December January Goal Review

After taking a break in November, December sought to move the needle a bit further. How did it go?

December Goal Review

  1. EOY Letter
  2. ‘Decline’ -cember
    • Won! Giving myself permission, I have been much more conscious of saying “no” to obligation or anything I am not a “hell yes” about. I like this about me, so I aim to keep it going as habit!
  3. MΓΆrk Borg Art
    • Won! I made the thing – post coming soon. As for the bonus art material, no dice πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  4. 10 Blog Posts
    • Won! By the skin of my teeth (typing fingers?). Good for a few months yet, which will be important as I set my sights on other writing tasks.
  5. D&D +1
    • Won! Group #1 has committed war crimes, but is still going strong. Group #2 is ready to start – characters, expectations, etc., but we have decided to hit it full bore in January. Counting this as a win as my DM resources have grown considerably in preparation~
  6. Holidays
    • Won! Hung out with great folks. What more to say? Hope you had / are having a lovely time πŸ™‚

January Goal Proposal

  1. Outline LitRTS Short Story
    • It has been an itch for a few weeks to write short stories again. Given some excellent LitRPG series I have been enjoying, why not a story based off of a real-time strategy game? Time I outline this sucker, get the ball rolling on my writing again πŸ™‚
  2. 4 Black Library Plots
    • The Black Library publishing group is opening up submissions again early 2023 sometime. Goal here is to create 4 robust 100-word summary, 500-word sample submissions for the universe of Warhammer 40K. Going to start with 10 outlines, then 6 drafts, then 4 finals. Been awhile since this happened, so I am glad to throw my hat back in the ring!
  3. MΓΆrk Borg Art Online
  4. Gunslinger in The West Layout
    • I have a full game to go along with the quick plays, so time I put the game into a print-ready format (or hire someone to do it). Placeholder art for now, yet:
    • Bonus: List needed art for GiTW and hire out!
  5. Voice Sample
    • Not a week goes by where a stranger does not comment on my voice and way of speaking. Having studied what it takes to do voice acting, might as well 1) script, read, and edit a narration sample, and 2) put it up somewhere for hire (ACX, perhaps?).
    • Bonus: Script, record, edit, and produce a commercial voiceover sample.
  6. Code
    • So my technical skills do not rust too much, spend a week doing code challenges every day under time.
    • Bonus: Read a C++ book to better polish my understanding.
    • Bonus: Figure out how to study and then study Angular (~10 hours).
    • Bonus: Spend 10 hours studying Machine Learning courses.

100% in December – not bad, not bad. The intent though is to push the envelope to have some chance (~15%) of failure.

Is January setting the bar high enough? I hope so. Lots of creativity, lots of production, and a little keeping up with my best day-job skills.

Regardless, cheers to 2023! I hope to witness all the accomplishments you are about to bring to bear πŸ––

Hail to the 2023

Happy 200th post on this site! πŸŽ‰~woot~πŸŽ‰

As the year closes on 2022, the world is in economic distress, a war goes on in Europe, COVID lingers in the population, and as is always the case, the future is like a thick fog of uncertain obscurity.

Yet for me, there are friends and family, projects and prospects, travel and time to decide. So I hail 2023 for these lights in the fog:

Work Life

My life, my work.

I have been of a great headspace lately, so I am going to ride this as hard and far as possible. First destination: Treating my ‘projects’ as my ‘products’, my process moved over into a mindset of ‘this is a job now’.

Maybe that will get me across the 90%-to-the-finish line 🀞 Anyway, have four areas I will be working in:

  1. Writing – I want to write again. I know I can and that I enjoy it. So I shall.
  2. Games – Making these is very fun. I can also churn them out quick in design, playtest, and (hope to prove) publication. Expect more here!
  3. Voice – Again and again and again, my voice and acting are lauded. Time I make something of that, formally honing and offering my talent.
  4. Code – Not to let my software ability wane too harshly, the plan is to study and entertain offers as they come. Seeing as the tech industry has lost over 100K roles in 2022 with dozens of major companies instituting hiring freezes, competition is fierce, and competition is for chumps.

Travel

The months I spent on the Adriatic were treasures of my life.

Will other places allow the same feelings? Will I be back in the Balkans or elsewhere? Who will I visit or go with? Can I revisit “Death Walk” places to further clarify who I am?

