"So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality"
This is great advice, and a great inspiration.
"You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."
Asked by michaelkras
Thanks for your question Michael. First, my story (for those of you who don’t know me):
I perform over 200 shows a year coast to coast as a variety artist, and I travel alone. I also maintain side businesses as a professional lecturer in philosophy, a private magic instructor, and a musician/audio engineer. Add to that I share a home with the love of my life, and I am very close to my family, which is spread out all over the country.
The question: how do you balance a crazy-busy life with healthy eating and lifestyle?
Answer: To answer honestly, it is important to understand that I am not a health or fitness nut. I don’t work out, and I don’t diet. The key to my life is 1) moderation, and 2) personal relationships.
First, moderation. I eat out/order in twice a month or less when I am not traveling. This is to counter all the eating out and on the go, junk food nature that is life on the road. I cook from scratch whenever I get a chance. My diet consists of anything and everything with no restrictions. I eat lots of salad, and I also eat lots of chicken and steak. I have chips and candy for snacks and desserts. I drink very little soda, but I do drink 2 cups of coffee per day.
While there are no dietary restrictions, there are no excesses either. It took a long time to develop this skill, but here’s the secret: Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. It’s a will power battle with yourself until it becomes your lifestyle. I have also found that eating 5-7 smaller meals a day suits me much better and maintains a consistent energy level than eating 3 big meals (or in many cases 2, since so many people skip breakfast).
Second, personal relationships. I would never maintain a healthy lifestyle, physically and mentally, without the relationships in my life. I am very close with my mom, dad, and grandparents. I call them all frequently and we can talk for hours. This keeps me grounded when my life feels like it’s spinning out of control. It is a constant in my inconsistent world. Additionally, I held out through years of largely miserable dating experiences and never settled, and finally found “the one.” Lindsey and I support each out without question or qualification. We have a loving, nurturing relationship. Do we fight? Of course. Every couple does. But we make up, and we move forward. Fights result in a stronger relationship, instead of tearing us apart. Strong personal relationships are a key ingredient in a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
I’m sure I could write a lot more on this, and I would be happy to answer any further questions from anyone. But for now, I hope this suffices.
i’m so fucking pissed off at this picture
wwhat the fuck….
I FUCKING LOVE THIS
oh my god thank you for the second perspective, it honestly makes me feel way less stressed about this image, you have no idea
I’m so uncomfortable.
This book was a huge part of my childhood. Probably my first exposure to philosophy in a non trivial way.
Update on new Samsung Galaxy Tab: I returned it. While the user interface was beautiful and multi screen functionality is awesome, I couldn’t get past two things. 1) Screen resolution truly awful, especially for an 8” tablet at the $249 price point; 2) Many native Android apps don’t function on lock screen as they are supposed to. This is especially a problem for me as I use the tablet mainly as a music, video, and gaming device on the road.
So I exchanged it for the new Google Nexus 7, the latest version of the tablet I already owned and loved. And it is magnificent. $199 for 32gb internal memory, and the screen res is out of sight. 323ppi - better than Apple’s retina display FAR and away. All apps work as intended- it is the Android operating system in its all its raw, native glory.
Cannot recommend it enough.