Hashtag Januarythings

Whereas the end of December has people reflecting on the past year, the beginning of January has people looking forward to the upcoming year. I have never been one to make resolutions, believing them to be rather superficial, and having the opinion if you want to start something new, start when the thought hits you, rather than on a specific date. It may be that belief, or a fear of failing–but that is another post.

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Last January I made a vision board. It is amazing how many of the things on it came to be or were close to the vision. My vision board for this year is not complete, but will be by the end of the month. I am kind of cheating, as there is much from last year I intend to put on it again. Because really, most of what we want and dream about doesn’t change completely from year to year, but there are tweaks and sometimes new and bigger things to work on.

This year, I have a new planner. In the fall I learned about and practiced colour blocking to schedule more of my day, to do more of what is important and to see the categories (business, family, fun, exercise etc) I am spending my time. I have been faithful in filling in the planner and colouring the blocks. There is also a page at the beginning of each month to list goals and other information. That is where I put some of my household goals like cleaning a closet, or organizing something. I got a slow start with appointments the first week and being in LA the second week, but I have accomplished a couple things on the list. I still have a week or two and I am plugging away at the things on that list. I will be moving some of the items to next month; that I am sure of.

I have been reading quite a bit, a new habit I started a couple of years ago. I am on my 4th book this month. I intend to start a list (on my to do list) so at the end of the year I will remember what I read and see what I accomplished in that realm. The books I have been reading have me going back to learning about habits. It is so fitting for the beginning of the year and I will be implementing a few things here and there as I see the need (desire).

I started a few new things which I won’t share at this time but I will say, my January is going swimmingly as far as personal growth and goals go. I am striving for better and the future looks bright.

What are some of the things you do in January? Do you have a vision board? Do you have resolutions? Do you set goals for the year, or do you set them throughout the year as you need them? How is January for you so far?

 

No Other Animal

No other animal is reading this post. That’s right, I am 100% sure there are only humans who are able to read this post or any other post. With this in mind, I want to assure you that I am not hurting the feelings of any animals. It is not my intention to hurt their feelings nor is it my intention to hurt the feelings of anyone reading this. I am also not making a judgement on anyone’s life choices or what they want to promote to the world. Nor am I arguing with those things are looking to engage in an argument where you may think I disagree with you. We all have our beliefs, our understandings, and our choices. This post is not about that. You be you! I am happy for you to be you! I am not arguing with you being you, your beliefs, your understandings, nor your choices.

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Here’s the thing! No matter what you believe, no matter what you understand science to prove (there is science on many sides of an argument), no matter what news you listen to, no matter what you’re trying to promote, to help people understand, to share with other people….no matter what…make your evidence, wellllll….evidence. Don’t use pseudo science, don’t use “well that’s just the way it is”, and for Pete’s sake, don’t say, “No other animal does it, so that is proof it is wrong for humans”.

Yes, I went there; it is a common one particularly in one area. When I see that argument presented, I automatically become suspect of anything before and after in an article. If the evidence presented isn’t strong enough to hold to its truth, putting in a statement that is utterly ridiculous to back up the point and to substantiate the claim, reduces the rest of the information to the realm of unbelievable. All the research and citing of other articles and scientific evidence, that may or may not be official is meaningless if it is followed with something that is not an argument but is presented as one. Sadly many who promote their beliefs feel a need to resort to nondescript platitudes when their arguments are weak (that may be why I believe an article with a platitude is full of weak evidence). If you are secure in your belief and the science you are using to back it up, you shouldn’t need to use a ridiculous statement to finalize the deal. Sensationalism may sell but it isn’t evidence.

Just for fun, here are a few more things no other animals do. No other animals wash their food, no other animals cook their food over fire or on a stove. No other animals use a fork, a knife or a spoon. No other animal makes another food from the one that exists, not even a fake rendition of what other animals are eating. No other animal worries about bacteria, or understands the process of fermentation. No other animal can decide to be different tomorrow than they are today. No other animal can do more than simple math, but then that is like some people haha. No other animal is reading this or will ever read this. If your argument is that no other animals do it, it might be good to give up all the other things other animals don’t do. Things that make you go hmmmm…

So do you, promote your thing, believe what you do, I don’t care (in the way that I want you to be happy, not in the sense of not caring about you), but if you are going to cite science, leave it at the science and don’t dilute it with sayings that are not an argument whether this one or others. Rant over.

 

I Got Lost

Somewhere between there and here I got lost. I can’t really pinpoint when it was, where I deviated from the path, where the course I was on took a one degree flexion. I can’t even say I was completely lost. Not in the sense of everything. I was just lost in one or two areas. One of those areas was writing. Last January I made a vision board and on it was ‘Write’ and I did until our bike trip, then… crickets. There is never a time when there isn’t a blog/facebook/instagram post floating in my head. They are always there, the ideas and words and phrases, but I get lost somewhere between my head and my fingers, and my posts go floating into the abyss.

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I wasn’t hiding. I really wasn’t. There was a lot going on through the last half of the year. I have been giving it a lot of thought, trying to figure out where it all went south. I am not sure if I came to the correct conclusion.

One of the things I have been involved with is a group on social media marketing/branding. I have also been listening to podcasts and a lot of the information goes to branding and marketing as well. There is a whole lot of planning and purpose involved in how you put yourself out there. Having a specific outcome is important. I planned this blog to write inspiring posts about exercise and wellness for people to be inspired to do a little bit more. But here’s the thing. Sometimes I want to write about my cat. Or just something else. And so the post is there but my mind says it’s not relevant. So I don’t write and my blog falls silent. And sometimes my social media does too.

I will see how it goes. I will write here or elsewhere. I may just write about nothing, I may not write again for while. I am sure that with my optimistic count of 2-3 readers, me being one of them, I won’t disappoint too many people no matter the outcome. Perhaps it is not my season for writing. Perhaps, I will remain lost. I have other things I am working on right now. I might have to leave some things out. I want to get to that room behind the overgrowth of vines and hunker down, but I don’t know if I can go there yet. I had to write this post that has been bouncing in my head for two weeks. I have to publish it in its rambling flaws too. Because we don’t find our way without taking a step. And I guess time will tell where I go from here.