These are questions left to be addressed, yet how poor a year it would be to negate travel again ❀

Yes and No

Say “yes” to spending more quality time with others, on my projects, relaxation and leisure, new experiences, and opportunities to demonstrate my best.

Say “no” to more frivolous requests, anything but the best (top 10%, letting not Good come at the cost of the Great), and barriers internal and external, be they obligations, labors, fears, hesitations, or other ills.

I literally have nothing on the calendar for 2023 – a first as far as I can remember! While freedom is as a blank page – a Schrodinger’s canvas of possibility -, the void yawns in vastness and … halts even my typing for the immensity.

#YOLO, right? No time to hesitate – aggression is called for, even if the choice is calmness. Aggressively calm. Deliberate calm, or action, or anything.

Anyway. These best-laid-plans are a little different than my 2022 expectation-setting, but the direction excites me πŸ˜ƒ Wish me well in keeping the energy up 😁

What excites you in the times to come? Celebrate with me – though life might at times be quite the chore, life is Good. Cheers to the wonders you have and seek ~

November December Goal Review

November’s goals were lite (read: non-existent πŸ™ƒ), though certainly the month was not a wash.

December looks to make up as we race to the finish of the year! Check it out:

November Hiatus Review

No formal goals this rest month. Here is what I did instead:

EOY Draft: I’ve gone through my journals and posts, finding major parts of the year and perhaps an idea of ‘theme’ and a very long list of lessons.

Games: 35 hours of video games, 25 hours of D&D -related content, and 0 hours of VR. Feels good to rest like this! BTW, play We’re Really Not Strangers with someone important in your life ASAP.

Moving In: More than a work-week’s worth of time installing, cleaning, updating, and entertaining in my new digs. Learning some cool skills, but will aim to lay-off just a bit.

Taking no credit for any of it nor the suggestions posed last month. That is where December comes in:

December Goal Proposal

  1. EOY Letter
    • Every year I do my retro and send it and a few nifty bits out to close family and friends. This is the most important thing on the list me-thinks, so it gets top recognition and dedication to complete.
  2. ‘Decline’ -cember
    • Going to practice setting better boundaries. Every day I have a ‘No’ token that I must spend before the end of the day, declining to do something I normally would. This extends to any video games I play – ‘no’ to side quests and ‘extra’ content that isn’t the main plot. Wish me discipline 🀞
  3. MΓΆrk Borg Art
  4. 10 Blog Posts
    • Done this before, doing again. Getting blogs up into the new year so it is less to worry about!
  5. D&D +1
    • I am already the Game Moderator / Dungeon Master for a D&D group, but have been invited to GM another group of friends. I like the work, so setting aside time in December to provide the best experiences possible. (If you are looking for holiday gifts, get me a big book of fantasy maps, dungeons, and loot tables!)
  6. Holidays
    • The end of the year means end of the year holidays. This year perhaps may be a trip back to Zion, something for New Years, and definitely dog sitting. Regardless, hedging my bets.

As it is written, so may it be done! I am off to get *waves hands at everything* accomplished.

If you have artists with open commissions who work in the style of MΓΆrk Borg or has examples of the Wild and Weird West, please send us each other’s way.

Stay warm out there, folks. Cheers to your holidays and annual reviews~

October November Goal Review

It is that spooky time of the year! πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ’€ When we review the last month and propose for the new 😱

October Goal Review

  1. A Trip and a Wedding
    • Won! Despite exhaustion, the overlanding trip taken and wedding afterward were absolute blasts. Seeing old friends (some not since 12-14 years ago) and making new ones has been… I need more of it in my life. A few other lessons were learned too, some I will capitalize on in November. (See photos and follow on https://www.instagram.com/jimmychattin/)
  2. MΓΆrk Borg Module
    • Won! Made the module The Final Day, or The Final Hours of the Final Day. D66 world-destroying cataclysms meant to wipe out all player characters and every monument that ever stood. Blog post on this later πŸ˜‰ No bonus for the artsy splash or BITS conversion (very close to this conversion, though!).
  3. 20 Hours Machine Learning
    • Failed. Didn’t touch the lessons πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  4. 20 Hours Unity
    • Won! I now know more about the engine. Enough that I could talk shop about it, so onto the ol’ resume it goes~ No bonus for making a game over 10 extra hours, though I dedicated about 4 hours to remaking Flappy Bird πŸ˜ƒ
  5. 15 Minutes Daily Engagement
    • Won! Time was put in, but not consistently >_> I hold responsible goal #1, a 9-10 day affair that wiped out the first third of the month from being online. No bonus here for 20 total engagement hours.
  6. Move or Half-Year Review
    • Won! The move is underway! Getting to live with some great and grand folks because of it πŸ™‚ But, that means November will require EOY reviews!
  7. Bonus: Marathon War 2P
    • Nothing here – did not touch the bonus.

