The Destination Is Only 20%, The Journey Is The Other 80%

The Destination Is Only 20%, The Journey Is The Other 80%

Are you living a full 100%?
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“Life is a journey, not a destination.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can’t name the number of times I’ve heard this quote and never thought it through until just yesterday. We’ll often hear: “It’s about the journey, enjoy the journey!”

If life feels like everything but an exciting journey, I mean how can this really be true right? Can’t you see the number of hours I’m scheduled to work this week? How sleep deprived I am? The paper I have due at midnight that I haven’t started because I’ve been so busy focusing on how STUCK I feel?

Well...Why don’t we take a break from the heavy panic? Let’s try and really think Emerson’s quote through. So, life is “supposedly” a journey. Hmmm….

A group of friends or family will gather and say: “Let’s take a road trip to California!” or “Let’s drive to New York this summer!” The excitement grows and grows as the idea unfolds. And on this road trip, you’ll usually see mountains, plains, and wildlife. You may even see the sun shining and setting in a way you never have before.

Well, what if I told you that all of these different things in nature represent the treasures in your life you’ve yet to notice?


“But Alexi, how?! WHERE are these treasures?”

The treasures lie in the little or big things you’ve yet to celebrate! Your dog licking your face before you leave the house. The heart-shaped macaroni card your younger cousin gave you last holiday saying “Eye laf you.” That promotion you got at the job you can’t stand, or even, the letting go of something old and welcoming of something new.

So today, just for today, I challenge you all to remove yourselves from worry and angst, and instead to ask yourselves: “How many treasures have I let pass me by, so focused on my destination, without having noticed them? How many trees have I not seen, how many mountains? How many opportunities, how many triumphs? How many hugs? How many moments of laughter?”

My friends, it is when we recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the beautiful treasures along the way that we can truly absorb the greatness of not only our destination but of life itself. You see, the destination is honestly that, a simple point on the map: a location.

But our lives are more than just a dropped pin on the Maps app.

Our lives are roads on roads. Intricate roads with bumps and potholes, yes. But also roads surrounded by birds, trees, and valleys. Let us ask ourselves honestly: “When was the last time I stopped to take a look around?”

For today, I challenge you all to remove the blinders that are keeping you from using your peripherals. The blinders that have you SO focused on what’s ahead rather than what’s around. Just for today, forget about the goal you set for yourself: losing 15 pounds, hating your boss, making more money, or acing intergalactic organic chemistry.

For today, rather than driving towards your destination, I want you to stop all movement. And if you’re feeling REALLY risky, step out of the car you’re driving and take a walk through the empty highway. Today, I want you to spend your day in stillness and inner exploration. And after some time I want you to ask yourself: “Where does my magic lie? At home? In that book I haven’t picked up in two years, but have been thinking about rereading? In my favorite bottle of perfume? In that sweet text from my best friend this morning?”

Scan your surroundings, your mind, and your heart. Come into contact with your bliss. Look around. Inhale deeply. What do you see? What do you smell? What do you taste? And what do you love?

Feel that love and that excitement. That gentle smile and sense of comfort. These are the feelings of gratitude and appreciation. These are the feelings of love and of light. Breathe in the gentle atmosphere that surrounds you.

You see, the destination is only 20%. The other 80 lies in the treasures leading up to it.

Would you want to say that you drove your life at a fast pace? Working endless late nights just to try and get to that 20%? Or would you want to say that you stopped to smell the roses along the way? And got to live in your full 100%?

If you haven’t heard it already, let me to be the first to tell you: we are all meant to live our 100%. In each and every moment.

So for today, I challenge you to live in your 100%. Choose gratitude. Choose insight. Choose light. And choose love. Regardless of where you’ve been, or where you wish to be, move mindfully today, in stillness, in awareness and in peace. For the best things in life may not exactly be what’s in front of you, but instead, are what you’re letting… pass you by.

