Live Positively by Managing Your Ego

Reading Time: 5 minutesLiving positively is a cornerstone to a good life. Whether you’re at work, the gym, or at home; having a positive mentality opens your world to happiness, opportunity, and success. Now as much as we want living positively to be as easy as remembering to look on the bright side of things, it’s not always that easy. Living positively requires an incredible amount of discipline, commitment, and often external support. Now assuming that all of that commitment doesn’t scare you off, let’s take a look at what’s in store when you decide it’s time to live positively. 1. You have to learn how to live positively. High-five for stating the obvious! But, seriously, living positively is a constant effort that requires a commitment to consistently learn and apply new techniques that work for you. Just as each of us changes as time goes on, so too must we adapt our […]

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Open Letter and Comment to the National Park Service Re: Draft Jones Point Park Recreation and Visitor Services Plan

Reading Time: 4 minutesOpen letter and comment to the National Park Service in response to the draft for public review: Jones Point Park: Recreation and Visitor Services Plan. I appreciate the National Park Service’s attention towards Jones Point Park. Over the past few months, I have been supporting Balance Paddleboarding, a Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) social enterprise that has been operating with a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) as a Guide and Outfitter (http://balancepaddleboarding.com). During that time, as part of the Balance Paddleboarding team, I have helped lead Spring and Summer large clean-up events in partnership with the Potomac Conservancy. Additionally, I have worked with Balance Paddleboarding in supporting several ongoing litter clean-up initiatives that engage visitors to take responsibility and remove trash from the river by providing monetary incentives. Over this period, I have spent, on average, 8 hours every Saturday and Sunday at Jones Point Park. This time spent has provided me with […]

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Public Comment on North Henry Liberty Hours

Reading Time: 3 minutesOpen letter and comment to Alexandria City in regards to the North Henry Liberty Station’s application to extend hours of operations (SUP2016-00064).  Hello Ms. Horowitz, I am a resident of North Henry Street and live in close proximity to 442 N Henry Street, the subject of SUP2016-00064. I would like to express my support for the proposed amendment to extend North Henry Liberty Service Station’s (MetroMotor’s) hours of operation. I can attest to their quality as neighbors and their care and commitment to the betterment of our community. Below I will provide multiple examples of their commitment, which I have personally witnessed since moving to my home in March of 2015. Throughout my time as their neighbor, I have seen Hamood and his team make numerous proactive efforts to seek feedback from the surrounding community for actions that they can take to improve the neighborhood. Just this past week, I mentioned to Joseph, a member […]

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Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP): Mind-Body Experience

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhat’s SUP?  No, I’m not talking about what you’re doing right now. I’m talking about Stand Up Paddleboarding aka SUP, the water sport that has taken the world by storm. Despite its recent meteoric rise to become America’s fastest-growing water sport, SUP is not all that new. The earliest documented example of Stand Up Paddleboarding was Duke Kahanamoku in 1939, and since then, Stand-Up Paddleboarding continued to evolve. Through the 1960s the “Beach Boys of Waikiki” would stand up on their longboards to photograph tourists who were learning to surf, and before long SUP breached the mainland. It continued to grow in popularity among beach communities throughout California and now has penetrated the U.S. east coast shoreline, rivers, bays, lakes, and ponds. As Stand-Up Paddleboarding spread, so too have the types of SUP. Personally, I am a flat water guy who enjoys touring around the Potomac River with Balance Paddleboarding.  But, […]

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The Do Less to Do More Paradox

Reading Time: 2 minutesAs humans, we are voracious. A byproduct of our constantly buzzing minds is an insatiable appetite for more. We are rarely satisfied, and there always seems to be something else that must be done. As we’ve conditioned ourselves to overload our to-do list, unproductive time can feel tortuous. Personally speaking, periods of idleness can feel more anxious than restorative. But valuing our time doesn’t mean we must constantly be on the go. Nor, does it mean we shouldn’t set aside time to relax, absent of work. I have found that the most effective way to achieve a happy medium of peace-of-mind and productivity is maximizing efficiency during work while protecting our free time. This balance allows us to complete tasks efficiently while ensuring we can spend time completely removed from those tasks where we often find new insights. One thing is certain: it takes a lot less time to do a lot […]

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If You Love What You Do, Say It with Confidence

Reading Time: 4 minutesFull disclosure: I was inspired to write this because I I know that if I put it on paper (or screen in this case), I will have to follow my own advice. So in advance, thank you for entertaining me in my self-conditioning. I have failed to say what I do confidently more times than I can count. Simultaneously, I love what I do. Let me say again; I LOVE WHAT I DO. I spent years of punching the clock: arriving at 9:00 am, leaving at 5:00 pm, dreading waking up, dreading dealing with certain people, dreading the time I knew that I would be wasting while watching a clock, dreading calling a certain account, dreading telling people to buy something I wouldn’t buy myself, rationalizing to myself that it would all alright, and trying to cope. At that time, I did not love what I did. In fact, I […]

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