November Hiatus

After some realizations in the first half of October, I have decided to take November as a month of hiatus. I’ve done so before, and the close of the year is just… convenient!

Write blogs, read articles, brainstorm projects, visit friends, build something new, and maybe play a game or two. Also getting ahead on the year-end review is a thing I should do too. Here are some prospect for your review (that I may make into goals if I get ready to):

  • EOY Review collection, with a bonus for Media and an Outline.
  • 6 Blog Posts to help fill out the year.
  • 20 Game Hours, especially since I am like to have a VR headset at my disposal 😎
  • 20 Study Hours of game engines, both for tabletop and virtual environments.
  • 8-10 Hours of Outreach again.
  • Private Engagements of personal and social nature.

October was uncomfortably tough. It felt like a constant rush to get all the goals and other things handled (you know, the stuff of life). Led to an 83% success rate which, while acceptable, made me feel guilty for taking any rest.

That is no good, especially for someone who tends toward workaholism 😐

High time for a break, wouldn’t you say? I may give myself task credit if I change my mind after Halloween. For now, I collect myself and my notes from the past year, write a few blogs, attempt to relax a minute.

Cool? Cool. Forget not to take some time for yourself too, shared with friends and other family. Cheers to your November, folks!

September October Goal Review

My gosh – 6 goals and extra? As compared to the usual 4??

It has been tough, yet did what it needed to. September’s goals, in review, forced me out of my comfort zone towards some serious progress.

Let’s see if the same can be repeated in October:

September Goal Review

  1. Update Gunslinger in The West Rules
    1. Won! Rules are updated from the 2-pager. An excellent exercise – I highly recommend taking a full system and push it onto 2 sheets of paper πŸ˜‰ Got neither of the bonuses complete (a future offer list, and updating the first adventure).
  2. Update As Above, So Below Rules
    1. Failed. Kinda. After years on ice, AASB needed a complete overhaul. A review of all the guides really needed them rewritten from scratch, getting rid of ideas like damage types and such. So this won’t count as a win, and the bonuses are… postponed. Brought about in part by the next outcome:
  3. All About Business
    1. Won! I did the research, put together business plans, and… discovered the viability of all the potential offers I have in mind are not financially sound (at least without a 10-item-ish backlog!). Going to write a post on the findings, but it has caused me to re-evaluate October goals twice now. The more you know, right?
  4. Marathon War 1-Pager
    1. Won! After a few revisions after eye-opening playtests, I have the 1P! Because it took a lot of mechanical evaluation to get something “fun,” I failed to achieve the bonus 2-pager πŸ™ƒ
  5. 20 Hours of Leisure Study
    1. Won! Got my studying in. Reviewed the Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch TTRPG system, took notes, have some valuable additions to BITS rulesets and general RPG shenanigans.
  6. 20 Hours of Art
    1. Won! I did half the hours, but had reserved this goal to be redacted if certain events came up. They came up, so getting 10 hours in I count as a win πŸ™‚

