Getting in Shape

A few years ago, I posted my process to get to single digit body fat. My post was entitled My Top Five Suggestions for Getting to Single Digit Body Fat. Well, when I started working full-time as a remote software developer I bulked back up, adding an extra 15 pounds or so. Having the kitchen next to your office can do that.

So Thanksgiving and all the great food is over! I’m starting a new career path and am revisiting my old post with renewed enthusiasm. I will keep you informed on how the fat shedding goes. My goal is to reach around 10% body fat by spring.

On Being Home

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November 12, 2018 Sitting in my backyard in Oregon

Having traveled extensively and lived, studied, and done research abroad, I know how central the concept of “coming home” is to that experience. Of course, when you return to “life as usual,” you bring new memories, perhaps new distant friends, and hopefully personal growth. You might have reverse culture shock or see your native land in a slightly different light; you might even have a great shift in perception. T.S. Elliot famously wrote, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time,” and Lin Yutang wrote, “No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” After spending weeks in places where I didn’t know anyone, I have appreciated just going to my local supermarkets and cafes, being greeted by familiar faces.

Royal Coconut Coast — Kauai, Hawaii

In mid-September, I took my parents on a Hawaiian vacation. Last December, we went to Oahu and stayed a block from Waikiki, so we decided on a less touristic Hawaiian experience and chose Kauai, the Garden Isle. We booked a resort condo on the Royal Coconut Coast for eight days; however, due to Tropical Storm Olivia heading directly for Maui at the very hour we were set to land and connect to Kauai, we postponed our flight for two days until the storm had passed. It was a wise decision. Hawaiian Airlines was very helpful and accommodating in changing our flights.

We were greeted at the airport with a Lei placed around our necks and kisses on our cheeks (although I paid for that, it’s a lei greeting service), and thus started the beginning of a week of relaxation and enjoyment in paradise.

We stayed at the Waipouli Resort, booked through Kauai Calls, where we had an ocean front, two bedroom condo. The unit had a gorgeous, large kitchen; three bathrooms, two showers, and a very large jacuzzi bathtub and another regular size one as well. Waipouli is just next to the interesting, old town of Kapaa.

The resort has its own beach with a resident endangered Hawaiian monk seal. It also has an elaborate, winding, river-like, swimming pool with water-slides, grotto, and three sand-bottomed hot tubs. Next to the pool area is a good restaurant and bar called the Oasis on the Beach. The weather was always around 85 degrees during the day and just under 80 at night. I loved sleeping with my lanai window open and listening to the soothing sound of the waves.

Below are photos from beautiful Kauai, “the Garden Isle.” I also have a lot of video footage of this trip that I might post later. We visited Hanalei Bay in the North and Poipu Beach in the South, which I will cover in my next post. After my Hawaii posts, I will begin telling you about my 5 week European adventure. Kauai was definitely the most relaxing part of my six week travel. Yes, the island chain is the 50th U.S. state, but it has its own unique culture and way of life and that special Aloha spirit. I would like to return. Mahalo to all the nice and welcoming people that we met!

Back Home in Oregon!

 

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I’m back home in Oregon after six weeks of travel! My Kauai, Hawaii post is coming soon, probably this weekend (followed by my European travels). While in Europe, I attended the UK Technical Communication conference in Daventry as a sort of kickoff for my career realignment. In September, I resigned from my full-time position as a remote software developer to pursue a career in technical communication, looking to combine my writing, teaching, research, and software development background and giving my severely strained coding eyes a different career path. The three day TCUK conference was awesome and it added extra validation to my decision! I really enjoyed the workshops and conversations with my new tech comm colleagues. After the conference, I made a visit to commune with the Bard in Stratford-upon-Avon and then spent two days in Oxford, before heading back to France. Writing is central to my life’s goals, from a career standpoint, and I’m excited to have found a field that combines my software skills with my passion for writing and communication.

 

New Travel Posts Coming Soon

I just returned from a little over six weeks of travel which included Kauai, Hawaii; the UK; France; Belgium; and the Netherlands. Over the next week or so, I will be sharing some of my experiences through photos and writing.

Kauai was absolutely stunning. The five week European portion of my travels produced a lot of interesting and real content and reflection, and I look forward to sharing it with you soon!

I am happy to be back in beautiful and peaceful Oregon!

 

Present Moment

Whatever the specifics of a man’s purpose, he must always refresh the transcendental element of his life through regular meditation and retreat. A man should never get lost in the details of his life and forget that, ultimately and in truth, life amounts to nothing other than what is the deepest truth of this present moment. Tasks don’t get a man anywhere more conscious or free than he is capable of being in this moment.  — David Deida