Today started out as a typical Sunday: we slept in, cleaned the apartment, Dominique made breakfast, and then walked to Starbucks to get cold brews for the humans and a puppaccino for Nala. I sat down to check my phone when I saw the news for the first time in our family group text:
Kobe died in a helicopter crash.
My first thought was this must be BS because TMZ was breaking the story... A minute or two after deep diving into Twitter and the google, the uncomfortable truth started to seep in.
In the 9 hours since hearing the story, I don’t think I’ve put my phone down for more than 10 minutes. I’ve been scrolling IG and twitter watching the highlights of his basketball career, the reactions from coaches & players around the league, and anything/everything that’s popped up in my feed that’s been related to this man and the unexpected event.
The part that doesn’t make sense to me about today (besides the unfortunate tragedy itself) is...why do I care so much?
I never liked him when he was a player and always thought he was arrogant and selfish... ...Until I listened to some of his interviews after he retired.
I heard the passion he had for learning from mistakes and gradual improvement. I felt passion and respect he had for the game of basketball. I sensed the excitement he had for his new projects with children’s books and coaching his daughter’s team. And, most importantly, I understood the love and pride he had for his family.
Hundreds of thousands of people will mourn Kobe Bryant for thousands of different reasons. For me, I was reminded today of the curveballs that life will throw our way while we’re busy making plans, and the importance of cherishing the people we love while we still have them around. I’ll remember the way Kobe pursued greatness with every area of his life, and try to model that same approach to be the best I can be.
Kobe’s legacy will no doubt stretch beyond what he did on the basketball court...His legacy will live through the strength & love that his family has and the millions of people inspired by what he did with his time here.
Rest in paradise Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and all those who passed away today 💔
Taco Bell is Now Offering $100k Salaries and Paid Sick Leave
Más Mula, anyone?
Taco Bell recently announced that they'll be offering $100,000 salaries, on a trial-basis, in the Midwest and Northeast as well as at least 24 hours of paid sick time per year.
Desperate times for our favorite late-night drunken hub? Seems like it.
But before you close out of this article to go apply at your local TB, I'm begging you to reconsider and here's why...
Taking a job simply for the money will never, ever make you happy. No matter how high that salary is.
I can already feel you rolling your eyes and thinking, shut up Erik I've got bills to pay and student loans to pay off. I'm tryna get that bread.
I get it, I do too.
But as cliche and BS as my argument sounds, humor me and try this exercise out:
Close your eyes and imagine you apply for, and get, that $100k salary at Taco Bell (or any high paying job)....Now think about what you're doing day-to-day at that job...
Really think about it...Using your skills to craft the art of Crunchwrap Supremes...Dealing with the late night drunkies....Heading home after a shift still smelling like Chalupas... (wait I take that one back, that doesn't sound so bad)
But would you enjoy what you're doing? Would it be worth it? Would you spend your whole shift looking at the clock waiting for it to be over?
Do you want to go through your whole life just waiting for it to be over? Sounds pretty fucking sad to me.
Or do you want to be doing something that you lose track of time doing that thing that makes you feel alive and whole.
Sure, you've got to be practical and find a way to pay the bills and shape your lifestyle accordingly, but if other people are doing what they love each day (no matter what it is) why can't you?
Doesn't making $50,000 a year doing what you love sound a helluva lot better than making $100,000 doing something you hate?
With that said, I'm sure that there are a lot of people out there who work at Taco Bell and are truly content there. I respect that.
The point I'm trying to make is that too often we prioritize the end result (a salary) instead of the process (the day-to-day). We'll spend 1/3 of our adult lives at work so it seems pretty damn dumb to use that time waiting for it to be over.
I don't have the recipe to figuring out how to find your passion and do that thing that you love because I'm still trying to figure it out for myself.
So thank you but no thank you, Taco Bell. I will pass on your employment opportunity but gladly keep showing up to your restaurants to satisfy my late night cravings.
Simmons puts ice cubes in his cereal and I'm reminded of the Top 5 weirdest cereals ever made
I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume that NO one else puts ice cubes in their cereal, Gene.
I mean, what the hell man?!
But since we're on the topic, let's remind ourselves of 5 of the weirdest cereals to ever make it into a bowl.
Honestly, I just can't get passed the name.
