Category Archives: L. Neil Thrussell

I Lost My Wallet

Somewhere between Monday night and Tuesday noon. I lost or misplaced my wallet.

Once I discovered it was gone, I immediately notified my bank and cancelled all my cards. Leaving me with no cash in my possession.
Tina fortuitously has a stash of cash for these sort of emergencies.

But, for me a guy that almost entirely shops via credit card. I find myself in unfamiliar territory. I have no access to my own money in the bank for a few more days and it is an unpleasant feeling to effectively broke in my own little mind. Even though there is money in the bank.

My spending power is indelibly linked to those cards that I currently don’t have.

The second issue was, my identity. I know who I am. yet, without my ID I felt disconnected from the world. I couldn’t prove to the world that I am who I say I am!

It has been an interesting experience, this loss of my wallet. As my teacher Satyen Raja use to say, “A most interesting evolutionary experience!”


No More Empty Calorie Lunches

I’ve entered to run the PEI Marathon in October of this year. The training starts now. In my mind, there are a whole bunch of interrelated tasks that are important to successfully complete a marathon and completing the marathon healthy. But, there are two primary tasks that stand out from the rest.

  1. Is the physical and mental training necessary to actually complete the run.
  2. Is ensuring that I am taking care of the nutritional requirements that my body needs.

I am a little heavier than I want to be, so I need to lose some weight while fueling my body with healthy quality foods. One of the easiest ways I know to do that is to pre-make lunches for the week!

We have partnered with Synduit our Virtual Marketing Department to create an email series on meal planning.

Step By Step Meal Prep Ideas

No more excuses! If you think you don’t have the time or money to get healthy, you’re wrong. Eating out day after day is not only costly, but it leads to unhealthy habits as well. If you think healthy food is too expensive, consider how much surgeries or medications will cost in the future.

During my Meal Prep Email Series, I will provide meal prep tips, fun recipes, and valuable health information to share with you. From getting organized to fun and tasty breakfast and lunch meal prep ideas, I’ll cover it all!

The key to eating healthy is preparation and organization.

Additionally, purchasing food in bulk and storing it properly will save you money in the long run. I’ll share standard food storage recommendations and which containers to look for to ensure a successful meal prep experience.

If you’re ready to become a meal prep master, this email series is just what you need! Get meal prep information and techniques delivered directly to your inbox for a fun and unique experience.

Better Health Is Within Your Reach!

According to the United States Department of Agriculture and, people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are more likely to have a reduced risk of chronic diseases and certain cancers.

The problem with processed foods is they are usually empty calories. You may have heard this term before, empty calories refers to foods high in calories but low in actual nutrition, such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The most common ‘empty calorie’ foods include anything with lots of sugar or fats and oil. For example, soda, candy, and chips – foods often found in vending machines.

Changing your habits isn’t always easy, but when it comes to eating healthier small steps are all it takes! For example, when you start the day off right, better choices are likely to follow. By opting-in to this email series, you will receive healthy meal prep ideas right to your inbox! Eating healthier has never been easier!

This or Something Better

On February 1st, 2020 I applied to run in the New York Marathon. 2020 was their 50th anniversary.

Truth be told, it took me a while to decided to run the New York Marathon. As I had to get over a whole bunch of internal financial objections that were continuously running through my mind. As a non-citizen, the marathon is very expensive, the entry fee alone is $358.00 USD ($480.00 CDN). Plus airfare, accommodations, etc., etc.

While I was filling out my registration form internally I said to myself, “I really want to be drawn so that I can run in this race. After all, it is the freakin’ New York Marathon. But if I am not selected then please, please let something better show up for me!”

Bit of background regarding my entry, my current and past running speeds do not qualify me for an automatic entry into the NY marathon. You need to be able to run 42.2 km in less than 3 hours to qualify for an automatic entry into the marathon. Which meant the least expensive alternative for me was to enter into the drawing process.
On average they have 100,000 people entering a draw for approximately 15,000 positions.

So, my chances of being selected were better than the winning lottery but still fairly improbable of ACTUALLY being selected.

I even put it out there on to social media and asked people for their good thoughts and positive vibes. It was heartwarming to receive so many wished of “Good luck or I have my fingers and toes crossed for you.”

The draw was held on February 26th, 2020.

I had only been awake a little while that morning before I check my email Incase I was one of the first ones selected. (A guy has got to dream! :)) Unfortunately, I wasn’t selected 🙁

I kept checking my email throughout the morning, and at 1:32 pm my heart skipped a beat I got an email from the TCS New York City Marathon. I was a bit nervous but I quickly opened up my email to the following email.

Yes, of course, I was disappointed when I was not selected. After a few minutes of disbelief. I sent copies of the above email to various friends and family members stating my disappointment.

My oldest sister, Glenda gave me about 10 minutes to wallow in my self-pity, before responding with, “What’s plan B?”

I didn’t really have a plan B.

So I nonchalantly replied with, “Victoria?” A marathon I had run three years previously. Seconds later Glenda responded with, “How about PEI?” It was on her bucket list of places to run she later told me.

Excitedly, I jumped on to my computer and looked up the PEI marathon info. It was in the right time period for my proposed marathon training schedule. I looked up airfare to PEI, it was about the same price as flying to New York was. I looked up accommodation prices and it was generally 1/3 to 1/2 of the price of New York. PEI was a place that I have always wanted to go to and the icing on the whole cake was that my Sister Glenda was going to run it with me if I went.

To make this even better, my sister Shery is trying to schedule time off her work so that she can come run too. She will probably do a 10 km run or a 1/2 marathon (21.1 km).

So I asked for, “This or something better.” I definitely got, something better!

it Just Happened.

I don’t know how it it happened. It just sort of happened. I was blissfully writing on “Alchemy of the Heart” . Loving the two main characters and their powerful interactions. I had recently gotten over the various mind blocks that I had. As I was writing the protagonist (lead character) as a woman. Something in all of my writings to-date I had never done before. So this was all new to me and I had finally got over second guessing her and it she was now flowing out of my heart and onto the screen as a developed character. I was truly capturing her essence, or at-least I thought so.

Well, that was until Saturday, February 8, 2020. That was when in my mind, I fully committed to signing up for the draw (Lottery) to run in the 2020 New York Marathon. The moment I committed to doing signing up Master Akio and Graham came rushing in, like a tidal wave. I somewhat reluctantly forced to switch books and start once again writing “The Promise.”

So the journey continues…