October Goal Proposal

  1. A Trip and a Wedding
    • What you see is what you get. Going on voyages that’ll take about 10 days out of October, so marking out the space here. (Not going to mention at least 3 important birthdays, too!)
  2. MΓΆrk Borg Module
    • Turns out one of my favorite game systems allows for modules to be added to the system πŸ€˜πŸ’€πŸ€˜ As a break from innovating on my own BITS system, I figure I can create a module More Borg where instead of wandering around the wastes of a dying world, players can hold out in their own castle πŸ”₯
    • Bonus: Get an artsy splash for this module.
    • Bonus: Convert this module to BITS rules!
  3. 20 Hours Machine Learning
    • Bought a set of courses that include ML in Unity and Unreal 5; time to increase my value of insightfulness by getting acquainted with both the engines and the principles of their use!
    • Bonus: 10 extra hours here to make a game-playing, image-making, or advice-giving machine to help me out in *waves hands at whatever*.
  4. 20 Hours Unity
    • To really get into the nitty-gritty of the engine, using the same set of courses, I will dedicate 20 hours specifically to the use of Unity and its systems behind.
    • Bonus: 10 extra hours here to make a game.
  5. 15 Minutes Daily Engagement
    • While in September I came to understand a business is not right for me at this time, I do understand I need to ‘market’ myself long before a business would land. Thus, October will see me engage for 15 minutes a day across social medias, so about 8-10 hours total spent in the month. Doable!
    • Bonus: Make it a 20-hour total engagement for the month.
  6. Move or Half-Year Review
    • Either I am moving around or will start my end-of-year review up to the first half. Keeping it flexible as situations demand~
  7. Bonus: Marathon War 2P
    • Follow-up from September: Expand the content of Marathon War (and look at making a better name).

83% success rate for September is what I needed. 6 goals along with the bonuses really push me to be my best. While disappointing that ‘business’ is not in the cards (yet; I am looking forward to it!), I can still prepare myself for future success.

Mentioning future success, I am breaking a bit of my own principles by adding in the Unity and ML study – these have a professional influence to them, where I try to not include work-life in my personal goals.

Oh well. The knowledge will be good to have for myself if I ever get back to making video games on my own time, and ML programs are just plain cool 😁

So here’s to a vigorous and growth-oriented October! How are your goals coming along? What remains to be done before the end of the year? Rooting for you – cheers to all your accomplishments!

August September Goal Review

Over this year, I have had about an 85% completion rate on the 4 goals I set out to do each month.

While a humble accomplishment, I feel I could get even higher completion percentages by adding two more goals for a total of 6 each month, plus some more “bonuses” to carry on the momentum of each goal. Madness?

Let’s see. First, to August’s 4 goals:

August Goal Review

  1. Wedding
    1. Won! An excellent time. So much fun. Took about a week to accomplish before and after, but so glad I danced and dined and discussed topics of immense importance with the bride, groom, extended family, and so many friends ❀
  2. Unit Counters
    1. Won! All the Civil War units are drafted (have you been watching my Instagram stories for progress? @jimmychattin). I failed to get them in a stable state before August 9th (no bonus for this), but I also finished the sheets of neutral and status counters for the game. Won’t count this as bonus, but will pat myself on the back 😁
  3. 10 Blog Posts
    1. Won! Didn’t do the blogs I expected to, but what is done is done. Good content incoming through September and October. Follow to not miss a beat πŸ˜‰
  4. 20 Hours Games / Selfcare
    1. Won! Didn’t think I would make it… Started reading game manuals to study/collect blog content to make up for things, and watching Disney+‘s Obi-Wan series helped a bunch. (Worthy show!)

September Goal Proposal

6 goals and bonus? LET’S GO!

