A partial bucket list

Since we’re been talking about bucket lists all week, I thought I should start writing down my own. Many of the things are inspired by the book A Writer’s Bucket List and most of the things on my list are more like “what I want to accomplish this year” kind of stuff than “things I want to do before I die” kind of stuff, but what the heck. A list is a list and I think it’s always healthy to have a list of small goals or plans for any time and any where.

This is just a partial list, okay? :)

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The Bucket List Challenge: What will you cross off your bucket list in 2013?

Welcome to The Bucket List Challenge! Yayyyyy. The challenge only has one simple rule. Answer the question: What will I cross off my bucket list in 2013?

Okay, I haven’t really sat down and thought about my bucket list, but there are a couple of things that I already know I want to cross off this year. Wait, make that three things that I MUST cross off this year.

The first one is related to writing, the second is related to health, and the third is related to my other obsession hobby: blog customization. Read on about the top 3 (for now) on my bucket list. And if you haven’t yet, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of A Writer’s Bucket List!

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A New Year Means A New List!

Happy new year, friends! How was your new year celebration? Fun and injury-free, I hope? Did you party too hard or too little? ;P

I don’t know if you guys believe in new year’s resolutions. I like to think of them more as plans and to-do lists, and Day 1 of 365 days of new beginnings is as good a time as any to kick off a new list!

Ho hoh! I am resurrecting THE LISTS I don’t even know why I stopped doing this. Anyway, it’s a brand new year and I have TONS to do. I really am praying that this year I will have more discipline to stick to my plans. I need to get my freelance career going! No more sitting around doing unproductive things! My rent and travel plans depend on it! Haaah.

And so let’s go to my 2013 list, version 1 (mwahahaha)..

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Fess Up Friday: Chucking challenges, grabbing new ones

Oh hello, challenges.

I am chucking the April Poem-A-Day Challenge. It’s almost halfway through April and I still haven’t written anything poetic over at zeh writing blog and I don’t really feel like catching up.  When it comes to the Platform Challenge though, I’m happily trudging along. I’ve missed some days, but I play catch up every few days or so. I’m okay with that actually. It doesn’t feel like I’m violating any challenge rules. HAH.

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It’s my last year on the calendar, so they say.

Good Friday marked my 31st year on this earth. Yep, I just turned 31 last week. That means I am even more fabulous and I will soon rule the world! < insert evil laugh>

Okay, that’s it. Yeah, I don’t mind telling everyone I’m 31. It actually feels like a badge of honor because it means I’m old enough to laugh at the people in their twenties. Hah just kidding (half-kidding?). Anyway, I thank the Lord I have a good life. It’s not perfect, but it’s a pretty good one. I have a loving family, an awesome man, awesome friends, awesome online friends, and awesome other-people. I’m doing something I love, working towards my dream, and learning every day. Everything’s just so cool. I am so thankful to Him, to everyone, and to YOU!

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What’s Up Wednesday?

Last Monday I said I would give a more detailed progress report about the past month, but I’m feeling too lazy right now so I’m just going to repost my report from the Jump page! MWAHAHA. Okay, I’m actually just trying not to spend too much time blogging right now. I still have tons of work to finish and the lazy bug is gnawing at me.

ANYWAY,  March report after the jump! :)

Behold my March progress report!

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April Writing Challenges

This is a repost from my (now defunct) writing blog. It’s been a while since I’ve been there. I literally disappeared from my writing blog the minute my 30-day writing challenge was finished.  I don’t want another long period of inactivity on that poor blog so I’m doing another double challenge this April.  Oh yeah.  This double challenge is going to be doubly hard, but I promise to do my utmost to succeed.

April Platform Challenge. It’s a project by one of the cool writer dudes I follow on Twitter and Blogger. I’m not really sure what it is all about, but there are daily tasks for the whole of April so I figured I might as well jump in.

For the second challenge, I have decided to join the April PAD Challenge or the Poem-A-Day Challenge, also by the same guy behind the April Platform Challenge. I haven’t written anything resembling poetry in ages so this is a great way to start doing my own rambling poetry again. This is actually my back-up challenge in case the first one becomes too technical for me. HAH.

