Add This To Your Morning Routine For An Awesome Start

Good Morning!

I’ve written about the morning routine quite a bit already, and there is good reason for it.  Starting the day off in the right direction and setting yourself up for success sets the tone of the day.

I wrote previously about the 20-20-20 morning routine and you can read about that here.  Take an hour for yourself and well-being in the early hours to get your sweat on,  grow, and reflect.

I’m going to add one more thing that I feel is just as important as the others: laughter.

Being amused is a very powerful state for the mind and body.  Getting a good belly laugh in as the finishing touch to your morning will put you into a state where you’ll be in a better position to handle just about anything that life throws at you.

So many things happen in your body because of laughter.  Read about them here.

Watch a video, read a comic, listen to a podcast, tell a joke and then be told a joke, do something silly, anything!

Try it and let me know how it turns out for you.

Have a great day today!

-Karsy

Making Your Bed Could Save The World

Good Morning!

Last night’s show was great! I had so much fun.  Catch the replay here.

The coffee needs to be strong this morning.  I woke up a bit late because the stream ran late, and I stayed up late making some highlights and going through the stream.  That makes the schedule a bit more erratic than I’d like, but it’s moving in the right direction.

As I was waking up this morning, I was tempted to not make my bed, but I remembered the super inspiring video I watched, a commencement speech given by Navy Admiral McRaven at the University of Texas, Austin in 2014.  The full video is here.

The part of the video I want to talk about is about the importance of making your bed and why I didn’t skip on it today. Watch it below.

Here is the transcript from that part of the speech.

“If you make your bed in the morning, you will have accomplished your first task of the day.

It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to complete another task, and another, and another

And by the end of the day that one task completed, will have turned into many tasks completed.

Making your bed also will reinforce the fact, that the little things in life matter.

If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right.

And If by chance you have a miserable day, you’ll come home to a bed that is made, that you made.

And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

So if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

This is why I pulled the sheets and comforter up neat, arranged my pillows and made sure everything was tucked away behind the chest at the foot of my bed. 

It’s such a simple task and it really does set the tone of for the productivity of the day ahead.

If you want to get inspired, make sure you watch the full commencement speech here.

Have a great day!

-Karsy

Some Stuff You Didn’t Know About Lettuce

Good Morning!

The plan is starting to come together! I was up at 5:30 and out of bed by 6.  I made coffee and even did some cardio.  Wrote some stuff down in my journal about yesterday, some thoughts about yesterday and how today was going to be an awesome day.

This morning I sat down to write today’s blog with no specific topic in mind other than writing other than getting some thoughts down paper, so to speak, but what I was writing down was a bit more personal and it ended up being my journal entry for today instead.

I cruised through my social media feed and a few things provoked some creative thoughts. First was a post about the brown spots on lettuce and the other about the MLM marketing business model.

Here is what I wrote about the brown spots on lettuce.

I read somewhere in the past that the brown spots are generally considered safe.  They’re referred to as russet spotting.  From the following articles, this tends to occur in lettuce because of exposure to low concentrations of a gas called ethylene. 

Ethylene is used during food transportation to ripen fruit and veggies. I surmise that what happened with your lettuce was that it was transported in the same container/trailer as other fruit or was transported in the same container or in a trailer that had been used previously and was exposed to that gas in trace amounts.

Brown spots on lettuce like in your picture doesn’t mean actually the lettuce is gone bad, but is considered ‘fully ripe’; mind you it’s not a plateable as non-spotty lettuce.  I eat lettuce like this quite frequently because I tend to buy it and not eat it for a week or like 3. However, I don’t eat lettuce that’s fully brown and slimy, that’s just nasty. Food is much to expensive to just throw out if its not actually bad.

Here are the two articles I read.

https://www.firstforwomen.com/posts/brown-spots-on-lettuce-169147

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00344-007-9002-y

The post I saw this morning regarding the MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) business model was a troll making fun of someone doing a live stream promoting their products.  I’m not going to call anyone out on anything because people are fully entitled to voice their opinion and how they think about things.

But seriously, if someone you know is trying something new to make some money, especially by demonstrating the value of what their selling, then why steal their thunder? Not cool. You’re like the heckler at a comedy show. And moreover, why would you do that to someone so publicly you consider a friend?

MLM is a shitty and kinda scammy business model. I fully dislike the entire idea about it; it’s incentive-based sales-team-building structure is the wrong way to get people to want to sell more of your products.

If the product is actually awesome and it sells itself and there is no other decent product that compares to it in your own experience? Well, I guess dancing with the devil isn’t so bad. As a consumer, all you need to do is buy the product.

Thanks for reading!

-Karsy

P.S. Tonight I will be streaming live on twitch under my gamertag Karsypants, and tonight’s show will hopefully be the first of many shows with a guest.  We’re going to play some video games, have a few beers and a few laughs, and no doubt it should be both interesting and entertaining. Expect some talk about food, drinks, gaming (of course), cars, wrenching on stuff, and probably a bunch of other things too.  Grab some popcorn and tune in at 7 ET.