From New Year’s Eve to the Beginnings of 2019

Spending New Year’s Eve at Home

Since I didn’t have a New Year’s Eve gig, and for as far back as I can remember, I have played NYE gigs for most years of my life as a working musician (maybe 90%?), I was just glad to enjoy a quiet, restful New Year’s Eve at home with family.

My youngest son brought a bunch of friends to the house and they enjoyed watching stuff on TV (anime?) and playing games, and we made sure the beverage cooler was stocked with sodas, beer, champagne and even organic Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider.

To be perfectly honest, because I was up much earlier in the day preparing to Day Trade (I made the equivalent to a day’s salary for a Web Developer in the span of 1-2 hours), I fell asleep early at around 9pm. My wife woke me up when the ball was dropping in NY Times Square, but I was groggy and half-awake, anyways.

And once again, I woke up early (but not so early) at 6am, out of habit.

Thought For The Day

“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. You ALWAYS have the choice.”

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Onto the New Year’s Resolutions

First off, I’m not anti-resolution.

I simply feel that resolutions are goals for the New Year.

And I don’t have to say I’ll continue to be a Vegan, since that is a foregone conclusion that I will always be Vegan. I’m not like Ellen DeGeneres who recently confessed she is no longer a vegan since she admitted to eating eggs and seafood.

I am a firm committed Vegan, just to get that on record. And I feel healthy enough to continue being Vegan.

Healthwise, my goals will be to fine-tune my physical fitness regimen, which includes a more holistic approach of various physical activities.

The thing is, I’m a musician who plays drums and piano. I have to lug around lots of equipment and musical instruments and the act of performing is in itself a prominent physical activity in my life.

I need to do extra-curricular activities that compliment my performances:

1. Yoga. I have been doing this for many years, and I primarily go to classes at the YMCA. I would like to set a goal of re-kindling my home practice so that I can do my favorite poses and do poses that I don’t do at the classes, like headstand.

2. Tai-Chi. This has been relatively new to me, but I was committed in 2018 to attend Tai-Chi classes every week (once a week). In 2019, I plan to take more advanced Tai-Chi classes and I already took my first one last Sunday (which was humbling). And I realize I will need to do homework in order to keep up!

3. Walking and Hiking. I plan to get back into walking, but also do some hiking whenever I get the chance, to get closer to nature.

4. Swimming. I used to swim almost every single day doing laps at the YMCA. Do I dare try to include it into an already potential busy schedule? I’d like to swim at least once a week. Just to keep up with my swimming chops.

5. Practice. I seldom practice drums these days, and I’m more focused on piano. My goals are to practice more piano, and at least practice the standard drum rudiments to stay in shape, drum-wise.

6. Traveling. This was something we couldn’t do because of the focus on our kitchen remodel, which from initial start and concepts, began at the start of 2018. So, traveling is on the list of things to do, but where this time? We are looking at Japan and South America. So, we’ll see what deals we can get.

How to Organize it All on a Weekly Basis?

Yoga – Classes. 2x a week. Home. 2x a week.
Tai-Chi – Classes. 2x a week. Homework when possible.
Walking – 3x a week.
Hiking – 1-2 times a month.
Swimming – 1x a week.
Practice Music – daily, but longer.

And that’s it regarding my physical regimen for 2019. Always subject to change as I adapt and work out a new schedule.

Here’s to a more fruitful and productive New Year in 2019.

Disclaimer: The content provided here is for information and entertainment purposes only. It’s not intended as an offer or solicitation to purchase any products or services. And this material should not be taken as advice. For any health and/or nutrition concerns, please consult your doctor if a program that is suitable for you.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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