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Why I Chose to Cage My Night Owl and Become An Early Bird

There are so many things that I know have been of great benefit to me of late, different choices that I’ve made to finally embrace some basic common sense notions of life and wisdom that actually work. One of the key things that I knew that I needed to put into place early if I was ever going to succeed in achieving my ultimate goals was to adjust my whole sleeping routine. It seems kind of appropriate for a Pidgeon to be teaching you about Owls and Early Birds, right?

Well, ever since I was a baby (my mum told me) I was never one for sleep or eating for that matter. I always wanted to be doing stuff, always wanted to be where the action was. Well, combine that with a student lifestyle that doesn’t really require much discipline if I don’t want it to, and that can spell trouble! I’m definitely more naturally a night owl. I love to stay up late reading, playing games, watching movies. So it took a very concerted effort (and still does, to be honest, to some degree) for me to become an early bird! But I know that there are so many good reasons why I wanted to make the change – and why I reckon you should consider it too. Continue reading

Really Looking Forward to Growing Organic Vegies (Community Garden Update)

Did you see my post from a week ago about getting involved in my local community garden? Well, this week I got to visit the garden while a bunch of the folks involved were there, and so finally got to meet some of them in person. (Previous to this, I had just been in correspondence with someone on their Facebook page.)

So here is a bit of an update! I’m seriously looking forward to growing organic vegies! Especially with a group of like-minded local people. One of the older guys there is really into organics and permaculture, and I already get the feeling that I’m going to be learning so much being around him.

My Dinner Tonight was Extra Nice

After I got home, I pulled out my lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cabbage that I brought home from this afternoon’s foray.

I’m heading to Sydney on Tuesday, so I didn’t want to take too much fresh food home, that I wouldn’t be able to eat it before I go. But the salad was definitely a nice addition to my plate of brown rice, chick peas and roast vegies.

I cut up the cabbage moderately fine, and boiled it with just some sea salt and olive oil. It was really nice! Anything in the brassica family is a serious love for me! Honestly, when I get a bit more cabbage in my life, I’ll probably have a go at making some sauerkraut, or maybe even some Korean-style Kim Chi! Continue reading

My Unexpected Revolutionary Tipping Point

Every one has those moments in their life where the crisis hits, that watershed moment where you have a choice that must be made, and which way you decide to go with determine so much of what is ahead. Often the powerful thing about such moments is that your past doesn’t automatically have to be your reference point for where you go from there. It can be a moment of revival, redirection.

The past few years of my life especially actually feel like a journey from one such point to another really. But this morning, I wanted to share with you what must be one of the latest ones for me. It was definitely unexpected and unplanned for, but how I embraced it made it truly a revolutionary tipping point – a key to unlocking my personal development towards so many deep desires that I have had for a long time.

My hope in sharing a bit of my story is that when that moment comes for you, that you could embrace it and make the choice that could set your path on so much a more awesome trajectory that you could have hoped for or imagined! Sounds too good to be true? Well, read on and see. This is me! Continue reading

My easy routine for morning exercise (and other updates)

Well, it’s Wednesday morning here now, and I’ve my second two-hour Japanese workshop for my week this afternoon. So I just finished up my homework. Part of my homework was a second time that I’ve had to ask some questions to a Japanese friend (which thankfully I have a really nice one who is willing to help me out) and then rewrite her responses into a certain grammatical form for reporting something that someone has said (-と言っていました). So now that I’ve got that out of the way, just having my morning coffee, and decided that I wanted to share a few new things that I’ve got going in the past week or so.

One thing that I’ve really wanted to figure out was a really workable morning routine as far as exercise. I have my apple cider vinegar that I drink first thing, and I have my green breakfast smoothies (now with rolled oats, thanks to a suggestion from a really good friend of mine). But I hadn’t really had anything going as far as exercise.

Well, the other week I discovered an App for my phone – called “ManFIT” and it is a really well-designed app! I can set up notifications, and it has a “full-body fat-burning workout,” which I’ve been using as my easy routine for morning exercise every day now. It is just 20 minutes, and has a bit of stretching and a few cardio things (like jumping jacks). But mostly what I really love about it is the helpful notifications – and that is has some motivational music and a voice that helps you know what you’re doing, and counts down the last 5 seconds before you have a break, and then it congratulates you when you finish!

So if you were looking for something like that, I highly recommend it! Continue reading

How the Digital Layer Brings Us to Transcending our Natural Limitations of Time & Space

Now, I’ve been actually stewing on the topic of this post for a while now! At the very least, it has definitely been in my consciousness for nearly two months now, since I first watched this video of Elon Musk being interviewed at the Code Conference 2016: “We are already cyborgs”.

As he spoke about our brain and how it processes our sensory inputs, and even how there are those different layers in our brain, so to speak, that deal with more the “low road” emotional stuff versus that “high road” part of our brain that is more about logic and reason. But all of that is still tied in to a very limited information process. We are hard-wired to mostly deal with what is right in front of us now. Really this is a pretty functional limitation for most of human history.

To survive in a tooth and nail world, that really helped. But to face the problems of our age, global problems, it really does require something else. It is that digital layer that Elon Musk speaks about that makes me think, “This is how we could go about transcending our natural limitations of time and space,” how we can get away from being limited by nature to just dealing with what is in front of our nose, and missing the immense and impactful (but intensely subtle and often slow) processes that are going on around us every day.