  1. Update Gunslinger in The West Rules
    1. After the 1- and 2-pagers clarified what was required for a western game based in the BITS system, I am going after the wording and tables in the full rules.
    2. Bonus: Formalize a “future” list of features and 1-page expansions.
    3. Bonus: Update the showdown Belle’s Town in GiTW‘s full rules.
  2. Update As Above, So Below Rules
    1. As above, so below here for goal #2. Take my insights, apply them to the larger documents.
    2. Bonus: Formalize a “future” list of features and expansions.
    3. Bonus: Combine the many different chapters of As Above, So Below into a single document.
    4. Bonus: Add gameplay examples.
  3. All About Business
    1. I’ve tried doing my “own thing” before, with ‘meh’ levels of success. Past results will be no indication of future outcomes here πŸ˜‰ Putting together a formal business plan and roadmap for positioning myself to sell things. Think I might go with Grey Library as the name – want to be a part of the focus group for that decision?
    2. Bonus: Create the business LLC – this’ll be best done through a lawyer’s help.
    3. Bonus: Create SOPs and templates for products and services – this is an eye to future scaling (if I wish to scale at all!).
    4. Bonus: Put up a ‘tip jar,’ Patreon, or my first product – if making a dollar, this bonus will be doubled!
    5. Note: Might also reach out for consultation (will count this part of the main goal’s process). If you know folks who started a business and are open for compensated consultation, reach out to me!
  4. Marathon War 1-Pager
    1. A WIP title, Marathon War will be my shot at bringing sci-fi super soldiers to BITS. Inspired by Bungie’s/343’s Halo series and the recent kick-behind DOOM games, this prototype I expect will be lots of fun! (And I will time how long this game takes to make – useful metrics!)
    2. Bonus: Create a 2-pager, much like I did with Gunslinger in The West and As Above, So Below, natural next steps of the prototype.
  5. 20 Hours of Leisure Study
    1. Same-ish goal, second month. Practice self-care which for me means to read, study, brainstorm, watch cool shows with cooler friends, and maybe game if lucky 🀞
  6. 20 Hours of Art
    1. It has been ages since I practiced my art. As a remarked and awarded artist in a past life, I have the means (stationary, a touch-screen computer), the purpose (filler art for my products), and the ambition to get back into such a cathartic, productive, and encouraging activity ~
    2. Note: Just received word that certain houses may be bought and jobs accepted, all mine and others. I reserve the right to put goal #6 last in priority and swappable with another goal should some of these events pan out!

On top of all the above, I will be getting back into a lite-yet-consistent workout regime (it has been a minute for some medical reasons). And perhaps starting a refreshed work schedule to go along with the business goal?

6 goals to complete, 9 bonus tasks. I am ready to mix it up this month – are you? Get after it – cheers through when we are back here again!

July August Goal Review

As I write this, outside is 43 Celsius, getting up to 47 during the weekend. (Post’s image applies πŸ’€) Stay safe, y’all!

While I stay out of the heat, let’s get into July’s goals and August’s hopes:

July Goal Review

  1. To Vegas!
    1. Won! Moved in, settled in, and will need to move again. More on that latter part later, but made it!
  2. Map Making
    1. Failed. Does it count as a fail if it can’t be done? The images taken of the map cannot be translated to a digital composition ready for print πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ However, there was a bonus:
    2. Won! The units that had pictures taken were made into digital, printable version. Drafting these is required to check how they print out, yet August has some time ~ (As for the second bonus listed last month, we will ignore that it was missed.)
  3. As Above, So Below 1-Pager
    1. Won! 1-pager made and reviewed (post to come). The bonuses:
    2. Won! 2-pager is done! With a little art, too!! I am so happy to have these done and down. Yet, there is still the full version of AASB to update … Will I get there any time soon?
  4. Weekly Times Out
    1. Won! Barely. And the last social engagements happen the weekend following this post! But I did it – IDK if I could do it again 😢 Perhaps I stop working on personal projects for a bit, look for some group activities? πŸ€” (If you have an idea, reach out!)

August Goal Proposal

  1. Wedding
    1. After declining a wedding years ago that turned out to be one of the worst decisions of the last 10 years, I cannot repeat the same mistake! Will take a week of prep and a weekend, so marking this down here to enjoy my time with the couple πŸ™‚
  2. Unit Counters
    1. From July, I continue the work on the Civil War unit counters. All units, color balanced, and test-printed is the goal here!
    2. Bonus: Get this done by August 9th – going to be a rush, so here’s to it 🀞
  3. 10 Blog Posts
    1. Done this before, aiming to do again – write 10 blog posts, fill out a few months were I won’t need to be occupied with writing. If there is a specific topic you would like to see elaborated on, let me know!
  4. 20 Hours Games / Selfcare
    1. I read an article that struck a note that I ought be protecting time to participate in the frivolous things I once enjoyed. Games would be that, yet also it would be selfcare – bedtimes, setting boundaries, art, those sorts of things. If I make a breakthrough on habit-setting here, I will pass it along!

An aggressive-yet-achievable August to follow a draining-yet-accomplished July. (Maybe it is the heat πŸ”₯) While having failures, the bonuses took the month over the line.

As always, lots of balls in the air: health, work, finance, travel, recreation, relationships, the cornucopia! Here’s to making a lot in the important areas of life, yours and mine. Cheers to it ~

June July Goal Review

Lots of garbage happening in the US this last month. While my June goes out well, July and onward will see some work not recorded on the blog.

