Sunday, April 5, 2020

5 Ways to plan for life after Quarantine

Overnight my life in New Orleans, Louisiana changed as the USA responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. I was laid off from my job, athletic competitions I was scheduled to compete in are canceled, and spring workshops I planned to speak at were postponed indefinitely as I watched the stock market crash. How do we plan for life after quarantine? WE MAKE A PLAN! The following are 5 ways I recommend implementing systems in your lifestyle that will benefit your future.

1.) What Is Your Monthly Budget?
  • What is your checking & savings balance?
  • What are your recurring monthly bills (car, house, phone, nutritional, medical, ect.) and the estimated monthly charge?
  • Do you have any nonessential membership fees you can cancel?
Once you have this information, you can make a strategic plan for the foundation of your coming months. To be honest-I wanted to know approximately how long I had till I could potentially exhaust my financial resources without any financial assistance. Having a daily financial ledger can help coordinate your spending activities and identify financial concerns.

2.) What Do You Own?
  • Take a quick inventory of your refrigerator and pantry.
  • Know what personal care products you own.
  • Check your cleaning supplies inventory.
  • What gift cards and loyalty rewards do you have?
  • Discard expired items safely.
Knowing what you have on hand will make a dent in unnecessary spending. $1, $5, or $20's saved all adds up in your checking or savings account. If you do not have a savings or checking account; add loose change and dollars not spent in a jar with the goal to open a minimum balance checking or savings account without monthly fees.

3.) Make A List
  • To reduce food waste, create meal plans for two weeks based on what you have in your home.
  • Only purchase the necessary items you can not creatively substitute. 
  • Use the items that are opened first till they are completely used. 
  • Maintain a 15 minute daily cleaning (dishes, sweeping, organize a cluttered space, fold and put away clothes, ect.) and sanitizing ritual. 
  • Affix gift cards and loyalty rewards with a magnet or tape on your refrigerator as a reminder of resources to use first.
  • What are your athletic goals?
Lists can help identify risks and motivate you. Every Sunday I discard lists fully completed or I add pending tasks to a new list. Be aware of portion control in all aspects of your life as to not waste resources.

4.) Make A Plan

  • Evaluate your goals and where you want to be in life 1-5 years from now.
  • Have a schedule and stick to it.
  • Update your resume and social media profiles (LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, ect.).
  • Take professional certification courses.
  • Read
Knowing where you want to be in the future is great, but be flexible to change. If you do not have specific future goals, now is a great time to start. Everything you do to add a positive value to your goals will help you navigate the unknown of our future.


5.) Get Creative 
  • Use samples and opened travel supplies.
  • Save leftover soap to blend into a liquid bath soap.
  • Have fun with leftovers and food items near expiration.
  • Play a favorite song while cleaning.
  • Map out your essential shopping route with coupons, sticky notes, and stickers.
  • Utilize environmentally friendly cleaning supplies 

If you feel overwhelmed-listen to your inner self. Embracing the balance of physical and mental health in your daily routine is as important as completing tasks timely. Using environmentally safe cleaning supplies may cost a little more, but I have found that the benefits long-term in my life's investment to be substantial. As a professional style, I have found that I usually complete more goals if I or the people around me find some enjoyment in the task. Be flexible and have fun in implementing systems in your lifestyle that will benefit your future. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Always A Friend

EN: This poem is a retrospective of my experiences, memories, and my opinions, originally started in approximately 2006 and completed in 2020. Always A Friend takes place at a time when I was an ambitious punk rocker, artist, fashion designer, with a massive 30 centimeters tall nuclear red mohawk, who worked in commodities trade. At that time I was rebelling against my gender, my identity, and had completely stopped performing within the Chicago drag scene. Reflecting on past journal entries; the tension of the past mirrors the minx desperately living to be loved today.

ES: Este poema es una retrospectiva de mis experiencias, recuerdos y mis opiniones que empezaron a formarse aproximadamente en el año 2006 y concluyeron en el 2020. Always A Friend (Siempre Un Amigo) ocurre en un momento de mi vida cuando yo era un ambicioso punk rocker, artista, diseñador de moda, con un enorme mohawk rojo nuclear de 30 centímetros de altura, que trabajaba en el cambio de bolsa. En ese momento me estaba rebelando contra mi género, mi identidad, y había dejado de actuar por completo en la escena drag de Chicago. Reflexionando sobre entradas de diario del pasado; la tensión de ese pasado refleja una versión de la coqueta que vive desesperadamente para ser amada hoy.


