Mindfulness and Meditation, Thoughts and Questions

Thoughts on love

Mabuhay!

Reading this title you might be wondering what this post will be about as always. It may seem it could be bad or good or in between but take it as it is and open your mind and heart for greatness. 

Love is a very special bond between two people. It has ups and downs just like a mountain winding road but no matter how many curves there are in the way that have to be taken, the progressive movement towards the top just keeps on going. This driving force is the strong power of love and connection between people. It is amazing to me how two entirely separate beings can join mentally and spiritually as one even more powerful unit to reach new heights and conquer more of life. 

Here is a photo from our trip to the Philippines that shows the love in our faces for one another. (This is one of my favorite pictures of us). 


When I look at her, as you can see here, I melt inside and just feel so dang lucky. 


This photo really shocked me when I saw it to see how candid it was and the happiness it captured on our faces when we were at Monel’s best friend’s wedding. Truly we are blessed to have met and to be together. 

Every couple needs to be able to have fun and love each other while doing it. We took this photo below when in the Hong Kong airport before flying home lol. We used the app called Snow to add the funny effects. 


So as a closing statement, if you have found love in your life, cherish it and enjoy it as I hope you are already. If you have yet to find that special person that makes you feel all warm inside, then just be patient because the time will come. Who knows, maybe even on an airplane like us. 

Salamat (thank you) for reading!

Cheers and stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Daily Prompt, Thoughts and Questions, travel

Daily Prompt – Sail

Sometimes the day can feel like it’s just not moving anywhere and other days it feels like you didn’t even get a chance to breathe. 

Taking the time to tighten the lines of your sail and catch more wind to power up your day can seriously give some great benefits. The same goes the other way though, to release some line and let things slow down a bit. Take some time to relax and enjoy the day. 

Whether you’ve got too much wind in your sail or not enough, make sure you enjoy it!

Life is a great journey and it should be enjoyed best as it can. 

We leave for Manila in 3 days!!!

Stay Tuned!

Stay classy!!!

Adios,

-Mark

Daily Prompt – Sail

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Daily Prompt – Relieved

One of the great feelings in life (for me at least) is the feeling of relief.

Relief comes at the perfect times, it comes at the worse times, and sometimes you don’t get relieved at all.

A simple reason why I enjoy feeling relieved is right in the word itself (RELIEF) which also points to release or to remove a burden from yourself. Being an engineer in the automotive industry, there are a lot of deadlines that have to be met and it can get a little hectic at times. However, once you get a big portion of a project done and have everything documented and properly released, you can sit back and say “Ahhhh”, and that is the sound of perfect relief and gratification for a job well done. 

Make sure you take some time to enjoy the feelings of relief, it is hard to say how long they will last and when the next one will come about. 

What kind of things do you feel relieved above recently?

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

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Daily Prompt – Magnet

Whether you understand how magnetization works or not, at some point in your life you’ve likely been exposed to magnets or played with them or even just used them to hold up papers or pictures on the refrigerator. 

The word magnet can mean something different based on the context or the person talking about it.

For example, a magnet usually pulls metallic and ferrous materials towards it, or pushes it away depending on how the poles of the magnet are facing. Using a magnet in this context is purely material and showing the usefulness of a magnet in life. I’ve used magnets to help find screws or bolts in a garage if something gets dropped I have a number of different magnetic devices to help find it. Even dropping some small screws in my living room I can find them easily with a magnetic wand. 

Now that we’ve been through that, what other type of magnet will I bring up next? Have a think about this one, just for a second, imagine you’re in the middle of a field soaking up some sun rays and enjoying the day, you might feel like a magnet for the sun and possibly getting sunburned. But at that moment it doesn’t matter because the good vibes are also being magnetized toward you and you’re more than likely having a great day and pushing all of the negatives away from you like magnetic polar similarities would.

On the other end of the spectrum, when you’re having a bad day you might feel like you’re drawing in all of the bad things and nothing is going your way. In which case you’re attracting the bad and pushing away the good. 

Life is all about perspective, attract the good and push away the bad. 

Cheers and stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

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Daily Prompt – Commit

Giving something your all, proving to yourself or someone else that you can and will do something, there are so many ways to show you are committed to something. 

To commit, for me, means to give something my all without giving into failure or giving up until I have truly given it my all. Commitment applies in many cases; work, school, family, friends, and so many more. 

Relationship commitment is a big key feature for a lot of people when they think of today’s Daily Prompt word. Committing to a significant other is one of my personal prides and I definitely put a lot of myself into being committed to Monel and I’s relationship.

There are a lot of people who might have trouble with commitment. Maybe it scares them, or maybe they’ve been hurt by someone before so they have a hard time trusting people and committing to someone themselves now because of it. Whatever the case is for you, try and commit to something and stick it out, give it your all!

Always remember, you have the power to do anything, no matter what anyone says!

What kind of things do you struggle with commitment on?

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Daily Prompt – Commit:

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Achievement, Mindfulness and Meditation, Thoughts and Questions, travel

Travels: Near and Far

Recently I was asked by Cross Country Life to put more information out about where I’ve been and the things I have seen.

There are many great places around the world that I have been. Some are for work, some are for pleasure, and well I enjoy them all of course.

