Happy New Years

Happy New Year! I thought I’d try a twist on New Years resolutions this year. I saw this New Years questionnaire and thought it could be a fun tool to help you think about ways to #MakeMoves in 2014.

  1. A bad habit I’m going to break: At times I doubt the confidence in myself as a person and I just have to remember to reflect in my good decision making and trust in myself in those moments.
  2. A destination I’d like to visit: Chicago
  3. I’m going to work harder at: The back end of my company Klass Universal Ent. I want to place more emphasis on the inner workings of it to help us break into the next level as a business.
  4. A project I’d like to finish: my first BOOK, I am working with a publishing company and a wonderful young editor who’s currently helping me to make this a possibility
  5. A class I’d like to take: Crossfit Level 1 certification and a real vacation.
  6. I’d like to spend more time doing: Other projects that swirl around my head all day, and make an attempt at expanding some other small business ideas I have.
  7. A food I want to eat more of: This would be more protein and good carbs to reenergize myself throughout my work week. Also more home cooked meals in general to spend more time inside working on smaller tasks and ideas I have stored away…
  8. I want to___ more: Read more. And, learn more about business overall: How to be a better owner, dj, entertainer.

How would you answer the above?! How will you #MakeMoves in 2014?!

^^Hahahaha! Thought some of you could have fun with this too 😉

I’d also like to take this chance to thank all of my readers for checking in with me every week – your comments, texts, tweets make me smile! Thinking about another new year of blogging, what would you like to see on the blog this year?! Any ideas/questions/themes.. Let me know, subscribe and I’ll catch ya next week.

Review of: Crossfit

I haven’t written any fitness related posts in a while and I’ve been doing something new and thought i would share yep wait for it… CROSSFIT! I know it’s the “latest” fitness “thing” and all that, and it looks really intimidating.. yaaawn. But, I’m tired of people dismissing it with those lame excuses, so I’m here to tell you what it’s about and my experience with it so far.

Crossfit combines aerobics, bodyweight exercises and weight training. Strength and conditioning – Pretty much the basics of any recommended fitness routine to achieve results.

Each class includes a warm up, and a WOD (workout of the day) and usually a stretching section and sometimes a development portion to focus on a certain strength/skill. The WOD’s are at your own individual pace – some people finish in 15 minutes, some people finish in 25 minutes. But, no individual part of it needs to be longer than 10-20 minutes.

The thing about Crossfit that I think is super important to know, and that people who do it all of the time talk about, is the culture. It’s probably talking about the culture that makes it seem like a “fad” or “cult.” (And, fun fact – it’s been around since 2000…, not last year) Everyone there does become sort of family-like or teammate-like. Everyone is positive, encouraging each other – it’s not competitive in a traditional way, you’re competing with yourself and you use friendly competition between members to push yourself through a tough workout. Sure are there some men and women who are in it for the gold? Absolutely, but walk into a yoga class or spin room and look for the HARD CORES… They are in every group of fitness fiends not just Crossfit

I dare you to walk into a Crossfit Box and not feel motivated and excited to check it out. The positive energy is everywhere. Most Boxes even offer a beginners class to familiarize you with some of the forms, names of moves and the pacing. Also if you live near quincy you can come to mine at Crossfit-93.Commy coaches are DOPE (Shout Outs to Craig (Beast), Bruce (Lion-O), and Cory (The New Guy) these are my favorite coaches all with uniques styles and ways of helping you achieve your goals whatever they may be.

That’s what kills me when people talk about how intimidating and difficult it looks. For all of you who are afraid or insecure, Crossfit is designed for you! It’s there for positive reinforcement without a personal trainer and it builds crazy confidence in yourself when you see what you can actually lift in weight, or that you CAN do a pull up and start seeing results FAST.

In terms of the heavy weight, handstands, pull ups, and burpees… Yes, they’re challenging, but yes, you can do them! Every move has a modification and you are allowed to just not do certain things and sub in other exercises. I would challenge you to overcome that and do it anyways, but if that helps get some of you in the door, then so be it.

#MAKEMOVES

Also check out this link before doing a class and find the the humor in it. It’s hilarious!!! Read the comments at the bottom as well. See you next week!

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey Friends, Followers, Subscribers and Family. Hope everyone is ready to eat some good food and maybe see some close ones you have been missing while Making Moves and staying busy as most of us are.