FR: Ce poème est une rétrospective de mes expériences, de mes souvenirs et de mes opinions, qui a débuté vers 2006 et s'est achevée en 2020. Toujours un ami, jamais un amant se déroule à une époque où j'étais un punk rocker ambitieux, un artiste, un créateur de mode, avec une crête rouge vif de 30 centimètres de haut, qui travaillait dans le commerce des matières premières. A cette époque, je me rebellais contre mon genre, mon identité, et j'avais complètement arrêté de me produire dans le milieu en tant que drag queen à Chicago. En réfléchissant aux pages écrites dans mon journal intime, la tension du passé reflète le désir qui vit désespérément en moi d'être aimée aujourd'hui.


Always A Friend


Kelly green, market freedom, and a splash of coke,
Your friendship sits next to me radiant and nurturing,
Laughing, holding hands, balancing his bike-we see rainbows in disguise,
The things we never say harvest our emotions like a specter in the Fall,
Was Cere’s last call conspiring on our behalf.


Our subway ride felt like we went from one end of the world to the other,
I feel heartache at Division and Damen-never love,
In your arms, my body is overflowing with loneliness bribed by your delight,
I smell the tobacco on your fingers as I move to lick the whiskey off your lips,
Your kisses’ passion threw me into weakness,
I hate myself.
I love myself.
I can’t decide.
I let him take charge.


He took my body home but my soul was left behind,
I kiss your toes and bite your body,
The fear of rejection haunts me to bite harder,
My darkest desires become your greatest pleasure,
The courage I feel feeds his strength to choke me with my past,
Unbound electricity, 
You leave your love inside me as I blackout from my emotions.


I open my eyes,
Respect for my time,
Respect for me left like the smell of tobacco and whiskey,
I cross Damen and Division to echo my path,
My heartache walks with me,
Always filling the space of my lovers’ taunt.

By George Melichar

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

ASK GEO


Over the past few years I took a break from blogging, most athletic events, and sometimes life outside the walls of my French Quarter, New Orleans flat. As I began my journey of self assessment, and to find love within myself to embrace my nonbinary gender, and accept my trans femme identity - I had to take a break and face a lifetime of whatever "it" was I feared. By confiding in my friends what I was feeling; I expressed the challenge that I could not find a strong resource of video content that represented nonbinary people or myself. My friends empowered me to reactivate the organizational and public speaking skills I learned from blogging and running the world to broaden my reach, and impact on others with the goal to positively impact those who are in any form of self discovery.

This video is a starting point for further conversations, media representation, and my return to blogging. The questions I answered in this video were given to me via social media or are questions I'm frequently asked. Everything I say in the video below are my opinions and is a representation of my life experience and self assessments. I do not represent any other entities other than myself as the owner of this video content. 

I dedicate this video to my friends who never stopped loving me without condition even when I did not love myself unconditionally.

Thank You - Geo









Thursday, August 25, 2016

5 Reasons To Use HOTWORX

Source: Planet Beach

Finding time in an active lifestyle to stretch and recover from a day of work, sport training or cardio exercise can be challenging. Setting a goal for what you want to accomplish is good but: What is the plan to maintain athletic intent? To maximize my daily potential I use HOTWORX(HWX) fitness program at the end of a training day at Planet Beach. The fitness program is based on the fusion of infrared heat and isometric exercises. Here are 5 reasons to use HOTWORX.

Source: George Melichar - HOTWORX

1.) RECOVERY
I like my personal space when I am sweating. Yoga was not always my favorite activity because I do not like overheating in a yoga room and feeling like the hot air is difficult to breathe. HWX uses infrared heat rather then hv/ac systems. The HWX room is made of Canadian Hemlock for a natural environment and has a sliding door for privacy. By feeling comfortable in the HWX space, the infrared heat gave me a more efficient experience.

2.) BEYOND HOT YOGA
The HWX session provides a yoga video that offers a great stretch, isometric yoga exercises and cool down. I like that I am in the room by myself but the video makes me feel like I have support in my active goal. I freeze a half a bottle of water the night before to have available to me with water during my hot yoga session.

Source: George Melichar - HOTBOX

3.) PAIN RELIEF
Stretching is important before and after any activity. Before I discovered HWX I would go home after a long run or bike ride and take a nap in front of a fan to regain my energy. The HWX exercises are a way I maintain my bodies flexibility. If I am sore, I can give the muscles in question additional attention or less attention.

4.) WEIGHT MAINTAINANCE
The benefits of the HWX isometric exercises are muscle development, bone strength, increased metabolism and blood flow which leads to fat burn. Infrared heat aids in athletic recovery. Because the HWX yoga video provides a personalized experience; I feel more confident during and after the yoga exercises in reaching fitness results.

Source: George Melichar - HOTBOX

5.) DETOX
The infrared heat environment and isometric exercises provide a more natural way to heat the body and to cause sweat for detoxification. I add pbHEAT lotion to intensify my sweat development to assist in flushing out unwanted impurities from my body. I have more energy by improving my circulation, cellular health and immune system.

