Musings Episode 73: Come Back Stronger…

Well…it’s been a while.

The kind of “I’m just going out for cigarettes” while, where you bump into the person 3 years later and have that awkward reunion.

Except, in this situation there’s no child.

Or woman.

Just the fans.

Alright – maybe this won’t be *that* awkward.

So why the long break – well, I needed a break – as in, I needed to rethink the meaning of everything I was doing. These past few years I’ve been reflecting on what’s *missing* from Rego’s Life.

I covered a lot of life subjects before, but somehow, something always felt like it was missing. So I stepped away.

Sometimes when you’re too close to something, you can’t see the answer that’s right in front of you.

I stepped away…to come back stronger. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Musings Episode 73: Come Back Stronger…

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Things will be a bit different.

A bit new.

Sometimes gritty.

The old favorites will still be around – no worries there.

But like anything that matures with age they’ll be better, more seasoned.

Speaking of coming back stronger, that’s actually the topic of this episodic musing.

Most people at some point have some sort of setbacks or hardships they go through in life – in any aspect of life. It could be financial, business, academic, family (or any other type of relationship), but a hardship or challenge nonetheless.

The type that can knock a person off their feet – a K.O. so to speak.

The question when that happens though is “what now?”

What are you going to do about it?

Are you going to lay there on the mat, stuck in between conscious and unconscious, hearing the world go on around you and give up the will to get back up?

Or are you going to come back stronger?

Sometimes people don’t always recover instantly.

Sometimes it takes additional training and a few more fights to come back stronger.

I remember watching the movie “Rocky Balboa” a while back, the 2006 version, where Stallone says (while in character) something to his on-screen son:

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!”

The one line that really stuck out in my mind was this:

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This is probably the best line I’ve heard in a long time, and it really resonated with me after not having watched the film in a while.

No matter how many times life knocks you down, you’ve gotta keep moving forward.

A lot of people get this confused – it’s not about moving up – as I mentioned in one of my previous episodic musings what goes up must come down – but what moves forward, well that’s an entirely different beast all together.

And like in rugby, or American football, life can dish out a lot of hits at you…but you’ve gotta look at them as lessons.

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This can be a hard concept to wrap your head around, especially when you’re in the thick of it, but by lessons I mean opportunities to fortify yourself for next time, or the next obstacle you might meet.

The same way a rugby player trains so he becomes harder and harder to knock down, is the same way a person can train for the game called life.

And another thing – don’t look for “alright.”

I’m usually not one to talk politics a lot but ever since the whole Brexit and Trump ordeal it seems like xenophobia has exploded in some parts of the world, and I hear some people saying “everything’s gonna be alright” to others.

Well, I’ve got one think to say to that.

Screw that saying.

It’s a crappy way to cope with a situation.

You think during the World Wars that soldiers settled for “alright” every time they laid out a battle plan? You think that “everything’s gonna be alright” speech really settled their hearts and eliminated their fear, when they were out there, being shot at?

During the WW’s they fought for more than “alright” – they fought with the thought of getting back home to a better life – despite the fact politicians were pulling their strings.

They fought because they had hopes for a future that contained more than just “alright.”

They fought in hopes that their offspring wouldn’t have to fight wars if they didn’t choose to, but come back stronger, and better – not go soft and become indifferent to what was happening around them.

And most of all, I’m pretty damn sure they thought that their sacrifices made would be a reminder to future generations to grow wise, and not accept life, or another human being for that matter, to just walk all over them.

They fought for an “everything’s gonna be awesome future”.

Not an “alright” one.

A lot of what makes up this thing called life involves other lives in it…and with the way things have been going, it seems that sadly, those lives seem to think they can intrude on other lives.

But in the words of Epictetus, and to paraphrase him slightly, to attempt to control the will of another person takes tremendous effort, or sacrifice. It goes against he law of nature, dictating someone’s future to them.

So don’t just roll over and let someone dictate your free will.