First I would like to say Thanks to My Editor and Chief (Sami P) for helping me to find my voice and share these thoughts and opinions with each of you. While we we don’t see a lot of commenting from our readers we do see a lot of traffic via texts emails and phone calls regarding the likes and thoughts of all of you and we thank you for that. It wouldn’t be possible if she didn’t take the time to perfect my thoughts, organize them and provide you all with a glimpse of what Kupah James thinks, feels and likes to share with you all. So a super big SHOUT OUT TO YOU S to the P!

Instead if I posted a blog about being thankful which is relatively cliche, we thought it would be better to share some very popular memes with you to then share with your loved ones on Thanksgiving! So without further (ado) below are some random memes that I like and I hope you get a kick out of them too. There is not a method to the order, rather laughs and tickles to keep you high spirited as the holidays begin.

Enjoy and please comment, repost, share, and like everywhere and anywhere! Thanks 4
giving me your time each and every week.

#MakeMoves

 

 

 

Guest Post: Tis the Season… Of Busy Things

…Or as I more affectionately like to call it.. The Festival of Obligations. Now that sounds bad right?

September comes and I’m super excited for the Fall season – it’s my favorite, hands down. I’m enjoying the weather, the leaves and building anticipation for the holiday season.

Then the calls, texts and emails start coming in. I don’t know the actual statistics.. but, it seems to me that 90% of the population was born in the Fall. Every weekend from October – end of December has birthdays, football parties, holiday parties (Halloween weekend before and weekend after, night before Thanksgiving, Black Friday, weekend off, 3 day Columbus day weekend, Holiday parties every weekend of December..), baptisms, births.

I immediately feel overwhelmed, tired and BUSY! The first weekend of events came and I felt dread looking down the long road to January.. until I showed up and had a ton of fun!

Then the dawning realization came over me.. Yes, it’s a lot of activities. Yes, my weekends are full. But, with awesome, celebratory, fun events with all of my favorite people!

This is an amazing and fulfilling time of year. For all of those weekends I do nothing and feel like I should be “doing something” or looking for an activity to do or meaning to catch up with friends or visit family, I now have all of that handed to me on a platter with no planning required. And, more importantly, I get to share in some incredibly special moments with my closest friends.

So, while you’re running around and heavy sighing when your coworkers ask if you have plans for the weekend, try to focus on the memories you’re building, traditions you’re starting and fulfillment you’re gaining.

I’m going to continue calling it the Festival of Obligations because as bad as it sounds on the one hand, on the other, it sounds pretty darn funny.

And, in case you were wondering, I’m busy this weekend.

Thank you to Kupah for asking me to guest post this week!

—Sami

*Note: I did not coin the term Festival of Obligations – I owe all of the credit to my former boss 😉

11:11 & 11:11

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I started thinking about something that I do everyday and I feel pretty confident in assuming most of you out there do it too!

There is a fascination with 11:11 that many of us engage in and I’m pretty sure we don’t even know where it came from. According to Wiki there are a few different ideas as to what it is and what it means. Mostly revolving around superstitions, 11:11 to most of us has become a universal time to make a wish! You will see people locating the time and calling attention to it for those around to join in on making a wish together.

I don’t have any positive or negative opinions about this small phenomenon, rather I would like to add to it. What I began doing a few years ago was getting the most that I could out of the entertaining superstition and using the two 11:11’s that I see in my day for two different purposes.

If you know anything about me then you know I #MakeMoves and I’m constantly trying to raise the awareness of what joys and experiences we get to live daily! I feel that we can sometimes be a spoiled society, forget how well we might have things and get caught up on what we think we need or even sometimes what we think we deserve.

Myself included, I am regularly reminding myself of where I came from and what others have and more importantly, what others may not have. It’s a reality beyond my control and while I see the reasons for some misfortune I still use it to spawn a little humility for me.

So how does this apply to 11:11?

Well what I do is use 11:11 (am) as my time to make a wish. A more traditional new pair of shoes, maybe we are bidding for an event and I’m hopeful that we can beat out competition, etc.

But for 11:11 (pm) I started thinking of something I am GRATEFUL for… Maybe for a friend I have, a movie I recently saw, a new thing I learned, a place I went for the first time. There is a large list of things I can wish for and I take that opportunity every chance I get!

However that PM comes and I look to acknowledge something that I am lucky to have or anything I can be happy about. What’s cool about it is that it doesn’t have to be something taking place AT that time. Just anything I have encountered that day or in recent days that comes to mind.

I hope you try it out and see what comes up when you think of what you’re GRATEFUL for – I think it’s a great way to revisit what makes you work and things that help you on a daily basis.

