What is the vision that your resolution supports? For many, January 1st is when people in many Western countries reflect on their lives and make “resolutions” for the next year. For most, January 2nd is the first of many days in that year where the new resolutions are not kept. That is because too often your resolution lives alone in the world, only slightly tied to a vision of your future, and rarely revisited. In mental health and medical fields, when you seek the assistance of a pro, the pro will write a “treatment plan”, usually with your input, with specific and measurable goals to be re-examined regularly…and I suppose that’s what a New Year’s Resolution is. But like yearly employee reviews, yearly resolutions are too far apart to be much help. What I suggest instead is regular “Vision” days. I’m agnostic as to which planning system you use (I have yet to find one I fully like, so I’ll let you know if I create one), but whether pen and paper or electronic or some combination of the two, the basic calendar + appointment + to-do list just doesn’t do the trick. And these Vision days should be at least once every three months. Reviewing once a
An Update About This Site Wow! An update! Hmmm…. pretty nice space here. Haven’t seen it for awhile. Things have been… thinging. Anyhow, I’m getting ready for a major remodel around here. Not going to change the engine much, but I’m going to focus this website on 101 level explanations of civics concepts and psychological and sociological concepts, tied into whatever is happening in the world. So, sort of a lens to help people understand current events. I am a progressive Democrat and a college graduate, and I will be talking from that perspective, but one of my primary focuses will be to help working and middle class Republicans and Independents understand how progressive ideas and policies can improve their lives. While the focus of the dance these days is civics, the other things you may find me talking about on this site are my family, community, knitting projects, the books and movies and shows I enjoy (and don’t enjoy), and other things in a homebody’s life. An Update About My Professional Sites When I’m not over here writing, you can usually find me at my professional website, which is about to be folded into my really professional website as I change my mental
What is left out of the news matters. On January 13, 2016, A bombing that Daesh took “credit” for killed seven people in Jakarta, Indonesia. CNN’s headline when I first checked read “Blast, Shootouts at Jakarta Starbucks”. For the average reader, this does not indicate a terrorist attack, but a squabble over lattes that got deadly. The next morning, the BBC reported that four of the five perpetrators of the attack had been identified, and that all five had died in the blast. CNN had no followup report. The BBC report tells us two things 1) that all of the perpetrators are dead, and 2) that it wasn’t a particularly successful attack, as five of the seven dead were the people who caused the attack. The CNN followup allows readers to assume that the perpetrators were still out there, presumably planning to squabble over more lattes. (In fairness, CNN did change their headline to a more appropriate one, but the original one was up for several hours). I work upwards of sixty hours a week, do social justice advocacy, and have family and community obligations. As much of a news junkie as I am, I have found in the last
Today is, yet again, “pretend we are going to win the lottery” day. At best, only a handful of people will do so, and almost certainly, the vast mega prize (800 million at last count) will be split, but it’s a mind boggling idea, and there is a chance, no matter how slim, that anyone with 2 dollars to buy a ticket could win. So I’ll go first. If I won the lottery, I would spend the money on: Paying off all my debts Setting up my sister for life Fixing my house from the basement up to be the Victorian era home it is capable of being (including buying the lots on both sides for more yard and garden space). Creating a village of cabins for formerly chronically homeless men and women that is a truly great place to live. Creating a mental health wellness center that is a truly great place to get services, and has options for *everyone* regardless of ability to pay. Buying a cabin on some land with a stream or lake, some woods and fields, for hunting and just “getting away from it all”> Traveling Working only part time so that I can devote
My husband and I have an ongoing argument on the nature of gift giving. He thinks gifts should be a surprise, and I think that surprise is far less important than giving people something they really, really want. This year for Christmas, he totally got it right. He got me a Fitbit HR Charge. Well, I’d asked for the gray band, and they only had purple, but I can live with that. Yes, I know. Body positivity and all that jazz. I don’t mind being overweight in and of itself. What I mind is how uncomfortable my body feels, the bloating in my belly and skin issues where it folds. I’m also ultra paranoid about diabetes, since it runs in my family. So I wanted something that would accurately record my activity level, so I could have some idea (with the help of linking it to My Fitness Pal for the food diary) of where I’m gaining the weight. Also, bonus, I can see how active my friends are (and judging from my friends, how uncommon it is to actually reach 10,000 steps per day).