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So, things are changing in my world. I'm trying to keep everything simple for the sake of productivity and my own sanity. I got a pre printed bujo as my day planner (and more of course) and I'm loving it, despite my DIY nature. It's the busiest time of the year at work... but I have a foot out the door. I'm trying to stay busy without A: getting overwhelmed or sucked into an unmanageable schedule and B: not totally zone out on my clients because I know I'm leaving. A few things need to happen right now, namely I have a test to pass, and a business to plan. I've reached out to the business coach I chose last summer when I wasn't quite ready, and hopefully will start working with her soon. I'm excited-ish, and nervous-ish, but mostly just set that this is what is going to happen. In a way I'm positively resigned, if that makes sense? So. On to the challenge!

 

Five Fun facts about RedStone

 

1: Is very short! 4'10"

2: Has a beloved beanie baby rhino named Spike. 

3: Favorite book is The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

4: Is into redheads (like Mr Red! Weet woo)

5: Loves the number 5!

 

RedStone's Five Challenge goals

 

1: Journal everyday. EVERY day. For the whole year. 

2: Study. Once this week, 10 minutes everyday starting Monday. Ace the test. Take it on or before February 15.

3: Get back to bicep tendonitis rehab AKA all the curls. 3X a week.

4: Be firm about schedule. Don't agree to outrageous split shifts. Finalize with clients this week, don't take new clients that don't fit the plan. Pass them off to appropriate coworkers, say adieu. (No clients Thursday nights, no one new on Monday nights. No weekends.)

5: Walk outside. Once per week. 30 minute minimum.

 

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Five fun bonus facts about Spike!

 

1: Loves cannoli!

2: Miiiiight be a secret identity for a super hero. Maybe. He won't tell us.

3: Has his own house and lots of friends

4: Enjoys bonking and booping

5: Has his own jigsaw puzzle!

 

 

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I did not forget how short you were, I never knew. But you are the exact height of my grandmother, who was also an entirely formidable woman. 

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24 minutes ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

First! Also following.

 

HIEEEEEEEE o/

 

24 minutes ago, Grumble said:

Following. These are adorable facts. I love the concept. I also forgot how short you are.

 

I feel like we would only need to meet face to face once to make it stick :lol:

 

1 minute ago, Gemma said:

I did not forget how short you were, I never knew. But you are the exact height of my grandmother, who was also an entirely formidable woman. 

 

I think it's a napoleon complex... my aunt has it, my grandfather had it (5'2"!) sort of a compensation thing...

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2 hours ago, RedStone said:

I'm excited-ish, and nervous-ish, but mostly just set that this is what is going to happen. In a way I'm positively resigned, if that makes sense? So. On to the challenge!

 

I hear this! I think you are a little further down the path away from nervousness than I am in response to my upcoming changes. Thank you for the inspiration :)

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4 minutes ago, Katerina said:

I hear this! I think you are a little further down the path away from nervousness than I am in response to my upcoming changes. Thank you for the inspiration :)

 

Yesss I was just catching up on your thread earlier! (I'm a bit of a lurker these days, alas) and I'm very excited for you!!! Especially for those of us in and abouts middle age, making big changes, going back to school etc seem SO beneficial and yet so counterintuitive. I know it's good for my brain and soul and yet logic tells me I shouldn't be making waves. (Watch me defy you brain! Weeeee!)

 

But yeah, I think you're right about the timing. Last spring was when I started to get the itch and I think last summer was when I was in full blown nervousness. Then weird stuff hapenned at work that put all my plans into limbo-ish, and also, September babies! Heyo! - I seem to have had big pockets of anxiety surrounding my birthdays lately. (Not about my birthday per say, but I dunno. I journaled about this earlier today so it's kinda on my mind, about getting older and feeling stress on the mile markers. Tangent. Anyhoo :lol:) That was when I was in damn near crisis mode. Everything was falling apart, but good things came out of that in the long run, I feel like I can stand behind my decisions much better, finally, thank glob LOL

 

I guess what ended up hapenning, TLDR, is that the nerves and curveball at work made me question a fair few things, and I had to answer some questions about what's really important to me. I am nervous... but not the way I was. Now I know that my mind is made up and I know what I have to do-ish to make it happen. The rest is just putting my nose to the grindstone and getting it done! (Is that actually the phrase? that's weird :P)

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1 hour ago, Gemma said:

I did not forget how short you were, I never knew. But you are the exact height of my grandmother, who was also an entirely formidable woman. 