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.
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BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I buy? There are currently eight flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I get it? You can find BANG energy drinks at your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Amazon, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How do they compare BANG to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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14 Things That Get My Dopamine Flowing

Depression can suck, but it helps to think about the good things in life.
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Life is rough when you have depression. Between school and work and general adulting, we can get so overwhelmed that nothing seems worth it. Add on the news constantly telling us about war and disasters and increasingly insane politics, it becomes too easy to forget the good in the world. One thing I like to do when I'm going through a depressive episode is think about all the little things in the world that make me happy. So, in no particular order, here are 14 things that really get my dopamine flowing.

1. Flowers.

I love flowers. They always remind me of how cool nature is. Did you know plants grow their leaves in a Fibonacci spiral to make sure all the leaves are getting sunlight? Dope, right? They're so pretty and have an important job to do in the world, so they make the world feel more ordered and purposeful rather instead of the chaotic mess it can seem to be.

2. Fuzzy blankets.

When I'm having a bad day, it's always nice to curl up in a fuzzy blanket and not deal with whatever is stressing me out or making me depressed. Plus they keep me warm.

3. Memes.

Memes are funny even when they're not. It's apart of their charm. They can always distract me from responsibilities and give a funny spin on the bad stuff in the world, while still being super relatable sometimes.

4. Perfect weather.

It is so rare when the weather is perfect, but those are the days I live for. When the sun is shining and there is a light breeze, I am outside and enjoying it as much as I can. It's probably just the vitamin D that makes me feel good, but I'll take it.

5. Harry Potter.

The earth is billions of years old and I am blessed with being alive at a time where "Harry Potter" exists. It's amazing. And I get to live near Universal Studios where they have "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!" Honestly, I am so lucky! "Harry Potter" gives me a chance to leave my world and go into another. I can take some time to watch one of the movies or read one of the books and immerse myself in someone else's problems rather than my own.

6. Technology.

Technology is so great. Like, I have a tiny computer in my pocket all the time! I even have a voice-activated assistant like the computer on "Star Trek." And it's not even the major tech that is so awesome. I have indoor plumbing and air conditioning, which hasn't been around for the vast majority of life on earth. So, when I get down I like to think about how, no matter how hard life gets, at least I'm not pooping outside.

7. Dogs.

Dogs are objectively the best thing to happen to mankind. They are so friendly and loyal and cute. Whenever I'm having a hard time, a dog can never fail to cheer me up. Honestly, they're so cute I can barely handle it.

8. Cats.

Cats are pretty great too. They're so soft and purr when you pet them. Even though they're more standoffish than dogs, it just means they really like you when they do cuddle up next to you. Also, they have scratchy tongues.

9. Baby animals in general.

Baby animals are just so cute! I don't know what it is, but I CANNOT get enough of some baby animals. Even babies of animals that are normally ugly are adorable. You really can't be sad looking at videos or baby animals just running around and being babies.

10. John Mulaney.

John Mulaney is so funny, and not overly sexual or gross. He is honestly one of my favorite comedians right now and I have seen all of his specials on Netflix. Also, he hasn't been accused of sexual assault as far as I know. One thing I love to do is watch a comedy special on Netflix and just laugh.

11. Chocolate.

Do I really need to explain this one?

12. Musicals.

I. Love. Musicals. They suspend all reality and take you into a world where breaking out into seemingly rehearsed song and dance is totally normal, which is a world I want to live in. Anything bad that happens in a musical is usually fixed within a colorful and upbeat musical number. It's also just entertaining. If you're anything like me, you'll be happy to know that "Legally Blond: The Musical" is on YouTube.

13. Netflix.

Netflix, along with other streaming services, is one of my favorite things. They've revolutionized how we watch T.V. and I am here for it. Plus, their originals are so good. No matter how I'm feeling, I can distract myself by binge watching "The Office" for the millionth time and just take a break form my own problems.

14. Arts and Crafts.

It always feels good to do something productive, but sometimes I just don't feel up to doing what actually needs to be done. Here is when I turn to arts and crafts. I like to do stuff like knit or paint or really anything that involved cutting and gluing. It makes me feel like I'm actually doing something and I get cute thing to wear, hang on my wall, or gift to someone.


Life can suck sometimes, but it's important to remember the little things that make it worthwhile. Next time you're feeling down, take Maria Von Trapp's advice and maybe make a list of a few of your favorite things and look out for them in your daily life.

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