There’s another great line from Rocky Balboa (2006) I think I should leave you guys with:

Don’t settle for “everything’s going to be alright” – go after how you want things to be – go after “everything’s going to be GREAT. FANTASTIC. AWESOME. AMAZING. SPECTACULAR….or insert any other more than satisfactory adjective here.

If you're willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get who's got the right to stop you I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished something you really want to do something you never said to someone something and you're told no even after you paid your dues who's got the right to tell you that who nobody rocky balboa quotes, rego's life quotes, rocky balboa 2006, come back stronger quotes, rego's life musings episode 73 come back stronger, musings episode 73 come back stronger rego's life, rego's life, sylvester stallone quotes

When you get hit hard in life, don’t just lay there and accept that everything will be alright.

Get off that mat and keep moving forward in the direction YOU want, how YOU want things to go.

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A diamond blade cuts through rock only after being forged under pressure.

Come back stronger.

And as always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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

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“When you believe…

Musings: Quote Wednesdays…

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A little mid-week inspiration. If you’re day after day doing something you believe in, whether it’s a sport, you’re business, a project, a piece of art, photography, or a new invention…believe in it 100% – and when you feel like quitting, remember why you started.

Believing in something partially, or doubting it, will only set you back tremendously. Start believing in yourself, and you can start believing in what you’re doing at any given moment – without fear, without hesitation, and without doubt.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Nepal by Motorbike, Wine Tasting in Argentina, Meditation in Portugal…

It’s getting to be that time of the year where…well, a fucking holiday is long overdue. I know – New Year’s was no more than a month ago *shrugs* what can I say? With plans for Europe already in place, just thought I’d share with you all some other great places to check out. Enjoy, and remember, life’s too short to sit around going nowhere.

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Which brings me to the first order of business – Nepal. By motorbike.

Why?

Because it’s something you probably haven’t done yet – but would be more than willing to try.

Think about it – cruising down the road, no speed limit, wind in your hair and sunglasses deflecting bugs (okay, maybe helmet), open land, culture, and nature as far as the eye can see. Just you, the road, and a few buddies. Nothing’s more freeing than the sound of that motor hum.

The bike? Royal Enfield Bullet. 500cc’s of unadulterated power – not too much, not too little…but just right for a trip like this.

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Get ready for 11 days chock full of checking out Nepal’s awesome scenery including its many jungles, plains, and insane heights – and of course what would a holiday be without (naturally) getting to know the locals and some of their favorite things to do…not to mention, you know, like…stay with them. What? You thought it was gonna be all isolated hotels on this trip? Guess again.

The rundown:

Grab a friend (or three), and book your tickets, plus the reservation for the trip. Touch down in Kathmandu with nothing but a carry on and your most rugged pair of boots (you’ll need them). Hopefully you’ve researched into the culture a bit and brushed up on the language – a little cultural respect can go a long way. Rest up well and get ready for the next day – take this time to get familiar with the area and practice a few lines on the locals – there’ll be a welcome dinner later and knowing a joke or two may help break the ice. Be sure to try every food passed your way – let’s not be picky, remember, you’re here to explore.

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From there it’s time to hit the road – there’s a lot on your travel plate:

No speed limits. Traffic-less streets in Bhaktapur.

Pigeon dinner and fresh mangoes (that you pick) for dessert while escaping the sun under a tree in Fattepur…speaking of, if you’ve been up trees picking mangoes, you probably stink – hit up the jungle for a fresh spring water shower.

Dessert before dinner – stuff your face with Momo dumplings in Bhetadar (they’re not your freezer variety) then eat dinner under the stars.

Learning how to make tea in Ilam…

…and 8 hour endurance rides.

You get the idea.

Like I said. Lot on your plate. Get ready. Rest well. Eat plenty. Nepal – it’s calling you – answer it.

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Hopefully, all that motorbike action got you tuckered out…at this point, I personally would just wanna kick back and lounge all day. Argentina‘s the place to do it – but what trip to any Latin country would be complete without wine? Seriously…that’s like an elephant without a trunk.

