30 Day Challenge – Blogging Every Day – Day 1

Yup, there you have it. I’m starting a 30-Day Challenge of blogging every day. Starting – today.

I have never met Jitsuko in real life-  she is one of those “Facebook only” friend. I can’t remember when, but we have some mutual friends and we got connected on FB. I see her updates every day and I was pleasantly surprised we have a lot of similar ideas and tastes and I always enjoy her posts.

Few weeks ago, she has completed 30 Days No Beer challenge. I don’t drink beer much, let alone other alcohol beverages when I’m at home, but still I don’t think I can do 30 days without any cocktails/wine! Nevertheless, I am very happy she finished the challenge and congratulated her on her accomplishment.

Now, she has started a 30 day challenge of blogging every day(Page is in Japanese). And this inspired me. If you are a blogger, I’m sure you can relate. I get lazy, or offline life gets busy, etc etc… so I thought I’d follow suit and do my own 30 day challenge.

Now, before I start, I had to think about basic rule. I have three blogs – here, and two other Japanese blogs. (One personal/social media related, and one for my business.) Initially, I thought about updating at least one of the three blogs every day…but I tweaked it a bit and made it a little harder. I am going to update at least one blog in each language-so I will be updating here(my only English blog) every day, and one of the two Japanese blogs every day as well for the next 30 days.

No big reason of starting other than the fact Jitsuko inspired me. No anniversary, no birthday, no beginning of the year. 🙂 I also know this is not at all a new idea. Many people have done similar challenges. But that’s OK. This also resonates with me after talking to my friend Mike Vardy about his new upcoming book Front Nine.

I honestly have no cofidence that I am going to complete the 30 days. But if I fail, so be it. I am actually nervous and scared if I can do this – my life is pretty crazy already and not sure if i can find the time to do 2 blog posts a day – but only way to find out if I can is, to do it.


Resolutions for 2011

So here it is. I am sure many of you have written your first blog post of 2011. I wanted to make sure I post mine today too, while it’s still January 1st.
Here are my resolutions for 2011.

1) To read more than 2 books in a month.
My original resolution was to read a book a week, and it came from Julien’s post. I love reading but “I don’t have time” and “English is not first language” have forever been my excuses for not reading enough.
In 2009, I read 35 books and 90% of them were in Japanese. I can read a Japanese book in a day, but if it’s in English, I often take about a month to finish. Last year, I probably read about only 4-5 books.
So I decided to try one book a week challenge, and I even told Russel about it on New Year’s Eve…but I’ve modified it last minute. I was already stressed about the challenge and I thought I’d rather set an achievable goal. So, I will read 2 books a month, and if I can read more, that is a bonus.

2) To not to make excuses.
This is pretty straight forward, right? Last year, I went though some big changes in my life, and that was an excellent excuse for not doing something. I am sick and tired of that. This year, I am moving forward.

3) Listen to more podcast. Learn more.
My friend Victoria posted this on Twitter; “NY resolution: Walk every day & listen to an awesome podcast, no matter where I am in the world. Starting w this list:http://bit.ly/h7guMb”
What an awesome idea!!
I’ve never been much of a podcast person. But since I moved closer to downtown, I started to walk everywhere, and when I do, I listen to music on my iPod. So, I recently downloaded all the episodes of my favourite podcast, Grammar Girl and started to listen to it and I am LOVING this new habit. Actually learning something new every day is amazing. Thanks Vicky.

That’s all I have as resolutions, but Chris Brogan just posted that he’d set 3 words of the year and I like the idea too. I also happened to watch Dan Pink‘s video today with his question “What is your sentence?”, which is another great question. They both gave me something to ponder about and I’m grateful for them.

Also, few days ago my coach suggested I watch a TED talk by Brene Brown; Power of Vulnerability, and I just about fell in love with her.
It’s a great talk, worth sharing so I will post it here.

I might add “Embrace vulnerability” on my list too.

Time for Reflection

Summer is almost over and everybody must be starting to feel that “back to school, back to reality” mode.
I am certainly one of them. I still haven’t started my son’s back to school shopping and that’s stressing me out, but anyway..

I am not overly superstitious, but I have come to believe one thing in astrology- Mercury Retrograde. I didn’t know anything about it until about 3 months ago when I heard it from a friend. OK, don’t leave yet-have an open mind for a bit and hear me out.
Basically, Mercury Retrograde happens 3 times a year (So I heard but I could be wrong) and we’re experiencing it now, until September 12th.
You can read about it here, but basically, during the Mercury Retrograde, a lot of miscommunication happens.
Excerpt from the article : “Since Mercury rules communication, it’s said that everything goes haywire in that area — emails get deleted or bounced back, mail is returned, calls go out into the ethers, etc. “

Saturday was prime example. I went to a yoga class in the morning, but somehow I misunderstood the class was an hour, instead of hour and a half. Met a friend for a breakfast and we had to ask our server twice to bring the bill, and the change. Thanks to this, I was late for a massage appointment (there was also time confusion there). We managed to reschedule for the following day, only to receive a phone call later from her to say she had double booked.
-I had a lunch date planned with a friend for Tuesday, but he had to reschedule, so we changed for Thursday, now I had to reschedule for Friday.
-There was a volunteer meeting Sunday night, but again, somehow I thought it was Saturday, and I missed a sailing trip for it.

You might think it’s just me being scatterbrain, but I choose to blame the Mercury. 😉

So, what are we supposed to do during the Retrograde?
“Mercury retrograde gives us time to catch up with ourselves, and to look back.”
….and I like that idea. We tend to look ahead too much. Go, go, go-no?

Have you made New Year’s resolution this year?
I thought this is a good time to review those resolutions to give myself some reality check.
I wrote about my resolutions in January, but the most important of all for me is;

-To surround myself with positive and brilliant people, things and ideas.

I’m so happy to say that I am doing really well with it. I get so inspired by brilliant people and ideas, they basically are my drive for life.
Life is too short and you only live once, so why spend time with anything negative…I have been making conscious effort to spend time only with people I love and respect, and that’s working out brilliantly.

How are you doing with your resolutions?

..And one of those brilliant people is my partner in crime, Russel Lolacher and here’s our latest video.
I know you can’t hear me very well in this video-sorry! Time to invest in a microphone…