 

1 hour ago, RedStone said:

I think it's a napoleon complex... my aunt has it, my grandfather had it (5'2"!) sort of a compensation thing...

 

UGH. It me not being good about receiving a compliment. THANK YOU for calling me formidable, that makes me feel strong! (And question if it's true but I'm gonna ignore that.) A lot of people do this word of the year thing... I'm trying to come up with a single word that stands for "crushing the patriarchy." Right now I'm liking "crushiarchy"

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1 minute ago, RedStone said:

September babies! Heyo! - I seem to have had big pockets of anxiety surrounding my birthdays lately. (Not about my birthday per say, but I dunno. I journaled about this earlier today so it's kinda on my mind, about getting older and feeling stress on the mile markers. Tangent. Anyhoo :lol:) That was when I was in damn near crisis mode. Everything was falling apart, but good things came out of that in the long run, I feel like I can stand behind my decisions much better, finally, thank glob LOL

Yes! (High five for September peeps!) The birthdays per se don't bother me, but I had a few (minor) health issues that freaked me out ("Freak out" being defined as horrible flights of imagination that generally starred me in a nursing home, doddering about, neglected by all and incoherent--completely out of whack with reality, but that never stopped my imagination before--LOL.) Like you, things came together in that department with a little help from a physical therapist (effing uncooperative arm at the moment notwithstanding), so my insane bout of self-imposed misery ended. I don't know why I ever worry about external circumstances: I am far better at making myself crazy than anyone else ever could--lol.

 

If you don't mind my asking, what did you go back to school for? (Just curious.)

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36 minutes ago, RedStone said:

I'm trying to come up with a single word that stands for "crushing the patriarchy."

 

"Us."

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33 minutes ago, Katerina said:

Yes! (High five for September peeps!) The birthdays per se don't bother me, but I had a few (minor) health issues that freaked me out ("Freak out" being defined as horrible flights of imagination that generally starred me in a nursing home, doddering about, neglected by all and incoherent--completely out of whack with reality, but that never stopped my imagination before--LOL.) Like you, things came together in that department with a little help from a physical therapist (effing uncooperative arm at the moment notwithstanding), so my insane bout of self-imposed misery ended.

 

Ooooh yes, I get you. I'm pretty prone to injury and when I think back, probably always was. There are moments when i'm convinced life as I know it is over. But I've seen so many people... some go one way, some go the other. The ones that just say, ok, this is over... it seems over. The other ones say, ok, what can I do, and do it well. I hope I'm the later when the need comes...

 

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I don't know why I ever worry about external circumstances: I am far better at making myself crazy than anyone else ever could--lol.

 

HA! I know those feels!!!

 

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If you don't mind my asking, what did you go back to school for? (Just curious.)

 

I studied fine art originally! Painting, printmaking and art history, and then worked as a designer, photographer, retoucher etc through my twenties and a bigger part of my thirties. All the while I was also moonlighting as a martial arts teacher, and a few years after starting to lift and get involved here, I decided to go full time with fitness! (The whole process was pretty public, here specifically lol) and, unfortunately, coincided with a larger eating disorder relapse. I've since rearranged my What and Why and swapped my verbiage to health and wellness (rather than fitness, which as an industry leaves a bad taste in my mouth.) I've been a personal trainer with a focus on orthopedic exercise and post rehab (surprise! lol) and nearly done with a health coaching certification. Working in a public club has given me a ton of experience and much needed confidence... but it's just not the environment for me. Time to evolve and see about the next chapter! (I'm also a super open book, so please don't feel obliged to divulge all of your details, but if you feel comfortable, I would LOVE to hear about your journey as well!!!) 