"Hey kids who wants some Freakies for breakfast?!"
Besides that, their mascot was 7 strange creatures that make me feel uncomfortable when I look at them and their free toy of a "Freakie Comic Book" sounds like anime porn, to be honest. So no thank you.
4. Crunchy Loggs
Don't lie- when you read the name Crunchy Loggs the first thing you did was check to see if the logs were brown and looked like poo. Or maybe that's just me...Any way, their mascot Bixby Beaver and the team struggled convince kids they should eat logs for breakfast (shocker) and they only lasted a couple years.
3. Sir Grapefellow
I don't know about you but I've always hated artificial grape flavor. Give me orange, cherry, lemon, lime flavors or literally anything else for snacks but grape, no way. Not only that, this cereal is basically just oats and tries to sell kids on being "Vitamin Charged!" Kids don't wanna hear that shit, adults barely do either. (PS...Lol @ the free toy inside)
2. Kellogg's OJ's
Cereal that tastes like Orange Juice........Need I say more? Can you imagine the combination of OJ and Milk in a bowl as soon as you wake up? Yikes. Hard pass.
1. King Vitaman
And the winner for weirdest cereal is....KING VITAMAN!
There's a reason that cereal mascots are cartoons, not humans, and this old creepy man reminds of us that common sense. As if the mascot wasn't terrible enough, the cereal was marketed as "The 100% Vitamin and Iron Cereal" ... Can you imagine how bad this must have tasted? Kids (and adults) don't eat cereal because it's healthy for us. We eat it because we want allllll the sugar and satisfaction. You failed us completely, King Vitaman.
Honorable Mention: Liquid Cereal
The only reason this one isn't in the top 5 is because, well, it's not actually cereal. I can only imagine how mushy and disgusting these were and we'll leave it at that.
Thank you, Gene Simmons, for reminding us that you can ruin anything good with just the right amount of weirdness.
To restore all of our faith in humanity, here's some words of wisdom in a reply from Prince Izzy on Twitter:
Caruso and Tacko Cracked the Top 10 in All-Star Fan Voting
Yep, you read that correctly.
The fan voting for the NBA All Star game was released today and these two crowd-favorites made some fans mad and most fans laugh when they checked the polls.
I don't know about you but the first thing I did when I saw the headline was check to see if these two Crowd Favorites were ahead of my favorite player(s) so I didn't shit my pants.
(Phew, Damian Lillard didn't get the short-end of this stick.)
It didn't take long for Twitter to react to the news.
As to be expected, some people got offended...
While others made some pretty strong cases for these two...
And everyone else was having fun with the news by posting CaruSHOW memes and Tacko videos...
As an NBA fan, I don't really care.
The All-Star game has been irrelevant for a while now.
The players want to get as much rest as they can and don't want to get injured (respectfully so) and it's one about as entertaining to watch as a pick up game at your local 24 Hour Fitness.
So if the fans want to see guys like Caruso and Tacko play in this pointless game I say let 'em play.
Besides, as soon as the All-Star weekend ends, we've got some really good basketball to watch as the playoff races heat up and the games get more competitive.
If Caruso and Tacko being in this game offends you my advice is to chill tf out, let it pass, and brace yourself for some damn good games around the corner.
PS..in the meantime, check out the highlights of those two guys below.
When we’re younger and our birthday rolls around, it’s funny how hyped we get for the presents and the birthday party...Then at some point (hopefully sooner than later) none of that matters anymore because we realize an important truth: what’s always mattered the most to us wasn’t the presents we unwrapped, it was the people we got to share it with...it’s the people who show up, year after year, and choose to be in your life. The friends, new and old, who you get to reconnect with on that day. The loved ones who make the effort to ensure your day is special because you are special to each other.
That is the ultimate gift.
Our birthdays are a chance to be reminded of all the incredible people in our lives who matter to us. With that I just want to send a big thank you and a whole lot of love to everyone who reached out today. You have no idea how much you mean to me and how thankful I am for you❤️
Cheers to YOU ?
5 Step Process: No Zero Days
You've stumbled upon the tool that will, once and for all, help you develop the lifetime habit of consistent exercise so you can take control of your health and live your life with the energy, drive, and determination that you’ve always craved.