That said, a review of what I have some say in:

June Goal Review

  1. Write 10 Blogs
    1. Won! I have blogs for the next few months – so many, I now find myself having to plan which will come out when, trying to tie them together in some semblance of a theme >_>
  2. Private Follow-up
    1. Won! The follow-up did not conclude as I expected, but progress and a plan has been made. Appears I will be carrying on in Las Vegas!
  3. Weekly Time Out
    1. Failed. While getting out to see some good friends and catch up all around, I did not remain consistent with a bare-minimum get-out once a week 😦 Shame!
  4. Publish Gunslinger in The West
    1. Won! Done with the … do I want to call it “Gunslinger in The West Alpha?” Anyway, checkout last week’s post showing off the 1- and 2-pager (2-sides, 4-sides). There’s also a preview of the full version, it pending some formal formatting and art commissions.

July Goal Proposal

  1. To Vegas!
    1. Guess the vacation could not last forever. (I regret none of it.) Now back to Vegas to do some housekeeping, so this will give me plenty to do to settle in.
  2. Map Making
    1. Someone important to me has a =huge= historic battlefield map all drawn by hand. The goal here is to put pictures of that map into a digital format – either cleaned up or rendered digitally (which I have already sampled).
    2. Bonus: There are unit pieces also done by hand – I know how to make them into digital, printable versions πŸ™‚
    3. Bonus: The map and units have a manual! As a bonus, apply my writing and game design knowledge towards this, rearranging and generally fill the role of an editor.
  3. As Above, So Below 1-Pager
    1. As Above, So Below has been on the shelf for awhile. It was my first unique application of BITS using Dungeons & Dragons as an inspirational base. While the reference was wrong, I feel confident I could condense dozens of pages of manual into a 1-pager of the necessary bits. (+Playtesting!)
    2. Bonus: Create a 2-pager, much like I did with Gunslinger in The West (which I feel is a better copy than the 1-pager).
    3. Bonus: It has been months – about time I updated the full version of this game with my evolving game design knowledge!
  4. Weekly Times Out
    1. I failed this in June, but with the goal of moving back to Vegas, going to take a crack at this again. Get out twice with others every week – this can be a digital meetup, so not too put upon here!

We look ahead, but never forget what has already come. May July be hot for you and I in feeling, action, and accomplishments. Until then, cheers.

Need to Decide? Read This

What to eat, what to wear, whether to get out of bed, or when to fall asleep. What jobs to take, tasks to do, or relationships to foster or let falter.

Decisions make our lives.

I have needed to make a multitude of decisions in my life, yet I have encountered something you are very likely familiar with: Indecision.

Analysis paralysis emerges from many causes: anxiety, fear or fear of missing out (FOMO), and more.

Whatever the cause, when you need to decide, read this collection that has helped me so very much in making life-changing decisions:

HALT

HALT before you make any large decision or have non-trivial discussions.

H – feed your hunger. Have something to eat, a cup of water to drink.

A – calm your anger. Hot feelings deliver burning, impulsive words that can scar.

L – accommodate your loneliness. Talk with a friend, search online for similar situations… it is dangerous to go alone, so take some company!

T – rest your tiredness. You are worse than drunk when tired, so at least nap if not getting a full night’s rest!

You good? Continue:

Ask the Right Questions

Whatever decision comes up most in these questions, do that immediately. When complete, repeat:

  • What makes all else easier or unnecessary?
  • What gives me the most satisfaction?
  • What creates more time?
  • What tangentially improves my skills? Relationships?

Tied or stuck? How about:

Hypothetical Feeling

You have two choices, X and Y.

Imagine and convince yourself you have decided to do X. How do you feel? Bad? Doubtful? Anxious?

If so, do Y and know you made the best decision!

High Quality > High Quantity

Being pickier when it comes to quality removes decisions that fail higher standards. Choosiness saves time and the need to make so many decisions.

Further, spending time on a few high-quality decisions is much more valuable than a lot of trivial nothings. Chores and daily habits come far distant second to keeping up relationships, investing finances, and deciding on employment and relocations.

