Lost and Found!

It’s alright to be lost once in a while.

Life inexplicably has ways of throwing curve balls and obstacles at inconvenient times. When things seem like they can’t get any worse, they do get worse, and our work to control the situation may seem uncomfortably futile in our times of desperation.

Eventually, there is a turning point though.  Eventually life takes a sudden shift towards positivity, and your unfortunate circumstances may either slowly or quickly take a paradigm shift towards betterment.  I am #positiveaf that if today you are not in a comfortable, enjoyable position, it will get better soon!

Although you may be lost at the moment, you will eventually be found! STAY POSITIVE!

Digging Deep!

Be indefatigable in achieving your goals!

Going to Maui for the Leave it on the Floor bboy competition truly taught me the power of being unstoppable in your endeavors.  Due to my work schedule, I almost didn’t embark on this exciting adventure because I had to squeeze the flights on my working days.  This meant severe sleep deprivation was to be expected during this weekend.  Since Maka, my partner, and I trained exceedingly hard though, I was not going to let my day job stop me from this competition.

During the competition we were more than prepared; training for weeks previously and really tiring ourselves out on a daily basis to prepare for this competition of endurance.  Battle after battle we trudged on, and when a mishap in the schedule caused the promoters to rush the rest time in between battles, doubt began to sink in our minds during the final battle we had to participate in.  After finishing a grueling 45 minute 7-to smoke competition, we were thrown into the final battle with fierce competition.

I vividly remember the pep talk I had with Maka for the battle.  We both had vocalized how incredibly tired we were, and how this was the most exhausted we’ve ever felt. After getting those doubts out of our way, I remember our talk. “Imagine the regret we would have if we didn’t give this last battle everything.  Imagine all of the work we put into preparing for this competition.  It’s just one more round and we achieve what we set out to do.  We trained too hard to stop now!”  Thinking about the countless hours of training gave us confidence, and we were able to finish the battle with a fervor that was greater than all of the earlier battles.

In conclusion, we ended up winning the competition and walked away with the great memories of what happened.  We had a new found appreciation for having a specific goal, and we understood that obsessive hard work does pay off.  Be indefatigable in your pursuits, and you can accomplish goals that are bigger than your circumstances.  Believe in the pain and suffering you endured previously, and you will gain exceptional confidence in your capabilities!

The Muscle-up

Pull-ups + Dips = One Complex Exercise!

Today marks the first day that I was able to complete a muscle-up (an exercise where you perform a high pull-up and proceed to push yourself even higher above the bar). After many attempts, I was finally able to perform a singular sloppy rendition of this exercise and defeated my initial fears.

While practicing this movement, there were two main fears I needed to overcome. First, there was the fear of tearing my shoulders from this demanding new movement, and second, there was the more prevalent fear of flipping over the pullup bar and falling straight onto my face and crushing my teeth!

Although valid concerns, these fears only hindered my progress which is a testament to the power of fear in promoting complacency. When any new obstacle appears, there will be fear and valid reasons why you should avoid conquering your goal, but it is your capability to overcome those adversities that will enable you to be unstoppable in all avenues of life.

Although your fears may be very justifiable, it is up to you to be the purveyor of your story and surmount the courage to be successful. Fear is just another obstacle in your way, and I am #positiveaf that you are fully capable of defeating all of your fears if you are willing to stand up and face them head on!

#positiveaf

Providing contagious positive as f*** energy is the goal!

When offering a smile, what is the usual first response you receive? Usually you get a smile back (unless the individual is having a difficult day or is a generally unhappy person). Being #positiveaf is a choice to be more intentional with your emotions.

When we are in our personal state of happiness, we are more productive and efficient.  Think of the last time you were exceptionally blissful.  Envision why you were in that state of being and what you were capable in that moment. We work with more fervor and commitment once we are in a positive state, and generally, things get profoundly better once you adopt a more positive mindset.  

The key to this particular demeanor stems from being thankful for ever single day you are given.  I’ve had to face various instances where I thought my hours were numbered. Remember that day where we thought North Korea launched a missile to Hawaii?  I was next to Pearl Harbor at the time, and sirens were blaring across the island.  To add to the panic, every single person in Hawaii got a text message saying that a ballistic missile was inbound and to prepare for devestating impact.  The feeling of impeding doom was immense, and we were more than relieved that it was just a mistaken warning.  This  was one of the various instances that got me thinking about the importance of being thankful for every single day we are offered.  

