Archive for December, 2013

ImageLast night I was feeling good and I had a lot of energy so I got in a workout from about 10 to 10:30 PM. I have always been a “night owl” and I usually get a lot of work done at night. I feel like that is also when I do my best thinking. We started discussing whether it is better to exercise/work late at night or get up and do this early in the morning. Here are a few things to think about.

Happy Hormones

During an exercise or a workout your body releases several hormones. These hormones (serotonin and endorphins) are responsible for giving you that good, happy feeling you have after and during a workout. That along with the adrenaline rush will get your day off to a great start. So as far as exercise goes you should replace your morning coffee with 20-30 minutes of exercise. If you exercise late at night you will not sleep as well and you will have a tough time waking up in the morning. This brings us to our next topic…

Morning People

I can speak to this right now as I am writing this blog. I worked out late last night and this morning has not been pleasant. With that being said…people who go to bed early and wake up early are much more optimistic and have a brighter outlook on the day ahead. They feel like they have been productive before they even get to work or go to class.

Quiet Time

My night owl ways are slowly coming to an end and I can see the morning owl taking me over. Most of the time when I get a moment to myself it is late at night. If I choose to read or write in my journal it takes about 10 minutes and then my eyes begin to weigh 100 lbs. Whether you are planning out your day, your week, setting goals, or spending time with God it is better to do these things in the morning. This way they are fresh on your mind throughout the entire day. The night owl does these things and then wakes up to only have forgotten half of what he read or wrote. The morning owl has the whole day to process these thoughts and also gets a feeling of accomplishment before the day has even begun.

If you are a night owl, like me, I challenge you to try to change your ways. It is not an easy process and I guarantee that you will not want to get out of bed those first few weeks. I was once told it takes 3 months to create a habit and 6 months to break a habit. So…although you might fail at getting up a few mornings do not let that discourage you from winning the war. I am in this with you and if I can do it then I know you can do it. Plus, nothing good happens late at night….

Successful people are morning owls. Live against the flow and let’s be successful.

Note:  I just realized I did not put on a belt to go to work. If I was a morning owl that would never have happened. I guess my jacket is staying on all day.

Recently, I started a new job in north Atlanta in the suburb of Kennesaw.  I just wrapped up my first week of work and everything went pretty well. The atmosphere at my new office is very team oriented which I love. The people at the office are very nice and I have enjoyed working with them and more importantly getting to know them. I have been praying for opportunities to be able to have that awkward conversation with them. The one about faith that, in today’s culture, everyone shies away from. I want to get to know them on a deeper level than the typical coworker relationship. I think It will help everyone personally in terms of their growth and it would also help our working relationship in the office.

I did have one instance when I was taken back by one of the ladies in the office. It was my first day and I was walking around to meet everyone and one of the older ladies said, “We are all Christians around here. Are you Christian?” Before giving me the opportunity to answer she asked me, “Or are you Jewish?” I was shocked that she was so straightforward in asking me about my beliefs and even more shocked she didn’t even give me a chance to answer her question before asking another one. Honestly, as a Christian, I was not happy with the way she handled our introduction. I am happy that she did it with me because even though at first I didn’t take it well I was able to brush it off. I was thinking…What if I wasn’t a Christian? What if I was on the fence with my faith? How would I have taken what she had said? For me, her comments would have turned me off. Her comments made me think that she felt that Christians were better and on a higher level then people of other religions. We aren’t called to put ourselves on a high horse and talk down to others who have different views. We are called to love on everyone no matter their religious affiliation.

If it was me I would never ask that question. One of my favorite quotes is by St. Francis, “Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” The way that I am approaching my new relationships in ATL is to act out my faith and hopefully people will notice.  I have faith that God will bless me with opportunities to have real conversations with my coworkers and that He will bless me with the ability to take advantage of them when they present themselves.

I have been living with my aunt, uncle, and 2 little cousins until I can find a place for myself or with a roommate. Living with them has been a huge blessing. My little cousins are pumped to have me there to hang out with them. On the first night, I walked in and the little one ran and jumped into my arms. It was awesome. The older one is a freshman in high school. He has taken me to where he works out and we have been working out together. He is really dedicated to becoming a better athlete and I am going to do my best to help him reach his potential. I love being around my cousins, but with that comes pressure. I know that everything that I do and say has an effect on them. They are taking notes on everything that I do and say. In one week, I have noticed them picking up on my sayings and different mannerisms. I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to pour into them and show them the againstiflow lifestyle.

Living life against the flow!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

1. Pay for the car behind you in the drive-thru line
Change the world one good deed at a time! It is such a small thing to do and it can make someone’s day. This free meal could be just the encouragement they needed.

2. Go visit your grandparents
Take an hour out of your busy schedule over the next 12 days and go pop in at your Grandparents. It would mean the world to them and I know I do not spend enough time with my own. Get them to tell you a story about the good old days!

3. Invite someone to church
The reason for the season! Even the CEOs (Christmas and Easter Only) are out this time of year. So step up and ask a classmate, coworker, or friend that might not normally attend church to tag along with you.

4. Take your dog on a walk
If you do not have a dog then maybe your Grandparents do. You could knock out 2 birds with 1 stone! (See #2)

5. Ask someone how you can pray for them
The power of prayer is underestimated and under used. A simple way to show someone that you care for them and that God loves them.

6. Say something nice and fun to a stranger to brighten their day
Hold the door for them, smile, and say something nice. Maybe a compliment or just a “Have a nice day!” Get creative. It is the small things in life that matter most.

7. Let that car merge in front of you that you normally wouldn’t
You Jimmy Johnson type drivers know what I am talking about! That car flies up beside you and then proceeds to put on its blinker to get in your lane…I know it can be frustrating because I am the guy who never lets them in. Take a deep breath and just let it happen – it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

8. Leave someone a note
This can be your roommate, coworker, girlfriend, brother, or the person you walk past everyday and nod your head at. You already know who it should be so make it happen!

9. Buy a homeless person some food
Most of you know where the homeless people in your city hang out. It is a tough time of year for them and I am sure they would be very appreciative of a hot meal. Give them a few words of encouragement while you are at it.

10. Leave a larger than normal tip for your waiter or waitress
It is the small things that matter.

11. Clean your room
Whether you live in a dorm, at home with your parents, or on your own this is a good thing to do. You should probably make it a habit. I am sure GoodGuySwag would agree.

12. Againstiflow
This one is on you. Get creative and do something that you do not normally do. Get out of your comfort zone. I would give you some ideas, but I don’t want to limit your creativeness.

The Top 3 people who have completed the most challenges get a FREE againstiflow t-shirt! Keep us updated on twitter (@againstiflow) or by commenting on the blog. Honor code applies. Good luck!