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The Earth Remembers

It's a tight window, This duration of time. Three thousand or so years since the expanse of civilization. The Earth remembers… The time before; The quiet time near forgotten. She longs for a period of silence And of rest and peace. The…
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Moving On Minute 9-8-20: Missing Pieces

Last night my wife told me that I am a social butterfly. I lay in bed, my nose in a book, considering her comment. Before COVID I may have been an extrovert who leapt at any opportunity to hook up with friends or to attend community events.…
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Moving On Minute 8-4-20: You're Not That Busy

For real. . . You're not as busy as you say you are. Yet for some reason your self-indulgent sense of entitlement and importance has you thinking you are. You believe the things you want and have to do trump what everyone else has to. Here's…
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Moving On Minute 7-15-20: Insist On Resistance

Bad habits are difficult to break. Negative programming even more so. Our worst vices call out. They attempt to tempt us. They pull us into being that person we've been working so hard not to be. Sometimes we give in. . .Sometimes we allow…
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What Are We Really Complaining About?

Many people are confused about the new world we are entering into. Many more are afraid and are being misled. Pictures show armed protesters at capital buildings across the country. Footage can be seen of healthcare workers embattled with them…
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Moving On Minute 3-31-20: All This Time!

Just a few months ago no one had time for anything! People used to say things like, "I never spend enough time at home!" or "I'm just too busy!" That was only a handful of weeks ago. Currently strict stay-at-home and shelter-in-place…
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Pandemic Pandemonium

Pandemic Pandemonium Written by John Andreula Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk You hear coughing up the aisle you’re walking down. It’s coming from the blonde woman a little ways up. You head down one of the adjacent aisles feeling…
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Getting Fired: The Best Thing I've Ever Done For Myself

A year and a half ago today I was fired from my job. It was the best thing I've ever done for myself. At the time, I worked as a service advisor for a car dealership. I was really good at what I did and was generously compensated for my abilities.…
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Moving On Minute 2-2-20: Put Down the Phone!

  Put the phone down! There I said it. How much time do you spend on your cell-phone each day? An hour? That's unlikely isn't it? Is two hours or four more realistic?   It's time to remember the separation…
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A Fuller Life of Less

Reduction and minimalism have been recurring themes here at Moving On Upwards. (Getting Rid Of It All, Don't Want Want, Greed. . ., Downsizing) Although the concepts have been laid out through these and other emotional-fueled works, I have…
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Moving On Minute 1-19-20: Cultivating Calmness

When I was younger I always found myself quick to react. My eyesight blurred. Focus and clarity gave way to a range of different emotions. Whenever I became frustrated, envious, and even overly-excited, each became a blinding wave that…
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Moving On Minute 12-29-19: Resolve to Never Make New Years Resolutions Again!

Let me start off with the compulsory Happy New Year! to everyone. Happy New Year! It's my sincerest wish that 2020 and the next decade hold everything you aspire to and hope for. I hope more is coming your way than you could even wish for. Now…
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Still Fat On The Inside

I used to be fat. In my opinion I weighed somewhere between thick and heavy. My max weight of 210 lbs on a five foot five inch frame indicated my body mass index was 34.9. The BMI stated I was obese. I was five points above overweight. But…
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Conquering Fourteeners: Grays And Torreys

Recently I had the privilege of writing a few pieces for a weight loss company out of Boulder. I was especially blessed because they allowed me to write about whatever I thought would fit. One of them was my first person account of climbing…
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Is something wrong with me? Do deviant thoughts make us crazy?

The human brain is an odd thing indeed. A quick internet search on the phrase how many thoughts per day reveals a number of "experts" stating that human beings have between 18,000 and 70,000 thoughts each time the Earth spins. Even at…
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My Bipolar Demon

At times I become lost. I ask myself What's the point of it all? During those times I want to just take a nap, or play some mindless video game. I wish I could then just fade away and disappear. But that's just my bipolar demon returning…
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Good Morning Routine

A good morning routine is a ritual that sets a precedent for a spectacular day. It's a must. I feel that I've dialed in a "good morning routine" that really works. I wanted to share it so people could cherry pick elements that will help get…
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Moving On Minute 8-25-19: Impulsive Urges: Don't Control Them, Direct Them

Some people say, "You have to take the good with the bad." The way our impulses and urges work confirms this statement. Sometime I feel an urge to eat a handful of cookies or chocolates. Other times I feel a similar impulse to go get…
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A Good Time To Be A Quitter

Let's do things a bit differently today. Under normal circumstances I provide helpful tidbits, tricks, and life hacks. Never do I intend to tell anyone that they must do anything I suggest. They don't. I cannot force them. It's entirely each…
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Stop & Smell The Roses

Last week I released a piece about the Two Birds One Stone method of hacking a busy schedule or to do list. Finding hacks like that is necessary for the productivity output of the modern entrepreneur or family man or woman. Inversely,…
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Moving On Minute 3-16-19: Communicating Love to Friends

  How often do you tell a friend that you love them? It's probably not often enough. There are those friends that we love tremendously, and yet the sentiment goes unspoken. The love I speak of is not the type one feels toward a a…
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Where Discipline is Born: How I Started Moving On Upwards

It's common for people to start out their lives believing what will happen to them, and more importantly what they are capable of, is outside of their individual control. This fatalistic view of life leads to self-victimization. This paralyzing…

An Ambitious Ares: My Nano-Failure

I'm an ambitious Ares. Essentially that means I have tendencies built into my personality that I have to be cognizant of, or else those tendencies get me into trouble. Being an ambitious Ares means I exhibit a considerable amount of intensity…
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The Moments of Moving On Upwards

It is impossible not to recognize that moment. Isn't it? It's the moment where you realize you are doing the wrong thing with your life or you're on the wrong path. That moment stares you right in the face and screams your name. It calls…
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Losing Weight and How it Improved my Life

I would like to share the story of my weight loss journey in hopes that it may inspire others to do the same. You too, can gain control of your physical being and become the person you've always wanted to be. It will not be easy, but it is…