 

6 minutes ago, scalyfreak said:

"Us."

 

HA! That's so freakin badass!!!!! 

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13 minutes ago, RedStone said:

I'm pretty prone to injury and when I think back, probably always was. There are moments when i'm convinced life as I know it is over. But I've seen so many people... some go one way, some go the other. The ones that just say, ok, this is over... it seems over. The other ones say, ok, what can I do, and do it well. I hope I'm the later when the need comes...

 

You are. The fact you are here and moving in your current direction, proves that.

 

15 minutes ago, RedStone said:

HA! That's so freakin badass!!!!! 

 

Indeed we are.

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12 hours ago, scalyfreak said:

 

You are. The fact you are here and moving in your current direction, proves that.

 

 

_/\_ 

 

10 hours ago, Mike Wazowski said:

OF COURSE I'M HERE TO CHEER YOU ON!!!! Love the goals, and so excited to experience the thrill of start your own business-ing vicariously through you! Feels like the time is right for you to be making moves, AND making waves!

 

Can I live vicariously through your stability??? And mac and cheese prowess?

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Massive win this morning. I'm trying to rearrange my schedule to be more manageable and switched some days in a way that is going to make my life so much easier in terms of accommodating the double life - AKA - my Kung Fu classes in-between split shifts, as well as accommodating my women in business monthly Monday night meetings. It feels good to prioritize the other side of things! And the clients were all good happy no problem :D 

 

I also just heard back from the business coach and got the calendar for our first (well, second since the Summer) conversation. Normally, I would jump on the very first appointment I could get, but that's when shark week starts... so I'm going to do the week after so I'm not coming into a conversation with the emotional head spin I ALWAYS have right before. I feel good about this... usually I want to hit the ground running, go go go, prove to the world (well... myself, and probably the coach) that I'm serious... but this seems like a more sensible and strategic use of my time with her and I'd rather do it right. This is the long haul, no need to rush.

 

By the by, I impulse ordered a pre printed bujo to use as a day planner and I can't tell you all how flippin excited I am! I'm such a damn purist about DIY but the truth is that it really stressed me out to have to set it all up (I now understand why people set up an entire year book a head of time!) I may do this going forward, but for now I'm thrilled to have it all ready to go, nothing to worry about, if I feel like doodling, cool, but right now it's just a day planner, it has monthly habit trackers, and I added one tracker for completed books based on this kind of page. There are a bunch of blank pages I can use for whatever, but honestly I don't even know what else I would want to track right now, so I'm thrilled!!

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, RedStone said:

I'm excited-ish, and nervous-ish, but mostly just set that this is what is going to happen. In a way I'm positively resigned, if that makes sense? So. On to the challenge!

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Yay for scary but positive changes! I also journal but with no special structure. I just write down my thoughts and if they're negative, writing down makes them a bit less powerful, while writing down positive thoughts amplifies them. Magic? The fine arts degree sounds like it must have been fun! Was it? 

 

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These are truly awesome. 

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17 hours ago, RedStone said:

 

 

UGH. It me not being good about receiving a compliment. THANK YOU for calling me formidable, that makes me feel strong! (And question if it's true but I'm gonna ignore that.) A lot of people do this word of the year thing... I'm trying to come up with a single word that stands for "crushing the patriarchy." Right now I'm liking "crushiarchy"

 

LOL - I was gonna call you out on that compliment dodge, but I got called away from my computer. Good job catching it on your own though :) . As to whether it is true, I have only your forum posts, Instagram, and podcast to go off of, but based on that limited data you seem quite formidable to me.

 

"Crushiarchy" is a beautiful word, but I also love Scaly's input on this. And there is always the good ol' "PERSIST."

 

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8 hours ago, Gemma said:

 

LOL - I was gonna call you out on that compliment dodge, but I got called away from my computer. Good job catching it on your own though :) . As to whether it is true, I have only your forum posts, Instagram, and podcast to go off of, but based on that limited data you seem quite formidable to me.

