So I know I haven’t been blogging like I should but I want you to know that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing anything productive. Things have been a little hectic around here lately so I haven’t done everything I’ve wanted to. I am getting back into the swing of things though and so far it is going well. I am getting back into things slowly, building new habits as other parts of my life calm down. Little by little things are falling back into place. I try to do just a few, small things a day until I have built up a good habit of doing them, and then I build on it with another habit. The goal in the end is to get healthier, learn new things everyday, and become a more creative person.
I have been able to keep up with writing 750 words a day everyday for about 36 days now. I am very proud of this streak! In the few years I have been writing over on 750words.com I have only been able to complete a monthly challenge twice. This last month I decided I was going to write everyday NO MATTER WHAT! And with a little help, and a few gentle reminders from my girlfriend, I was able to do it.
I recommend everyone give 750words.com a try. When I first joined the site, it was free and I didn’t realize that it is now a paid membership with the first 30 days free. Anyone who joined in the early days has free membership but doesn’t have access to some of the features. I donated $5 this month so that I could use the “time off” feature so my streak wouldn’t be broken by an upcoming camping trip I will be on. I’m trying to earn the “100 days in a row” badge dammit!
I have also started up again with Khan Academy. I dropped out of school in the 10th grade due to emotional issues and I always felt like I missed out on learning so much. I loved learning and it’s a shame I left school but Khan Academy has given me another chance!
I first learned about Khan Academy years ago through an article in one of the popular science magazines. In the article it talked about how kids could learn math well beyond their years by through the video and problems. I signed up to learn some basic Geometry to tutor my little brother. Then I started using it for myself. At first just for math but I’m getting in to the science videos too. I have caught up and a lot that I missed out on and I look forward everyday to jumping on there and learning something new.
I also tried a couple of new “brain apps” recently. One of them is called Brain Bean. This one is pretty cool but you are only given four games to start out with. The others must be bought for $0.99 each. I really like Letter List game which is free so that’s nice. The game starts by giving you a random letter and you have to make as many words as you can within a certain amount of time. I like this because it forces me to dig deep and remember words I don’t use that often. Seems like a good thing considering I like to write!
I’m also giving Lumosity a try. I downloaded the app on my iPad a week or so ago and I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. The app works flawlessly but I hate that I only get 3 games a day. I would consider paying for it but the $15 monthly price is a bit much in my opinion. Especially when I feel like I can find other ways to work my brain everyday. They do have a website where more games are available but I would like to use my iPad as much as possible. They state more are coming soon though so I may stick it out and see where the app goes.
There are a few more good habits I would like to add over the next few months. For one I failed miserably with the “100 Days of Creativity” challenge. I’m not giving up though and that will probably be the next habit I incorporate. My main issue was coming up with things to draw everyday. I think next time I might try combining the idea of sketch notes with a visual journaling type of thing. I’ll use typography and doodles that pertain to what I do, think about, and feel everyday.
I’d also like to build on my writing by trying something new. I’ve decided to give poetry a try. I’ve never liked poetry much but recently I discovered the Spilled Ink tag over on Tumblr. The blog that started it states that the tag was implemented to separate old poetry from the new writers on Tumblr. I scrolled through and I found a lot of writers whose work was really interesting! So I have been thinking about learning a little bit about how to write poetry and giving it a try myself.
Lastly I have to finally admit that I also failed miserably to quit smoking so I am going to try to quit again by the end of September. Work is stressful right now and I have so much going on that if I tried to quit now I know I would just fail again. I need to get through a few VERY SPECIFIC things before I quit. I’m not making excuses here I swear, it’s more akin to setting a date, I’m just not sure exactly what that date is yet. On a related note I also need to find a way to work exercise into my weekly schedule. I work early in the morning so while that is my ideal time it just won’t work. I am thinking mornings on the weekends and a couple of evenings during the work week.
So please be patient with me while I slowly but surely work my way back to WordPress and blogging. As you can see I am trying to build good habits without overwhelming myself in the process.
Until next time, good vibes everyone!