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What “Patience is a Virtue” means

Posted in Blogging, Liberty, LifeStyle, Spirituality, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 2016/08/27 by rmolby

“Patience is a Virtue” When some people want something, they want it now. They demand to have it now. They don’t have time to wait. They will take what they can get now, rather than waiting a littl…

Source: What “Patience is a Virtue” means

I came across the post while researching the saying  “Patience is a Virtue” and this blog post does a better job of stating what it is than I could have said.

Patience is part spirituality, part self-control, part lifestyle, and is something not many people these days have. I personally have become much more impatient these days, but it is mostly because of all the impatience exhibited by all the other people around me.

They are dragging me down with the sinking ship that is our current civilization…

I hope and pray I can detach myself and survive the depths of plunge the current scuttled ship called civilization is taking.

I must regain my control over my own life so I can resume my self-improvement, self-education to bring my own spirituality to a higher level.

Health – Energizing your body

Posted in Blogging, Food, Health, LifeStyle with tags , , , , on 2015/01/12 by rmolby

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So I was reading a different article on Entrepreneur.com (to be discussed in another post in the future) when I saw the side link to another article, “How This Showering Trick Can Make You More Energized for the Work Day.”

Here lately I have not been getting the amount of sleep I need to be super alert and energized, and I have been reaching for coffee and caffeinated tea to give me a boost – a LOT lately.

I also read two articles (1/2) of drinking water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. These two are turning out to be a little bit of an internet exaggeration/hoax, the reason why I say that is because of this debunking, and here, but also I found this article on an Ayurvedic site, semi confirming water consumption in the morning.

So for the last week or so I have been trying to drink one glass or 4-8 ounces (1/10 to 1/4 liter) water every morning. This seem to help with feeling parched, and on some days it made me feel better overall. I will need to increase this to two glasses over time, just to combat my typical American chronic dehydration.

Then seeing the article about the Energizing Shower, I tried this today, and once again, I was surprised, but yes, I felt a little more energized. I really didn’t go THAT cold, but I turned the hot water way down, and I almost wanted to yelp in disgust of the cold water hitting my body.

Did it wake me up? YES!

Did it energize my body? YES, for the first hour or so after I felt very energetic.

Now that I have had lunch, I am dragging again and having more coffee. I think there is a benefit to the shower trick, and I will continue to try to do it every day. Maybe by summer I will have a better feeling as to how effective this technique is.

So, in the not too distant future I will be following up on this post and see how I am doing with this shower technique.

 

Self-Improvement – New Start

Posted in Blogging, Business, Entertainment, Family, Health, Income, Internet, Liberty, LifeStyle, Wordpress with tags , , on 2014/08/21 by rmolby

August 21st, 2014

Have you ever questioned the purpose of your life, or asked, “with everything that is going on in my life, why am I going on? Is there a future worth living for?”

Piggybacking on my last post about getting a new job and regaining about 50% of my previous income, and trying to find something to inspire me to get re-engaged in life, I remembered a cool video I got from someone that was narrated by Earl Nightingale.

So I searched for any videos narrated by him, and among the list I found this particular video:

At the end of the video is a list of 12 points to remember, and I will try to go into each of those points as a separate post, but here is the list:

  1. Explore the work you are currently engaged in
  2. Realize that your own pasture is green – and unlimited
  3. The way you go about your job makes it good or bad
  4. Let yourself grow – avoid self-limitation
  5. Start preparing yourself for opportunities – NOW
  6. Put your imagination to work on ways of improving on what you are doing now
  7. Learn all you can about your job, your company and your industry
  8. There is no limit to your growth potential
  9. Our economy needs and will reward the uncommon person who participates in its growth
  10. Begin to build your library of reference material on your company, industry, your job and people skills
  11. Set aside an hour a day for study and research
  12. Remember the story of the acres of diamonds

I will not make Point 11 into a separate post, as this post you are reading serves as the post about setting aside an hour per day for research and learning.

