Tuesday, January 29, 2013
So when SparkCoach asked me to elaborate on 3 things I'd do off my bucket list if anything was possible, I had to stop short and think hard... Bucket List? Do I have a bucket list? No, I guess I don't. If I did have one, what would be on it? I think I've gotten in the habit of just slogging through days without much in the way of overall dreams. My goals are all mini and microgoals, other than losing weight. So what would be on it?
1. I want to take Roger to Disneyland or WaltDisneyWorld. He's never been.
2. I want to visit Japan
3. I'd like to visit the Vatican
4. I want to go to an anime convention in cosplay as something other than Kirby
5. I want to go on fairs and fit on the amusement rides again, ie the monster
6. I'd like to go to a concert for a christian band or singer again-last one was Carolyn Arends and I really enjoyed it
7. I want to go to Yellowstone again.
8. I'd like to go camping again.
So the SparkCoach Visualization asked what 3 things you would do if anything was possible? If anything was possible, I would take Roger to see WaltDisneyWorld in Florida, take him to Japan, and both go to see the Vatican. It also asks, what can you do to feel like that in your life today. I'm confused, does it mean what you can do to bring those into your life, or what you can do to feel like you can do anything today? If it is bringing those things into your life, I can bring various programs and effects (like pictures) into our lives to represent the goal and I can explore various foods from Japan. If it is feeling like you can do anything, I can work on some of my goals that I am having a hard time fulfilling. The more satisfaction I feel from accomplishing something I set out to do ahead of time, the more I will feel like I can accomplish in general.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
So far all I know is there has to be a better way. I sabotage myself with excuses why I can go back to sleep and then I sleep an entire day away instead of the 30 min to an hour nap I was planning. I go back to bed in the evening and repeat for three days straight (canceling going to church and having a 3 day weekend) and then have a night or two that I can't sleep at all.
There has to be some balance here. So I'm cutting back caffeine to before 1pm except eve tea, even that may go eventually (right now I'm worried about withdrawl from it). I am also discontinuing naps because I never know how long my body is going to decide to be out for. So I'm "saving all my sleepy tokens" for the night, when I should be a little more fatigued if I don't give into my fatigue before then.
At least the time awake has been productive. I've washed and dried three loads of laundry, gotten snacks and a breakfast, went to an appointment, and gone out grocery shopping with my father today. And I started SparkCoach, which I thought would be a waste of time since I'm such a beginner. I thought it would be for someone doing all the right things but plateauing, but I was wrong. It can be for someone like me too. My fast break goals are to eat fruits and vegetables, exercise to an active video game each day, and to get up without hitting the snooze (or napping) each day. I really liked it so I signed up permanently (or I hope it to be permanent anyway)
Balance, balance, always need to come back to the idea of balance and moderation.
And if you all have other ideas what I can do to get to sleep at the right times, for the right length of time, don't hesitate to comment!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
I learned that I give up way too easily.
It was the second half and I thought the game was over because the Falcons were up by 20.
It was the fourth quarter and I thought the game was over because the Seahawks still needed at least another touchdown to win.
Within the last two minutes of the game I thought the game was over, the Seahawks scored the touchdown and made the extra point, which left them up by 1.
The Seahawks were up by 1, with only 31 seconds on the clock and I thought the game was over, because there was no way the Falcons would have any time to get it back downfield.
The Falcons scored their field goal and I thought the game was over because there were only 8 seconds left on the clock.
In the last 8 seconds, the Seahawks ran a hail mary play that *could* have won the game and was caught on the inzone by the falcons. But if it had been a Hawk that had caught it, it would have won them the game with another touchdown.
And then the game was truely over.
I need to learn to fight as hard as I can for things and adopt the adage "It Ain't Over Till the Fat Lady Sings" as they say, rather than buckling at the beginning at the littlest obstacles. From now on I'll remember that Hail Mary play and keep playing, because anything could happen, the game isn't over until its over.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Today has been uneventful. I'm on a volunteer's lunch break at a small private school where I volunteer. My iPod has been a distraction. At least it was yesterday, so I left it home today. It emits a noise each time I get an e-mail notification that someone has responded to one of my posts. I get caught up in listening for it and being absent minded. At the moment, I'm unsure what to do about it, since I really do need the added support.
Roger's donations are being accessioned (given library numbers) today! I'd phone him to let him know, but I decided to leave my cell phone with my iPod today and handle all calls after I get home.
Well, back to work.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
When you are on Spark, community support is very important. Without support people fall away and don't get back up again (metaphorically speaking) Community support provides motivation and feedback on your goals and how to accomplish them. Hopefully three heads are better than one and between everyone we are wiser as a unit than we are alone. --Which is why I think they start us out in SparkTeams.
So what happens if you get to the SparkTeam Community board and say you need support? The fastest way a person can send you motivation, ask more questions, and help individually beyond the board is by clicking the hyperlink that your name becomes when you have set up a page. From your page people can comment outright at the bottom of the page, on a blog entry, give you SparkGoodies, add you as a friend, or sparkmail you.
While SparkMail is an option if you don't have a page, the person has to navigate to the SparKMail screen and remember how to spell your username, which is a lot more tedious and takes more time.
Plus its friendlier and helps us envisage a little more of the person you are and hope to become. It is a challenge sometimes to come up with content for the page, but it helps explore parts of you you might want to share, dust off, and present. A little creative writing is good for the soul. :)
OK, off soapbox... And if my bestie who has just joined is reading this, no, it is not because of her that I am writing this.. (.. but yes, I would like her to make a page as soon as possible too... lol)
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