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What Happened To Love? – Kenneth Stepp

What Happened To Love? – Kenneth Stepp

Apr 8, 2014

By: Kenneth Stepp   Writing about love has become my mantra for at least a year. I just can’t stop thinking about it. I process the deep questions incessantly, Having spent so much time writing and thinking about such an important subject, I am compelled to write another article about this phenomenon. I have experienced real love only a few times in my life. Not counting family, it’s been sparse. I have been told I am loved by many. But as in most things, time really did tell. Most of these people are gone now. Leaving me with the big question…. What IS love? Is it real? How do we know it is here? I will try unwrapping my thoughts or even conclusions in this article. First. I believe we have over humanized the word love. We love types of food, athletes, actors, places, even gadgets. I wish we would discover another word to either use in that context, or change this thing I will call “real love” to a new word that sets it completely apart from all other things we “love”. Real love has some components that only real love has. It is not affected by time or space. If you love someone and do not speak to them for twenty years, you still love them the same way. If they move to another country. Same thing. Love never changes, it endures. I will try to explain that there is only one type of love below. Love (real love) A. Parental B. Friendship C. Romantic These three are the most talked about loves we have. While I will agree these exist, I want to explain why. love is just that, Love. Then one of these three or maybe something else is added to the mix. How did I learn this? Twenty seven years ago I was in love with a girl. Madly, and fully. We broke up, I moved on, got married, as did she, and we started communicating again after more than twenty years, we began communicating again. I see her a lot now, we talk. I still love her. That hasn’t changed a bit. But now when I look at...

Day 94 of the 365 Day Experiment. What Makes Someone Attractive?

Day 94 of the 365 Day Experiment. What Makes Someone Attractive?

Sep 26, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Tonight as we were getting ready to pack up for the day, my assistant popped into my office with her typical hysterical question of the day.  I value her sense of humor, because when I am completely heads down and mired in an impossible problem, she will enter at exactly the right time and ask me something completely outrageous.  And it will always crack me up and always put me in a great mood.  I truly value her for that ability. What started out as a ridiculous question about the movie Magic Mike sparked a more serious pondering between us…”What makes someone attractive?” It would be my assumption that men and women might answer this question very differently.  And I’ve learned through comparing notes with my girlfriends since I learned boys weren’t yukky in about 2nd grade that what I think is attractive is pretty different than the norm. It’s easy to default to celebrities, because they are an relatable frame of reference for people.  My mom, for example thinks George Clooney ranks pretty highly.  I get it.  He’s a handsome man, talented, accomplished in his field, home in Lake Cuomo, looks nice in a tux.  And yet that man does NOTHING for me. This year’s People Magazine “Sexiest Man Alive” lists Channing Tatum.  I’ll give the guy points for fantastic body, but again, I don’t get the appeal. I have a male friend suggest Helen Mirren was his celebrity crush.  THAT I actually understood.  Yes, she’s older, but she’s aged beautifully.  But you get the sense she’s smart, and great fun to be around.  And in her 60’s, she can still rock a bikini.  She woman exudes style and substance.  He’s in his 40’s, so choosing her, I applaud his choice. When prompted, my assistant had to think for a bit before coming up with Liev Shrieber.  Yes, good looking, but it’s his voice that turns her on the most about him.  Interesting! For me, looks actually play a small role.  There are plenty of nice looking people out there, but they have to have something pretty notable to back it up for me to find them attractive.  ...

Discover Optimal Health and Happiness in Atlanta

Discover Optimal Health and Happiness in Atlanta

Feb 20, 2013

Listen up, Ladies of Atlanta… Spring is nearly upon us and now is the time to get lean and luminous with Morgan King of G3 Wellness, an authority in female-specific fitness and nutrition.  Morgan draws from her background as a pilates instructor, personal trainer and pre & post-natal fitness specialist to sculpt your long and strong body using functional training techniques and postural principles of pilates.  As a holistic health coach, Morgan’s approach is refreshingly practical, steering clear of fleeting fad diets and working one-on-one to develop sustainable habits unique to your body and lifestyle.  Finally, a one-two punch for optimal health with a one-size-does-not-fit-all mentality! Best of all, Morgan travels right to your door, whether you live in an apartment, condo or home, eliminating the dreaded trip to the gym as well as any excuse keeping you from achieving your best body and life now. G3 Wellness was founded by Morgan King to teach women that their health is in their own hands. Born a student of health and fitness, studying everything from the gluten-free diet and biopsychosocial model to food harvesting charts and Pilates has sparked Morgan’s interest and has led her to consistently cultivate the tools that will help women lead their best lives. G3 Wellness is a multidimensional resource for the busy woman seeking optimal health and happiness with holistic health programs for permanent weight loss and whole-body well being, personalized fitness plans for a strong and lean body, and residential food gardening for backyard organic nourishment. Sign up for your FREE CONSULTATION at www.G3Wellness.com or email Morgan...

