Muffadal Saylawala

Progress is Practice

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I have been writing a bit. I set a goal of 1,000 words a day on my computer. That was 150 days ago: September 23, 2014. I didn’t hit the goal every day, its undulated considerably. Setting the goal and telling people about it put a flag in the ground. It gave me something to stand for. I’ve gone weeks out of practice. Things come up, I’ve been moving around and manage a schedule that reports to myself. I even went on a real vacation where I didn’t write a…read more


Hope for One More Block

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We met him the night before in the dorms. He was a tall fellow from California, a young one. He’s traveling through Nicaragua for ten days solo because one of his best friends from home is Nicaraguan. Mr. Californian hadn’t tried gallo pinto yet, so we went on a mission searching for authentic Nicaraguan grub. I let the Californian lead. I’ve gotten lost and found many, many times, so much so that the possibility of getting lost doesn’t cripple me with fear or anxiety or any of those unpleasant things…read more


Evolution of Tourism: Riviera Maya

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The Caribbean coast was mostly uninhabited before tourism arrived in Cancun 20-some years ago. Taking it from the top, there’s Cancun. It started out as a super exclusive place for select wealthy nationals and expats. People started investing in the area, developing the beachside with luxurious resorts and getaways. The powdery white sand and warm turquoise waters filled with blossoming marine life didn’t stay secret for long. Word got out and it spread like wildfire. Then the town exploded; hotels and nightlife as far as the eye can see, eating…read more

I choose me.

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Your Turn Challenge Day 7: What are you taking with you from this Challenge? I did it. I wasn’t sure if it would be possible. Its day seven, the final post of the Your Turn Challenge. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. One small step at a time. Once I accepted the challenge, I made it a daily priority. I gave myself time. Its something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. The challenge gave me just enough structure to make it fly. The…read more



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Your Turn Challenge Day 6: Tell us about a time when you surprised yourself I surprise myself every moment I am present. When my lungs breathe oxygen into my bloodstream. When one of the trillions of cells in my body dies. When one of the trillions of cells in my body comes alive. When I get sick and my body recovers itself. When I take a step and can put my foot precisely where I look and want to put it. When I try surfing and get thrashed by the waves,…read more

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