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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 6-16-20: Who's Weird?

After living in the same home for seven and a half years I finally visited my backyard neighbors. . . Last week our shared fence blew over in the wind for the second time. The boards on it are cracked, and the old rusty screws that hold the…
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Moving On Minute 6-9-20: Wear It Out

Visualize, for a moment, all the clothing you own but never wear. . . You know exactly what I'm talking about. Some of it is deep within your closet. More still is buried inside your dresser drawers or in some plastic bins in the garage or…
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Moving On Minute 5-19-20: Remembering The Bright Side

I've understood the inherent force that is positivity for a long time now. Relentless optimism, generosity, smiling; they all carry such tremendous weight. Unfortunately I've been spending too much time lately giving in to the dark side and…
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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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Homeschooled

I've been reflecting on parenting in this extended period at home with my child. Although there are certainly moments worth celebrating, I spend a lot time considering the many mistakes I make as well as the ways I can do and be a better father…
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Moving On Minute 4-7-20: Apart Of The World

I keep writing about pandemic living, and how could I not? It's in my face everyday. From the first notification on my cell phone in the morning, to every news report and email I come across throughout my day. It's on the faces of all my…
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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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How to Create a Better World

Written by John Andreula Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk I remember being young and thinking the world was one messed up place. Discrimination, pollution, poverty and war were just some of what formed my pessimistic worldview. I contemplated…
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Moving On Minute 2-25-20: The Time To Not Help

It's frustrating having someone you are attempting to help refuse your assistance. Whether delivering kind words, advice based on life experience, or physical aid, some people just don't want your help. Sometimes they just want to do things…
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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 2-11-20: Time Limits

I don't have time for that! That's a good thing. It's so much better than I'm too busy! Being too busy is negative mind-state. It implies you're a victim of circumstances beyond control. However it doesn't require much effort to find…
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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 1-13-20: Changing Your Mind

How much distance is found between the fool and the genius? or. . . How much change is real, and how much is just in our head? Those of us that recognize our own inherent imperfections and strive for improvement are burdened with so much…
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I Can't Play With You, I Barely Have Time To Play With Myself

I'm sorry I can't play with you. My priorities have changed. Family, productivity, and longevity have replaced all the game playing of my former self. Much of my favorite past-times consisted of playing games. Although I do see some value…
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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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What Being Jewish Means

I am Jewish. It's not a statement of my religious affiliation, and it doesn't fully describe my beliefs, spirituality, and life practices. To me, being Jewish is a piece of me, like being short or incredibly intelligent. It's similar to…
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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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Producing the Product of the Unproductive (A Poem)

Is it okay to take a break for one day, or one week, from this need to produce? Consistency pulls. It tells me that if I don't do this thing which I have arbitrarily told myself for so long makes me: 1. productive, 2. on the path to success, and 3.…
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Moving On Minute 11-29-19: The Best Distractions

I remember recognizing the significance of distractions early in my journey toward bettering myself. Today, about a year later, I am starting to receive tangible external blessings for my toils. Yet once again, distractions seem to surround…
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Moving On Minute: 11-24-19 Karma is for Snowflakes

Closed-minded people write karma off as some new age-y foofoo. They see those of us who believe in it as dumb snowflakes. Yet, even when they're intelligent, closed-minded people are indeed the dumb ones. Karma is real, and it is everywhere! The…
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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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Moving On Minute 11-3-19: Choose Positive & Choose Success

A positive mindset is the difference between a successful person and a victim. If you're reading this, then you're probably open-minded and it isn't new news. Still, it's  good to be reminded. And if you are a victim you're probably ready…
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Getting Rid Of It All

I don't own my possessions. They own me. I think I'll sell it all. Grand collections of albums I never listen to Just collect dust on shelves. Books and comics stacked away; Movies and games the same. It's strange. How can having so…
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Moving on Minute 10-6-19: This is Worth the Wait

What happens when people are forced to wait? There are those inevitable times when one finds themself sitting at the DMV, in the waiting room at the dentist office, or in line waiting for a stall to clear out at the car wash. Many people…
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Moving On Minute 9-29-19: Don't Chase Life, Let It Come To You!