BLAST900: The Ultimate Workout Revolutionizing Fitness

BLAST900: The Ultimate Workout Revolutionizing Fitness

Feb 6, 2013

BLAST900: The Ultimate Workout offers a more efficient way of achieving fitness goals with interval-based classes. Each 60-minute workout consists of short but intense blocks on state-of-the-art treadmills alternating with challenging full-body strength intervals. BLAST900′s highly trained instructors provide an all ages and levels workout where everyone can train at their own pace as a walker, jogger or runner. BLAST900 is now offering adjusted pricing to include unlimited options as well as new innovative fitness professionals. First time clients are invited to try BLAST900 anytime as the initial class is complimentary. “I worked with qualified instructors and nutritionists to design a nutrition and interval training exercise program alternating high and relatively low intensity exercise that is a very effective method for getting results,” said BLAST900 Founder Missi Wolf. ”This kind of workout shocks the body out of its comfort zone and has participants continually burning calories for the next 24 hours.” The team behind the BLAST900: The Ultimate Workout concept and brand has dedicated countless hours to helping develop and perfect an approach to fitness unlike any other. Their mission is to provide a 60-minute ultimate full body workout encompassing all areas of wellness for all levels of fitness, while expending the maximum level of calories in a high-energy class. The BLASTLife encourages clients to take part in not only classes that help with strength training, conditioning, fat burning and cardio but also BLASTNutrition, a healthier way of life through behavior modification, and BLASTProfile, a fitness assessment that helps achieve goals. Guaranteed to shed unwanted fat while simultaneously building and toning muscles, BLAST900 is an efficient and exciting way to change how you look, feel and perform.   Located in Athens, Atlanta and Charleston, BLAST900 is on the web at www.blast900.com.    ...

How To Defeat The Bully!

How To Defeat The Bully!

Jun 15, 2012

By: (Larry Bullard) Your child is forced to deal with various attacks on his self-esteem on a regular basis.  Whether these attacks affect him long term or not has to do with many different factors.  One type of attack that we want to address in this report is the common “Bully.” Bullying has always been a part of growing up, but how a child deals with it and the repercussions of dealing with it have changed dramatically.  There are “Zero Tolerance” rules that punish both children if there is an altercation, (which may have been caused by one child bullying the other.)  So the old “If they hit you hit ‘em back!” doesn’t fly today.  So what is your child to do? First off all we must recognize that incidences of bullying vary in severity.  One thing that is certain is that repeated attacks whether verbal, physical, or written (yes written, there have been reports of children being bullied through email!) erode your child’s fragile self-esteem.  The CDC linked bullying to isolation, drug use, violence, and suicide!  But your child does not have to be a victim!   The assault can be verbal of physical, either way the first line of defense remains the same. What is the first line of defense?  Self-Confidence!  Here’s why. Bullies choose their victims much like a criminal would choose their victim; they go for the easy and obvious target.  So if your child looks like a kid who will get bullied, guess what, they’re going to get bullied.  On the other hand if your child radiates self-confidence they are less likely to be a victim, it’s almost that simple!   Your child needs to walk with their head up; their shoulders square, and make eye contact with people.  Just doing so, even if your child needs work on their self-esteem, will keep bullies away from them. This is easier said than done, but it can be learned. So having them change their body language (what they are saying non-verbally) will have a huge impact.  Teaching this can serve as a quick fix, however, going to work on their self-confidence will have a greater long-term affect on keeping bullies away. Children get their first layer of self-confidence from parents.  The love you show your...

How To Teach Your Child To Set Goals

How To Teach Your Child To Set Goals

May 25, 2012

If you are a parent you have goals for your child.  They may be growth and developmental goals, academic goals, and maturity goals.  As parents we want the best for our children.  Now we must teach our children how to want the best for themselves by teaching them how to set goals!   Teaching your child how to set goals will be fun for the whole family! In fact after you help your child set their goals you can begin clearly setting your own, which will have a huge impact on you reaching them faster.     Here’s how you start… First, Define a Goal. I like to use this definition; a goal is a planed destination, a desired result, or in kids’ language, something that you want.  Goals help us stay on track, they give us reasons to do our very best.  Once your child understands what goals are, they can begin to set goals in three areas; Academic, maturity, and athletic.   It’s effective for a child to set yearly goals and review them each month to measure how far they’ve come.  What if they don’t reach their goal?  Extend the deadline, that’s all.   Let’s get back to setting them.. On a clean sheet of paper have your child write the three categories at the top.  Then under each category they will write as many goals as they can think of.  Here’s one example “I graduated the fourth grade with honors, June, 2012.” This would be an example of an academic goal.  Notice that we put the goal in the first person, present tense, and we state the goal as if it were already complete.  It’s very important that you follow this procedure, by doing so your child’s goal will become part of their subconscious mind.  Make sure your child re-writes their goals monthly.  You can begin your own list of goals and review them monthly as well.   By having your child do this exercise each month you will be doing them a huge favor!  It will take discipline on your part, but if you can follow through and stay with it you will give your child an edge.   At The Appalachian Karate Academy Atlanta we use Black Belt as a long term goal...