Photo Challenge: Resilient


This is the first ever Starbucks.I took this photo back in September when I was visiting Seattle, WA.

For those who don’t know, I was a 3 year barista at Starbucks. This job, while at times can be tedious, was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.

Starbucks started its journey in Pike Market back in 1971, just a simple store selling spices, coffee and tea. When you walk into this store, seemingly nothing has changed since it opened. The desks are scratched to high heaven from over 30 years of inventory being moved around. Original wooden counter tops don’t even get some TLC that they deserve. No expansions into other adjacent properties, no modern face lifts, nothing. Just the simplicity of when the store first opened. It doesn’t feel like a ‘Starbucks’ if that makes sense, it feels like an old ‘Ma and ‘Pa coffee shop you would find off the beaten trail of Route 66. And that’s what makes you fall in love with it even more.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. A true sign of being resilient.

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Daily Prompt: Renewal

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Today was a struggle for me, If I can keep it real with my readers.

I let a really minor event get the better of me and it COMPLETELY ruined my day. Every aspect of it. I had no appetite, seemingly every task I wanted to accomplish seemed like climbing Mt. Everest in my boxers with a goat on my back (sorry for that visual).

I shouldn’t have let it get so far, but it did. Only now, approximately 15 hours after this feeling started am I starting to feel better. Like I could actually accomplish something. It’s weird because I DID in fact accomplish a few tasks today that I really needed to get done. But it feels so insignificant. I can’t think like this, I have to renew my confidence and start tomorrow strong. I wouldn’t wish this feeling on anyone.

I guess through all this sappiness/venting, what I’m trying to say is just take care of yourself. Take some time to do you, and know that you’re valued in some way.


Daily Prompt: Festive

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I find as time goes on, I become far more festive.

I used to think not being festive was cool and edgy, because only the sheep followed that.


Nah. It’s about the season, the thought of filling our bellies with food, laughter and the warmth of love from friends and family. How could you not embrace those? Christmas sweaters and all.

Question today! What is the best Christmas sweater you/your family/your friend owns?


Merry Christmas!!


Enthusiasm to teach

I present to you a question: Have you ever met someone who just hung on every word you said? Or even the opposite? Have you not been able to avert your gaze and just sit in silence, absorbing all of the information they are so willfully sharing with you?

A few entries back, I wrote a small blurb on my motivation and how I didn’t care about school in my early years. Today’s Daily Prompt suddenly flashed me back to public school, wherein I specifically remember a discussion about what we would want to do when we grow up. Many of the girls in the class proudly proclaimed they wanted to be teachers, and all I could think was “Man, I cannot WAIT to get out of school and stay out”. I tell ya, if I could go back in time and slap my former self, I would

Recently I have been very interested in developing leadership skills. I firmly believe having someone to look up to in your life can set you on the right path to achieve your dreams. Whether that be your parents, an aunt/uncle or someone you watch frequently on YouTube, anyone who motivates you to be better is someone you should continue to be around to gain all of their information and pick at their brain. At this point, I no longer feel like my job is presenting any further challenges to me. It doesn’t grow me or force me to be better. It just stresses me out plainly put. Needing to get everything done with limited space and no man-power to tackle the jobs that the higher ups want. Blegh. But the one thing I can take away from this job is that I can start to use it as an opportunity to better myself at communication and transferring my knowledge in a clear and concise manner so that those who are hired on can do this job in a safe and effective manner. And trust me, if you aren’t told how to do this job, it can be absolutely BRUTAL on your body. It’s not so much that its difficult, its the fact that there is a technique for everything. And without technique, it really saps all of your energy incredibly quick.

Which brings me to my main thought, which is the passing of knowledge. Humans have been incredibly fortunate enough to record and preserve all of the knowledge we have acquired in many different forms. Books, literature, art, scientific methods and most recently (and probably most importantly) the internet. There is a wealth of knowledge to learn from and contribute to. I would absolutely LOVE to dip into this pool of knowledge more! They are the building blocks of progress. Every idea has at some point had a predecessor, and those ideas simply prop the newer versions of those ideas to newer heights.

Nothing makes me happier than people who talk passionately about something. This is such an important thing for me. I could be so incredibly uninterested in a particular subject, but if you put someone in-front of me to explain said subject, I would listen to every word they said. Whatever it is that drives the fire inside of you, I want to hear about it. What about ‘it’ makes you happy? makes you as giddy as a schoolgirl? What about is it about ‘that’ that could make you talk for hours and HOURS without pause? Until you have exhausted every resource in your brain, explored every nook and cranny of your thoughts until you cant say anything more about it? That knowledge, that type of passion, that is what I want to achieve. I know my interests and what gets my motor revving so to speak. And I intend to pursue those to pass on my knowledge to others.

I’ve come to realize that sharing the information I have learned gives me a vastly superior sense of satisfaction than nearly anything else on this planet (Maybe minus deep fried cheesecake but its a close 2nd). The enthusiasm I have to not only learn new things, but to share my knowledge is one I wish to build upon. Being that person who people can look to for answers is a goal I am going to strive to achieve.

Maybe I could start a series about sharing random/fun bits of info like that?


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2017 is approaching

Curious…what do you all want to accomplish this coming year?

While I agree that 2016 was probably one of my worst years on record (probably not the worst but certainly up there) there is still the potential to make 2017 a better year. One with hope and a positive outlook.

My main goal…start taking lifting seriously. I hate how I have so much knowledge but everything fails on me when I don’t fuel myself properly. Every skinny guys problem when it comes to not being able to gain weight (Of course I am referring to healthy individuals with no medical ailments standing in their way) is that they aren’t eating enough food. Straight up. Once I started tracking the food I ate, I was absolutely amazed at how little I’ve been eating. And seeing as all the things I’ve been reading point to taller guys needing more calories by default, it makes gaining weight that much more difficult.

I’m tired of putting this goal on the backburner. Eating what I need to eat will be a challenge but it’s one that I’m willing to accept.

Here’s to a solid 2017.