I had originally thought about finding a short inspirational video so I could spend as little time as possible on this, but it turned out watching the 10 minute video in its entirety was the best choice I could have made, and it prompted me to spend that hour researching, learning, and writing up this blog post.

I want to touch briefly on a few other items that are tangentially associated with this post.

Recently I have been interested in finding mild climates to live in, and one place I found intriguing is Ecuador, specifically Cotacachi, as I described in a previous post. It is located in a valley at quite some altitude and has temperatures that range in the 45-72F (6-22C) range, placing it into the perfect temperature range for me and the wife. We both share this range as an overlap. She can handle, and prefers it colder, and I prefer temps in the 50-80F range, but this is about the most perfect place I can think of. So I was hunting for more information about living abroad and specifically living in Ecuador… in the process I found Blogger Abroad, a blog of a Canadian family living in the south of Ecuador where it is quite a bit warmer, but the culture is similar.

As it happens, he and his wife blog to make a living, and because of the reduced cost of living in Ecuador if you eat on the economy, you can make it on the income made online. Mind you, Bryan also blogs for About.com, so I imagine they make decent money between all their income streams, as he describes on his blog’s Start Here page. One of the things he writes about is Affiliate Marketing, and Amazon being one of the first and oldest affiliate marketers around. So I jumped in head first and signed up for an Amazon Affiliate account.

Even though I don’t plan on making any huge sums of money from this blog, I figure it would not hurt to try to monetize some of the work I have accomplished on this blog so far and into the future. One thing I plan on doing is to shed my Cable TV bill by getting an iView 3500 TV tuner (review) so I can get my local channels, and then sign up for Amazon Prime for all the pay TV Shows, Movies and Music. In addition, as time goes on I may get Netflix and Hulu, maybe Crackle and a few others.

Anyway, so I spent my hour a day doing this research, and another hour or so writing up this post, fulfilling Point 11 of the above list. As I find time, I will write up the other 11 points of the list and make the whole series available on the blog.

December 27th, 2014

Check my blog today I realized I never posted this to the blog, it had remained in draft mode all this time. I have made some progress on some of the things I mentioned above, including purchasing the iView TV tuner converter box. I will write up a new post and comment on the device, soon, along with several more reviews of different devices that have come my way.

February 21st, 2015

I updated this blog post to fix some typos, and to add a link to a product review.

Health – lack of money equals unhappiness

Posted in Blogging, Economy, Health, LifeStyle, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 2014/01/19 by rmolby

So, I don’t think I have mentioned that back in early December that I was told one day to go home and wait for a call that never came when to come back in to work.

I can’t really get into why I was told to go home, however, I can say that as of yet, they have not called me back, and I have not received a paycheck in close to 4 weeks now.

I can tell you that the old adage that “money buys happiness” is not very true, just because you have money does not by extension make you happy, however, the reverse, the “lack of money causes unhappiness” is a fully true statement!

I am currently experiencing the unhappy feeling of not having the funds to pay the bills on time, so I am increasingly becoming more and more depressed, which in turn is making me more and more unhappy.

I MUST find a job, SOON!

Horoscope – 2013.11.14

Posted in Blogging, Economy, Food, Gardening, Health, Home, LifeStyle, Spirituality, Wordpress with tags , , , , on 2013/11/14 by rmolby
Horoscope, Astrology

Horoscope, Astrology (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CANCER Nov 14 2013

Today is an excellent day to start something new or to blaze a trail. Moonchildren are especially gifted at thinking outside the box because you have a very creative and innovative mind. if some new idea has been knocking at your door for a while now, it is time to give it its due attention. Whether this is related to an idea that will help you make progress at work, or if it’s something that you think will improve your personal life in some way, now is the time to take the first steps. Whatever you begin during the next few weeks will have enhanced possibilities for success.

Well, over the last few months I have had quite a few encouraging Horoscopes that I have to post retroactively, just as I am posting this one day retroactively. However, this one stood out, actually smacked me in the head and yelling at me, “You see?” and “Go do something!”

