A good routine is important to me, and I think my routine in Rio is one of the best I've ever had. Here it is:

I wake up early! Usually, I'm up between 6:00 am and 7:30 am.

Most mornings, I go for a run. I run along the beach from Posto 9 in Ipanema to Posto 2 in Copacabana. Sometimes, I'll take a lap around the lagoon instead. These routes take me about an hour to finish. It's best to run before the sun is too high in the sky, so I try to make it as close to sunrise as possible. 

After running, I stop at Polis Sucos and get my usual: acai com banana y proteina, sem syrop. By now, the guys know my order, so they only need to ask, "grande ou pequen?" -- big or small?  We exchange a smile, a nod and a thumbs up. 

I get to the office between 10:30 am and noon. Rio is three hours ahead of New York,  so I feel like I've got a jump on the day. 

My office is only a couple blocks from my apartment in Ipanema. It's called DOCA Coworking. I love working at DOCA and I plan to write more about it later.

I spend the first 15 minutes in the office meditating, then another 15 minutes thinking about and planning my day. This is a new habit I started when I moved to Rio. I find it helps me stay focused and productive for the rest of the day. 

I go for lunch at New Natural, a by-weight salad bar beside my office. I fill my plate with all kinds of salads and a piece of grilled fish. It costs me between $R25 and $R35, which works out to $6-$9. I try to read a book at lunch; sometimes, I actually do.

I leave the office around 9 pm most days and walk to the gym; it's only a block from my office. The gym is always PACKED, but it's the best one around. I'm typically out of there by 10:30 pm. (Yes, that means I'm working out twice a day! I'm in the best shape of my life.)

On my way home, I'll get another acai, or a steak or chicken sandwich.

My day ends around 11 pm. A few nights a week I might go out for drinks, but I'm usually in bed before 1 am. 

This is basically what fills my weekdays in Rio. I sightsee in the mornings or on weekends. 

It's amazing how a new place can help form better habits. With this routine, I can say that 2016 is off to a good start. I'm excited to experience what's next, and I'm hopeful the good habits I've formed in Rio will come with me.

This is my first post

Well, I've decided to start blogging again. 

At the beginning of this year, I decided I want to get better at writing. And the only way to get better is to practice.

I'm going to write about my experiences, no matter how random or common they might be. Currently, I'm traveling South America, so there should be plenty of experiences to write about.

Right now I'm sitting in my office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; I rented a desk at a co-working space in Ipanema. 

This is my first time using this blog editor interface, and I want to test the important features. First up is adding photos and links. Here's a photo I recently posted to Instagram

I saw this beautiful exterior while exploring the side streets of Ipanema and Leblon.

I saw this beautiful exterior while exploring the side streets of Ipanema and Leblon.

And here is a gallery of photos from my first week in Rio.

I think a good way to end my first post is with a quote I like from the book I'm reading, Walden by Henry David Thoreau. 

Advance confidently towards your dreams and the world will accommodate you.
— Henry David Thoreau