Keep a balance. It’s necessary to have wishes and wants no matter how silly they may seem to others. Dreams, wishing and wanting is behind a lot of the drive that got me here. But remembering what I’m GRATEFUL for helps me stay focused on the important things…

Trust me there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for, it shouldn’t be too hard to come up with a list. This practice keeps me humble and appreciative of the things that I DO have and doesn’t allow me to get lost in Wants and Desires.

#MakeMoves #1111

Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween Kids!

I’ve had two tracks of conversation with people this year: Costumes (what to wear/what not to wear/most popular/overdone) and Wanting to Look Good (hot, healthy, wish I had MadeFitnessFun the past month.)

Whether you went out last night or you’re partying this weekend hear are some of Kj’S Thoughts on Halloween:

Costumes: I know a lot of people who plan on doing the typical/boring/lame sexy cop/princess/racecar driver (really?!) thing

C’mon people let’s try for some creativity – you can be anyone you want to be! Insert last year’s blog post: HOLLAween

And, please, don’t dress as Miley. Be creative. Be classy. I’m sorry, I’m not sorry.

On Wanting to Look Good: Now this we can talk about.  50% of looking good is feeling good about yourself. So put your insecurities on hold and own it.

The other 50% is #MakingMoves on the health front.

  1. Drink lots of water. Duh. Flush out your system and de-bloat.
  2. Eat something before you go out and drink. Cut out processed sugar and salt and cut down on your carb intake for the day or day before.
  3. WORKOUT! Workout the day of and the night before you’re going out. You’ll get some quick muscle tone. It helps with the first 50% we were talking about before too.
  4. If you’re going to drink, the above will help you the next day too if you’re feeling a little hungover.
  5. Don’t bar hop. The fashionably late thing is a bad look and the city will be nightmarish (pun intended!) Go somewhere comfortable and make the best between one or two places. Enjoying yourself is healthy for the mind!

If you don’t read anything else, read this:

  1. Don’t drink & drive. Cab it. Uber it. Or, kick it old school and get a DD (Designated Driver)
  2. Don’t be lame. Have fun and do something festive. (Even if you’re just watching Halloween movies and giving out candy)
  3. READ THIS POST: Why You Shouldn’t Pick Up The Halloween Slut – I’m still crying, from laughing. It also will be featured in a book I’ll write one day, as I’m jealous I didn’t write these wise words.

Spoiler Alert from the article: “A rule of thumb: You get what you see. A generic costume gets worn by a generic girl. That’s true whether you’re looking for a girlfriend type on Halloween (bad idea) or just the Halloween hookup.”

World Series Dj

Whether you’re a die-hard or fair-weather fan, many of us cannot ignore the heightened excitement brought on by our Boston Red Sox!

It started with a call of the upmost urgency and privacy: Music Management was looking for a final Dj to play alongside the incredibly talented “NIGHTSHIFT” Band. We were still in the Tampa Bay series and the event was to only take place if we won the Pennant.

There were dueling pianists, jazz bands and another Dj for this event of a lifetime planned by Nicole Simeral of Simeral & Co. Below are snapshots of just some of what was going on this night of Oct 21, World Series Party for the Boston Red Sox!

Enjoy…

My Dj Booth for the evening stacked on top of the main stage where NightShift performed with shadow dancers on each side and a light show for a mini concert.

My Homie, and Co-Dj Hevan, having some fun with a Ted Williams Cut Out. Vintage Black & White Filter to keep it Old School.

Joes Designer jeans, Classic Cedar Boot w high collar, Boss button down, trendy vest and trademark suspenders is how I rolled to the ball game. Yes, that’s the field I’m standing on and the Green Monster in the background. #MakeMoves

Sight line down 1st base straight to home plate. This is gonna be one hell of a ride. Go Sox! #FenwayPark- So I’m starting to think this is a big deal ehh?

Ok so maybe we met some players and maybe one of them let me try on his 2004 World Series Championship Ring? MAYBE!!??

Up close and personal shot of the Dj booth. Boots off to the side for that original look.

Media Everywhere, telecast and VIPs all over the place. Top of the dug-out and peep how the Boston Red Sox looks like a Nike Check/Shwoosh! Yep! #Panoramic

Must do chillin in the Red Sox dug-out No Big Deal… #WorldSeriesBaby

Something about a pole, lots of writing on it, I’ll spare you some of its language but nonetheless, kinda cool.

NightShift rehearsing and, he won’t repeat it, but the lead female vocalist gave Hevan the chills.