Knowing after a long day I will have a HOTWORX session of stretch, relaxation and recovery to look forward to is empowering. Having your body finish strong in your days tasks feels great! I remember a friend telling me for months to try the HOTWORK and I finally did it. I highly recommend trying the HOTWORX fitness program based on the fusion of infrared heat and isometrics to maintain athletic intent .

#RunLoveRock Geo

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Planet Beach: www.PlanetBeach.com

Planet Beach French Quarter: @PlanetBeachFrenchQuarterLA

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SnapLaces



This post contains sponsored links from www.runNOTC.org and I am a 2016-2017 New Orleans Track Club(NOTC) elected board member. At the NOTC 53 Anniversary Race I received a pair of SnapLaces. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I tried them out during my training runs in New Orleans, Louisiana - USA and enjoyed wearing them. The laces are stretchy, adjustable and easy to use.

Source: George Melichar

I specifically became a fan when I put the SnapLaces on my track shoes. My coach told me the importance of untying my shoes and not putting them on laced. On an average training day at the track I will work on speed exercises and distance running. When I am physically tired I find the act of changing my shoes multiple times challenging from track cleats to distance runners, unlacing and lacing my shoes - repeat.

Source: George Melichar

The SnapLaces web site and instruction insert in the packaging gives an example on how to lace-up your shoes. My track shoes are extra tight because I have a wide feet. I lace my shoes a little differently from the recommended method for comfort and performance as seen in the picture above. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.

#RunLoveRock Geo

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SnapLaces: www.SnapLaces.com

Thursday, August 11, 2016

USA Track & Field Masters Throws Championship 2016

Source: George Melichar

The USA Track & Field Masters Throws Championship was held at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois - USA. I meet fellow thrower Sue Hallen at the USAT&F Masters Outdoor Championships 2016. She encouraged me to participate in the throws event and was an impressive thrower to watch.

Source: George Melichar

The Throws Pentathlon consists of hammer throw, shot put, discus, javelin and ultra weight. I have competed in most of these events individually but never as a Pentathlon. My age grouping started last and it was a long, sunny and hot day! The last part of my groups flight was throwing a 15.88kg or 35lb metal ball. Those last three throws felt like the last .02 miles of a marathon.

Source: George Melichar - Hammer Throw cage 

Source: George Melichar - Shot Put Cage 

Source: George Melichar - Javelin 

Source: George Melichar - Weight Throw


The Superweight Pentathlon consisted of throwing a 35lb and 56lb ball like a hammer throw implement. Participants get 3 throws per weight.

Source: George Melichar - Superweight Implements

The Ultraweight Pentathlon consisted of throwing a 98lb, 200lb, and 300lb implement. Some athletes tried throwing the 98lb implement like a hammer throw. Honestly I just did my best. Anything I threw during the Ultraweight Pentathlon that day was a personal record.

Source: George Melichar - Ultraweight Pentathlon Implements 

Source: George Melichar - Athlete throwing the 300lb Ultraweight Implement  

Source: George Melichar - Athletes

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Source: George Melichar - George Melichar(L) & Chris Buckler(R)


USAT&F Masters Throws Championship 2016 Results

For more information about Masters USAT&F visit www.usatf.org


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championship 2016

Source: George Melichar

The USA Track & Field Masters Outdoor Championship 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan took place at the Grand Valley State University track & field stadium in Allendale, Michigan - USA. The new outdoor athletic complex had a 9 lane track, throws area, pole vault and a great athlete locker room. July 14 was the athlete and implement check-in. Officials were finalizing the last details for the weekends event schedule while athletes mentally prepared themselves.

Source: George Melichar

July 15-17 was the Masters Outdoor Championship T&F meet. Throws was to the left of the stadium and track to the right. The weekend was clear or cloudy with heavy storms. During my competition times there was no lightning, so I did not have any weather delays.

Source: George Melichar

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 Source: Rina Schincariol

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Participating in the competitions, attending the Hall of Fame dinner and having my sister at events to cheer for me was great. The friendships I made and athletic support was the best part of the weekend.

Source: George Melichar - George Melichar(L) & Rina Schincariol(R) 

Source: George Melichar 

Source: George Melichar & Hall of Fame athlete Mrs. Meiler 

Source: George Melichar - athlete getting into his zone 

Source: George Melichar - Pentathlete Mrs. Warren


Source: Rina Schincariol


Source: George Melichar - M35-39 Silver 5,000m & 10,000m


USAT&F Masters Outdoor Championship 2016 Results

For more information about Masters USAT&F visit www.usatf.org


#RunLoveRock Geo

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Grand Valley State University  -Track & Field