Part 2 of Romancing the Gym

So remember like a while ago that I talked about how I was going to change up my life by going to the gym more often and stuff, like every day.

— Yeah, so that didn’t happen —

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Romancing the Gym

Every few months or so, I personally hit a plateau in my fitness routine. Whether it stems from extreme laziness to muscular injury (current phenomenon), there seems to be a trend between active lifestyle and my overall happiness.

Beginning August 1 (tomorrow), I’m going to try something new. Beginning tomorrow, I’m going to try working out every single day (yup). You might be asking yourself “Well, how does that help? If you can barely get there today, what makes getting there tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that likely.”

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The Constant Search for Cash

Over the past several weeks, I have perused dozens of articles regarding the age-old question “how to get rid of debt quickly.” So many of these articles assume a few things:

  • I got a degree that makes me a lot of money. I was a teacher (a very low professional career … and don’t even try denying that one). Now I am at the lower end of the marketing spectrum (better, but not there yet).
  • I went to a relatively expensive university. It was no Harvard, but definitely not a state college.
  • Mommy and daddy helped, but not enough to let me waltz through college without debt.

So, the question remains: how do I pay off debt quickly.

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Job (In)Security

A year ago, I had a very different lifestyle — one that required ties, endless supplies of pencils and erasers, patience and, above all, wit. While this may seem like the perfect description of a up-and-coming stand-up comedian, it in fact describes my life as a teacher. As of today, I have been out of the teaching profession and — as many experience — it is bringing up memories of last summer.

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Ideas of Welcoming

This past weekend, a new group came into the Minneapolis queer nightlife called The Welcoming Committee. Centered around the notion of create spaces where people (specifically queer people) felt welcome, it definitely proved to stay true to that core value throughout the night as we took over a traditionally space space.

There was, however, some opposition towards this new group coming to the cities — with claims that the metro did not need a “corporatized group coming in to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.” However, this problem is the exact thing that does exist within the community here, of which I experience often. This problem is, in fact, welcoming.

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Body Dysmorphia & Fitness

As I sit in a gay coffeeshop this morning, I reflect that about one year ago to the day I began this blog as an almost live journal to my life. With the turmoil of losing my first job (and likely my first career), I wanted to express whatever I was feeling openly and honestly, without providing too much context as to the who. Today, I wish to share a little bit about some of the most traumatic experiences in my life and how that has affected my perception today.

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Date Day MSP 2015 — April 25

In homage to everybody’s favorite blockbuster Ms. Congeniality, I felt a sudden urge to do things today, specifically, that I don’t normally do. Since my trip to Chicago about two weeks ago (yeah; I know … no post on that …), there has been a repeat in my usual emotional state, which is more often than not described on this blog. However, the key difference is that I am beginning to realize that self love needs to come first … and it starts with a date with, well, myself.

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OADN: Politics

I would be lying if I said that I didn’t grow up in a political family. While my mom rarely talked about politics, I heard my fair share of political opinion from my father. As many kids do, I was absorbed into the small-minded politics of association … the Republican party was good and the Democratic party was rebellious, flawed, and fundamentally the wrong party. When college hit, it was only a matter of time before I made my own decisions when it came to politics.

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