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The entire post I wrote the other day on how to get what I want was supposed to be about accountability partners, but I wandered of into pontification land, and never seemed to get to that point.
What is an accountability partner? As it was taught to me, an accountability partner is another person with whom you partner to hold yourselves mutually accountable to some goal.
A lot of people say that the way to achieve a goal is to state it publicly, then you’ll be in a position of shame for not achieving it. In other words, use social imperative to motivate yourself. I don’t really groove on that, and an accountability partner is effectively a more private way of accomplishing using the same social imperative technique.
Those who know me know I love a good, pithy saying. A pithy saying is like a picture…you know, a picture says a thousand words. Ha! Isn’t that funny…that’s a recursively meta pithy saying!
On Saturday, I spent two hours trying on ski boots, and then discussing ski gear with one of my ski-gear-geek friends. In the process, learned two new sayings that I’m certain will come in handy:
Upon explaining to the salesman that my left foot is a half size longer than my right, he replied: Read the rest of this entry »
I am a “pleaser”. Not a total pleaser, but I don’t like to let other people down, so I say “yes” to things when I should probably consider whether or not I’m really committed to them. In other words, I find it hard to say “no” to someone.
Another reason I find it hard to say “no” is that I actually want to do a lot of stuff. Doing stuff is fun.
Yes, I want to go skiing with you. Yes, I want to build a thousand cranes. Yes, we should write a book together. Yes, I want to go out and see that band. Yes, that web site sounds awesome, I’ll help you build it. Yes, I want to learn Objective-C so I can write an iOS app. Yes, I want to learn to play piano. Yes, I want to blog more often. Yes, I want to focus on my family. Yes, I want to clean-up the yard and plant a new garden. Yes, I want to get up early and go to the gym everyday. Yes, I want to learn to be a better cook. Yes, that’s a great business idea, let’s do it! Yes…yes!…yes!!!!!…YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!
Today was the first day of the rest of my life. Of course, that’s true every day, but today holds a special significance because Friday was my last day at Cheezburger. (Originally, I had planned to stay until the end of the year, but that changed.)
Every morning for the last 5 years I have awoke, drove myself to CheezHQ on Lower Queen Anne in Seattle, and then immersed myself in the world of LOLs, FAILs and MEMEs. That was not the case today.
I must admit, it was bittersweet this morning when my routine was no longer my routine. While I’m glad to be opening the next chapter in my life, I am sad to leave my friends and co-workers behind. I didn’t realize how much I would miss them. I hope that we get a chance to work together again.
Over the New Year’s holiday, I was hanging out with my doctor friend Greg when the discussion of resolutions arose. After some discussion, I simplified my plan down my plan for 2012 to the following, in priority order:
- Reduce stress (mainly, by reducing fear, worry and anxiety)
- Exercise regularly
- Eat fewer unhealthy foods
A quick note…here are three things that have changed my life for the better in the last few years:
- Amazon Prime
- An “insta-hot” in my kitchen.
What do all these have in common? What I want, when I want it, for less money, less hassle, and less effort.
Amazon Prime saves me so much time and hassle with shopping. There are so many things I used to go to the store for, but now I can get them shipped to my home in just a day or two.
Lots of new shoes, freshly cut hair
Some are excited and jubuliant
Others nervous and within
An awkward reunion of old friends
Hi, Hi, How was your summer?
Soon resolves like it was yesterday
I was able to sleep in until 7:30am today, and then lounge in bed all the way until 8:15am. Luxury!
While doing so I overheard my 6-year old tell Lisa that he was going to go for a breakfast record: seven sausages.
During this time I was also contemplating going to the gym. Honestly, I don’t want to, but I need to…not because I “should”, but exercise really helps me feel healthier and happier. That’s when this thought floated through my head…
I think that a major part of being a happy and healthy grown-up is maintaining disciplined routines and habits.
In the web browser I use (which is Chrome), if I type a letter or letters in to the address box at the top of the window it will suggest addresses. I assume these addresses are based on some sort of algorithm related to my historical browsing patterns.
I thought, “Hmmm….it would be interesting to see what sites I visit most often”. So, I typed each letter of the alphabet into my browser, and the results are below. It’s an interesting little peek into my browsing life (at least on my work computer…heh, heh, heh). Enjoy!
(Hey…it would fun to know what’s in your browser…publish your list on your blog, then leave a link in the comments.) Read the rest of this entry »
Since we last spoke, a lot of things have a happened.
I broke my hand, which is what got me out of the blogging routine in the first place.
Then, my work-life went bezerker when Cheezburger raised a wad of cash and I was set on course to more than double the size of my team in six months.
And, I went to Disneyland with my family!