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No. 215 / Week 8 '18 reflection

I’ve been trying new things this week to improve my habits. I have long been a fan of the app and service called It’s where I do my habit coaching and it’s how I keep track and remind myself of things like reading and working out every day. There are some limitations with so I tried an app called Streaks. It’s a beautiful app and has a lot of cool features, but I have found myself just using my calendar for everything. I schedule to-do’s as an “all-day” task in iCal and block time to work on things like blogging, working on the website, my course, networking, marketing activities, etc. 

This is a very brief summary of how I structure my days and organize things. I’m writing a longer blog post on this subject so stay tuned. 

Another update: I finally decided to try my hand (well, feet) at soccer. Hannah and I went out and bought gear so that I can start playing with her twice a week instead of just watching. It made me think why it has taken me so long to get into the sport. I used to play it when I was younger, but I stopped playing for other sports like baseball, basketball, and football. This might sound strange, but I think my hesitation has been that I had considered myself too old. [insert eye-rolling emoji here]. I’m only 27, but I see people who have been playing their whole lives and I guess I thought I wouldn’t be very good so I had the “all-or-nothing” mindset of “if I can’t dominate, why even try at all?” It’s the same mental trap we fall into with a lot of things like reading every day, working out, learning something new. “If I can’t be awesome at it—if I’m late to the game, why go at all?” It is most certainly an irrational thought, but we justify things more often than we think with the “all-or-nothing” mentality. 

You’re never too old to start something new.

Why do I love getting rid of stuff? There is something so satisfying, so liberating about downsizing. We’ve done more of that this week. We have also been enjoying the Olympics (if you couldn’t tell from my previous Olympic posts this week). I read two books this week (I think I will start reviewing them as part of my blog), I came up way short on my workout goals (I used the cold weather as my excuse, but it won’t happen next week!). We finished our freelance projects, didn’t finish converting blog posts because bigger priorities came up. 

Week 9 '18 goals

  1. Blog every day

  2. Wake up at 5:30 am every morning

  3. Finish taking 1 course

  4. Read two books

  5. Finish new personal goals system and update it

  6. Workout 5 days for at least 30 minutes

  7. Finish resources page (maybe include recipes… that would be fun?)

  8. Begin new freelance job (outline, plan)

  9. Update resume and send it out to 5 companies in New York. Discuss Hannah’s potential opportunity.

  10. Finish preparations to move (potentially): get rid of more stuff, pack, sell cars (list them), start looking for housing, reach out to contacts