Hello all! Ralph “The Perennial Aesthete” is here. I hope everyone is doing well—spiritually, mentally and physically. I wanted to touch upon New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent announcement on gym openings in New York City. I know many of my fellow New Yorkers are anxious to get back in the gym. Do I miss being there? You bet! However, I honestly have mixed feelings about it. The time of the COVID-19 pandemic has truly exposed the paradox of our world. The empathy and compassion of strangers and communities efforts and dedication for the most vulnerable. For the other side, the shameless greed of corporations that has no filter.Continue reading “My Thoughts on NYC Gyms and Fitness Clubs Reopenings. Will It Be Safe to Return During COVID-19?”
Hey peeps! Your favorite New York City blogger, Ralph Gilmore, is back at it. I took a little blogging hiatus due to being busy working on a few projects, while making sure to stay healthy and cool-headed in these strange times. Just like many of you, I’ve been adjusting to new routines and a lot of unknowns due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s much easier to focus on the negatives and the things that can go wrong, rather than focusing on the positives, no matter how dire the circumstances may be. I choose to focus on my passions, my creativity, my evolving skills and anything that brings joy to my life. My hope is that I always continue to remain in a place of joy and inspiration, while making a positive impact on as many people’s lives as possible.
Happy New Year everyone! 2017 was equally an incredible and trying year for me. Not just for the high moments, but more so for the low; the challenges, confusion, struggle, loss, fear, doubt and a slew of other emotions and obstacles that seemingly never ended.Continue reading “Happy New Year 2018: Renewal of Faith, Purpose and Resolve”
“We must do more to end the many tragedies that cancer inflicts. About one-third of cancers can be prevented, while others are curable if diagnosed and treated early. And even when cancer is advanced, patients should benefit from palliative care.”
– Ban Ki-moonContinue reading “Reflecting on World Cancer Day: The Importance of Cancer Screening and Health Checkups (RIP Anthony Lloyd Gilliard)”
Dear Former Mr. President,
Ever since the day of your farewell speech, I’ve been meaning to put something together to honor you in my own way. I’m not sure how much traction this post will get or even have the slightest possibility of my words reaching your vicinity. If, by some miracle, you happen to come across this post, I want to start by saying, “thank you!” I am proud of you and your wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama for all you’ve done for America and as well as the rest of the world. Being a father myself, the main thing that I admire about you is that before anything else, you are a devoted and involved father, a loving husband and you always gave a sense that you was never above anyone else. You proved by leaps and bounds that you are truly a man of the people.Continue reading “My Open Letter of Gratitude to Former President Barack Obama (From Ralph A. Gilmore)”
Peace to 2016! I’m more than ready to move on to bigger and brighter days ahead, along with a fresh perspective… it’s all on God’s timing. I just wanted to share some thoughts in which I hope that some of you will find encouraging and inspiring. Here’s hoping 2017 Continue reading “(Video) Happy New Year 2017 From NYC – Inspirational Message”
Up until a few nights ago, I never realized how hard it is to make a simple promo video on YouTube. It also doesn’t help that I’m a perfectionist; if I set my mind to do something, I try as hard as possible to accomplish the goal at hand. As a graphic designer, illustrator, artist, writer, blogger and entrepreneur, my hope is that I can inspire as many people as possible through my artistic and creative abilities.Continue reading “Creative Inspiration: Behind the Brand With Designer/ Illustrator Ralph A. Gilmore”
After watching last weekend’s much-anticipated boxing match between Sergei Kovalev and Andre Ward held in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, in which Ward earned a victory in a hard-fought, courageous effort, my immediate response was, “now that’s how you respond!” This fight resonated with me as a perfect example of how you persevere under difficult situations. It is your reaction to adversity that often determines one’s own success. (Photo Credit: Anthony Geathers)Continue reading “Andre Ward: The Perseverance, Resiliency and Cerebral Ringmanship of Boxing’s Silent Warrior”
Happy First Day of Fall good people! The chaotic times of summer and rapid growth is usually a reflection of lots of changes – maybe a new marriage, a new job, a new place of residence or the start of a new business venture. Whatever the case may be, I hope that all of my family, friends and people within my network, have experienced much-needed gains and far less loss as we start the new season.Fall is a time for harvesting… perhaps, signifying a greater required focus and direction in your life. It might be time for you to start a new exercise regimen, pick up that new book you’ve been procrastinating on reading or ignite that business idea you’ve been yearning to share with the rest of the world.Continue reading “Autumn Inspiration: Let the Fall Season Be A Time To Renew Your Health and Attitude For Success”
Perhaps this photo is a tad morbid due to it’s visual nature, which is paired with my intention to assert the notion that our greatest ideas goes to our graves with us. In past years, I’ve been guilty of being an “idea hoarder;” what I mean by that is from time to time, I’ve conjured up numerous creative ideas–in which I failed to act upon due to a combination of procrastination, work schedules, relationships, fear of criticism and quite often for some of us, life tends to knocks us off our feet–at least momentarily. One day I just decided that I wasn’t going to keep my ideas on the shelf anymore and that I would do everything in power to share my creativity with the world.
The following is one of my favorite quotes made by motivational speaker and author, Les Brown. I constantly keep this quote in the back of mind to help keep me motivated, especially when my goals are not reached as quickly as expected:Continue reading “Untapped Creativity: Don’t Take Your Best Ideas To The Grave With You!”