Something I Read Today in Critical Path

This all made me think today of something I read in R. Buckminster Fuller’s book, Critical Path:

“I have discovered that one of the important characteristics of most economic trends is that they are too slow in their motion to be visible to humans. We cannot see the motion of the stars, the atoms, a whirling airplane propeller, the growth of a tree, or the hour or minute hand of a clock. In the latter case we can see only the movement of the second hand. Humans do not get out of the way of that which they cannot see moving. As with the electromagnetic spectrum, most of the frequencies and motions of Universe are ultra or infra to man’s sensorial tunability.” Continue reading

Have You Ever Considered Getting Involved in Your Local Community Garden?

As you flip through your Facebook, your Instagram feed, maybe your LinkedIn feed, you might occasionally find something that inspires you? Makes you want to step out and take action? Well, for me, today was another one of those days. I honestly wish that was every day! But anyway, I really wanted to share with you all what I saw this morning that really inspired me.

I lived in a community for many years, and in that community one of the things we used to do was grow our own organic food together. It was unbelievably amazing really. I have often thought to myself since I was no longer living that kind of life how nice it would be to somehow find a way to grow some of my own food again. Definitely, there are some things that are just a lot easier to manage when you’re doing it as a community. Today, a friend of mine who lives in California shared over her Facebook some amazingly beautiful pictures of some fresh vegies that they have growing in their garden. It honestly got my heart racing they were just so beautiful! It definitely got those deep inner “green thumb” genes stirred up. But what was I going to do with that? Well, I thought to myself, “You should look into getting involved in your local community garden?”Home-Grown Tomatoes

I remember one time years back when I was traveling around, and I ended up passing through Canberra, and in the center of one of Canberra’s southern suburbs, a local church community operated a community garden that had been built inside an old tennis court (which as you could imagine provided it with a really neat fence). Every time I find little pockets of communal horticulture happening, it sets my heart racing, and some kind of deep “paradise nostalgia” stirs. Don’t we all want to get ourselves back to the Garden?

A Freshness Unmatched

Once you know what a home-grown tomato tastes like, honestly, its really hard to go back to the store-bought stuff. And that is just one type of vegetable. Pumpkins, zucchinis, cucumbers, fresh salad greens, beans! Just about anything that you could imagine or buy at Woolies, there’s probably a time of year when you could look at growing it all yourself! Now I don’t know where you’re living right now, but I’ve been living up here in Queensland for nearly two years, and really, even in winter it isn’t that far different from springtime in even some other parts of Australia! (I used to live in the Blue Mountains for a few years, and you get a pretty heavy frost occasionally and rarely even a little snow, but I’ve never seen anything like that here in Queensland!) So really, I kept dreaming to myself, if only I could figure out a way. Continue reading

My Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners (Like Me)

As I must admit in my title, I’m relatively new to green smoothies – or at least pretty new of late. I lived on a farm community for years that was definitely into health and growing their own food and all of that. They even make a green smoothie product that they sell at local markets in Sydney. But, for me right now, this is a new adventure figure out for myself a great green smoothie recipe for beginners like me.

So in this article, I just wanted to introduce you to the recipe that I’ve been following for the past while now. It is relatively simple, but it has definitely really made me feel great in my day and satisfied for long into the afternoon. I use a household Nutribullet blender, and I calculated my ingredients for each smoothie cost me about $3 a pop. So without any further ado, let’s get to introducing what I do. Continue reading

Some of the Amazing Benefits of Drinking Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

I woke up early this morning, and I was considering something that I could share with you that has helped me.

Well, it didn’t take long for me to figure it out.

One of the first things that I do in my morning every day after I wake up is I fill up my water bottle to help me start hydrating after a good night’s sleep, and then, I get my glass and pour in two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and then fill it up with water. Sometimes I mix a bit of honey with the vinegar to make it extra nice, but most days I like to just keep it simple. I drink half the glass right away, and leave the other half for about an hour before drinking the rest.

So now that I’ve told you what I do, of course, I want to share with you some of the benefits of drinking organic apple cider vinegar. There really are so many benefits to your body from this simple age-old remedy. You might not think drinking vinegar is really your cup of tea, but once you come to know a few of the awesome things it can do for you, you’ll be sold – honestly. Continue reading

Eating Healthy with a Tight Budget – Is That Even Possible?

Now I’m not sure if you’ve arrived here as one who is exactly in the same shoes as me. I’m currently a full-time student, studying Business and Japanese at Griffith University. But I can imagine that at the very least, you have two out of three common passions with me – one, you want to eat healthy, and two, you want to know how to do that even with not much money. Well, if you stick with me, I’ll let you in on the secret that I’ve discovered – that living and eating healthy doesn’t necessarily have to ‘break the bank’. Nor does it require a lot of spare time! Even with a busy schedule, you too can be eating healthy with a tight budget.

So, as I was saying before, if you’ll stick with me, I can let you know how I made my aspirations into a reality, and, honestly, as one who has never been very good at budgeting or knowing how to translate my high aspirations for a healthy lifestyle into a day-to-day reality, if I can do this, you’ll see that you can do this too.

So let’s go. Continue reading

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