Yet none of that matters if not executed on – if making a decision, do it ASAP. Even if the decision is imperfect, good now is virtually always preferred over great later.

Forgiveness and What Not

You are human with a finite amount of time and will to act in that time. So is everyone else. With that in mind, forgive yourself for making a decision not to do something (so long as it is a decision, and not laziness or avoidance).

Heck, enable yourself to decide not to do. “What not to do” lists – or better, “principles and policies” – can be more important than “To Do” decisions. So decide what not to do to clear the way for more important decisions to be made!

A final note to put fears and doubts aside: So long as it is not a catastrophic decision, you will be OK, as it is OK to fail (usually). So what counts as a “catastrophic decision?”

  • Anything that addicts or permanently changes for the worse your mind’s capabilities. (Certain drugs, brain damage, dogma, etc.)
  • Anything that hobbles or cripples your body. (Lost limbs, physical weakness, etc.)
  • Anything that brands you with a society’s Scarlett Letter. (Failing family, crime, overt perversions, etc.)

Set Yourself Up for Future Decision Success

By now you hopefully have made some decisions you can live with, that will not scar you catastrophically.

You can do better still. Start living by these pieces of advice to make you future decisions even easier:

  • Simplify. You are better for having less to be concerned about.
  • Long-term Yes/No. Relationships and activities are so important for your future need to strive to be of the highest quality.
  • Act now. It is the only thing you have to do – “JUST DO IT.”
  • Sleep adequately. It is the foundation of all health.
  • No added sugars. You are and will be worse for the simple carbs fogging your brain.
  • Meditate. Appreciate and reflect in the ways best suited for you.
  • Exercise. Even if it is a walk to meditate.
  • Zoom out, slow down. Chill. Busy-ness is poverty.
  • Journal. Take note of gratitude and record patterns. “Rubber Ducking” is a therapy all its own.
  • Fats and proteins. Brain and brawn. These will keep you young and vigorous.

Read more about the above in my 10 Themes from Tribe of Mentors.

Need to decide still? Read all this again. Bookmark it. Read again and again – this is a decision that will benefit you for a very long time as it has benefited me.

Cheers to all you are going to accomplish ~

May June Goal Review

April was a mess, so May came to assist in getting me back on track.

Not only am I back on the tracks, I have a dopamine hit driving me to some feisty ambitions πŸ”₯ The review:

May Goal Review

  1. Death Walk
    1. Won! Wrote some letters to be delivered if anything unexpected / unfortunate happens, along with figuring out that I really, really need to get to finishing some of my projects. I also got out of a… mismatched situation (I signed paperwork not to say more – just know it has let me be very much more relaxed!).
  2. Plan June
    1. Won! Doing some more traveling to visit fam in June while also restarting a work search (nothing too hectic, as I am fortunate to have some time already bought). Also in the process of getting some major work done on myself medically, so there is that to plan for!
  3. Seize May
    1. Won! Old castles, car trips, meeting new friends, being at the beach every day… My physical exploration has been solid. Intellectually, I have revisited creative projects of mine, letting me formalize plans that carry over into June.
  4. Rest
    1. Won! Quite literally stopped to smell the many roses with this one. Pet dogs, scratched cats, lingered on the water and sand of warm beaches… All qualitative – quantitatively, I spent 50% more time on leisure in May, so calling this a win 😁

June Goal Proposal

  1. Write 10 Blogs
    1. Only a month of blogs left written in advance. I might need more. Why? Because:
  2. Private Follow-up
    1. A private situation of mine that requires my full attention and dedication. It may actually blow half of June, all of July, and all of August away, so writing two months of blogs above is definitely called for πŸ™‚
  3. Weekly Time Out
    1. Time to see the family! Time to see friends! At least once a week, guarantee social and personal time out, something unique and significant!
  4. Publish “Gunslinger in The West”
    1. GitW has been a long time coming – I won’t go hunting for the original blog post mentioning it, but it has rules written, play tested, and even a bit of formatting and artwork done. Time to get a copy (even if it is an artless free-to-play) out publicly. Let me be ambitious here – they say the first publication is always the hardest! So here is to more work getting out there to come!

Gosh! Feeling better already. May has been a blessing, it setting me up for success in June. I am about to get after it – how about you?

Cheers to your own reviews!