Happy New Year 2019!
Looking Back and Looking Forward
2018 was a crazy year. It had it's share of both highs and lows. Overall I'd say it was much better than 2017. Well, it definitely was much better than 2017 for me, anyway. I was able get rid of my Mom's fire-damaged home which had been a constant drain on ye olde pocket book throughout 2017. I dropped all the booze-weight I had put on in 2017 and then some. In fact, I lost 55 lbs overall. I would have lost even more weight but I put some of it back on due to holiday sugar-binges.
I missed some deadlines with regards to registering for classes at the beginning of the year. I just was not in the right place mentally or emotionally (or even physically, as I was traveling to my hometown and back a lot) to deal with a full load of classes. However, I was able to knock out a couple of classes in the Summer session and took a full load of classes in the Fall. I am now that much closer to acquiring my Associates in Web Development. I was also able to make plans on transferring to a university to get my Bachelor's degree after I'm done at Long Beach City College (note: I might keep taking classes at LBCC long after I have my B.A.S. if I'm still in the area- I'm addicted to school now 😂).
Due to some recent events I might or might not be attending secret meetings that might or might not meet in church basements that might or might not encourage one make a searching and fearless moral inventory of themselves (update as of 01.03.19: I've been working the Refuge Recovery program which is not so secret and meets in yoga studios instead of church basements. I don't need to keep the same anonymity as the super-secret group). Between the super-secret meetings (or not-so secret meetings), work and school I no longer have time to create weekly posts. RIP "The Boil Down". On top of that, other (and MUCH better) weekly lists already exist such as: DragonFly BSD's Lazy Reading, Bruce Lawson's Reading List, and Tim's 5 Bullet Friday. On a positive note, when there is extra time to write a post, the subject matter will not be quite as disjointed. There is a much clearer vision for what this blog is and the kind of creative outlet it will be.
In (possibly) related news: The "recovery" playlist I've been curating on SoundCloud has been updated. As of the time of this post, it is 38 hours of recovery goodness. It's heavy on Light Hustler episodes right now (note: which is not a bad thing by any means- Anna has great guests) but more variety will be added soon.
What Will 2019 Bring?
Penn Jillette often says on his podcast that you shouldn't tell anyone what your plans or goals are because you lose motivation to complete them. Here is some of the reasoning on why you shouldn't share your goals or resolutions until after you've done them:
- Shhh! Keeping Quiet May Help You Achieve Your Goals: "Shouldn't you announce your goals, so friends can support you? Isn't it good networking to tell people about your upcoming projects? Doesn't the law of attraction mean you should state your intention, and visualize the goal is already yours? Nope."
- Don't Tell Your Goals to Anyone : "A study conducted at New York University found that blabbing about your goal can give you a false sense of accomplishment, making you less likely to actually go after it."
In light of that I will not divulge what any of my intentions or plans are for the coming year until after they are accomplished. Well, ok, I can reveal that there is a post exploring Zen and the other Buddhisms that I've had in the works for a while. I don't really have a good idea on when it will be done though. There will also be a fairly significant post involving weight loss and health around June or July. That's all I can say for now.
May you all be safe and well as we head into 2019 and beyond!
All The Ramen,