The Man Who Chose Happiness

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Written by Justin Gammill

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justin Writer / Blogger. As a full-time Texan and a part-time mountain man, Justin believes that a man does not grow a beard, but that a beard grows a man…whatever that means.

I’ve struggled my whole life with the concept of happiness, sometimes more than others. Happiness is such a purely situational condition that it is sometimes as fleeting as it is elusive. Any time I get on to pondering about happiness and how to find my own, I think back to an experience from about 10 years ago…

At the time I was living in San Antonio and had an entire group of friends that were either in the military or worked for one of…

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Tyra Takes On Weight Watchers : Week 24, 25 & 26


Week 24

I think the word for this week would be frustration… utter frustration. after the past two weeks and the weight gain that I had I decided to divorce myself from the scale. It was becoming unhealthy, I was letting the number on the scale determine my mood, determine how I proceeded in Weight Watchers, so I walked into in high spirits, I don’t have a feeling either way about whether I was gonna gain or lose. So even after giving myself a pep talk the entire week, boosting myself up on the drive to Weight Watchers, I was utterly crushed on the scale…. and more than anything else I was frustrated…. another gain! A GAIN for three weeks in a row.



I sat in my set waiting for the meeting to start just thinking, “What the hell!?” I really had to be quiet and recoup then it hit me. This is part of the process, no one ever said that weight loss was a down hill slop, it’s hills and mountains…. and even on the weeks that you do EVERYTHING right the scale may now show. And I had to seriously remind myself of where I started.over 70 pounds (as of week 24) was off of my body. I did that! And I allowed myself to get caught up with what was going on at that moment and losing sight of the “Big Picture”

The topic for the meeting was “Chain Reactions: How Smart Steps and Lead to Others” I sat around for a while and seriously though “I’m in no position to write about anything this week” (I was still bitter and my 10 pounds in 3 weeks weight gain).

But then something happened….. I wanted coffee, so I decided to walk to the Dunkin’ Donuts that’s 1/2 block from my house, but instead of turning to go towards the DD I walked to other way…I walked a mile that day before I got coffee….. I was surprised by how okay I felt, how close it got my to my 10,000 step goal, so the next morning I woke up and did it again, this time I walked a little bit over a mile, the next day it was 2 , and the day after that it was a 2.5 miles, just around the neighborhood listening to my iPod. a simple thing led to a huge chain reaction without me even realizing.


Week 25

This week, like last week I walked into the meeting, feeling good; really good actually not because of anything in particular, after thinking about what happened last week, I left the meeting deciding to have a more positive outlook, and a few days before I saw something on Tumblr that really struck a cord with me



This week I want to continue to try to be active, although I was thrown a curveball because Chicago got a Spring storm and I wasn’t able to walk to neighborhood like I wanted to, I did however shovel the snow and burn around 350 calories, so that’s a win.

Week 25

Another loss this week! it’s wasn’t quite a pound, but a loss is a loss. This week I have been super active I worked out 5 days this week and did a 5K on Saturday, so I really wanted to weigh-in and see what my weight was doing, but it was Easter and Weight Watchers was closed, so I have to go to another meeting tomorrow evening, which totally messes with my schedule. I like to weigh-in first thing in the morning and eat (usually a smoothie) during the meeting. I’m gonna have two meals and a snack in my belly by the time  I weigh-in tomorrow ….ugh!



I have really been slacking on this part of the blog, but next week I will come back with stories, lessons and hopefully another loss…..wish me luck!

If you want to check out my journey so far: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13, Week 14, Week 15, Week 16, Week 17-20, Week 21, Week 22-23, Week 24, 25, 26, Week 27

Until Next Time

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Music Monday: Call Me Baby

Music Monday




So last week I took a hiatus, for the very same reason I almost took a hiatus last week…. EXO had their comeback! First I was all in to the Pathcodes, then SM decided to release not one but two songs before the album was released then YG finally tells us the BigBang will be back next month, THEN I get the news that both BTS AND Got7 will be in Chicago this May. My poor K-Pop loving heart couldn’t take all the excitement couldn’t take it. There is nothing that I can say about this song that hasn’t been already said… so watch it … love it. And technically I really shouldn’t be writing about Exo since my last MM was Exo. But it’s what I’m listening to (as well as my new ringtone)

But I will say that this song really took me back, I have been a fan of Teddy Riley for a LONG time (I’m showing my age) first it was Guy  then Blackstreet (crap now I wanna go find my old CD’s) (I wasn’t a huge fan of  Wreckx-n-Effect,  although I did really like “Rump Shaker”)

I don’t know why but I feel like they haven’t bathed when watching the video, and I REALLY can’t get with Kai’s white suit And I think it (which he wore again during the M Countdown. And I think it’s safe to say that Tao has the longest arm pit hair I have seen in a long time.

Korean Version
Chinese Version

“Call Me Baby” can be found on the  new album Exodus Korean version and  Chinese version  as well as Spotify



Until Next Time….

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It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World




Writing Prompt: How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?



I love texting, it’s easy and convenient. but unlike some people I learned the hard way that it’s it’s a difficult concept or it takes more than 3 passes to convey a message then you need to pick up the phone and call. In the past I admit I have been one of those people who will write a freakin’ essay to a person, but as I get older and my tolerance goes down I don’t want to read it (more than likely the text is going to be broken up in pieces, and it may not come in the correct order) and I love my thumbs to much to write all that crap.

I think as a rule of thumb when you need to convey emotion it’s better to call the person, the written word is subjective, and if if the words are clear and understandable sometimes it’s difficult to figure out the tone of the message.. the same goes with online communication.

Honestly I think people text too much..

Here are some interesting facts about people and their texting habits

  • The average person responds to a text message in 90 seconds, compared to 90 minutes for an email.
  • Over 97% of text messages are opened, while only 22% of emails are opened.
  • 90% of all text messages are read within 3 minutes of their delivery
  • There are over 5 billion mobile phones worldwide.
  • Over 86% of Americans own a mobile phone.
  • 91% of all US mobile users keep their phones within arms reach at all times.
  • Over 68 million people are frequent text users.
  • Only 43% of smartphone users use their phone to make voice calls but over 70% of smartphone users text.


Until Next Time

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