Greed and want are themes previously addressed here at Moving On Upwards. (¹, ², ³) For a moment, consider the benefits of minimalism and decreasing expenditures, as well as the value of relationships and experiences over material items. The…
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Moving On Minute 9-22-19: You Must Just Do It!

In contemplating the decision of whether or not to create something, or to take action, one must weigh the options. The first option is always inaction. It's much easier to blow off inspiration than it is to act on it. It's far simpler…
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Moving On Minute 9-16-19: Don't Leave Angry!

Everyone has experienced bitter partings. Sometimes disagreements and disappointment can lead to resentment or other negative feelings. These emotions are so strong that we want to throw up our hands and walk away, or hang up on the other…
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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 9-1-19: Peel the Labels Off

I'm filthy rich! or I'm so poor! I'm sick! or I'm uber-healthy! I hate him. He's mean. and She's so nice. They're all just words, or more precisely, just labels... But then again, perception is reality.   One day that…
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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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Moving On Minute 8-11-19: Don't Pick Up The Phone!

Don't do it. You're staring at your phone's caller ID as yet another unknown number, or worse yet, a restricted phone number is staring back at you. You may not know exactly who it is, but really, you know exactly who it is. It's no one…
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Moving On Minute 8-4-19: Calibration

People seek out ways to improve themselves. They create changes in their habits and routines with hopes of becoming better versions of themselves When doing so, it's equally important to evaluate those changes to ensure that they are producing…
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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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Your Schedule & Time Management: The Two Birds Hack

You're doing it! Alright, that's only half of the truth. You have worked incredibly hard on getting your commitments and daily schedule whittled down to productive and constructive tasks. There's a solid foundation set. Be sure to take…
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Moving On Minute 7-14-19: My Network Gave Me Everything

It's impossible to downplay what my network has done for me, and it goes far beyond professional networking. Assuredly, professional networking is important to one's business and financial success. It may possibly be the most important skill…
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Moving On Minute 7-7-19: Face Your Fears

What scares people? The fear of failure is high on the list. It's such a common fear that it has more than one term to describe it. Atychiphobia and Kakorraphiophobia are two of the names to choose from. What about speaking in front of…
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A Letter From My Future Self

Recently, a friend and I were discussing the advice we'd give to our younger selves. I'd thought about this countless times before. Although this has been a recurring concept in my thoughts previously, in this particular moment I've decided…
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Don't Want Want

It's an incredibly liberating to do away with want. Want sucks money directly out of our wallets, bank accounts, and the mattresses and coffee cans we hide it in. In modern times it's too simple to say, "I want this!" Whether we're looking…
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Simplicity Parenting Reflections

Simplicity Parenting may not have stacked up in the category of best books I've ever read, but it was one of the the most important books I've consumed. It will be a long while before I read a book with a message that is as powerful and resonate. Simplicity…
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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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Moving On Minute

Moving On Upwards was created with the vision of making personal development and self-improvement accessible and fun. Who doesn't like becoming a better version of themselves? However, much of the content available in the aspirational…
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How Much Does The Thought Really Count?

It's the thought that counts. Is there another blatantly more misleading phrase in the English language? The phrase embodies the difference between saying and doing. If I want to help someone out, is it actually as important, or more…
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Greed, It's Not What People Really Want

Why is it that people want so much? People want bigger houses. They want stuff to fill their houses with. They desire an unnecessary abundance of food and clothing; much of which will spoil and inevitably get discarded as refuse. People…
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Assisting Others' Change: Choosing How Much to Invest and When it's Time to Stop

It's common knowledge that to create change in life, one needs to want to change first. Nobody is going to be able to make anyone else change. It just doesn't work. When someone resists change and continually put up barriers that prevent…
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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…
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Why Read This? Here's 51% of the Reason.

A friend recently asked me what people get from reading my writing. I had to ponder this. I started listening to the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie shortly after hearing that question. In the early chapters…