Five things for the week

I like writing these. I want to get back to writing these on a regularly. I used to write “Five things for the day” as a daily journal prompt, and want to get back to doing this.

  1. I “postponed” my efforts of putting together a newsletter. Most of my hesitation is not having enough to write about. More accurately, not having enough to really want to share.
  2. I have been trying to break some bad habits and start some good ones. Most of it stems from me trying to be more in the moment. To enjoy life more. But it’s more difficult to follow through.
  3. I need to be a better person. It’s not that I’m a bad person. It’s just, the world. Everything happening now. We can all stand to be better. And it starts with me.
  4. I watched “Rotten” and, have so many more questions. And feel a bit powerless as a consumer.
  5. We humans are capable of more. And this is both good and bad.

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  1. The “SWTLO Weekly” experiment has ended. I wasn’t sold on the format and delivery of it. I still am working towards starting a newsletter for 2018. I just need to work on the formatting of it all.
  2. We… no, I. I have to become more comfortable with change. I want it. I seek it. I’m just not as comfortable with it as I would like to be.
  3. I’m starting to use the iPad Pro more and more as an all around device. This is to say that I am seeing where it fits into my workflows, and am slowly adapting things to accommodate it (not for the sake of accommodating, more for the sake of convenience).
  4. Write, read, photograph = more.
  5. I’m slowly working my way to replying with actual sentences on social media (in addition to liking or favoriting). It’s all in my effort to just converse more. Less passive, more active.

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they like the purple ones

  1. I had planned to begin my weekly e-newsletter by now (September). Things got too busy and I just didn’t have the time to do the initial setup. Perhaps I’ll table it to begin at the start of 2018? Gives me more time to work on formatting and content (think it through some more).
  2. This long weekend (wife and I took a few days before and after the three days) was telling. The thing I have done the most? Sleep. Our minds needed rest. We zoned out all of yesterday (Sunday). All this to say, I need to do a better job at listening to y mind and body, and taking better care of both.
  3. I have non-work projects that I want to work on… I have done a horrible job at writing them down, let alone pursuing them. Here’s the beginning of doing both better. That notebook is going to get busy.
  4. Here’s to also cutting out the noise.
  5. Travel is picking up later this month… looking forward to it but, more so, I’m looking forward to getting things done. I’m in my forties and there are hundreds of things that I want to accomplish… time to get crackin.

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  1. During Prime Day, I took advantage of the discount and upgraded to a Kindle Voyage. The Paperwhite is close to as perfect as you can get but, the finishing touches on the Voyage (e.g. auto light adjustment, flush screen with bezel, and the page turn “buttons”) really make it worth it.  #treatyoself.
  2. Currently reading Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee. I don’t want it to end.
  3. I have been working from home a little more often, lately. I’m getting a lot more work done. But the biggest lesson learned? My cat sleeps like, 22 out of the day’s 24 hours. I envy her.
  4. Watch: Chasing Coral. Just do it. Please?
  5. I need to add more pictures to this blog…

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More life goals

  1. We spent this afternoon at a 3 year old birthday part for my friend/coworker’s son. It was nice to be out and socializing even if it was hot out.
  2. I have to rethink the pay I embed photos into my posts, here. I currently embed from Flickr but, am starting too get a little shaky about it. What happens if Flickr goes away (or i stop using it) for some reason? So many blog posts with no photos properly mapped…
  3. Slightly related to above: I need to rethink my blog. I want to make it a central hub for everything, that then shares out to different places. I also am considering self-hosting (instead of wordpress.com). I also have this weird thought of “do I really need a blog?” festering in the back of my mind.
  4. This is going to be a very busy month. I don’t expect much travel, just a lot of work.
  5. Finished The Hundred Year Flood by Matthew Salesses. I enjoyed it and confidently recommend it to you (reader). I have liked all of Matthew’s works (that I have read) so far. He’s a really good storyteller.

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Sunday breakfast tacos
  1. “We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.”  – Joan Didion
  2. “If you can fall in love again and again… if you can forgive as well as forget, if you can keep from growing sour, surly, bitter and cynical… you’ve got it half licked.” – Henry Miller
  3. I’m working on re-establishing a photo hub. Somewhere along the line, most likely because I got lazy with my photography workflow, I moved away form having one. My photos are all over the place, mostly in cloud storage. This needs to be cleaned up.
  4. I love what Kristyn Leach is doing.
  5. Spark” by Violents & Monica Martin.

