Age causes one’s idealism to fade.

The dreams of youth encounter an established order, a hierarchy.

And with the order comes social pressure.

But for some, a glimmer remains in their eyes.

These are the artists, publishers of individuality.

They are celebrated by transcendentalists and existentialists: champions of their own conviction.

I am convinced that one of the greatest feats a person can carry out is to maintain their ideas even though society tells them that fame, money, and general acclaim should be sought.

How is it done? One word, stroke, or note at a time.

More than likely there won’t be any shortcuts.

Fast results are usually soon gone: the high of the sugar rush, the strain of the keto diet, the happiness from your drug of choice.

It’s like that with writing, better to build a smaller daily habit than try to write a lot at one time. You’ll write more (and better) in the long term.

Any habit takes patient discipline.

Anyhing worth while takes a long time, probably longer than you expect.

Many would say it’s not fun. Some would say it sucks. The best learn to love it.

Our mistakes can be daunting.

They can linger in us, gnawing at the back of our mind and weighing us down.

But learn from it and move on.

Just learn from it.

It won’t matter in 10 years.

You’ll be fine.

Recently I discussed how I have been implementing a new time management system. I’m still doing this, and it’s been great. My time (and stress) management has improved significantly. But I want to expand it a bit by incorporating some kind of weekly personal insight into this blog.

I’ve been thinking about doing some kind of weekly update for a while. I really like what Austin Kleon does. I don’t have the time to do a weekly newsletter, so this will have to do. Each Sunday I will give you five insights into my life. I’ll share what I’m trying out, what I’m failing at (if there are glaring errors), and whatever else I think is pertinent that week.

So here’s this week’s weekly update:

  1. Getting back to staying up-to-date with current events. I’ve been listening to PBS Newshour, Up First, and the NPR Politics almost daily. I listen to these while I get ready in the morning.
  2. Updating my morning routine by incorporating yoga and meditation.
  3. Getting off social media. Managing social media is a lot like meditation. If you notice your mind wandering (or your fingers scrolling), return to your breath (the moment) and dial back into the present. I tell myself, “You need to be bored. Overstimulation will make you tense and unhappy.”
  4. Developing more of a nightly routine by getting clothes ready for the next day most days and taking about an hour before bed to drink herbal tea and wind down. (My rule is no video because it’s too stimulating.)
  5. Realizing that my skills have grown a lot since starting graduate school. I have more understanding and skills. And I’ve become gentler, humbler, and more disciplined. I am feeling really proud of who I am becoming. It’s been hard, and I’ve cried many times from stress, but now that I’m almost done with my master’s degree, I can say that it was worth it – absolutely.

Also, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been experimenting with this blog a lot. I was using pictures because I thought they looked better on social media, and I was putting a call to action at the bottom of my posts. But for the sake of time and authenticity, I’m going to do without.

This blog should be fun, not a chore or a job. It’s a hobby that makes me a better person, not a side hustle intended to eventually make me money. I should be doing it because I enjoy writing and improving and sharing, not because I want to grow an audience. So that’s how I’m going to continue to approach this.

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I want to say that your experience is defined by your immediate environment.

That belief is what compelled me to pursue a career in local government.

Though, it’s not. Experiences are complex and increasingly specific.

Now is an age of influencers and widespread new media.

Near is now a choice.

And we don’t know what we’re missing, nor do we understand what we’ve gained.

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I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day.

I went out of my comfort zone today: I cooked new food and slow danced in the living room, for instance.

It was nice. I said that it was gross. But it was good, really good.

It showed that if you never step out of your comfort zone, you may miss out on experiencing the best parts of life.

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Tonight I am very tired, but I made a promise to get out posts five days a week.

Over time I have grown to value reliability and trust a lot.

I’ve started getting clear about what others expect from me and trying hard to commit reasonably then, if possible, overdeliver.

It matters. People who chronically overcommit – and who fail consistently at time management- lose credibility, trust, and respect.

Have you seen the effects in your life?  A good place to check yourself is your intimate relationships.

Are you late to your friends’ engagements? If so, you’re showing them that you don’t respect their time or that they’re not enough of a priority.

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