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1114. I am a couple of days into soup and salad and fruit.  No processed carbs.  Except for taking forever to eat and pooping more, all is good.  Blood sugar is under control.  

1115. One Thing

The one goal that supports my health, wealth, and relationship objectives is working and posting 3,000+ words per day of unique content each day.  This is about a 6 hour job - 3 if you work like a madman.  I can go to handwritten notebooks, physical books that I have underlined, or outlining Kindle ebooks.  There is no one way to churn out these pages.  I need to do what works at the time and place I find myself.  Handwritten first drafts are okay with me, and faster than other methods.  Then, when I enter it into the computer each night, I’m posting a second draft.  When it gets assembled into a longer article or ebook, it should be halfway decent.

I used a free spinner to rewrite the paragraph above:

The one goal that supports my health, wealth, and dating objectives is operating and posting three,000+ phrases consistent with day of precise content each day.  This is about a 6 hour job - three in case you paintings like a madman.  I can visit handwritten notebooks, physical books that I have underlined, or outlining Kindle ebooks.  There is no one way to churn out these pages.  I need to do what works on the time and place I locate myself.  Handwritten first drafts are ok with me, and faster than other strategies.  Then, once I enter it into the computer each night time, I’m posting a 2d draft.  When it gets assembled into an extended article or e-book, it need to be midway first rate.

As you can see, it sucks.

Here’s another free spinner:

The main one goal that supports my health, wealth, and romantic relationship objectives is working and posting 3, 000+ words per day of unique content each day. This kind of is about a 6th hour job - 3 if you work such as a madman. I can go to handwritten notebooks, physical books that I have underlined, or outlining Amazon kindle ebooks. There may be no-one way to create these webpages. I need to do what works at the time make I find myself. Handwritten first breezes are okay with me personally, and faster than any other methods. Then, when I come in into the computer each evening, I'm posting a second draft. Mainly because it gets constructed into an extended article or ebook, it must be midway decent.

Still sucks, just not as bad as the first.

My preferred place to work is at UF Health/Shands Jacksonville in a coffee shop.  Several are good.  It’s an open and airy space where no one bothers you.  People are not quite as fat and disgusting as in public.  I noticed it’s a proper Starbucks where I usually go.  Some of the others are not.  No one bothers me, even when I wear my UVa sweatshirt.

By limiting the pressure I put on myself to 3,000 words (and a makeshift Daniel Fast for 77 days), I should be diabetes free in 3 months.  Other improvements will take place in the background without obsessing over them.  My teeth will be done, and my overall fitness should be the best in 40 years.  I will build the blogs, then the ebooks, and videos at the same time.  But text comes first.  

1116. Diabetes and Your Skin: Take Care Every Day

1117. Ultimate Daniel Fast

1118. When it comes to animals, less pain and suffering is better than more, but that is not the point.  Abolitionists use the slavery analogy.  It was better to beat slaves less than more, but that does not change the fact that slavery is morally wrong.  Treating slaves more "humanely" does not make the institution of slavery moral.  Humane treatment of animals in the animal agriculture industrial complex does not make their slaughter and deaths acceptable.

1119. What Is a Daniel Fast?

“The Daniel Fast or Daniel Diet is based upon the prophet Daniel’s dietary and spiritual experiences as recorded in the Book of Daniel in the Bible. It’s a partial fast that focuses very heavily on vegetables and other healthy whole foods, but leaves out any animal sources of protein. Many users of this biblically-based fasting method follow it for 21 consecutive days. ”


Benefits of Minimalism

Here are some random benefits of going minimalist and ditching most of your stuff (and sucky relationships):

1. Free your mind.  When you have less stuff that can be broken, stolen, or lost, you have clarity of mind to focus on truly important aspects of life.  Physical possessions are linked to your mental and emotional health.

2. No need for a storage shed out back or Public Storage.  George Carlin had a great routine on stuff.  

3. Better health.  If you eat simple plant based foods, you can eliminate or reverse most causes of death - heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and dementia.

4. Freedom.  There’s nothing better than getting rid of junk and freeing up time for other activities.

“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” ~Dave Ramsey

Minimalist Packing for Perpetual Travelers

When I was in my early 20s, I traveled around the Philippines on vacation for 6 weeks.  In those days - 1970s - you could manage on $5 a day.  All you needed was a spare tee shirt and underwear (or Speedo that could serve double duty for swimming and every day - not sure how that Speedo would look today).

The good thing about traveling this way is that you don’t have to carry jack with you.  It’s not like you’re hiking in the mountains and have to carry food and cooking gear.  You can eat all your meals out or from pushcarts if you must.