This car might belong to that guy who’s name begins w BIG and rhymes w Puppi… #JusSayin

I want to thank again for allowing me to part of such a cool experience!

 

6 Rules to Live Life

This isn’t really a movie review, but you can probably see I got something out of it and I think you should definitely check it out. It was one of those things.. I’m watching it and then I heard a line, cleaned my ear out and was like, “say what?!”

That sh*t was real!

The movie is People Like Us starring Chris Pine, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks and Jon Favreau. The cast should be enough for you all to watch it 😉 Real quick, the movie is about Chris Pine’s return home after his father dies and he finds out about a sister he never knew he had. Craziness ensues.

Seriously though: great talent, deep film, legit life lessons.

The following are 6 quotes from the movie that made an impact on me and I hope they will for all of you. I don’t want to add my own comments because I think they speak loudly on their own. Instead, I hope it sparks a discussion between us and between you and whoever friend/coworker/spouse, etc.

1) If you like something because you think other people will, it’s a sure bet that nobody will.

2) Most doors in the world are closed so if you find one that you want to get into, you sure as hell better have an interesting knock.

3) Everything that you think is important isn’t, and everything that you think isn’t important, is.

4) Don’t shit where you eat.

5) Lean into it, outcome doesn’t matter, be there for it.

6) Never sleep with someone who has more problems than you.

#NuffSaid Share this post on FB, Twitter, Pinterest. COMMENT. Let me know what YOU think!

Previous Posts related to Movies:

Movie Review: World War Z

Top Ten Worst Jobs In or On a Movie

Black Swan

10 New Things about IOS 7

For all you fellow Apple/iPhone users out there – take notice!

1.) EMAIL: you can still swipe, but only from Right to Left, no more going both ways. This is a pain if you have become accustomed to swiping the other way (as myself and my sister have.)

2.) SPOTLIGHT is now easier to access. I use this feature all the time – so happy to see it more accessible to me when I’m searching through my phone. How to: just pull down from the home screen about an inch and don’t pull from the top or else you will activate notifications
3.) SHORT NAMES utilizes the nickname feature a little better by placing the short name above any conversation or email correspondences you have. I hate it and turned the feature off but it’s not a bad idea.
4. CALLING someone from a text is a pain now. Yes they placed the contact info at the top at all times but u have to touch the phone 3x to make a phone call vs before when u just scrolled to the top and touched 1x or 2x. #SpoiledProblems
5. You can now see the countdown when you SNOOZE from the lock screen. Way Cool!
6. SLOW MOTION is probably the coolest feature ever! If you haven’t used it then that’s why you’re doubting it.
7. FLASHLIGHT is native on the phone and there’s no need for an app. THANK YOU.
8. SAFARI’S SEARCH BAR is now universally the google search bar as well. Nice move. Meaning you can enter a web address and search a actor/actress in the same space.
9. APPS now allows u to have multiple pages within a category. Not my favorite feature cuz it’s one extra step to get an app opened.
10. MESSAGES no longer opens the one message hanging around in your conversations although if you read my previous blog post I leave the read receipt on for a reason. Hehe. This is a an awesome new feature!
There are a ton of new features stay tuned for part II. These are a few things I noticed playing around w the all new ios7. Do you have the 5s (Sucks)? What do you like or not like about the new phone and software?

MakeMoves: Post Roundup

I thought it might be cool to do a “roundup” post to make it easier to find certain types of posts. Today, I’m linking all of my Make Moves posts to really take all the work out of it for you 😉

MakeMoves – Straight to the point. Droppin knowledge. #MakeMoves.

How Do You Challenge Yourself to #MakeMoves? How do you challenge yourself? I write a lot about #MakeMoves and how I strive everyday to accomplish as much as i can and live as much as possible. But, how do I do that everyDAY? How do you?

Live, Laugh, Love – Looking to Summer 2013  A post to get the Summer started on the right track. But, useful for any time of year.

How to Start Making Moves with a TED Talk TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. There are a series of “talks” which are videos of speakers on the widest range of topics and each talk ranges from 3 min to 20 min. Let this one motivate you!

New Strategies for Every Excuse – I’m constantly reflecting on ways to make the most out of my day, my life, my company and I think the biggest thing I run into when I discuss #MakingMoves with others is that they don’t know how to start or where to start.

For some other reading/watching check out:

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die TED Talk 

Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath TED Talk (also new book of the same name out in stores)

The 25 Commandments of Self-Improvement from ThoughtCatalog

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As always let me know what YOU think!?!?!