Carpe Annum

“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”

Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete


I previously wrote about having a stinging sensation on my legs and thighs when I run. It turns out that it wasn’t caused by cellulite as I was told but a more complex process. Apparently, your capillaries collapse when your muscles are not getting any activity. Once you start running again or doing cardio and your blood circulation increases, the capillaries open, but the surrounding nerves get overly excited and start sending messages to your brain. So your thighs start stinging. If you keep on, it will stop. However, if you stop, for say a month, you’ll be starting from Ground Zero when you start.

This year, I decided to get a little more exercise, and what better day to start than January 1st. I’ve been getting away with not exercising because my body seems to have a mind of its own; somedays I’m eating so much (like eating Eba at 10pm), other days I can barely finish a small serving of rice. So I’ve remained in the small size (even slightly smaller) for about 4 years now. Anyway, I just wanted to be healthier so I set out on New Year’s Day. I did a little over 1KM (I know, thank you) and ran back home, because stinging sensation. They don’t want us to exercise, but I know I’ll continue this time around. I’m rambling

It’s the same thing with goals too. You have to keep pushing regardless of how difficult it all seems and resist the urge to throw in the towel every time. It’s putting one foot in front of another and not stopping that gets us ahead. The climb is steep, but maybe if we didn’t focus so much on the challenges, we would make something meaningful. All I’m trying to say is, if we just got up and started off early, we’d get where we are headed in good time.

So by the time you read this, I’ll probably be running or would have run. This time around there are no new fancy running shoes or gym clothes to “bribe” myself. When I get enough discipline with this, I will get a reward. Hopefully I can bring this to all everything else I plan to do this year. I hope you can too.

Let’s Go!


2016: Happy New Year

Ha! Another One *in DJ Khaled’s voice*


I know I’m like two days late but had to go be with family.  Happy New Year. I miss when I used to text or call everyone around New Year to wish them a Happy New Year. I’ll still try though.

I have no resolutions this year. Apparently they don’t really work for me. Only plan is to do everything better than the last year and focus more on the things that matter. I hope that God helps me align my plans with His.

This year I hope that we’re all kinder to each other and we go easy on each other, this place is hard enough already as is. I hope that irrespective of economic projections we can still make things work. I hope that we stop burdening people with our expectations. I hope we see the good in everyone but we still keep our hearts guarded with all diligence. I hope that we learn to live on our own terms and focus on the people and things that bring us joy. I hope that we realize that when God said “Be fruitful and multiply”, He didn’t mean just a spouse and kids.

When you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.


Happy New Year