 

I'm not crying, you're crying.

 

 

8 hours ago, Gemma said:

"Crushiarchy" is a beautiful word, but I also love Scaly's input on this. And there is always the good ol' "PERSIST."

 

(Also, I'm kinda feeling "rise" also, like... we're bigger than that shit, we shall rise?)

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10 hours ago, Gemma said:

As to whether it is true, I have only your forum posts, Instagram, and podcast to go off of, but based on that limited data you seem quite formidable to me.

 

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On 1/3/2019 at 7:46 PM, RedStone said:

There are moments when i'm convinced life as I know it is over.

 

I have to admit, I am a little surprised to hear this. The life you describe sounds like you have a black belt in self reinvention. 

 

Speaking of which, the evolution of your life sounds fascinating. How did you get into martial arts? 

 

I admit to being envious of your (and for that matter, @Harriet's) artistic talents. I love art but can't *do* it. I would like to develop some skill here eventually. 

 

Sorry this is choppy. I am doing this on my phone. More later. . .I have a coffee date with one of my sons :)

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2 hours ago, Katerina said:

I admit to being envious of your (and for that matter, @Harriet's) artistic talents. I love art but can't *do* it. I would like to develop some skill here eventually. 


Alain de Botton would tell you that envy is a valuable clue to what you should be doing. And I don't necessarily have artistic talents. I have a plan to throw time, effort and consistent practice at art until it yields from exhaustion and gives me the skillz. 

 

On 1/4/2019 at 7:02 AM, RedStone said:

AKA - my Kung Fu classes in-between split shifts, as well as accommodating my women in business monthly Monday night meetings


These are both majorly rad things. How long have you been doing Kung Fu? Are you super mighty and dangerous? Also, I'd be interested to hear how the bullet journaling goes. I've read about it and was intrigued but it seemed quite rigid. Often I just do emotional rambles in my journal that make me feel better.

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On 1/5/2019 at 10:24 AM, Harriet said:

And I don't necessarily have artistic talents. I have a plan to throw time, effort and consistent practice at art until it yields from exhaustion and gives me the skillz. 

 

A most excellent point. But I don't believe you on not having artistic talents :p

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On 1/4/2019 at 9:02 AM, RedStone said:

Massive win this morning. I'm trying to rearrange my schedule to be more manageable and switched some days in a way that is going to make my life so much easier in terms of accommodating the double life - AKA - my Kung Fu classes in-between split shifts, as well as accommodating my women in business monthly Monday night meetings. It feels good to prioritize the other side of things! And the clients were all good happy no problem :D 

Woo!!! 

 

On 1/4/2019 at 9:02 AM, RedStone said:

I also just heard back from the business coach and got the calendar for our first (well, second since the Summer) conversation. Normally, I would jump on the very first appointment I could get, but that's when shark week starts... so I'm going to do the week after so I'm not coming into a conversation with the emotional head spin I ALWAYS have right before. I feel good about this... usually I want to hit the ground running, go go go, prove to the world (well... myself, and probably the coach) that I'm serious... but this seems like a more sensible and strategic use of my time with her and I'd rather do it right. This is the long haul, no need to rush.

LOVE this - slow and steady wins the race!

 

On 1/4/2019 at 9:02 AM, RedStone said:

By the by, I impulse ordered a pre printed bujo to use as a day planner and I can't tell you all how flippin excited I am! I'm such a damn purist about DIY but the truth is that it really stressed me out to have to set it all up (I now understand why people set up an entire year book a head of time!) I may do this going forward, but for now I'm thrilled to have it all ready to go, nothing to worry about, if I feel like doodling, cool, but right now it's just a day planner, it has monthly habit trackers, and I added one tracker for completed books based on this kind of page. There are a bunch of blank pages I can use for whatever, but honestly I don't even know what else I would want to track right now, so I'm thrilled!!

I'll be doing all the pretty vicarious bujo-ing through you! Cause mine is basically just a collection of to-do lists and random notes.

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