So if you’re ready to come down off that adrenaline high, then it’s time to head to Mendoza. For villas, vineyards, and vino…so you can veni, vidi, vici.

First order of business: your accommodation. 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom villa? If you still wanna catch up on some work with your remote business early in the morning…or just enjoy sleeping alone…or just like a lot of space – I recommend 2 bedroom.

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Think of this as your own home away from home. Treat it like your own home away from home. With waterfront and 1500 acre vineyard views, soaking tubs, rooftop terraces, and more than 2500 sq. ft. of living space, a place like this commands respect.

Besides waking up like royalty, the guys over at The Vines Resort and Spa are pretty intuitive when it comes to dining, too. They specialize in serving seasonal only dishes to all their guests – meaning the freshest taste you can find…and who can forget Argentinian beef? There’s just some things no matter how much your exercise that are like kryptonite to Superman…a good steak is one of mine.

If you’re not much of a red meat enthusiast that’s okay – they also serve other delicious alternatives like grilled salmon, pork (for you pork lovers) and even grilled fruit…a personal favorite of mine.

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Hang on – don’t get the wrong idea here, this place isn’t all about relaxation – they’ve got some pretty fun activities that require you to get up and go, too. So in case you want to use more than the muscles in your arm to reach for that 3rd glass of wine, they’ve got you covered with excursions, fishing, climbing walls, bocce ball courts, and, of course, plenty of wine making activities. You know…to work those delts and lats.

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Just remember – if you ever get sore from all that “heavy lifting,” you can always hit up their spa.

…but hold up – what if you don’t want all that? What if you don’t wanna socialize, don’t want noise, don’t want tours or “roughing it” – what if you don’t want any of that but instead just wanna get away from it all? Well then I’d say it’s time to take you back to (one) of my homelands…

Get ready for quality espresso, port wine, and bacalhau…’cause it’s next stop, Portugal.

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I remember my childhood days in Bermuda and teenage days of visiting family in Porto and Lisbon…we used to go out to the beach house and sunbathe, relax, lose track of time and just enjoy the stillness of everything. In retrospect, it was probably the best form of meditation I’d ever encountered and between traveling to both countries probably explains my refusal to live more than 10 minutes from the closest beach.

There’s a certain calmness the ocean offers to those looking for solace or time to reflect, empty, and get lost in their own thoughts. Just thinking about it makes me want to head to the beach now…but I’ve gotta finish this post. In the meantime, I want you to check out Cabanas No Rio, a (literally) small little getaway in Comporta, Portugal.

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There are two huts. Little huts. Fisherman huts…but don’t be fooled by these little huts. In each of these huts, are you living quarters. The first one? Your bedroom and bathroom, complete with shower. The second one? Your kitchen and living room. Quaint living room. Cute kitchen – decent for simple meals but small enough to not get too crazy.

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Loads of relaxing activities for when you feel the urge to venture out of your little hut. Take your pick from bird watching, dolphin watching, landscape observation and more. Me? I’d take dolphin watching. Good opportunity for photography and putting that macro lens to use.

If you get hungry, there’s no need to hunt down your own food – your accommodation is far away but not too far away from humanity – so hit up a restaurant if you don’t feel like cooking what you got from the grocer a few days back. So go out, grab some grub, have a few drinks, click some photos, head back, sit back, relax.

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Life really doesn’t have to be as hard as society makes it out to be. It starts with a thought…

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Get Your Beer Fix With Healthy Beer…

This For The Weekenders I thought I’d tone things down a bit, keep it low key. While I’m constantly showing you guys great places to go and get booze, sometimes not everyone wants to spend $10 + on a single glass/bottle of alcohol. Plus I also wanted to share with you some great and healthiest beer out there that I personally drink in order to keep calories decent while still tasting great and keep the good times rolling. Like I always say, you can drink or eat anything, as long as it’s in moderation and with a bit of careful research.

So here’s a few of the healthiest beer you can bring along to or supply at the next big house party you’ve been getting stoked for. Enjoy.