Sounds like another over-hyped promise that will inevitably be left unfulfilled, doesn’t it?
But I’ve seen firsthand the No Zero Days strategy used to develop consistency with my health, my wife’s, and hundreds of our clients in the last couple years and now I want to share it with you.
So...what is it?
No Zero Days means that every day, no matter what, you do SOMETHING (no matter how small) to move your body and improve your health.
The idea of 'No Zero Days' has been hashtagged on Instagram, discussed on Reddit, and quoted on Pinterest...
Without realizing it, I was first introduced to the idea of it back in 2015.
At that time I decided not to return to Portland State University to finish my bachelors degree and instead move to my soon-to-be-fiance’s home island of Maui because I was head-over-heels in love with this woman and well, c’mon, it’s Maui.
It was a priority for both of us to get back in shape at that time. We were former collegiate athletes who were becoming masters of beer pong and late-night Taco Bell runs. So after work instead of heading over to a happy hour, we’d hit the gym.
With that new commitment, there were stretches that we’d be crushing it and everything was flowing smoothly. But after a few weeks we’d inevitably lose motivation and fall right back into our old ways. It wasn’t until we met our coach, Scottie Hobbs, that I got the answer I’d been looking for.
He and his family were visiting Maui on vacation and we met up for dinner. I couldn’t hold in my question for him any longer.
“Alright Scottie, give it to me straight. You’re in the best shape of your life with a loving family and thriving coaching business. What’s your secret to success?”
The words that came out of his mouth flowed with a calmness and subtlety that I’ll never forget: “I just show up every day no matter what”.
That’s it?! That’s all I’ve got to do?? I can do that.
I had heard some version of that thousands of times in my life but when you hear it face-to-face from someone who has done everything that you want to do, it clicks.
So we applied that principle and one year later my wife and I were in the best shapes of our lives.
If that worked for fitness, what if we started a coaching business and did the same?
Two years later our brand, Maui Fit Couple, had taken off and on a daily basis I found myself repeating to our clients the phrase that Scottie had told me just three years prior: just show up every day. I knew they understand what I was saying but it hadn’t stuck yet.
Then, in the middle of one of our 30 day challenges that we would host for our clients, someone ended their check in with #NoZeroDays. The idea caught like wildfire in the group and soon everyone was ending their check-ins the same way.
The principle that had begun to change my life from my mentor was now coined and phrased in a way that made sense and our clients loved to use and stick with.
Their results that would follow blew our minds. The clients who had always struggled with consistency were finally showing up each day. They weren’t trying to do everything at once, but rather, they’d do what they could and that momentum was turning into habits.
It was through the transformation of the group and within each client that I knew we had something special.
It’s a simple, straightforward idea with the power to change your life. But the reason why more people aren’t using it (yet) is because it’s only been left at that: an idea.
A wise man named Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”
That’s exactly how I want you to think about implementing No Zero Days into your life. I don’t want you to study this idea, I want you to apply it.
How? You ask.
Great question. Here are 5 steps to get you started.
Step 1: Get a journal
It can be a small one, big one. Black and white or pretty colors. Honestly, it doesn't matter. The only requirement is that it's a physical journal and not one in your phone. Pen and paper, OG!
Step 2: Place the journal by your bed
And it needs to stay by your bed at all times, I'll explain why soon.
Step 3: Move your body
As soon as you wake up, set a timer for (at least) one minute and start moving your body. Squats, pushups, situps, plank, punching your alarm clock, or literally anything else. All that matters is that you move for at least one minute.
Step 4: Write it down in your journal
Don't overcomplicate this. Just write what you did and how long you did it.
Step 5: Wash, rinse, repeat (and a disclaimer)
That's it! Simple. Now, the reason your journal is placed by your bed is because, let's be honest, some days you're gonna be like, fuck that. I'm not doing it. It's inevitable. So if you have one of those days, your journal will be staring you down before you try to get into bed like the guilt-stare your mother used to give you on Sunday mornings when she said it's time for church. Do your (at least) one minute of movement before going to sleep.
Alright, time to get to work.
Actually wait. One last reminder...
The “magic ingredient” to making this simple, powerful tool work will be journaling your daily activity.
Now go get a journal and start.
Let me know how it goes.
Get a free copy of the “No Zero Days” journal when published