The fact of the matter is that tomorrow is never guaranteed.  This may be a bleak way at seeing things, but I see it as an empowering way to live your life.  Every single day is a new opportunity to live the best life we are offered, and we can work with avidity on a day-to-day basis if we stay definite in our emotions.

Living #positiveaf is a personal choice to live with more positivity.  Be thankful for the opportunities you are given, and share with the world the vibrant, undeniable energy you can offer!

 

140 Pairs of Shoes and Nothing to Wear

Thought of the day: We can only wear two shoes at once… why do we need so many pairs?

One of the more stressful times of my life was owning a multitude of sneakers and living the life of a “sneaker head.”  The diversification of shoes that I owned in my closet was immense, and I had utterly committed myself to “win” the collecting aspect of sneaker culture.  As you have already surmised, there is no conclusion to the accumulation of commodities, as shoes are constantly being released on a daily basis.  Sneaker head culture glorifies the idea of hoarding, and boasting the “freshest” kicks.

Stress was a daily part of my life which stemmed from the constant need to triumph in owning the most profound collection and the unceasing maintenance needed to keep 140 pairs of shoes impeccable.  Although I met some astounding individuals during the course of my collecting phase, it was not for me.

The best part about owning so many colorful and rare sneakers was that I rarely had a sneaker that would match my outfit.  By choosing only the ostentatious pieces that would stand out or were immensely valued, I found that I did not have a casual pair of sneakers.

Oh the irony… 140 pairs of sneakers, and nothing to wear.

Loafers

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An extraordinary loafer is a quintessential staple of any man’s exceptional wardrobe.  Versatility is the mainstay of the value proposition of a well-constructed loafer, and their adept versatility is undeniable.  Low, laceless shoes of ease and comfort, loafers have the innate tendencies to be more catered towards casual wear, but contemporary stylists will understand the relevance that loafers have in modern wardrobes; transcending into acceptable dress shoes as well.  When thinking of the most critical shoe a man needs in his wardrobe, loafers offer a strapping choice that can be worn daily.

When picking a prodigious pair of loafers, quality is of the utmost importance.  As an exemplary gentleman’s accessory it will pay dividends through the multipurpose usage you will find in both dress and casual wear.  In accordance with the value loafers offer, it is pivotal that you find a well-made loafer that truly exudes your personal style.

Entrant level:


Cole Haan always come to mind as an entry level brand for gentleman.  If your budget is not great, you will find these appropriate for daily use as they are aesthetically sound and inexpensive.  Although it will not extend the lavish persona you wish to show, it will be suitable for many situations to come.  What Cole Haan lacks in quality and showmanship, they make up for in versatility and admittance into a more refined style.

Luxury level:

Salvatore Ferragamo has been providing hand-crafted Italian luxury goods since 1927, and the level of unprecedented comfort and craftsmanship is exceptional.  The iconic Gancini-themed items are iconic enough to be recognized by a plethora of individuals, and their resounding reputation is superb.  A brand that will be easily recognized, Salvatore Ferragamo offers a wide array of idiosyncratic loafers that will definitely last for years to come.

Connoisseur level:

The only loafer you will ever need.  These one-of-a-kind Corthay loafers represent the finest items of opulence that will become the focal point of any outfit.  The importance of longevity is extremely important to a gentleman, and the patinated surface of the shoes represent hand-brushed excellence, where no two pairs look quite the same.  If you are ready to wow any individual who passes by, you need to own a pair of Corthay loafers, but their versatility can be seen as limited because of the attention they command.  These masterpieces of menswear are extremely lavish and provide a great choice for anyone who is a true virtuoso of style.

Loafers are the quintessential footwear item of modern gentleman.  Although they once held a reputation catered towards casual wear, they have now transcended into acceptable dress shoes.  To ensure you live with less items of opulence, you need to choose a loafer of impeccable style and extraordinary quality, and these loafers provide great avenues to explore your personal style!