Tuesday, 4/5/2016 – What to do? Life Choices to be Made

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Apr 6, 2016

I’ve been absent from the blog for a couple of weeks. Between being under the weather for most of it and trying to shake off some apathy, I’ve had a hard time getting much of anything done. March 23rd and 24th I did keep myself busy, but after that…nothing.

Today as I was lying in bed I thought to myself, “Holy Crap,  it’s already the first week of April.” Honestly where the hell has all the time gone? I’ve been a member of Planet Fitness since September eat I haven’t lost any weight (I’ve probably only gone 8 times), I’ve been subbing (I’m a licensed teacher!) since October but have only maximized it (thus being able to save) in February and I have almost no hours in for March. I’ve had Rosetta Stone for over a year but haven’t even started lesson 1. And I’ve had a Lynda account for about a year but haven’t gotten into anything too “juicy”

I’ve got some work to do. Travis was right, I can’t psych myself out. I need to just do it. So what can I do in the next 4.5 months until I travel back to NYC

  • Lose 150 pounds
  • Read 30 books
  • Complete concept models for Social Bridging & Med City
  • Learn spanish
  • Blog consistently
  • Organize Google Drive, Drop Box, Home Office
  • Secure a full-time teaching job
  • Complete SWOT analysis of groups on social bridging list

The last few projects have failed. It was a severe lack of planning. But right now, I’m also afraid everything I do will be a failure. I’m a afraid to even start. I really need to start. And I will.i expect to get everything done at once. Logically I know that, but it hasn’t sunk in yet. M goals, especially fitness, social bridging and med city social media can all be started (although limited) before I have all my ducks in a row. With m way of thinking I’ll never have all the ducks in a row.

I’m going to have to make some serious lifestyle choices if I want to accomplish anything.

3/19/2016: It’s Snowing Again, Forgiveness and Work

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Mar 19, 2016

When I walked outside of the house I noticed one peculiar little thing. It was snowing! There was already some significant accumulation on the ground and flakes were still aggressively floating to the ground. I sighed. I was hoping that Mother Nature would have settled down but no such luck.

I’m a little groggier entering the classroom today than I was yesterday. But I soon become filled with happiness a the class commences. Today, was again filled with incredible talks and discussions. We learned about forgiveness. It’s a great concept. The 17 minutes of meditation we got both days helped us all get refreshed and refocused. I’m going to incorporate this into my daily life.

Class ended at 3:45pm. I thought I’d have time to go home and get some sleep before going to work at 11pm. Well, I found out I have to work at 5pm to 3am. Yes, I was shocked and dismayed. A little bit of me died on the inside at the thought of not getting any rest, but I persevered.

The meditation over the past two days really did help.

By the time I exited the DAHLC all the snow was gone. Now that I can excited about.

I want to create a course for the schools around resiliency, starting with meditation. I’m in a good position to do so. I’m going to have to adapt it though and strip out anything which may be interpreted as religious.

3/18/2016: Chilly Temps, Rain and Nueroscience

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Mar 19, 2016

Last week the temperature was in the 60’s. Today (and for the next week) the temp is in the mid to low 30’s. Yeah, super fun. It’s to be expected this time of year, but geez Louise, I want Spring!

Today was the first of two days of Dr. Amit Sood’s Transform class. I’m really excited about the program. All of it will help me become better at what I need to do for social bridging. The class runs from 8am to 5pm. I arrive at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at proceed to the 6th floor where the class is located. I can’t describe how nice the whole place is. It’s flippin’ gorgeous, soothing and pretty comfortable. I could get used to being in this environment.

My classmates are an eclectic bunch of people from across the US and Canada representing a variety of professions and stages of life. There’s even one 1st generation Dutch-Canadian in the group. We learned about neuroscience, and a high-level overview of the brain operates. Fascinating stuff.

The class ended early at 3:30pm. This gave me time to spend about an hour on the 7th floor atrium which is the entire floor. I stepped outside onto the patio for a bit before retreating to the inside where I sat on in a really comfy lounge chair next to a plant wall.

I then went home to do stuff and things.