Packing light puts you in control.  You are able to:

1. Encounter fewer lines at airports, both at check-in and when you get off the plane. Walk past all those people watching the bags go around in circles on the carousel.

2. With a small backpack, you are 100% mobile 100% of the time.  If you have to walk  a few blocks to catch a bus or train instead of a taxi, you are good to go.  You don't have to look for an elevator rather than use stairs or an escalator.

3. Using that train or bus rather than taxis saves money and lets you mix with locals who can guide you to great restaurants.

4. Thieves often target someone who has a large suitcase or multiple bags. Perpetual travelers are known to travel light and protect what little they carry.  Clearly, they must have a lot of great stuff to steal.

5. Lost luggage in transit means claims forms and shopping to replace the items you need.

Won't need to spend time completing airline forms detailing your lost luggage.

Don't have as much to lose when repacking.

Won't be carrying things that you never use.

Won't pay extra for bags on budget flights.

Won't pay extra for a porter to bring all your bags to your room.


Minimalist v. Hoarder

You can be a minimalist or a hoarder.  Your choice.  I once met the ultimate hoarder, even though she was neat and organized - Imelda Marcos.


Bare Minimalist Packing List

Packing Tips:

Don’t pack the bulky things - wear them on the plane.  If you are traveling to a cold location, no one says you can’t wear a sweater and heavy coat.  If you need a suit, you can wear that too.

Follow carry-on rules for your airline. American carriers are pretty standard.

Carry-On Luggage Size Chart by Airline

Be careful about the weight. Just because you can fit something into a carry-on does not mean they will let you on the plane with it.

Watch the restrictions on the size of bottle liquids and other items you are allowed to carry on board.

Be considerate of other passengers and don't hog the overhead space.

Packing cubes - a godsend for backpackers.

Travel Essentials for Everyone

All your travel paperwork. Keep it in a safe place in your hands at most if not all times.  Take paper copies, but have scanned images saved in the cloud.  Consider any among Dropbox, Google Drive, Mega, or others.

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Hotel confirmations. According to an analysis by Frommers, "Booking.com remains the top direct booking site. It smokes all competition..."

Flight information - reservations and tickets.

Passport and visas as necessary.

Travel insurance. If you are an IBM* on Medicare, understand that it does not work outside the U.S.  Travel Insurance is a Must.  I like World Nomads but check for yourself. New deals pop up all the time.

Cash. It's always good to have some cash with you, but not so much you become an inviting target for nefarious characters.

No-foreign-transaction-fee credit card. If you're outside your home country this will save you 2-4% on everything you put on your card compared to the typical credit card. Be sure to inform the credit card company/bank that you are traveling internationally, and which countries you plan to visit.

In the US, Chase is known for their no foreign transaction fee cards but check with your own financial institution.  

Also, let your bank know you will be traveling so you can use your debit card abroad.

Roadside assistance. If you have AAA or CAA you’re fine in North America. If you don’t, you can buy short or long-term roadside assistance from Allstate.

VPN.  I have a VPN on my phone and computer so I can safely use public Wi-Fi. It’s a pain to set up, but I would never travel without it.

“StrongVPN is your fast and easy solution for navigating a truly open internet. Bypass restrictions and censorship from hundreds of locations around the globe, all while staying private and secure.” ~ https://strongvpn.com/

Technology

Global plugin adapter with USB ports.

e-reader - Kindle, iPad (whatever you use).  I love Kindle Unlimited.  For $10 a month, you have access to about 800,000 kindle ebooks you can read for free.  You can carry your library around the world.  I use the Kindle reader on my Chromebook.

Journal and pen.  Cheap is good.  I use those cheesy school composition books that run under $1 at Walmart.  You can always buy these on the road anywhere in the world.  If you fill one up, don’t carry more.  Mail the first one home.

Smartphone and charger.  I’m always torn when I travel to the Third World as to what phone to take.  I usually settle for a Android phone that costs under $100 with the best available camera.  I’m not going to lose an iPhone of any model to thieves or the elements.

Camera and charger - Phone images are getting so good, and smartphones so cheap, that carrying a separate camera is overkill for most people.

Go-Pro is a cheap and rugged video option.  Some people love them.  Others despise them. If you fancy yourself a professional photographer or videographer, consider the GoPro HERO6 Black 4K Action Camera.

Computer and ac adapter if you're so inclined.  For me, I stick with a small, thin, lightweight Chromebook.  I take an old one on foreign trips.  I worked it like a borrowed mule for 3 years, and it cost under $200, then and now.  

Downside:  wifi only.  But every hotel worth staying in has wifi.

Personal items

Prescription medication, vitamins, supplements, personal water bottle with filter.

Tiny first aid kit.

