article on value of time

Hey crew… I’ve recently found and LOVED this blog commenting with humor on Christianity. This article is pretty solid. Enjoy!

http://70.32.99.203/2008/05/229-margin-or-life-balance-or-what-3-gets-you/

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this day and that day

There are only two days that matter… this day and that day. I want to live my life in this day in a way that I will not have regrets on that day.

-Martin Luther-

How are you living your life?

I was listening to a speaker today and that was a quote he used in the message. I want to live my life this way. Too often, people (especially young people, myself included) wish away the time and place they are in. They miss the importance of where they are wanting to be another place. The whole grass is greener on the other side philosophy. A friend of mine always says in response to that, “well, you gotta mow the other side too.”

My life is in a slight holding pattern. I am finishing school and training waiting for next season. I do not need to wish away the time here though. As much as I would rather live in a nicer place, see my friends a bit more, spend time with family, or get to play soccer somewhere else, I will be living in the present and investing here. So I am headed to study for my comprehensive exam, work for the soccer team, watch film in the office, train, lift, run, go to class, teach my class, do my group project, and know that someday in the distant future I’ll have time to sleep.

over and out

spontaneous adventure

When you are a professional athlete or have collegiate eligibility (aka an eligibility child or EC for short) there are certain activities you are either strongly encouraged not to participate in or they are entirely prohibited per contract regulations. While it is not quite my middle name (Leigh for any of you that were wondering), I enjoy a good adventure. One of my favorite times in college is my initiation into spontaneous adventures.

*situation*

I had a test on Thursday morning pretty early, more classes, then practice that afternoon. A few weeks before when camping with some friends, I heard about the fire tower. Now, I am not a big fan of heights. I don’t mind climbing things and the threat of falling; I just do not enjoy being high up (this is a fear/discomfort that I am progressively improving). My friend was a little bored and was trying to find something to do. Apparently my need to study for a test was overridden for her need for fun.

*result*

We went out alone (2 girls), in the middle of the night (around 11:45), and drove into the middle of the woods (a good distance from civilization) while I had a test the next morning that I had not studied for yet.

It was awesome. Huge adrenalin rush. I would highly suggest doing exciting things. So we climbed up were a little freaked out hiking in the woods out to the tower. Getting to the top was awesome. Getting back down was terrifying (the fear of heights thing).

And that was my initiation into spontaneous adventure… go get ya some.

comic – writing a paper

Story of my college career

Story of my college career

Maybe this is why it is hard studying for my comprehensive exams to complete my Master’s Degree. Hindsight… study more. This is for all you struggling students.

road tripping 101: the art of staying awake

I love road trips. I love driving. I love being with friends scrolling through silly music having a good time. I love being spontaneous even though I am not very good at it. I love spending time alone in my car rocking out (yes, it is very amusing; and no, you cant come watch). I really love driving at night by myself, windows down music blaring, people staring 😉

*problem* I get really drowsy

Therefore…. The art of staying awake while driving.

1. Attempt to drive to or from and event/gathering of people who will give an adrenaline rush. Should no such event be available see point numero dios (Portuguese not spanish, I spelled it right)

2. The first artificial stimulus people turn to tends to be caffeine; however, I contend that it should be one of the last choices. For me, it tends to give me a maybe 5 min jolt till I quickly fade into the deep drowsy head bob. Upon arriving at the desired location I find that the caffeine plotted to wake me only when I crawl into bed, hence this amazing post in the wee hours of the morning.

*lesson* Avoid caffeine till you have no other choice.

3. Extreme Hot – self explanatory. Drawbacks: sweat/perspiration, uncomfortable, may lead to more drowsiness for certain individuals.

4. Extreme Cold – similar to number 3, but I am less able to endure the extreme cold. If I were to have to chose between dying of cold or dying of heat, I would definitely chose heat.

5. Loud Music – I do love this one because of the fun and entertainment value, but when I get too tired I tend to block out the noise to “focus” on driving and which then counteracts the awakening effect because it drains me of energy quicker.

6. A companion – this severely cuts into the alone time and the making a fool of yourself time unless you are very secure or your friend is dorkier than you are. *drawbacks* my friends tend to sleep rather than stay up to keep me awake.

7. Windows down – The loud noise and air flow tend to awaken me quickly and rouse me for a few minutes even, but I become accustomed to the new stimulus easily and must alternate between windows up and windows down, requiring many adjustments.

8. Car dancing – my personal favorite, but only recommended when you are alone and/or it is dark and truck drivers cannot see you. Yes, they do radio ahead to other trucks to check out the weird chick in the green Volkswagon beetle beeboppin to N’SYNC. The better the music, the better the dancing, the better you stay awake.

*lesson* be prepared at all times with a road trip sing-a-long playlist.

9. Caffeine – as mentioned before, caffeine should be the last option in the choice between living and mangling your car. Ok I changed that word choice to be more G-rated because I didn’t want to give myself bad dreams.

**The best option is… (D) All of the above**

The combo method is most effective in warding off sleep while driving. I recommend the loud awesome music, caffeine, and a good friend (if it is not a you and the road kind of day and you don’t mind making a fool of yourself in front of him or her).