Welcome to The Great Growth! Thank you for joining me in my personal project aimed towards improving my life in all of its aspects; physical, social, professional, financial, intellectual, independence, and experiences (adventures). The official start date is Monday 26th June, 2017.

The idea for this personal project occurred to me back in 2013, after graduating college. I was overweight, lacked an active social life, didn’t have any job prospects, and didn’t have any big ambitions. I am the type of guy who has big plans for himself, but then falls behind when it comes to planning and carrying them out on a daily basis. I since then started working towards bettering myself, and have seen some results, yet not amazing ones. It took me over 3 years to finally create this website and to decide to share my project with the world.

The purpose of this website is twofold: first, it is the main platform for my life project, here I will be able to write my content, display my photographs, and more importantly share my progress, to be held accountable if I fall behind. Secondly, I am hoping to inspire others who run into this website to begin a journey of their own to work on improving their lives as well. If you want to know more about this life project, click here.
Also, I want bloggers who might have similar projects to comment so we can keep each other accountable for our goals. One of the things I like about owning a blog is the community, and how people can connect and meet other people with similar interests.

A quick reminder about the format of this project, as well as the content I will be writing about in this website. I will divide the remaining of the year into 3 stages, each containing 12 weeks (except for the last one which has 20 days, since I am starting this project late into the year), and will set goals for each of the 12 week deadlines, based on long term goals.

Regarding the content of the posts, I will write a post either on a Saturday or Sunday sharing my weekly progress towards the 12 weeks goals. I will also write at least a post every 2 weeks (originally planned to do it every week, but I do not want to rush and take away time from other tasks) talking about subjects relevant to my goals and hopefully of interest of my readers.

I will now provide a typical day template:

7AM-11AM : Morning Ritual, described above (includes working out, planing the day etc)
11AM-1PM : Up to me (i.e video blogging, work on this website,  work on my weekly tasks, or just relax)
1:30PM : Lunch time (first meal of the day)
Remember to keep proper hygiene at all times (shower after working out, brush teeth after every meal and coffee, start taking care of your skin, etc).
2-5PM : Keep working towards the 12 week goals
Remember to keep organized notes of what you learn, in Evernote and Microsoft OneNote. From these notes is where you will pick what to implement.
5-6PM : Workout for the 2nd time in the day. For my workout plan click here.
6-7pm : Have your first small dinner
8-10PM : Have your second dinner. Write in Day One journal app about daily progress, what you did right and what you will do differently the next day.
Remember to stay focused on the project at all times. Whether you are about to go to bed or you just woke up, whether you are in the bathroom getting busy, or in queue at the grocery store, or at the mall, you will always remember the life changing journey you are on, the adventure you are a part of. Remember to keep a serious and focused face as well, no more Mr nice guy. You are polite and fun to be around but there is no need to be smiling all the time, you should be in the zone at all times.

Also remember, to apply the Life Standards every single day, so that they stick in time and turn into habits. If it is too much to begin with, start applying one Life Standard per day, but truly implement it in a daily action.
These last two requirements along with a proper hygiene must be repeated every single day without a miss.
I will go to bed by 11PM (although in time I will push this earlier to around 10PM), I might implement an evening ritual sometime in the future.

The Morning Ritual, along with the Life Standards and proper hygiene must be repeated every single day without a miss.

I will go to bed by 11PM (although in time I will push this earlier to around 10PM) and repeat the whole thing the next day unless I spend the entire day outside the house and am busy doing something else, as long as the 3 components described above are met.

That is it for now. My expectations for this blog is to make this life project fun and EXCITING for me and for others who want to engage in a similar quest of their own. I want to look at this website every week and feel motivated, organized, capable, on track and most importantly excited about the future, after all we only get to live once, and I am looking to get the most out of it, are you?

Andrew I.


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Things to be excited about this year!

  • Tennis tournaments!

  • Trip to London, Scotland, Egypt and maybe Paris. Mid year.

  • Expanding my post-grad education, learning more and making connections!

  • Getting my 1st car, being more independent.

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