The sense of it all

My dad joked when my daughter was born “Facebook has replaced the newspaper for announcements”

It was a statement I couldn’t help think and laugh about (perhaps inappropriately) when I read about the premature death of a former work colleague.

The Internet is supposed to bring us closer together, I can read hundreds of unsolicited opinions on the President across the pond paying off a hooker; yet it took over a year for someone who I knew, someone who lived about 20 miles away was no longer of this Earth.

A part of me can’t believe that not one person said to me “James were you aware…”

I only realised after another ex-colleagues, made a one-year anniversary reflection post.  I had been living my life to miss the news first time around and I thought what I was doing to miss this; I think I was worrying about some problem at work… insignificant in the scheme of life.

I couldn’t help see the bitter irony that as one family mourned the end of a life, my wife and myself were overjoyed and preparing for the baby scheduled to come into our life.

As a reflex I texted a dozen friends and family members sending my love and asking how they were doing.  It’s funny how death sucker punches you in the face making you appreciate who you do have.

The disappointing thing about not knowing was it came off like I did not cared, I cared… Continue reading “The sense of it all”

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No ego, No quit, No hate

Recently I had the pleasure of running the No Ego Challenge, a delightful five mile trail race that starts at 6.30pm.  Because of this noticeable caveat, it is pitch black, therefore a head torch is not a luxury, but a must to run.

As it was my first race in almost two years, No Ego was a new challenge, where I couldn’t predict how I would perform.

The darkness was a unique challenge making it difficult to see what was underfoot and I had fresh concerns about old injuries wondering if my plantar fasciitis coming back to bite me in the… foot.

The good news is I am writing this post, so I returned and am not still wondering about Dalby Forest lost.  No Ego was a race where I learned about the importance of mental grit. Continue reading “No ego, No quit, No hate”

Slight return

It took nearly seven months before I decided to publish on the Manifesto of Perfection again, the place I recorded my thoughts and opinions of all things self-improvement.

Last week I marked my return, where for the first time ever I featured work that wasn’t my own – a beautiful poem by Charles Bukowski ‘So you want to be a writer?’

I can’t promise it will change your life or anything, but it reminded me why I enjoy writing  – expressing oneself, relieving stress, someone appreciates your work, the natural inspiration process, artistic integrity.  I knew it was time to return.

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Originality

I read a rather interesting post that took a bit of a self-deprecating tone about blogging.

Along with the feeling of insignificance that no one was reading their work, one of the authors concerns was that by blogging they were not contributing anything new.

From what I remember of the post they even said something like “I could just be another self-improvement blog passing on the same information.”

The reason it took me a year to start a blog was partly because I wanted to do something new and different. Continue reading “Originality”

The Manifesto of Perfection – Where to Start?

Hi all,

I have recently taken the time to update and add my ‘Where to Start’ page to the sites menu.  This is a place for new and established readers alike to have a look at some of my favourite posts since I started the site in February 2014.

I have broke these down into the following areas:

  • Creativity – Posts about writing, blogging and general creativity
  • Health – Posts about nutrition and fitness
  • Money – Posts about work and finances
  • Self-Improvement – Posts about goals, mindset, habits and generally living a better life

I will probably update this page again soon.  But please see a copy of the links on this page below to see if there are any posts that take an interest.

Finally thank you for continuing to read, liking and commenting on my site.  I appreciate all feedback! Continue reading “The Manifesto of Perfection – Where to Start?”

Perfect Blogging: Don’t take the piss

Hello dear reader,

Upon the positive feedback on my post writing good comments on a blog, I thought I would extend my advice to another area that irritates me in the world of blogging and blog writing.

The irritant is when a site or an author takes the piss out of their loyal readers.

Firstly I will give a definition of my colloquialism:

take the piss (out of someone or something)

phrase of piss

  1. [British] vulgar slang

Mock someone or something


Right now that’s cleared up onto the issue… Continue reading “Perfect Blogging: Don’t take the piss”

The Customer is always right

I used to volunteer as a manager at Oxfam.

One day a customer was arguing the toss on getting a discount on the set price.

This was normal practice in the shop as everyone who tried to haggle had the same argument

“But you got it for free – so what does it matter what you charge?” Continue reading “The Customer is always right”

The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Bench Press

Please see a continuation of my top 10 weight exercises: where I give my opinion on some of my favourite exercises that have been a staple of my gym routine for many years.

I have a very traditional and basic attitude to weight training – you won’t see gimmicky exercises or “Wolverine Workouts” here.  If you have experience of weight training you have probably heard of most of my list.  I take the view to be the master of these 10 weight exercises, rather than do a new routine every week.

This week is Number 4:

Bench Press

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Blogging Etiquette: How do you ask someone to view your blog?

Hello good reader.  As writers we are eager to get people to see our work – in the world of blogging and the Internet there is so much content out there that it is difficult to be seen.

In many situations we may get frustrated and quit because we are not getting that instant validation that we need.  In other situations we may take action, taking time away from the writing to plug and promote our work as much as possible.  I understand I have been there.

I thought I would give my own personal opinion on what is the correct way of asking someone to view your blog.

Continue reading “Blogging Etiquette: How do you ask someone to view your blog?”

The Best Revenge

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Writing this blog gives me a lot of opportunity to reflect on my life – I have referred to it many times as “free therapy” because just by writing through my problems, reflecting and explaining what I intended to do has helped me get through some tough times.

I sometimes come across unwanted reflection as I start to dig deeper and I get that horrible twitch in my head of when I have been truly wronged. Continue reading “The Best Revenge”