7 New Year’s Resolutions for the Outdoorsman

While everyone is working on their “eat better and lose weight” list of New Year’s resolutions, those that love the outdoors should make a list of their own. To help put your New Year’s resolutions together, here is a list of a few options to consider adding. 1. Introduce Someone New to the Outdoors Between our cell phones, computers, televisions, video games and social media, the number of people that actually spend time outdoors is declining. Let’s work together to start increasing that number and the best place to start is with kids. Grab your child, your nephew/niece, your grand-kids, or your neighbor’s kids and introduce them to what you love about the outdoors. Whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking or …

Holiday Survival Tips – How To Stay Fit And Trim During The Holiday Season

The holiday season is a special time of year. It is also a time of year when many people gain unwanted weight. However, you don't have to gain the standard holiday pounds. With a little foresight and planning you can avoid putting on extra weight during the holidays. Here are 9 ways to help you stay in shape during the holiday season. Try To Stay Physically Active During The Holidays Whether it's before, during or after the holidays, research shows that the main reason for weight gain is inactivity. So, even if you're on vacation during the holiday season, try to stay as active as possible, take advantage of walking tours or the hotel fitness room. If you are already …

Curiosity Wins the Game With Fear

Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain, said it succinctly: “Back in the Serengeti, the animals that were relaxed and unconcerned got eaten, and the nervous vigilant ones survived.” Fear for our survival is wired into our DNA! Just ignoring a fear and pushing through it may work fine for brute force labor, but if you are serious about increasing your impact and influence in the world, you’ll want to sift through the fear that shows up around being more exposed to find the wisdom buried within. Clients often wonder, how do I know when to listen to a fear about getting “bigger” and when to ignore it? Sometimes fear shows you where to pay attention and what to avoid. Fearlessness …

High School Students Should Have a Plan For Success

A lot of the success of our high school students is the result of them having developed a plan for their high school years. Students who begin ninth grade with some kind of direction on what they want out of high school have a better chance of reaching their goals. Some of the basic skills that need to be part of the high school students package include knowing how to manage their time, knowing how to set and reach goals, developing positive habits and knowing how to prepare and take a test. High school students should start every school year with a calendar or planner. The calendar can be used for important dates such as test dates, homework assignments, major …

Catholic Self Defense

Note: I wrote this essay regarding the development of Tekkenryu jujutsu. However, I think it is applicable for all methods of self defense. It may also explain why martial arts are the way they are. Catholic, by definition, means universal or "broad minded". I could pull out STACKS of manuals, syllabuses, films, and related research material that cover an ENTIRE range of unarmed combat. Some methods advocate wrestling as their base, others use boxing or savate. Some jujutsu and judo while others call their systems "rough and tumble" or "all in", and there is even a system based on American SPORTS. I have an old manual on YOGA for self defense. The material ranges from current to OLD, some very …

How You Can Start Traveling the World, And Make Money at the Same Time

How to Make Money While Traveling the World The cost that comes with traveling is highly discouraging people to travel, but that shouldn't be the case. By doing some simple things, you can actually make up for the expenses in traveling and help you on how to raise money for a trip. Follow some of the travel hack that we will be giving you and you will be making money while traveling. How to Earn Money While Traveling Car for Rent When traveling most of us tend to park our car at the airport, what you do not know is there are applications in your mobile device that will allow you to rent your car straight from the airport. When …

Minecraft (XB360)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, I’m sure you’ve heard of the mega-successful title Minecraft. Just this past year there’s been a marketing frenzy with all sorts of Minecraft toys, posters and T-shirts. Minecraft has now become a household name, similar to Pokemon and Skylanders, much to the dismay of plenty of confused parents. The experience has been pretty odd for the casual gamer as well, since Minecraft was first in an open beta for the PC and you could actually pay for the game while it was still in development. Finally, developer Mojang and creator Markus Perrson aka Notch released the fully finished game on the PC in November of 2011. The …

Travelling Through Time in Spain

One of the good things about driving in Murcia is the road networks, and the quality of them. Ironically, it was the lack of these connecting arteries that stopped Murcia from being developed in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s unlike the regions of Valencia and Andalucia. This may sound like a negative thing but in fact, it is the opposite. The development of the southern regions of Spain was connected directly to the proximity of airports. It was these, which bought the first package holiday customers to the “Costas” in the early 1970’s for their two weeks in the sun. Gradually over the years as their affluence grew, the holidaymakers had desires for a more permanent holiday home. The …

Great Pizza Parties for Kids Using Your Own Outdoor Wood Fired Oven – Make a Pizza Party for Kids

If you are lucky enough to have built or bought your own outdoor wood fired pizza oven, you are in a unique situation. There are not that many people in the general population who have the skills (they believe) to build one of their own, and lots of other people who could easily afford to buy one, but who have not even considered doing so. When we entertain, we want to impress. If we can be a Total Star by providing the kids (and our friends of course) with a unique experience we’ve scored! Ask some of our English Chefs who have these ovens in their own back gardens. This article is not all about entertaining children. It is about …

How to Calculate Treadmill Conversion to Simulate Outdoor Running

Treadmill conversion is still a contentious issue with hard core runners. Most feel that using a machine with or without incline can not simulate the effort and results of a good run outdoors. Having said that, it’s not always possible to get out and run anytime you want. Many issues can arise that would make a treadmill a better fit for that moment in time. Weather for one is at the top of the list when it comes to canceling your run, but there is also personal commitments, family, work, time and so on. When these issues occur, it’s up to each individual whether it’s better to get on your track or not run at all. My preference of course …