Alright, some back ground info so you can understand where I am coming from:

Due to some unfortunate circumstances that I cannot mention due to confidentiality, I have been on administrate leave from work, and it doesn’t look like they can make up their mind when I am supposed to come back, but they have not officially let me go, either. Since I am stuck in limbo, like this, I have decided to polish up my resumé on Monster.com and I have been actively been promoting myself, but it has been a long road (about 10 working day) with few results and not very encouraging outcomes, so far.

Add to this depression, stress, lack of sleep, and you can see why I might be a little down and lackluster in my life. So when I saw this Horoscope, it was like a wake-up call, framing timber over the head smack in the face realization that only I can pull myself out of this mess, and only I can make ME feel better.

I must do something!

So, I am going to try to post on this blog once a day, and I am also looking at setting up a more professional blog, and relegate this one to my ramblings, while all my constructive posts will go on the professionally hosted blog.

Having followed several bloggers over the years, and recently bloggers such Mike Elgan on Google+, the idea of working from anywhere, any time, as long as I have some sort of internet connection, sounds really appealing.

I don’t know if I will ever be able to make a living on this platform, this lifestyle, and I don’t know if I can ever be like Mike Elgan and the few nomadic bloggers I am currently following, but it would be nice if I could go out of town, for vacation or for work, and still be able to put in an hour and produce content, like I am doing now.

I have always been a fairly early riser, and I cannot go back to sleep once I am up and going, whereas the wife can go back to sleep effectively just about any time of the day. Like this morning, this gives me a little quiet time to contemplate my future and work on this post.

I have been living without any major, set goal for quite some time now, and I don’t do well when my future is wishy-washy because I don’t know where to go at the next fork in the road.

So, I am trying to think of some goals I want to reach these next few months, regardless of me getting a regular job and trying to cram in some time on the blog, or if I have to work at McDonalds or Home Depot for a few months until I can earn a living from this new lifestyle I am trying out, but this “new idea has been knocking on my door” for a while now. Now is the time for me to take those first baby steps; and hopefully, as the above Horoscope claims, whatever I “begin during the next few weeks will have enhanced possibilities for success.”

Alright, so then I fired up the next Horoscope app on my phone, and I got this:

Daily ChineseScopes for Sheep – November 14, 2013

Concern yourself with your future retirement, and process your mail that is piling up. You’ll be brimming with imagination and creativeness, and you will be in a position to hatch out very original projects. An increase of your material gains through pure luck should not be ruled out. Your health will be good to your liking. In your home, try to impose discipline, otherwise you’ll be the first to regret your free-and-easy attitude.

Alright, so the only way I can take this, is that by me starting this new blogging lifestyle, that it will pay off in the future when I am ready to retire. Of course, I am thinking, the way the local, regional, and global economy is going, retirement as we currently know it is pretty much a historical artifact. I am more thinking along the lines of retiring from actively pushing my ideas and projects as I get old enough to not want to do such things, but I don’t think I will ever retire from wanting to grow things in my garden, or to retire from blogging or at least sharing my thoughts here and there on whatever medium is current at the time.

As for my “imagination and creativeness,” that is something that is always with me, but turning some of these ideas into a reality project, that is a different matter. That is why I am going to try to blog several times a week to see if I can do it. If so, I will try to make a living at it.

So, I fire up the third & fourth app, and I get:

  1. You face an unusual situation. Things could get pretty ugly today if you allow conflict to evolve. Try to ensure that you’re keeping the peace as much as you can, especially at work, though pretty much everywhere you go. Don’t worry things will turn out fine.
  2. You feel rather agitated and under stress today. You probably had a restless night and were not able to get enough sleep. This will only be a problem at work only if you need to be part of a team and are supposed to be taking a leading role. If so, do not hesitate to assign responsibility to somebody else. It’s more import that the outcome is successful rather than how it’s achieved.

Wow, this one didn’t make sense to me until after I tried to go shopping at WalMart. I got there, and the MurphyUSA station had gasoline at decent prices, so I topped off the tank, then went to find a parking spot. I almost got hit twice by people backing out without looking. That should have been an omen!

