Good Morning GGV fans,
My brother-in-law is a super talented Special Olympics athlete in NJ. He is a year round athlete who excels in basketball, softball, bowling and skiing! In addition to the plethora of medals he has won over the years, he is also an amazing writer. So with a little encouragement from his family, we finally convinced him to start his very own blog.
His facebook posts about his local Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ) teams, are loved by all of his family and friends and we thought it was about time he share his experiences with a wider audience.
With that said, I invite you to check out the new S.O.N.J Sports Report by Jeff. Be sure t keep an eye on this one, I’m sure you’ll enjoy each and everyone of his articles!
Hey Sports Fans…Check out Jeff’s new blog!.
After recently looking through the archive, it’s come to my attention that I haven’t been as attentive to the blog as much as I should be. I apologize to any new visitors and to the followers as well. The new year has brought on new challenges and new goals that have occupied my focus for good reasons. I promise that the blog will be updated soon. I’ve been testing some amazing new vegan products that I can’t wait to share with you.
Stay tuned Gents!
I give up 2013! You win!
As I concede to this past year I have to say that I am very happy to put this one behind me. I’ve had the typical ups and downs that come pre-installed with every year: money problems, car problems, work problems. Come to think of it, its been mostly hassles, problems and obstacles. Its kind of depressing. However, I can honestly say there are a lot of things I am truly grateful for, so even though the events of this past year truly SUCKED, I’ve got a lot to look forward to.
There are positive things about this last year that changed my life. It wasn’t all bad (mostly, but not all). I was given the opportunity to quit a job that drained the life out of me and pushed me to my mental and physical breaking points. I am very happy to say that job is very far behind me…GOOD RIDDANCE!
I also started Guys Go Vegan, blog/social network for all of us vegan guys. Its been something that I’ve always wanted to do. I just never knew how start it or build it. Watching it grow and evolve has been really exciting. I’ve connected to so many different people and companies, that I never thought I’d be communicating with. Once a Twitter hater, I am now addicted and once a Facebook fiend, I have successfully weened myself off of it. (Although the GGV Facebook page is coming soon)
The most challenging thing over the past few years has been making a career change. I have been successfully unsuccessful at finding a new job for about…oh I don’t know, FOREVER! Realizing landscape design was not for me pretty much as soon as I started it, I’ve struggled figuring out what my purpose in this life is. This past year, with all of the changes and bad jobs, the switch finally flipped in my head and I am happy to say I’ll be embarking on a new journey in February. NYU Continuing Ed, here I come. Fingers crossed and plenty of prayers, I’ll be ready for a new adventure this summer.
I learned a lot this year about myself and about others. I said goodbye to my Gramps (big breath)…and to a new level of stress that I hope to never experience again. Looking forward to what this year has to offer has definitely got me smiling again. More blogging, new connections, new friendships…new career?
F-off 2013. Here we go 2014. Let’s do this.
I officially joined the workforce in 2008. From that very point to where I am now, I can honestly say that I have never really liked what I do. That being said, after discovering The Art of Manliness, a fire ignited in slide of me. I’m still working in the field that I makes me miserable, but I’m making the decisions and moves to right the wrongs. Case in point, this blog. So here’s to you Bret McKay!
Check out this recent post by AoM, writen by Jeremy Anderberg, if you’re struggling with your job and your career. I’m sure it will help.
How to Deal With a Job You Don’t Like
(Photo credit: The Art of Manliness)
I urge you to read this article. Read it and pass it along. Thanks to articles like these put out through conduits like Rolling Stone they are able to reach audiences previously unaware that this cruelty exists. People like this actually exist and they need to be stopped. Please, please read this and allow yourself to feel the words and imagine the picture it’s painting. I guarantee it will change you for the better.
In the Belly of the Beast by Rolling Stone
This next article is near and dear to my heart. Never in a thousand years did I think I would have to worry about my beer not being vegan. About 2 years into eating vegan, a friend of mine informed me about how, (take a deep breath) Guinness was brewed. After some quick research I found that it’s common for wine and beer to be filtered to some capacity using insinglass. Here is the link to Guinness’ Wikipedia page; look under Guinness and Health
I love craft brew. Turns out there are already some great resources out there that will help you out whether you’re at home or on the go.
Great app when you’re on the go. I use VeggieBrews when I’m I the liquor store staring aimlessly at 2, 3 or 10 beers unable to decide. I take out my phone, type in the brewery, select my beer and the beer is either listed as vegan, vegetarian or none of the above. It usually lets you know why it’s not vegan. This app is clutch.
If you’re sitting in front of computer, getting ready for a party or whatever, check out Barnivore.
Barnivore offers the same service as VeggieBrews, but they include wine and liquor too. This website is incredible and it’s easy to use their site on your phone as well. I wish they had a mobile app.
Guys, these resources are priceless. With these resource you’ll never second guess your brew again.
This might seem like a random post, but it just seems relevant.
AoM (#artofmanliness) was the inspiration behind GGV. Although, not a vegan site, I thought AoM always hit the nail right on the head no matter what the topic. Not only did they inspire me to create GGV, but it was through them that I discovered Movember which led to my first “handlebar” mustache last year and many more to come.
This article is going to be my new bible for a while. We’ll see how it goes.
My vegan journey began about 6 years ago as a test to determine why I was sleeping through every single one of my college courses. Could I possibly have a food allergy that was knocking me out for what seemed to be an eternity. My then girlfriend, now wife (a cancer survivor and long time animal lover who had just went completely vegan 6 months prior) thought of a great experiment to cut all meat (fish too, YES FISH IS MEAT) and dairy out of my diet for one. The only problem I ran into at the end of that first week is that I had no desire whatsoever to introduce any of those foods back into my diet. So, a week turned into two, then a month, couple of years later and here I am today beginning a new chapter in this vegan life. More of the details to will be provided at a later date.
Being vegan is so much more than eating tofu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its means a lot more to me and to all of my fellow vegan brethren (Once again details to follow. I am really anxious to get this ball rolling).
I am going to need you guys to listen up to my first vegan testament as I close out my first post and why you can still maintain your masculinity and be vegan. LISTEN PLEASE BECAUSE THIS IS THE WHOLE POINT OF WHY I STARTED THIS. Let me preface this by saying South Park is my favorite TV-show ever. Contrary to a true South Park classic, “Fun with Veal” becoming a vegan will not lead to an outbreak of oddly shaped sores all over your face. It will however, change your life and with any luck you’ll never look back.