Different Path, Self-Improvement, Self-Therapy

Week in Review: 1/19-1/26

Debt Reduction Goal: So I put an extra $900 towards my student loan – bringing the total spent on loans for the month so far to $1249.86. I also plan to transfer $1500 that I had sitting around in a forgotten about savings account so that I can put that towards my student loan. Hopefully that’ will happen in time for the next week in review.

Creating Music: There have been a series of unfortunate events that have conspired against me. 1. A snowstorm that has stuck me at work for approximately 3 days. 2. Someone close to me undergoing surgery and requiring (or me wanting to give) my presence at their bedside. Still managed to create a beat with some feedback that a friend gave me. My friend pointed out something that I had kind of noticed – that some of my recent music sounded similar – mostly b/c the groove bed that they laid on (drums) were kind of getting the short end of the stick. I usually dont get the oppurtunity to spend as much time as I would like and often kind of give each beat the best of my ability for 1-2 hours. Then I leave them. However, the best music requires edit after edit after rearrangement and tons of restructuring, retrofitting, etc. I think going forward I will focus not only on putting together a cohesive beat but after february – focus on spending 2 sessions per beat instead of the one. I think now I’m just focused on making music consistently and learning to express myself easily (while fighting the resistance).

Travel: Spoke with my cousin about a possible trip to Martinique – for some reason this feels like the right first trip to take. Its to a french-speaking carribean island. I know right! – Which inspires me to refocus on my french practice..which to be honest has been getting little to no attention in the last 2 weeks. My cousin has friends down there and I will be putting in my request for PTO right after I finish this post.

Being Brave: The hardest thing on the list- and while I did semi-pull the trigger on something that had scared be for a long time – I also realized that It wasn’t worth it to me to fight for it in the way I originally planned. This I’ll continue to think on and have a definitive objective for the month (and complete it!) before the end of the month.

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Additional Goals:

Oh yea, a couple of goals to add to the resolution list:

1. Take & Pass the BCPS exam this year

-So in my field there is an exam that you can take after you have been in practice for a awhile. Its called the BCPS exam. The study materials are dense, thick, and not created for ease-of-use. The makers of this test think its kind of a big deal. People regularly fail it. It ain’t easy. So If I can get this sucker out of the way this year..I’d be happy.

-OFO

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My 2014 starts now:

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Well..hello there sexy.

Fancy seeing you here..almost 19 days into the new year. Getting a late start on your year as well? I understand..nope, no judgement here, strictly a judgement free zone.

Anyway.

I’ve had a hard time getting my mojo going and marshaling my willpower to get the goal/resolution train going. Finally got a jolt of inspiration and focus after church this morning and realized better late than never. So here I am, getting ready to get to listing resolutions, decisions, and other life-changing thoughts. Like a boss. Or at least a mid-level executive. Because to be fair..I haven’t [really]  posted since June 23, 2013..almost 7 months ago. Wanna fight about it?

Since then, a lot has changed.

1. Graduated residency [Yay.]

2. Got a dream job in Atlanta [Double Yay]

3. Moved back in with the parents [No yay] ..although the house is in my name [0.5 yay’s]

4. Decided to do something called daily’s: Daily Works of art on off days, as well as focusing on setting up the groundwork in order to start my grown up company.

So I’ve decided to use this blog..which lately has fallen into dis-use – as a kind of live journal to keep track of my progress. Which will be updated at least monthly.

So Now for your viewing pleasure..I’m getting ready to unveil my 2014 Resolutions/Goals! Brace Yourself.

1. Pay off a 22k Student Loan

In order to accomplish this goal I’ve done the pretty simple math: This breaks down into making twice monthly payments of $560 to the good people at Holders of My Student Loan who have me in Indentured Servitude. So I’ll be free of these dastardly people’s hold on me by the end of 2014! [Triple Yay!]

2. Continue the practice of Creating/Learning Daily.

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This practice is basically my way to water my dreams. After about 29 years of life ..I’ve realized all the easy wins are behind me. From this point on, there are only victories that are snatched from the jaws of laziness. Victories that I’ve had to scheme and hustle for. Issues subdued only after wrestling into the morning with them, and growth that comes as a result of consistent deposits of time.

I’ll monitor the monthly self-investment deposits I make and keep track of it on this blog.

So hours spent studying/researching for my business, Actual creative pieces made, and hours spent studying foreign languages will be tallied.

I hope to increase this number week by week and come up with ways to become more productive throughout 2014.

3. Travel: Internationally (and Domestically)

I haven’t really traveled anywhere by myself ..all the way by myself..and I think this year is the year to do it.

I’ll likely start small and just aim for the Dominican republic this summer. Which actually means I need to start planning soon..

Timeline: Jan 31 – Decide on Dates; Feb 15 – Put in PTO; Feb 30 – Have Bought Tickets ; March 15 – Research things to do ; Date arrives = Enjoy!

I also want to go see my sister in California and spend a good period of time out there connecting with friends.

4. Grow My relationship with God & People

Be more honest with my imperfections and relationship. Let people in.

Be not Afraid. Be Brave.

Monthly I’ll try to do one thing that scares the living day lights out of me..which because I actually have a lot of irrational paranoia’s and unsubstantiated fears may span from initiating awkward social situations to attending martial arts classes.

So there you have it.  My plan to conquer the world..or just myself.

Here’s to our success in 2014. May we be better daily.

Fly or fall.

OFO

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