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If You’re Looking for a Good Buzz, Go with Guinness Extra Stout. It packs a bit more of a punch than it’s sibling beer Guinness Black Lager (4.5%) – and also helps colds. Whenever I feel a bit of something with my immune system coming on, I take one bottle of extra stout and mix it in a blender with a single raw egg, yolk included. Blend that puppy until frothy and smooth then down the hatch.

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The taste is robust and strong, some say it’s bitter but I don’t really think so. It’s one of those beers you can drink down without having had too much on your stomach and it’ll actually fill you up. Great in the winter but not really recommended for the summer, you can’t lose with this one and don’t have to worry about it getting you sick (not calling any names here but…the perp that does begins with a “K.”). To top it all off it comes in at 6% – so if you’re alcohol tolerance has far exceeded numbers 4% and under or you just don’t wanna feel like you’re drinking carbonated water, this one’s for you.

If you really are focused on “calories” though by all means check out Guinness Black Lager, it’s a great alternative and has a smoother taste. For an even lighter beer, but in my opinion even less taste, shoot for Guinness Draught.

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If You Want Something Light and Refreshing, Go With Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This stuff is awesome. There was a time in my life when I lived in the country, and in that place there was a pizza joint. Not just any pizza joint – an amazing joint. A mom and pop, carry-out only pizza place where the ingredients were all natural with a MASSIVE array of toppings. Some of which I’ve only been able to find since then on Pizza Rustica‘s menu.

They also sold beer, which was awesome for a pizza place, and made it interesting by letting you create your own pick & mix 6-pack. This is where I discovered Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and haven’t looked back since. Citrusy aroma, surprisingly bold flavor, incredible smoothness, and an unbelievable finish. One of the few pale ales I’d drink – which is saying something.

So-so on the calorie end, around 175 which is right up there with Guinness, but hey – if you want to drink beer to feel the buzz, better to have a beer that only requires a few bottles compared to 6 or 7 light beers. If not it kind of just defeats the term “in moderation.”

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Last Stop, Newcastle…As In, The Beer. If You’re Just Looking for Something Familiar, but Smooth. Newcastle Brown Ale is the way to go. Well known over in the UK but not really favored here, nevertheless this is still a favorite of mine whenever I’m looking for a sweet tasting brew. Easy on the calories and reasonably priced, even the carb count won me over when first trying this brown ale.

What I love about this beer is the aroma – a nice nutty and caramel with a hint of coffee smell. Light carbonation, and still strong enough to feel the buzz coming on. Goes great with light foods and your classic chicken wings if you’re into watching the game. An all around winner for whenever you’re out at the bar/pub or just having a few friends over.

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The best part about all three of these? Practically no hangover. You can really tell the quality of a beer when you have your fill of it the night prior and wake up the morning after – if your head feels like it’s got a mallet that’s been pounding it all night, it’s a sure bet the ingredients that the beer was made with were of cheaper quality.

Beer is a lot like life – it’s not about how you start – but how you finish. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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For The Weekenders: Korean Wings, Post Party Breakfast Clubs, Sunday Steaks & Whiskey

The weekend’s fast approaching and since I’ve been hitting the sauce less and less, it’s got me thinking more about food. Working out 5-6 days a week can make a person pretty hungry – and every once in a while, we all need a “cheat” meal. So this For The Weekenders I thought I’d change things up a bit and share some of my favorite cheat meals with you all. Enjoy.

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In travelling, there’s one thing you learn….food is awesome….and abundant. After a while, the phrase “I don’t like [insert food/ingredient here]” becomes non-existent. Because you quickly realize that there are TONS of ways to make a meal. I’ll try almost any dish once.

One food in particular I fucking love is Korean. Tried it in a few parts of the world until I finally tried it in South Korea. Then I caved and got a cookbook (the only way I know how to cook..don’t judge). Word of advice – if you ever wind up in Seoul or Busan or anywhere in South Korea for that matter – definitely, definitely try their food. Don’t stick to Western places – you’re missing out on a lot.