So that’s it. What are your April plans? :)

The last day

Yes, my first double 30-day challenge ended today. Just to recap, the said double challenge consisted of 1) waking up before 8 AM everyday, and 2) writing 200-word posts in my other blog everyday.  Two tasks for thirty days. So, the big question is: how did I do?

Today was the only day since the challenge started that I decided to sleep in. For the last month, I was up before 8 AM regardless of what time I slept the night before. There were some days when I got up early, went through my early morning routine, finished my 200-word post, then went back to sleep for an hour or two.  Those were days when I had less than 5 hours of sleep.  One of the reasons why I chose to do the 8AM part of the double challenge was so that I can start my day early and be able to do more things. One thing I realized was I actually lose more “productive” time if I stretched my day too long.  I wanted to make waking up early a habit, but I would have to make a few other adjustments so that I won’t end up tired all the time.

With the writing part of the double challenge, I only missed once during the entire month.  I don’t think doing the writing challenge made a big improvement in the quality of my writing, but it did help me in some little way. Having to write about random things every single day helped me get more used to article writing work in a way.  There were times when it took me more than a few minutes to finish a measly 200-word post, but I appreciated those times.  Writing is hard, but I don’t love it any less after this challenge.   I wrote more about the challenge here.

So, I didn’t exactly finish this double challenge with flying colors, but the whole thing wasn’t a failure either.  I hope I do so much better with my next challenges.

Speaking of, I haven’t decided what my next 30-day challenge(s) will be. Any suggestions?

Onward MARCHing soldier (get it? get it?)

Yes, it’s a new month and my sense of humor is crap. I’m going on my second month since I officially became a freelancer. For the last month I was struggling to get into a semblance of a working schedule. Unfortunately, I am nowhere near my goal of easing into a nice working groove. I know, it’s crap. I can do better.

I have a lot of writing plans though. I have some personal writing challenges that I’m hoping will help me grow as a writer. I still have to work harder at getting my pocket to grow as well. HAH.

Money, money, money

Must be funny

In the rich man’s world.

I’m doing okay on my 30-day challenges. So far I haven’t missed a day of waking up before 8AM and writing 200 words. I have a lot of room to improve though because sometimes I hit it too close to 8 and it takes me forever to put down 200 words. I’m halfway through my 30 days so I still have half a month to complete the challenge with flying colors and rainbows.

That is it. I rambled more about my progress HERE. I will be posting updates on that page at the end of every month just to lay out how I’m doing with this jumping thing.

So near yet so far.

I will get there.

How was the last month for you, folks?

Of personal challenges and book blog tours (happenin’ next week!)

When I was still a youngling in the consulting world, my manager would ask me if I thought I was comfortable enough to do a small part of the presentation or to facilitate the ice breaker exercise. It was my manager’s way of teaching me and easing me into the ways of the consulting business.  Most of the time our target audiences were the managers or senior personnel of our clients. I would always say yes even though I was terrified of the thought and would rather not do any presenting or facilitating ever and at all. I’m an introvert and speaking in front of an audience is not my cup of tea, but I would always say yes to it because I saw it as a chance for me to just get it over with. It was a way of challenging myself and I didn’t want to be called a scaredy cat.

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Of 30-day challenges and inspirational people on the net

30 Day Challenges

They say 30 day challenges can help you form a habit. I’m counting on this little pearl of wisdom to help me get my crap together. I decided to focus first on getting my work schedule and writing groove in order before I try anything remotely wild (like that infamous Insanity workout). That’s why I’m doing a two-part 30-day challenge for #2 and #3 of my First Five for 2012.

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And so we count down to Plan B

Folks, I quit my job. There I said it.  Consider this the official announcement. Hah. I filed my notice early last week. Anyway, so there. By the end of August, I will be jobless. Hah. I have been thinking of upping and going for the last year or so but just couldn’t do it because I didn’t have another job waiting in the wings. This time, I’ve decided leaving is still the best move for me even without the shiny new job. Why stay when you’re clearly ready to move on, right? It was just a decision I had to make. [cue motivational music]

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