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Viewing the mosque from the bus

  1. I forget how much I love my music collection. I’m only reminded of this when I’m able to allow the songs to shuffle for long periods of time. I need to find ways to do this more often.
  2. I’m “slow-reading” (restricting myself to focus on 1-3 passages at a time) both The Way of Korean Zen, by Kusan Sunim and Ursula Le Guin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching. The intent is to slow my mind and focus on meaning (value).
  3. To counterbalance “mindless internet surfing”, I have done a few things:
    • Self-imposed restriction of not using iPad in my bedroom, just the Kindle. Read more!
    • Subscribed to email newsletters from content that I want to keep up with. This way I can peruse through email (as I’m used to) instead of reading through every feed and post to get what I want. This means less reliance on social media feeds.
    • Deleted apps on devices. All of those “time sucks” are gone!
  4. I splurged on some early birthday gifts for myself. I’m really excited about this and this. I will never grow up. And, I bought some whiskey, which I cannot wait to drink out of these.
  5. I will never grow up.

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  1. I’m working on slowing down. Not in the sense that I want less to do, rather, in the sense that I move towards doing things in a more purposeful, quality > quantity methodology. I’m working on incorporating this in all aspects of my life, from handling large scale projects and tasks at work to cooking more meals at home.
  2. I started reading Ursula Le Guin’s translation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching. I first heard about her translation through Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings post. Intentionally I’m only reading a few pages at a time, taking time to process and truly understand what is being written. It helps slow things down and put things into perspective.
  3. Photography! I am slowly, intentionally, working my way back into it. I have identified it as something that has been missing in my life and routines.
  4. Work out loud. Live out loud. I’m exploring this as possible themes to help me post to this blog and social media sites.
  5. There’s something about my home office setup that has been bothering me. I cannot pin point it, yet. Not sure if it has to do with the technology/layout of technology, or the layout of the overall workspace altogether. Or, if it’s just something that I will always be tinkering with because that’s simply what I like to do.

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Figure skating, pairs

  1. Writing from the 2017 World Winter Games: As mentally and physically exhausting working the event is, and all of the events that we work, I always manage to come away feeling quite inspired to continue what we do. I keep asking myself “do I need to find a new organization, a new challenge?” Then I watch out athletes, our volunteers, and our colleagues work. And then I’m even more driven to help make it happen.
  2. The day I flew to Austria, I made the last minute decision to not bring my camera. “I won’t have the time to really spend photographing”, I justified. Wrong! I regret it.
  3. Sleigh Bells, “I Can Only Stare“.
  4. I have to keep this in mind: always due diligence before making judgement and passing information. Always.
  5. This is going to be a busy, trying, year. I’m ready.

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Basking

  1. Reduce… that’s the name of the game. Less equals more, and all of that jazz.
  2. Released on Feb 14th, Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember, by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee. Please go get a copy. It’s a very important story, written by one of the coolest people in my life.
  3.  This three day weekend is a nice inhale/exhale before a really busy week.
  4. It feels good to have a kitchen that I enjoy using, again. It makes a big difference in my enthusiasm levels for cooking meals, especially after a long day at the office. I’m more willing to cook dinner in a kitchen that I enjoy cooking in. Go figure.
  5. More good people, please?

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Day 1

  1. Dropkick Murphys, “Blood“. Great anthem.
  2. I started an avocado tree (from seed) today… just wanted something to establish roots, while I’m working on doing the same. 
  3. You may have noticed more music posts on my blog, this week. I’ve recently been reminded about how important music is to me, and how it plays into my own creative process.
  4. Love live Flickr! If I ever came into a lot of money, I would buy and maintain the platform. I know popularity has waned but, I keep finding my way back to it. I love it.
  5. Working on quieting the noise… minimalism, back to basics, simplicity, whatever you want to label it. I just need to tune out the rest (materialistic and non).

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  1. Agnes Obel, “Familiar
  2. Starting to settle into the new place. And starting to pace ourselves on the things to buy, the improvements to male. The important thing is, it’s feeling more and more like home.
  3. My priorities now are quite different from my priorities a year ago.
  4. My back (and rest of my body) is trying to tell me that I need to slow down. I should listen.
  5. Home is more than the four walls you reside in.

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  1. Moved! Settled! Well…, not so much. But, it does feel like home. We see ourselves staying here for quite a bit of time. it just feels like home. A very nice feeling. Finally.
  2. Cut the clutter. So much, both literally and figuratively. The tangible clutter will be easy. The intangible clutter… those will be some difficult decisions to make.
  3. Slow down! Trying to complete all of the home improvement items and filling every room to meet all of our ideas, right off the bat? Not a good idea. Take your time. You’re home.
  4. Think, plan, do. It’s important that I not procrastinate between those steps.
  5. It’s becoming increasingly important for me to carve out my own path.

