loves watching Sex and The City …but sometimes, all jokes aside, what you drink really can say something important about you in crucial settings.

Last week’s For The Weekenders was pretty epic, but I wanted to kind of tone down this week’s with something everyone can do over the weekend if they choose to – drink. So here’s three cocktails that scream power, dominance, and that you’ve got your head in the game – whether it’s business or pleasure. Enjoy.

For The Weekenders: Three Cocktails That Scream Power…

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So it’s the weekend. You’re out and about flying high because of a project you just completed and got commended for, or a business deal you just closed. Either way, you want that celebratory drink you’ve been dreaming about since Sunday – and dammit, you’re going to have it.

Maybe you’ll be having it alone – maybe with some of your closest team members…or maybe, just maybe, that pretty little thing you’ve always been trying to chat up and finally got a shot at because of your recent victory.

Either way, if you’re looking to have a drink that reinforces the power you’ve just displayed and claimed, that drink must be a Rusty Nail. Which consists of…

1.5 oz Scotch
1.5 oz Drambuie
Twist of Orange Peel
Rolled Cinnamon Stick

Grab an old-fashioned glass near filled with ice cubes – then pour the scotch and Drambuie in there, stir, garnish with orange peel and a cinnamon stick…indulge.

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Bold flavour. Smooth with a kick…and a pinch of cinnamy spice.

This next one’s for those of you who want something a little more familiar – something that shows that you’re low key, but also have some gears turning up there in that noggin of yours…bit of mystery.

The Manhattan is the perfect drink for when you decide to hit up a place where the bartender is just that – a bartender, and not necessarily the type you can throw fancy names at (not saying that, “one Rusty Nail please” is anything fancy).

I like it second best to a Rusty Nail, due to the sheer fact it’s a well known classic and cures that sweet tooth when you fancy something a little more…fruity.

.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
2.5 oz Bourbon Whiskey
Bit of Angostura Bitters
Single Maraschino Cherry
Twist of Orange Peel

There’s two ways to do this – the quick, dirty, I just want a drink way, or the let’s be classy and neat as fuck way. Your choice. So…

The Quick and Dirty: Grab an Old Fashioned Glass, fill it with ice, throw in all the ingredients and stir. Take the cherry and orange peel, chuck it in there too, and voila – the easiest Manhattan you’ll ever make.

The Let’s be Classy and Neat as Fuck: Grab a mixing glass (better yet, get your bartender to grab a mixing glass) – then pour in all the ingredients over about 3 ice cubes in that puppy. Stir it carefully as not to bruise the spirits – don’t let it cloud. Then grab a chilled cocktail glass – put the cherry in there. Take a strainer, and strain the mix over the cherry. Grab the orange peel, take the cut edge, and run it over the rim of the glass to get the oils on there. Twist it further over the drink to release more oils, but don’t put it in the mix.

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Toast to life, and enjoy.

Alright, homestretch. This one’s for when you feel like something cool and refreshing after nearly sweating your power attire out as the anticipation rose in you while you saw yourself cruising to victory. This is for those moments when you want something that’ll refresh you, cool you down, and bring a sense of Jesus god I want to get smashed but do it in a suave way to the table.

The Mint Julep cocktail is the perfect mixed beverage of choice. It’s powerful, it’s sweet, it’s refreshing, it taste damn good, and most importantly – it’s one of those drinks that you can feel comfortable enough ordering for the other party, with a warm smile and a reassuring “this is one drink you’ll absolutely love.”

2.5 oz Bourbon Whiskey
1 tsp Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Water
4 FRESH Sprigs of Mint – if you don’t know what a “sprig” is – that’s 4-6 mint leaves – the true definition of “minty fresh” (see what I did there? Yeah.)

Take all this deliciousness and start with the mint leaves – tear them to release their natural oils, then muddle with the powdered sugar and water in a Collins glass. Add some crushed ice, about halfway – then add the bourbon. Stir a bit. Add more ice, and use one of those mint sprigs I mentioned earlier to garnish.

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Drink with a straw – it tastes – and looks, much better that way.

Have a great weekend. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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

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“Don’t let others…

Musings: Quote Wednesdays…

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Just a little mid-week inspiration.

Hope you’re all having a great week. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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