Now that that’s out of the way, there is one place in particular I strongly suggest you check out for some decent “junk food.” Located both globally and in the states it’s one of those go to spots you’ve gotta try at least once. If you’re a fan of fried chicken (the most consumed item during the Superbowl among others), you’re in for a treat.

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Because BonChon chicken delivers when it comes to a classic favorite. What makes BonChon stand out from the rest? The founder made sure the fried chicken coming out of his kitchen had a unique and original flavor. So what do you do when you roll up to the counter and aren’t sure what to order? Allow me to assist:

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2nd This is where it gets serious. Ironically, I’ve never been one for meat on the bone – but with BonChon I’m willing to make an exception. You’ve got three choices – wings, drumsticks, and strips. Go for the strips, or pick your own favorite. Then pick your size – as in, how much you want. It’s the weekend. You’re surrounded by hungry friends – friends you work out with, and probably eat just as much as you do. Grab the XL – you’ll thank me later. Then select a sauce – you can’t forget the sauce. Soy Garlic if you like it tangy, Hot if you’re a masochist. If you’re not in the mood for BonChon’s chicken (you crazy bastard), try out the Bulgogi. Pretty much a hot plate with ribeye beef marinated to perfection alongside some steaming veggies. You’re welcome.

3rd Don’t forget the sides and salads. I’m serious – don’t forget the salad – you need your micro-nutrients. Try out their seaweed salad and of course, not Korean dish would be complete without kimchee or daikon (pickled radish) – the latter comes complimentary anyway, though.

From there it’s just sitting back and savoring the explosion of flavors you’ve just encountered. Your taste buds will thank you and BonChon will officially be your new go-to spot for mouth watering wings.

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If you filled up on BonChon and then decided to hit the town to see what parties are going on, I can guarantee after drinks and hours of dancing you’re gonna work up an appetite again. If that’s not the case, the next place is still a great excuse to carry on conversation if you’ve met someone “interesting” and don’t want the night to end just yet.

Skip the fast food chains for late night breakfast – there’s no dignity or class in going there – instead become a part of The Breakfast Club at Stir It Up Midtown.

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Even if wings and waffles aren’t your thing or you already had your fill of chicken for the weekend, they’ve still got other great selections like Spiced Shrimp with Coconut Grits, Callaloo & Saltfish, and more. Plain and simple, The Breakfast Club over at Stir It Up is unique because it’s only server Saturday and Sunday mornings during the wee hours – 2 AM to 5 AM.

Personally, I like the spiced shrimp with coconut grits – it’s warm, it’s filling, it sticks to your ribs. If you and your friends or that certain someone still wanna ride the buzz but get some food to absorb the alcohol, make sure you get there before 3 AM while they’re still serving alcohol. If you just wanna prevent having to nurse a hangover the next morning, it’s fresh squeeze breakfast beverages between 3-5. To top it all off, breakfast isn’t the only thing they serve…

Stir it Up also has an excellent regular menu that’s a mix between home style dishes with restaurant appeal. It’s a midtown Caribbean place that knows all about what the stomach wants, even when you yourself aren’t sure. Even with late night eating, you shouldn’t settle for less. Georgia never seizes to amaze me.

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Now for the real cream of the crop. It’s Sunday. You’re all partied out, and going through that weekly “detox” phase. Water, vitamins, fruit smoothies (don’t judge), cardio, you know the drill…but at the same time, you’re getting the “itch” to finish off the whole thing with a bit of a bang. By yourself, with friends, or a date, it doesn’t matter. you just want something magnificent before you get back to eating clean the rest of the week, and goddammit you want steak.

Cue Hunter & Tails. Your one stop spot for steak and bourbon….and I’m not talking about your typical, what-the-fuck-is-in-this-thing steak either. I recommend Hunter & Tails because it’s the perfect cheat meal – for starters, they buy from farms that believe in real food – not hormone pumped or GMO infested steroid type foods.