Conditioner, hair product, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, brush, razor, shave soap.  I keep these to a minimum.  You can get small versions at the Dollar Tree, but I usually prefer to purchase after arriving at my destination.

Practical stuff

Tape

A couple of resealable plastic bags


One Bag Packing List for IBMs*

An IBMs* packing list is easier. There is not as much nuance in a man's wardrobe.  Throw a light blazer onto a guy wearing jeans and a t-shirt, and he looks great.

Shoes - two pairs total. One pair street shoes (or sandals) that look good enough for dressier use. If you want to include hiking boots, wear them on the plane. Only bring shoes that are proven to be comfortable.

Pants/shorts - three pairs total. You know your style but one pair should be long and not denim.  Cargo pants or khakis are a good casual choice.  If you have more formal events, you will need dress pants.

4 t-shirts (make sure at least one of them is white to wear under a dress shirt). If you're going someplace tropical or humid, make sure that they are very light.  I prefer to travel with only 2 t-shirts and buy more at my destination.  I tend to ship the dirty shirts home.

1 golf shirt or casual shirt with a collar

1 dress shirt if needed.

One blazer (This is optional, of course, but really useful. Choose a light fabric.)

Belt and tie (if you're into that look)

Umbrella, scarf, gloves, rain pants, hat, vest, pair of sunglasses (again, depending on the weather of your destinations, you may not need all of these).  I always carry a pair of fit over/wear over sunglasses to go with my prescription eyeglasses.

Bathing suit or Speedo.

5 pairs of underwear and 4 pairs of socks.

Rinse clothes out when necessary. Count what you didn’t use when you get back and don’t pack it again.


Self-Sufficiency

Being self-sufficient in this day and age requires a strong mind and some coin in the bank.

The first step is to understand where the problem lies.  If you’re in the rat race, you’re one of the rats.

Recognize your prison, but don’t accept it as inevitable.

Who said you have to accept the 9 to 5 of the sheep.

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

Read more: http://www.keepinspiring.me/bruce-lee-quotes/#ixzz5RDTLxn7L

Bruce Lee was not only a fighter and actor, but believe it or not, one of the greatest philosophers of our lifetime.  His form and discipline were second to none.

You want to free your mind to pursue fuck you money in ways that don’t involve working for someone else.  Self-sufficiency is about developing your own resources on your own path and supporting yourself financially.

You must be free from the control, influence, and guidance of others.  Stoic.  Spartan.

Fuck you money is having enough money to be financially independent.  You can Johnny Paycheck your boss and have him “take this job and shove it”.

Being financially independent is priceless because you can’t put a price tag on freedom.

Unlike the episode of Seinfeld, you really are the master of your domain.  You have the ability to go anywhere, do anything.

When you are transitioning from employee to Walkabout Solopreneur, mindset is key.  A right mindset can fire up your creativity and expose ideas that have been buried your whole life.

You have to commit to mastering your new side hustle.  You are now the expert.  Knowledge is power, but only when it’s applied.    Keep learning, and don’t worry when pushed outside your comfort zone.

Most of us sell out to a comfortable life.  Governments want to keep us docile and law abiding.  Corporate employment is a new form of slavery more profitable than the bad old plantation days.

Comfort kills.  People don’t change until they are uncomfortable.  To grow, you have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.  You need to move forward to stay alive.  

No matter how hard it is, don’t fear failure.  You will most likely stumble along the way.  Failure is part of the game.

To escape the corporate plantation, you need a plan.  You have a vision and develop a plan to get you to your goal.  A plan is just the beginning.  As Mike Tyson noted, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face.

You need to start with a strategic plan that states your mission and vision.  But be ready to pivot if you get punched in the face.

You also need strategy.  Strategy describes where you want to go, but not always how you plan to get there.  No one knows what the future might bring.  Circumstances change.  You might have to reinvent yourself.  Maybe more than once.

Walking Meditation

Walking meditation is more than a simple stroll in the park. It is often done slower than normal walking, and involves either deep breathing or focusing practices. It feels more like meditation than walking.

Because your body is moving, you are mindful of your body’s sensations and anchored in the present moment.  For this reason, many people find walking meditation easier than seated or reclining meditation.

I am personally mindful of undulations of the ground.  Each step is a little different from the last or the next.

The ability to focus, developed by walking meditation, can be carried over into daily life.

The sensations of walking can be more compelling than the more subtle sensations of breathing while sitting. Walking can be quite helpful after a meal, upon waking in the morning, or after a long period of sitting meditation.

At times of elevated stress, walking meditation can be more relaxing than sitting. An added benefit, walking meditation can build strength and stamina.

Walking is a healthy physical activity, and one that is used in different spiritual

traditions as a means of training and focusing the mind.  And, it’s a favorite pastime for those of us who just like to walk.