So I get inside, and some of the food items I needed from the produce department were not the best of quality, but after some picking through the produce, I found some usable items. I go get some breakfast cereal, milk, butter, Vitamin C supplements to help me boost my immune system while I am fighting inflamed lungs, then try to find some plain Keebler Sandies, but all they have are the pecan style ones my wife doesn’t like. I’m getting ticket off by now. I give up and try to go check out and almost get run over by a overzealous shopper at the front cross aisle. Yowser!

So I stand in the self-checkout lane, and bless her heart, this disabled lady on her scooter slowly unloaded her basket onto the conveyer, and after scanning the first item the checkout machine breaks! Everyone has to move over to the other one functioning self-checkout lane or a regular cashier lane, while an associate helped her get loaded back up to go to the customer service checkout… SIGH!

So I now wait with 6 more people in front of me, and this damn checkout machine acts up as well! I am so pissed by now, that I push my cart down an aisle and walk out. I went to Crest instead – no problems, great produce, shoppers are friendly, lots of register open, and I found everything I needed.

I REALLY needed to keep it together at Wally World… I will avoid that place if I can from now on… and I need more sleep!

For the next app, I find:

Thursday, November 14, 2013 (Cancer – First Decanate) Solve problems 

You’re exceptionally sharp and seem to have the right instincts for good decision making. With a confident approach to difficult problems, the chances are you solve them, or at least find a way to live with them. Get these problem-solving strategies down on paper as clearly structured notes are extremely helpful later, when everything doesn’t seem so clear.

That last idea, getting things down on paper, as they say, in my case, post about it here on my blog, is what I decided to do. My short term memory has been horrible lately, add to this my hearing in my right ear especially is down to less than 50% and the left to about 75% of normal, especially with background noise, and it’s a mixed bag of trying to remember and get anything accomplished with all the stress and emotions thrown in. Just another reason to blog as much as possible, this blog can also act as my journal. And better than paper, I can search it – LOL 😀

The next app I fired up told me:

Increased physical courage and a strong sense of adventure combine to make this a very interesting time. You need to do something innovative, daring, unusual, liberating, exciting, and challenging. You are inclined to act on some of the wilder impulses and desires you feel from time to time. If you have an inventive streak, you could make a startling discovery or breakthrough now.

Deciding to get back to blogging, and do it on an almost daily basis, should prove to be “something innovative, daring, unusual, liberating, exciting, and challenging.” The wild “impulses and desires you feel from time to time” stem from the fact that in many ways I am a home body, home maker, my western and Chinese general horoscope confirm this, but at the same time I am also intrigued by traveling the world, seeing new cultures, finding interesting food and people… new natural environments to enjoy… those are all things I also would like to do.

So starting to blog on a more regular, consistent basis, is different, “innovative, daring, unusual, liberating, exciting, and challenging.

Let me explore these words a little more:

  1. Different – I have never done anything like blogging to earn a living. This is about as different compared to working all my life for some flavor of the government as a wage slave, as it is for a fly to go diving in the ocean. However, I also feel I am a Jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, and have a lot to contribute on subjects I know about, because I have either done it or failed at it.
  2. Innovative – I will have to reinvent myself, I am not one to voluntarily go out and get on a soap box, and talk to strangers about whatever I want. Speaking to a crowd makes me very uneasy. But thanks to this medium, I can just say what I want, when I want, how I want, without getting into the emotional turmoil of being confronted by someone that hates what I have to say – you can just move on and not read my blog as far as I am concerned. For that matter, when I am done writing this post, I will update my about page and put a disclaimer on it stating the above.
  3. Daring – This endeavor is a little daring, it’s almost like my family is already daring me to do this and fail, without so much a saying a word. I realize this is my subconsciousness doubting I can do this, so I need to keep working on it, I need to keep pushing myself to proceed and dare myself to do this. It should make me a stronger, better person.
  4. Unusual – In many ways, this is unusual for me, to put myself out there, on a pedestal, an emperor without clothes, emperor of my own fantasy, this new lifestyle I am trying to create for myself. Will I succeed?
  5. Liberating – Ah, Liberty, some people call it freedom, but those are two words resonating similarly with people while they mean different things. I will do more research on this subject, but let’s just say that the reason by doing, what I am doing here on this blog starting today, is liberating because of how WikiPedia puts it: “Classical liberal conceptions of liberty typically consist of the freedom of individuals from outside compulsion or coercion, also known as negative liberty. This conception of liberty, which coincides with the libertarian point-of-view, suggests that people should, must, and ought to behave according to their own free will, and take responsibility for their actions, while in contrast, Social liberal conceptions of (positive liberty) liberty place an emphasis upon social structure and agency and is therefore directed toward ensuring egalitarianism. In feudal societies, a “liberty” was an area of allodial land where the rights of the ruler or monarch were waived.” With that said, it feels scary, but also liberating to take the first baby steps to take charge of my life, to do what I think is right for ME, and by extension, my immediate family.
  6. Exciting – I am definitely excited about doing this! Why, because it is new, for all the above reasons. The possibility that I may end up able to travel while making a living at the same time is exciting. Making a living while visiting exotic new locations, or even old world places of interest, like Rome, Italy, Nürnberg, Germany, or Nepal and Norway, getting to see these places is very exciting. Meeting people and eating local food in these locations is exciting. What else can I say?
  7. Challenging – this is going to be the most difficult part. The challenge of getting to where I want to be will be a big challenge, maybe the biggest one I have taken so far in my life. It was a big challenge when I left home, in Germany, leaving my parents and sister behind, and joining the United States Air Force. Different society, different culture, different food, different customs, those were all challenges I had to overcome. None of them were easy, really. I still feel challenged by some of them, today.

So, having started the day with all of these thoughts, I figured, but not use this as my entry point to starting my blogging effort, helping me get to where I want to be in the future, whether it takes me 6 months or 6 years to get where I want to be, I will try this. I have listen to Jack Spirko and is Survival Podcast since almost the beginning, watching him grow his rant podcast into a business. If he can do it, so can I. I am not Jack, I can”t do what he does, but I can do my own thing, and now is the time to do it!

Ramblings for 2013.11.10

Posted in Blogging, Internet, LifeStyle, Technology, Uncategorized, Wordpress with tags , , , , , on 2013/11/10 by rmolby

Oh my, I’ve been absent from this blog for quite some time!

I have been very tired, A LOT, lately, due to many stresses in my life. Then, recently, for reasons I will leave unmentioned due to confidentiality reasons, I was put into administrative hold on my job, and am currently waiting on a decision from upper management.

Having a few days to reflect on my life and my career, I am beginning to wonder if this is the right path for me, or if I need to consider moving on?

Coincidentally I came across Mike Elgan’s post on aNewDomain.net about being a nomadic blogger, journalist, and writer for major publications. Mind you, the above post was written a few days ago, but when looking into his writing I also found this post at Computerworld.com, where he talks briefly how he and his wife decided to give up the average American lifestyle of large house, cars, cable TV, etc. and became a semi-nomadic writer making a good income and living well abroad.

Next I read this article/post published about a month after the above mentioned article, also at Computerworld.com, mentioning the top 10 nomad bloggers.This particular post on thinktraffic.net introduces you to the top 10 nomads and what they have to say about their lifestyle.

Mind you, these two articles were written in 2009! This is 4 years later, when I discover these posts, but they are as relevant today as they were back in 2009; this information is ageless in general, only the means of making a living may have changed a little. This is what I am looking into right now, can I still make a living blogging, journaling, writing in 2013 and beyond?

We shall see if this is still a viable way to make an income. I’ve been reading a bit about web hosting, WordPress hosting, and such, and I think for the near term future I will stick with the free solution right here on WordPress.com until I know for sure I can stick with it and post on a regular basis.

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