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So when you sit down and order their 21 Days Aged Grass Fed Steak, you can rest assured you’re getting steak – and not an unhealthy combo of chocolate bars and potato chips with a little bit of meat (seriously, the mass majority of beef is fed with that).

If you’re not a fan of red meat they’ve been clever enough to come up with a vegetarian alternative as well, but I do urge you to try the Bang Mussels as a starter at least. Might as well add a decent wine to the mix, too – Steltzner Claret should get the job done…but don’t leave without first trying their Old Fashioned – can’t go wrong there. Head home, wind down with some mellow music and toast to a weekend well played.

Life’s all about experiences – one of those experiences is food.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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Musings Episode 38: Perfection…

Hey guys, thought I’d have a change of scenery today so writing this episodic musing from the beach:

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Hope your weekend’s are going well.

This past week a lot of progress has been made – for one, my official site has been COMPLETELY revamped giving it a nice new look with added features – go ahead and check it out.

In celebration, I’ll be giving away a free gift starting tomorrow that will run all week – be sure to head over and find it in tomorrow’s Make it Mondays post at 11:00 A.M. EST and get it before it’s too late. After Saturday December 21st it will no longer be available.

Second of all, I’m in the making of creating some great podcasts for you guys and will be adding another, special post to my arsenal – it starts Saturday, and will be posted up on the official site as well.

Thirdly – and this mostly has to do with health & fitness, I’ve been putting together this new year’s package for all my fitness clients who’ve been with me for more than one year. I think it’s gonna be a great gift and Christ knows they deserve it, they’ve worked hard and have gone through a lot of transitions to be proud of, and still continue to reach their ideal goals – their own little versions of “perfection”.

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Let’s linger on that last bit for a minute – perfection.

I used to love this word. In fact I still quite often use it in my vocabulary. While some people treat it with great disdain I embrace it, and have done so for many years – but within those years have learned that it takes on a whole different meaning than what’s in the dictionary.

Usually, what does perfect mean? To be flawless. Spotless. To never err. To be complete.

Anyone ever seen that movie Tron: Legacy? I believe I talked about this in an earlier post, the beginning of this year. Anyway, if you have seen the movie there’s a part near the very end where Flynn and CLU are battling it out, and right when CLU has (Kevin) Flynn where he wants him, says this:

CLU cries out to Kevin: “I took the system to its maximum potential. I created the perfect system!”

Kevin Flynn: “The thing about perfection is that it’s unknowable. It’s impossible, but it’s also right in front of us, all the time. You wouldn’t know that because I didn’t, when I created you… I’m sorry, CLU… I’m sorry.”

That’s the key point. Right there. Perfection is unknowable – it can be staring you right in the face and you may not even realize it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t cease going after being the best person you can be. Nor am I saying being content is what you want to aim for.

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The key word Flynn used is UNKNOWABLE.

In saying this, perfection can be ATTAINABLE in some sense, if you put it into the right perspective. You can build a vision of your idealistic you, and label it as perfect – not to society’s standards, not to your friends or parents standards, but to you.

Pushing towards and taking the actions to become a better, idealized you, with various goals and milestones, can indeed be looked at as some form of perfection – in your eyes. The same way the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” that exact logic can be applied to perfection – perfection, in effect, is in the eye of the beholder.

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If you’re looking for self-perfection, and have a firm belief and understanding of what or who you would ideally like to be and identify yourself with as a person, then the only human being that has the right to mark that as perfect is you.

This doesn’t mean perfection is the goal – but what the goal has potential to become when achieved. This doesn’t mean contentment is wrong – but if you have potential to be better and do more you by all means should.

You’re born to be the best you can be – and by striving for that, when the time comes to leave this earth, you can say that you died living…and it was a good life.

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So this week, think up a few ways in which you already feel perfect – then improve the aspects of yourself that you see need polishing. If you’ve already got a thought or two bouncing around in your head, share and comment below.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

 

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For The Weekenders: Analogue is Back, Travel Proof Clothing, Batman’s Gotham City Never Had This…

Good News – Life Just Got Better.