To start with the shorter of the two lists, my work travels of course (I will write separately later about my personal travels this far). I have been to Queretaro, Mexico on various different occasions. in 2016 I visited 5 times and 2017 this is now my 2nd trip that I am on while writing this very post. Previous to my travels to Mexico I got to visit Shirley/Birmingham, UK and Telč/Dačice, Czech Republic back in December of 2015. Prior to that was my first true business trip while working for ZF TRW. My first trip was the great journey to Seoul, South Korea and Daegu, South Korea. That trip is the one I met Monel on randomly in our airplane leaving Chicago O’Hare International Airport. I had no idea I would be sitting next to her or that we would even end up talking at all. Now here we are, almost two years later and going strong.

Mexico

Mexico has been a wonderful place to visit of course you can see that in my post from earlier. Here are a couple of pictures from today to show you some of the things you can see in Centro Historico district in Queretaro if you ever come to visit. The food featured in the picture is at a restaurant called Chucho El Roto, pictured is the Chucho El Roto Molcajete along with the appetizer of Grasshoppers (yes, grasshoppers). It is a wonderful restaurant that I have been to a couple of times in the past and absolutely love it. The food is fantastic and in a wonderful location right downtown. Also the Aqueduct is a famous thing to see while in the city. It was built to carry water down from the mountain into the city many years ago. While visiting this time there was a festival going on and you can see pictured a clown and a tiny car (they had an old Volkswagen car show going on). If you ever have the urge to visit central Mexico, I highly recommend checking out Queretaro.

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UK and Czech Republic

Moving along to the UK and Czech Republic visit I did back in 2015 (December), I stayed in the UK for about 9 days and then went to the Czech Republic for 4 days.

While staying in the UK I got to visit a number of restaurants. One of the favorites in that area was the Miller and Carter Steakhouse. If you are in the area and looking for a good place to eat, highly recommended by me. 🙂

We also got to do some checking around the area and enjoyed looking at the different types of buildings. Another great place in the relative area is The Red Lion Tavern. It is an old style tavern but definitely worth checking out if you’re into that kind of thing. They only accept cash so make sure you’re ready for that.

While visiting over the weekend we went and checked out London, which was amazing by the way. Seeing Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the London Bridge, and various other great buildings. While visiting we made sure to get as many pictures as we could and see as many sights as we could. One of the more interesting parts of that visit was the protests outside of Big Ben.

The Czech Republic came next and that was like entering another world of its own. The language was hard to understand and driving there was difficult because of that. However, we did get around just fine in our Skoda car. A lot of open farmland and beautiful country side by the area we were staying in (Telč/Dačice). Telč has an awesome old style castle town which has some interesting little shops and things to see. There isn’t much in the town itself but our hotel Hotel U Hrabenky was awesome! Great food served at the restaurant and wonderful beers as well. Dačice is where our plant and test facility was located so we drove there everyday to work and found the drive was quite easy but there isn’t much there (even less than in Telč). If you’re planning a visit to the Czech Republic, I would highly recommend staying where we did in Telč but make sure to spend some time in Prague, I have heard it is amazing but we didn’t get to spend much time there other than in the airport.

South Korea

My first business trip was to South Korea. Obviously I mentioned above that it is still one of my favorite trips for very good reason :), I met Monel on my way there!

First when I arrived there in the airport at Seoul, Monel and I were very tired from talking throughout the entire 13 hour flight from Chicago. I loved the entire flight, but I was also looking forward to getting some sleep at the hotel near the airport. The next day I woke up to find out that the person I was supposed to be meeting didn’t actually end up coming, so I met up with two of the other people I was supposed to meet anyways and we got ready to take along train ride to Daegu (southern South Korea). In Daegu is where we stayed for the two weeks of our trip while working with our supplier on assembly line equipment. I learned a lot during that time, both about myself and about my work. Daegu is a great city and I would love to go back and visit someday. I had a friend I knew through work who lives in Korea who showed me around during the weekend and a few extra days that I stayed there. It was great having him show me around to the different parks and hiking on the Bukhan Mountain. He also showed me the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between North and South Korea. I will say that was a very interesting and peaceful thing to see, even though it was closed the day we went to see it.

One of the great things I loved about Korea’s restaurants is the service. They don’t come and check on you every 5 minutes while you just stuffed a bunch of food in your mouth. Instead, they have buttons on the tables (at most restaurants) and when you need something you can push the button and next thing you know, someone is at your table to help you.

The Korean people have a high regard for being hopeful and positive towards the future by placing their faith in different objects. I learned this while hiking one day with my friend and he showed me a few different instances of exactly this.

Hiking with him and conquering the mountain was amazing! I had a great time as I always do while traveling.

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Let me know what you think of this post and I hope you enjoy my future writings. I will be posting some more information about personal trips soon.

Stay tuned!

Stay classy and awesome! You Rock!

Adios,

-Mark

Achievement, podcast, Thoughts and Questions

The New Man – How To Overcome Anxiety and Move Into Power

Do you have Anxiety? Do you know how to overcome it? Anxiety can be a huge killer for your confidence and productivity, check out this episode for some tips on what to do about it. 

You can overcome any obstacle in life. All it takes is dedication and the right mindset.

As always, stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

The New Man Podcast
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