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.

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!

I’ve Been Back from New York City for Almost 3 Weeks

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Sep 4, 2015

As of tomorrow evening I will have been back from New York City for 3 weeks. I made so many plans to start getting back on track but so far I have accomplished nothing I have to do. I’ve only been to the gym once, I haven’t nailed down my diet yet, and I still take cabs too much. My plans to read, study programming, and develop plans for the for and non-profits haven’t even started yet.

On a positive note, I cooked a head a bunch and have food in the freeze, I’ve de-cluttered the office some and my bedroom is fairly organized. I’ve accomplished a bunch of busy work but nothing that I would say really moved me forward.

And I’m getting the paperwork for Easter Seals together. I’ve also had time to reflect. But I need to put those reflections into action. Part of the problem is that I’ve lived a very disorganized and inefficient lifestyle. Heck my entire family is that way. And it is what it is. We also have no idea how to really succeed. We were never taught that. However, if I want to escape my situation and bit elevate myself and my family then I need to learn how to succeed and be efficient.

Ironically if given a plan I can succeed. The steps are laid out and I can make things work. Take school for example, we were given a plan for the year, we knew what we had to do. At least the milestones. We didn’t always know exactly the specifics of what we had to do, we had to figure out a bunch on our own and ask questions. But we had a plan. I don’t have a plan for my life. But I need to make one. I need to realize that while I can accomplish everything that I want, I can’t do it all at once.

What am i going to do? There are things I need to do daily. These are the goals that generally take a long time to accomplish; it can take months or years. Fat loss & getting fit, learning more about WordPress & Social Media, launching Med City Social Media, becoming learned, and learning Spanish would be longer term projects with daily tasks. Even posting on the Will’s Weigh blog must be done consistently.

But there are items that can be done later, or as time permits (but still must be done so I need to use my time wisely). These items could be learning to program, developing concept models, decluttering my office (although I should a couple of things ASAP), and revamping the Will’s Weigh Blog.

How am i going to do it? As I mentioned there are things I need to do everyday. They are:

  1. Move
    1. Ideally I want to do Crossfit 4x per week, swim, bike, and kettle bells
    2. But for now I want to build up to going to the YMCA 6 days per week, along with yoga once or twice per week and some KB work
  2. Eat “right”
    1. I need to pay attention to what I have in the house, both cooked, dry and frozen (not cooked yet)
    2. I’ll need to meal plan
    3. I’ll need to spend a day a week cooking
  3. Post for Will’s Weigh
    1. I should be able to post daily.
    2. My posts don’t have to be terribly long. They can just be DIL posts or my thoughts on a subject or an event.
    3. Keep track of weight, mug shots, and other items
    4. I’ll use EverNote, Pocket, and Feedly to collect items.
    5. Look for sites/blogs to follow
  4. Read
    1. 50 to 100 pages per day from the book list.
    2. Take notes
    3. Don’t be afraid to highlight
  5. Study social media & WordPress
    1. Lots of stuff from Udemy, Lynda, YouTube
    2. Take notes. Develop an overall plan
    3. I’m not going to be able to launch MCSM until I get a job
  6. Study Spanish
    1. It should just take an hour a day or so
    2. Use both Rosetta Stone and Duolingo
  7. Straighten up/chores
    1. Straighten up as I go along
    2. Just don’t leave anything on the floor
    3. Put things away as I don’t need them
    4. The office will take a long time. I need to be ok with that. But..
      1. Filing cabinet should be done ASAP
      2. Work on notes daily
  8. Self-sufficiency
    1. Review PDP, Learning List, Task list daily

And then there are the items that come up from day to day. I can do this. I just need to be smart about the process.

Being organized and planning ahead is also going to be important. I’m going to have to think through my day a day or two ahead of time. I want to save time and money and not always be living by the skin of my teeth. It’s going to take sacrifice but the results will be worth the effort.

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