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The Joy of 30 day Challenges

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Turning 24 was different. It was the first birthday I began to feel remotely grown up. This new sense of looming adulthood was alarming and made me call into question my efforts to become the woman I wanted to become.

After a 11 months travel binge, returning home for my birthday was a great opportunity to reflect on what I wanted out of my next trip around the sun. I made a list, my go-to solution, of important things I wanted to work on then spent the next few weeks working on all my resolutions, on and off, in an attempt to cram in personal development in the same characteristic way I used to study for finals. Vowing to eat better, get more sleep and answer all email within 48 hours then abandoning the me resolutions to watch 10 episodes of Monk on Netflix and eat an entire bag of potato chips.

Overwhelmed by my own overcompensation, I needed a better solution.

One late night, whille ignoring my resolution to sleep better, I decided to watch some TED talks. A video by Matt Cutts about creating 30 day challenges struck me. I decided to make my own list of fun 30 day challenges that would help me work with more focus and hopefully more success.

I am naturally an obsessive person so this appealed me me.

Bellow is a table created to make it easy to follow my challenges, new articles will be added for each area. I hope you will watch the video embedded at the end of the article and consider starting a 30 day challenge yourself.

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This is the “try something for 30 days” TED Talk referenced above. Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google, where he fights link-spam and helps webmasters understand how search works. Read more at

If you want to follow along with my challenges, bookmark this page as the table will be updated with any new post. Let me know if you’re doing any challenges yourself I’d love to read about your experience. Please email me at

Resources for this article:
Ready For A challenge Via
Matt Cutts’s Inspiring Ted Talk
How Long to Form a Habit? Via PsyBlog

Getting Ready for a Meatless Month

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For my second 30 day challenge I decided to tackle my unfortunate meat-etarian diet. Inspired by the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma as well as a recent rounding of my belly area (a symptom of having a boyfriend who can whip up 5 star meals at a whim) I figured it was a good time to give meatless meals another try.

This was not the first time I had experimented with vegetarianism. I had tried once durring my ‘get out and protest’ phase at the age of 15. I had managed to stay off meat for 6 months before the alluring smell of sizzling bacon one morning beat out my desire to feel in-group and superior.

Later on, after moving out of the house and reading Fast Food Nation, I tried to go veg again. But working full time while trying to jumpstart my career in entertainment left little time to plan or make nutritional meat-less meals. As a result I would often skip meals or rely on cheese whiz and ichiban (early bachelorette staples I now avoid). After 6 month I looked ill and my hair was beginning to thin out. I returned reluctantly to eating meat. It was much easier, with options like deli meat and frozen dinners, to maintain the very basics of nutrition.

Since that negative experience things have changed. I have more free time now, and a much better understanding of basic cooking and proper diet. I am in a much better place to explore vegetarianism again and am excited to get started with this month’s challenge.

Why Go Meat-less?

When ever someone catches you avoiding the meat dishes on a menu they usually ask “Are you vegetarian? Why? Are you an animal activist or is it a diet thing?”

As much as I like the ideas of being nice to cute piggies and cows, it is not the motivating force behind why I want to stop eating meat. The environmental impact of our over-consumption of beef, pork and poultry is staggering and the impact on our national health is equally bad.

Bacon or sausage with breakfast, deli meat at lunch, and steak, burgers or a roast with dinner, our meals revolve around meat. The majority of North Americans consume 1/2 pound of meat a day, 7 times the recommended daily amount. I experienced this first hand. Born in northern Saskatchewan where pork abounds, and raised in Alberta on Alberta Beef, meat has been the central part of every meal.

Some Data To Consider

  1. It takes an average of 78 calories of fossil fuel to produce 1 calorie of beef protein where as it takes 1 calories of fossil for 1 calorie of soybeans.
  2. It takes 3 to 15 times as much water to produce animal protein as it does plant protein.
  3. The methane produced by cattle is 20X more poisonous that C02.

These stats made me realize that the environmental impact of my lunch was not worth the momentary pleasure.

How I plan to explore this challenge:

  • Re-read the Omnivore’s Dilemma & Fast Food Nation
  • Research and explore issues around vegetarianism, vegan-ism, the whole and the organic food movement
  • Challenge myself to cook a variety of interesting vegetarian recipes
  • Practice self control
  • Make an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables

Resources for this article:
The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Always innovating, Buugeng goes Acrylic

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While doing research for the buugeng article on the Firepedia site, healing here I came across this video in the forums. In the video what you are seeing are little with S sticks that BouncingBoy81 calls “moogeng”. It just amazes me that this style of prop is so young and still we are constantly coming up […]

Fire Bug 16 : Community and the Future of Prop Manipulation with Shireen Press

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This week’s episode kindly sponsored by Bearclaw Fire Tool Manufacturing, innovating high-performance fire equipment for over a decade. Check them out at BearClawFire.Com. Show Notes: An organizer of Pacific Fire Gathering, producer of “Poi Spinning Basics with Pele’s Element DVD” instructional DVD and world class performer Shireen Press joins us to discuss a range […]

Fire Eating Book Review

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FIRE EATING BOOK REVIEWS   The Professional’s Guide to Fire Eating by Brian Brushwood ISBN # 0971364605. As far as fire eating books go, store this is the best of the bunch. Brian’s book is comprehensive and extensive, going into detail about every conceivable aspect to the art. I give it a perfect score BEST PART The […]