This week I’m enjoying and pondering…

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(inspired by Tim Ferriss Five Bullet Fridays – he also talks about and to Derek Sivers, small world? I think not…)

 Last updated January 22, 2017

Quote I'm PonderingHappiness is not the belief that we don’t need to change; it is the realization that we can.
~Shawn Achor
Thanks to a session with a special mentor this week, I realized that I have more power than I thought. Perspective is such a powerful force...if only we could remember that when we need it most.
What I'm Reading The Art of being Remarkable Yann GirardRecommended by a coworker. This is a raw, emotional appeal...much like the manifesto from Jerry Maguire. It doesn't all resonate with me, but the emotional pull is something that I want my writing to do. I'm studying this to see how I can be more like this.
What I'm Doing Nerd Fitness (search Recipes)Now that I'm done with school I've got to get back on a health track. I've been following the Nerd Fitness blog for years. Now it's time for me to follow by taking action. I spent an afternoon absorbing the recipes on this site, learning how to make it easier to eat healthy, and love it. Now that I understand the techniques I can see why this type of change is sustainable.
What I'm watching There Will be BloodI am trying to learn more about story telling. On a whim we decided to watch this Oscar winning movie. The acting from Daniel Day Lewis and the character he brought to life isn't my kind of story, but it doesn't mean I shouldn't study it.
What I'm Loving Copy Me ThatThis has become my favorite app. I use this to make meal planning and grocery shopping a cinch, and I don't think I can ever go back. If you're a meal planner I highly recommend this app.

What I’m Doing Now

Inspired by Derek Sivers’ now page project, via Denise Wakeman. Derek says:

People often ask me what I’m doing now.

Each time I would type out a reply, describing where I’m at, what I’m focused on, and what I’m not.

It’s a nice reminder for myself, when I’m feeling unfocused. A public declaration of priorities.

(If I’m doing something that’s not on my list, is it something I want to add, or something I want to stop?)

So what’s going on for me Now?

I’m in Redlands, with my husband and our daughter, focusing on coming out ahead in 2016.


“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.” Michael J. Fox

Looking forward to having my weekends back to spend with family now that I’ll be done with school. Planning to spend lots of time outside!


“It is no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are heal.” Ed Northstrum

After a serious backslide, I am working on getting back on track. Finding the motivation is proving challenging. There are so many things I want to do, I keep justifying letting this slide.


“Education is the movement from darkness to light.” Allan Bloom

My final assignment is due January 16. I will have completed all the coursework for my Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Journalism. It took me a very long time to decide to go back to school, but the actual coursework took hardly any time at all, I can’t believe I’m at the end. I learned that I don’t have the natural instincts to be a writer or reporter, but I still love communicating via writing and especially love researching topics (at least I do when I’m interested in them). I plan to continue my learning by reading and sharing thoughts about what I read here on the blog. My first book will be The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau.

Tinker Project

A Tinker Project is about trusting that sometimes, your heart has reasons for doing things that take awhile for your head to understand.” Jason Kotecki

I’m considering my blog as my tinker project. But I’m also looking to make a daily calendar with my favorite photo techniques so that I can learn how to be a better photographer.


“There is a light somewhere begging to be followed. Calling out from distant horizons in your mind.” Volcom

Projects include:

  • Taming the beast that is our web redesign
  • Developing a distributed authorship strategy and support system (including training and email campaign)
  • Helping the team continue to mesh

This is my focus for 2017, while there is a lot I know I want to do, I have to stay focused on what I need to do.  This list will help me stay focused and say no when I need to.

As my activities change, I will update this list, at a minimum, once a month.
Last updated January 2017