3/17/2016: Discussing a Youth Service Project

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Mar 18, 2016

At 10:30 I had a meeting with Joyce Balls-Berry at Bravo Espresso. Before she arrived I had a bowl of delicious wild rice soup from Salad Brothers. It’s been awhile since I’ve had their soup. It gets better everytime. Either that or I’m a little delusional. I’m ok either way.

When Joyce arrived we caught each other up on our goings on. We soon dived into discussion about the non-profit I want I start around ACE’s. We discussed possible programming, resources, partners and our legal structure. Are we just going to be a non-profit or will we be tied to a for-profit. Will the for profit be an LLC or an “S” Corp. What about social enterprise run by the non-profit? There’s a lot of research that needs to be done to answer these questions.

Joy asked a really great question. She asked if this is what I really want to do. Joy brings up a great point. I’ve been trying to narrow down my niche for awhile. I’ve been flighty. That and my approach to it all has been haphazard at best. I do really want to do this. I must.

After the meeting with Joy I went to Francisco’s Cuban Cafe. My god their food is delicious. I need to go there more than once per month. I stayed in the dining area for a couple of hours staring out the window.

Afterwards, food in mom in hand, I went home. I was home early, but I had things to do.

Should I get a PhD in psychology to help me along with the ACE’s NGO?

3/16/2016: Goodnight Bobby D

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Mar 17, 2016

We laid a friend to rest today. Bobby Driscoll, or as his friend called him Bobby D, passed away last Thursday. Today he was buried. This is the 2nd time we saw him in 3 months. The last time was a Sunday in December when we went to his benefit.

The service was beautiful. At the service and funeral there were a lot of big tough guys with bloodshot and watery eyes.  While it was just Fikret and I from Med City Taxi, the expansive church was nearly filled with friends, family and colleagues of Bobby’s. He was certainly a man with faults. But he was a good man who was fiercely loyal to his friends.

After the burial Fikret and I ate at Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon. We reminisced about our dear departed friend and co-worker. He touched many lives and will be missed. Goodnight, bud, we’ll see you again someday.

When we were done consuming lunch, Fikret dropped me off at Corporate Web Services (CWS) for the TEDxZumbroRiver marketing & social media meeting. We came up with a plan that’ll hopefully generate a bunch of ticket sales. The May 5th event is going to be incredible.

Around 5:30pm I had dinner with Kerk at Dooley’s. I was a little apprehensive since it was the first time in almost 2 years I’ve seen him. I admittedly get a little antsy when I saw him. Afterall, he’s been “busy” for all this time yet he’s been going out a bunch with his friends. I got a little annoyed when he said he needed some “Will time” and that we shouldn’t wait 6 months next time.I think I’ve become indifferent.

I finally watched last Sunday’s The Walking Dead. I love that show.

Learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone and Duolingo

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Sep 10, 2015

I’m half Spanish. Ok, the actual percentage is lower because I’m an exciting blend of Cuban, Spaniard, Italian, Caribbean Indian, possible African American, Indonesian, Dutch, German, French and Japanese. Wow, that’s a mouthful. For simplicity I just say I’m half Dutch and half Cuban.

I’ve been telling my family I’m going to learn Spanish someday. However, that someday keeps on getting pushed back just like every other someday. For decades I told them I would learn how to speak Spanish. I even took Spanish in high school. But we all know how that turned out.

I’ve heard about Rosetta Stone for years. I’ve heard Rosetta Stone actually offers  comprehensive set of tools to aid in language learning. But the five level set had a steep price of $499 made it impossible to afford. But then the price was reduced to about $200 and I could have a payment plan. I  thought I’d be crazy not to buy the set.

A friend of mine used an online service called Duolingo to learn Italian. He tends to hold things to a high standard so when he kept on gushing how much he loved the experience I thought I’d give Duolingo a try as well.

Well I bought the 5 level Spanish set from Rosetta Stone MONTHS ago and never touched it. But after hearing a TED talk about how to learn any language in 6 months, I decided I needed to start learning today as well as be persistent with my language learning.

Do today I installed Rosetta Stone on my computer and will practice daily to master the Spanish language.

Wish me luck!

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