I was wrong

It's so important for me to record this right now. It's the reason I started this blog in the first place.

I feel like I've had my whole world turned upside down. I feel like I'm a fool who has been living in an alternate reality, a fantasy world. I feel like I've been totally delusional.

It's time

I'm ready to unleash my power. I'm ready to take advantage of the opportunities that come my way. I'm ready to live up to my potential. I'm ready to make the fiftieth year of my life a breakout year.

I've had my more-focused times and less-focused times over these last six years or so. On the whole I have to admit that I've been fairly undisciplined and scattered. While it's been fun to have the flexibility and to explore different things, it has also carried a certain cost both financially and emotionally.

Oops, I did it again

Overall, I had a great time at Udemy Live. I'm definitely looking forward to attending again next year. It's not important for me to record all the details of the weekend. The highlight was getting the chance to meet fellow instructors and Udemy staff in person. The two other things that I will note are that I did end up really enjoying Oz, The Mentalist, and Seth Godin's keynote, even though I had scoffed at both of those things when they were announced.

My life is blessed

Eli wanted to head out to the reservoir this morning to see if the crane was out there. We didn't see it at the end near our house, but Eli said he wanted to walk all the way around. We did see it at the far end. It was a real joy getting to do that early(ish) morning activity with my son. We got to hear so many different bird calls and Zen also loved being out for a walk in the field.

As we got back to my house and walked up the boardwalk in the back yard, I looked at Eli's jungle gym and my garden (as overgrown with weeds as it is) and felt such a feeling of happiness.

How many things could really go wrong?

First off, the title is not about stating the circumstances in my life. There is nothing going wrong right now. Things are going well overall. The title is meant to be a reality check. It's a true question. How many things could really go wrong? There are only so many that can go wrong. Many things will go right. Therefore, it's not necessary for me to plan for a ridiculous amount of things going wrong. I don't need a plan "A" and back it up with plans, B, C, D, E, F, . . . Plan "A" and Plan "B" should generally be sufficient.

Following through

It was just over two weeks ago that I wrote about reading "Callings" by Gregg Levoy. I finished it a few days ago. I also contacted the author to tell him I'd like to interview him for my "Inspiration for Success" Blabcast. He got back to me that same day telling me that he'd be willing to do it. I followed up to answer some of his questions and to get the ball rolling. Unfortunately, I have not received a response. Bummer.

I think I need to dance now

Recently I came across a Tedx talk in which the speaker said "leaders are readers" and that everybody should be reading every day. He went as far as to say we could all afford to spend 10 minutes reading every day, and if we did so we would end up reading twelve books each year. What he said made sense to me and I decided to start reading. I chose a book, "Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life", by Gregg Levoy that I had in my basement and which I had read previously.

Checking In

TL;DR I started this blog so that I would remember times when I was struggling, even after better times might come along. I've still got my share of struggles and learning I'm experiencing now.

I've been remiss in posting to this blog. I was good about posting every day when I was training for the IronMan. It was easy to document my workout. I didn't really talk about much else, though. I have been reasonably disciplined about continuing to follow a workout schedule. But, that's not why I'm making sure to sit down and write this post now. Let me finally get to it.

Checking in

I've started doing (at least a few) things a little bit differently in 2016. Maybe there is still more that I'll need to do differently.

After fighting against a cold for a ridiculous amount of time, I have begun exercising again. It's not just about getting into shape; it's also about making sure that I don't just sit in front of my computer all day long seven days a week.