Comment Luv

I was commenting on Men With Pens and discovered something really cool. At the bottom of each comment was a little line that said something like. “Ron’s last blog post..” and had a link to that post with its title.

Turns out that was because of the plug-in Comment Luv. Its so cool I had to add it to Reactuate and Distinctions For Life.

Try it out. Leave a comment. Let’s see how it works.

Beauty & Brains: Ruth Clay

Second episode of the Beauty and Brains series with marketing manager and dancer Ruth Clay. We talk about art, philosophy, science and culture. Learn her thoughts on God, children today, art, and razor blade belly rings.

Beauty and Brains Trailer

One advantage to DFL is that there is now no home for Beauty & Brains, the interview show I shot a few months back. So I’m moving it here to Reactuate. Here’s the trailer.

Beauty And Brains Trailer from Ron Davis on Vimeo.

Beauty and Brains interviews women asking them questions about herself, Art & Culture and Science and Philosophy. In each section they are wearing a different outfit, casual, dressed up and a swimsuit.

Trailer for upcoming series of interviews.

Distinctions For Life

Distinctions For Life

Today is a big day for me. It is the first day of my new life. Today I launch a new online endeavor that I plan to be the focus of not just my career but my life years to come.

Distinctions For Life

Distinctions for Life is a weekly video podcast for personal development and self-help or improvement. There are small changes you can make in your life that will have a big impact and Ron Davis, your host and guide, wants to share those with you and see you reach your full God given potential.

Each little piece of knowledge we use to make changes I call a distinction. Distinctions can be life encompassing, or specific to a context. Tips, tricks and habits that make you better at whatever you are doing.

If you’ve read this blog for long you know I have an interest in personal development in what ever I am doing. If I stop growing in an area, then I lose all passion for it. Well I’ve decided to focus on this passion and put to use what I’ve learned over the years.

I wanted to do something in online video/film. So the backbone of my new undertaking is a video podcast. I’m using the principle of batching to shoot and edit the episodes. This means I’ve already shot the first 6 episodes and mostly edited the first 3. This should help me avoid “podfade”.

I wanted to learn and teach. A long time ago I wrote a personal mission statement. “To live and lead creatively for God.” I still find that is what I want to do. So this gives me the opportunity to teach and to be constantly learning.

I wanted to start an internet based business. I’ve been studying internet marketing and business for the past few months. Matter of fact I’ve almost started a number of web projects and learned from all of them. DFL is the culmination. I know from my mistakes this will be the thing that can last.

I wanted to find a way to do all the cool and eclectic stuff I enjoy and help others. DFL will be structured to do just that. Expect to see episodes on fitness/bodybuilding, shooting, philosophy, and even pick up. If it was interesting in my life, I think it will be interesting to the viewers of DFL.

What does this mean for Reactuate?

Reactuate is my personal blog. It is where I talk about what is going on in my life and will continue to be. If I find a particular subject isn’t helping the DFL crowd, I’ll bring it here. If it is really personal, it is here. And there will be some cross pollination. I know a few old blog posts will become content for the new site.

I also will keep most of my photography blogging here. So the pretty girls are still in the reactuate feed.

Don’t expect Reactuate to go away.

Can you do me a favor?

Distinctions for Life is new. Just went live today. I needs to be promoted. If you are a blogger, could you tell your readers about it?

If you think it would be interesting at all, please sign up for the email list, subscribe to the RSS feed, and/or subscribe on YouTube. These numbers will be the biggest help in growing the site.

Fit Over 40

If you’ve been reading this blog for very long you know how I’ve lost 20 lbs in the last couple of months on a low-carb diet. If you’ve been reading it for a LONG time you know I’ve done Body For Life before and made significant progress. Well, even though I’ve lost a lot of weight recently I haven’t gotten fitter.

It was time for that to change.

As with most things in life, your mindset is the first thing that has to change. You need to know what motivates you and do that thing when you need to make a change. My motivation is example. It is one of the most basic ways I learn new skills, and it is what gets me into action.

I did Body for Life because of all the before and after pictures in the book. It showed me it could be done. It gave me an example to follow.

So when I decided I had to start working out I went looking for examples to motivate me. I found those examples in the ebook, Fit Over 40. When you see pictures of men and women that are a decade older than you and yet look younger and fitter than you it’s inspiring.

I bought the book, downloaded it and the bonus materials a week ago. Jon Benson the author understands mindset is the most important part. So he spends a lot of time on it. He tells his story of the struggles he went through all through his life and how he ended up extremely fit at 40. (Turns out he’s also a ACU grad like me, which was a bonus.)

One thing he emphasizes is when it comes to fitness, there is no one way. Different things work for different people. For instance, some people lose weight and get fit on a vegetarian diet, others don’t. Some people need a balance of carbs and protein in their diet, others are carb sensitive and need a lower carb diet. Some people need to workout with weights every day, others can do body weight exercises. There is on one way.

So his book gives you 52 examples ranging in age from 40 to 70+. These people are also people who have made a transformation. They have been out of shape and gotten themselves into shape.

So got the book, read it, got inspired, and took action. Last week was my first week. One of the bonus materials was an audio with transcript for a 15 minute a day work out. When I heard it I didn’t believe it would really be 15 minutes, but it really was. It is 15 minutes of weight lifting 5 days a week. Totally easy and quick to do.

And it gets results. I’ve been sore and I’ve gained muscle according to my body fat scale. Oh, and lost 2 lbs of fat in the first week.

I took before pictures, but I ain’t posting them till I’ve got results. As I learned from BFL you don’t normally see results for 4 weeks, so I’ll think about showing them then. I have lost inches all over, but don’t think I look that different.

So if you are looking for a fitness program that you can do, check out Fit Over 40.