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  1. I spent the majority of the week (Tues. through Sat.) in a series of planning and strategy meetings with a partner that we just started a 10 year partnership with. The meetings were hosted in Keystone, Colorado where we were cut off from distractions. This was actually really good as, we were able to get very honest, creative, and got to know each other well.
  2. I’m very much looking forward to working on this project, and working with the people involved. This is a career-defining opportunity. It will also push me to work outside of my comfort zone on a regular basis. It will also challenge my ability to back up my philosophy: make others successful.
  3. It will also challenge my capacity… how much can I do, really? And how much can I balance it with my aspiration to increase my personal capacity (non-career orientated)?
  4. Device balance: Laptops are my preferred for almost every single task. I’ve come to accept that. No need to keep pushing tablets for productivity, at least until mobile software improves. The iPad Mini is by far the better device for content consumption and travel. It’s the perfect balance, for me at least. Best for news, ebooks, games, news sites, and overall social media consumption. iPhone is the great “bridge” device: maximum mobility and just enough to keep me capable until I get to the laptop.
  5. I need to keep a pointed effort to drink more water. The high altitude of Keystone (almost 9000 feet above sea level) magnified it. I noticed that if i didn’t drink enough water each day, I had difficulty engaging in conversation, focusing, and was more irritable.
  6. BONUS: This week is also a milestone… we will close escrow and move into our new home. So very excited for this!

Five things for the week

A weekly post of my top five thoughts/observations/suggestions for the past week. Every day I write (offline) a “Five things for today” post. These are taken from those posts. 

  1. I switched up my work machine again. I’m going “all in” with the Surface pro 4 (again). There’s potential in that being the ideal machine for me; I’m thinking that I just need to give it some more time. And, of course, adjust my workflow slightly.
  2. Big dreams for this new home… we have already created quite a few lists of things to fill it with. Most are not tangible things.
  3. Grateful… I have a very good life.
  4. The day I stop being open to learning new things is the day I should be shuttered away from the rest of society.
  5. First work travel of 201y7 takes place the second week of the year. And, it’s for a series of meetings that will start EVERYTHING. In a very good way.

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  1. There’s a lot to do over the next 6 weeks. Moving is always a big deal but, this is really exciting. Especially looking forward to no longer being a renter again.
  2. I’m thinking of retooling my workflows for 2017. The big issue is that they are built to be very efficient for current tasks but, are not easily scaled if I take on new projects. I need one that is more pliable and fluid.
  3. The more I listen to David Bowie’s “Blackstar” (album), the more I believe that it was the best album of 2016. Mitski’s “Puberty 2” is a close second.
  4. I already know that 2017 will be the “year of health”… it just needs to happen. Needs to.
  5. I’m happy. Genuinely happy.

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  1. I’ve been carpooling to work for the past couple of weeks and, I have to admit, it’s a far better experience than taking the train in. And, for the most part, it’s faster. Now just need to figure out how we can make this work on a regular basis.
  2. Need to slow down, enjoy moments.
  3. David Bowie: Lazarus.
  4. Less is more, more is less.
  5. Starting to assess whether Flickir is still the best option for photo sharing (for me). I’m trying to remove the sentimentality (been a member since 2004) out of the evaluation of it all.

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  1. Thursday was my two year work anniversary. Two years since I made the career choice that moved my wife and I from the west to the east coasts. I’ll be reflecting on this a lot through this month.
  2. Needs more reflection (and perhaps a longer blog post): change… sometimes a collapse has to occur in order for the new to be built. That collapse is difficult. Extremely so. And not everyone survives it. Sometimes, even the builders themselves don’t survive.
  3. I need to ground myself, again. Constant adjustment, actually. Just need to get my (wanted) routines running the way they should. Out of balance, out of whack.
  4. I can feel myself trying to “check out” for the remainder of the year but, obviously, this cannot happen. There is still so much that I need to complete both on the work and home fronts.
  5. Kate Tempest, “Ketamine for Breakfast“.

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  1. I wrote a blog post (for work) about .dll files. It was as exciting an experience as it sounds.
  2. Mid-week bottle of Pinot Noir (Wed) was much needed. Still need to work through some things but it helped take the edge off. Paradise Valley, Santa Barbara 2014.
  3. Another wine note: Friday night at the Westin (Princeton, NJ), as i was working late afternoon, Guest Services knocked on my door. I’m not sure why but, they delivered a bottle of cabernet, some chocolate, and a voucher for breakfast. Quite the nice surprise and, the wine definitely improved my evening.
  4. This whole “get healthy” thing is going to take a lot more work and focus than I originally thought.
  5. Onward…

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  1. I felt lost this whole week. A big reminder that I need to continually ground myself. Also a reminder that I need to work harder on defining purpose and direction .
  2. Get healthy… it’s time to get serious about it.
  3. Local band, Priests, is putting out some good singles. I’m really looking forward to their January 2017 album release.
  4. Lets things, more… things.
  5. It’s not agoraphobia but, I break out of my introverted comfort zone and get out more.