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This little dude finally hit puberty.

…..Did I grab your attention? Good – because this For The Weekenders has a bit of something for everyone. A real pick and mix.

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching, practically everywhere you go now stores are filled with holiday cheer – literally. To the brim. Christmas music blasts from every speaker known to man, and I feel sorry for the poor guy who works in retail and has to listen to holiday music for 8 hours straight. It kills the spirit in the song. Sometimes, it’s just plain healthy to switch it up.

Lately, in particular this year I’ve really been into Smooth Jazz Christmas radio on Pandora (side note – Funk Jazz is also a pretty great station, too). So this got me thinking about Jazz spots…which got me thinking about sharing one spot in particular – Analogue.

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This sexy, sultry spot in NYC is low key, and contrary to most assumptions, holds a friendly, warm atmosphere compared to many places that have the aesthetics down but no real heart…and speaking of heart, they’ve got some great drinks that’ll be sure to warm you through this winter season.

The play? First, sign up for their mailing list – it’ll keep you posted on all the latest and greatest. Second, head down there with a few friends that have developed an appreciation for quality sounds and of course, enjoy jazz. If you’ve got a special someone, even better – make it your business they cuddle up to you in one of Analogue’s ultra soft leather chairs and prepare for mellow sounds with even mellower drinks.

I recommend the New Yorker – Bourbon shaken with lemon juice, simple syrup served on the rocks with (wait for it) a float of dry red wine, and orange garnish. Really like the place and want to bring a bigger crowd? Ask about renting out a spot and they’ll be happy to oblige – Analogue is one of those places where the music is great, but also just loud enough to avoid shouting over the music and making an arse of yourself.

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Which reminds me – sports bars (did that correlation come out wrong? Anyway) – Christ knows in the states there are enough sports bars to satisfy any sports enthusiasts…but rare is it to find a sports bar with sophistication.

I won’t lie – because of this reason I’ve never really been a fan of sports bars…actually I’ve never been a fan of sitting and watching sports (15 minutes in I feel compelled to get up and go play the sport)…but with a place like FC Gotham on the scene, opinions are bound to change. The power of persuasion just takes a bit of strategy.

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…and you know, the replacement of the word “bar” with “lounge” plus a touch of making the place feel like it’s that den you always dreamed of. Either way, FC Gotham supplies and delivers. I recommend that back room – the closest thing to watching a game live is watching it on a 70″ TV (though 100″+ is even better – that’s another story though).

While their website is still in progress, Yelp supplies all the need to know details. What makes this place so special? Well, a lot of reasons, actually. For one, any place that serves up lamb burgers and grilled chicken subs to go along with your drink gets an A+ in my book. There’s drinking and watching the game – then there’s drinking, watching the game, and eating epic food that can’t be defined as “bar bites”.

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Think of it as the secret spot only you and your buddies know about when half the U.S. is getting ready to go out and watch all the major games. To the bat cave, Robin.

While we’re on the subject of secrets – it’s no secret that this is also the time of year for holidays (vacations) and traveling…but aside from the discussing the joys and that feeling of touching down in a previously visited place that feels new but familiar all at once, let’s talk about the gritty side of traveling – jet lag, wrinkled/sweaty shirts, and airlines that lack those little toothbrushes for 4+ hour flights (seriously, KLM).

More on that last one later. While two out of these three things may be inevitable, there is one the guys over at Parker Dusseau have been battling, and doing quite a good job at, to say the least.

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Going out there and dressing well while still getting yourself into some adventure is no easy task at times. It’s moments like these you need proper threads that keep you feeling cool and collected, ready to tackle anything – from heavy checked baggage to a rented motorbike or super sexy automobile.

The guys at Parker Dusseau realized this, and have decided it’s time to take action. Think active lifestyle meets quality dress. Though their starting line is small, it’s all about quality over quantity and with selections like the casual chino revamped and suiting up being redefined, I’d say they’re doing it right.

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Head over to their shop now and see all they offer. Keeping things casual never looked so good.

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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