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January 2016 Update

One month in, and 2016 is not off to the best start.

In a word, I bit off more than I could chew.  I tried to do too much, filling my days with task after task only to be left with no time, no energy and no motivation to do it again tomorrow.  Within just a few days I basically abandoned everything I set out to do.

I’m perhaps being overly dramatic, but in general, this month has been a failure.  Better luck in February.  Here, let me categorize in depth each one of my failings. Continue reading

How I Got Started with the Flow Arts

One of my current loves is object manipulation. Take a stick, spin it around your body. Take a ball on a rope, spin it. There’s something magical about circles. Even just standing there, just spinning a circle, can feel amazing. You aren’t even doing anything, and yet the rhythm spreading up your arm and through body sucks you up, inspiring you.

It also looks amazing when captured with special photography.

When you spin like this, you enter a state of flow. More and more research is being done on this, and it’s all positive, usually overwhelmingly so. Being in a state of flow boosts your health, your mood, accelerates learning, skyrockets productivity, and time both seemingly stands still and zooms along. I can’t tell you how many practice sessions have lasted 30+ minutes and yet felt like maybe a moment or two. It’s a wonderful experience.

When it comes to the flow arts in particular, so poi spinning, staff spinning and the like, I’ve started within the last two years, though I’ve also done it my entire life, at least in part. If you’re being charitable, it starts with videogames. Continue reading

My Goals for 2016

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a great 2016!

Last year, I set three goals for 2015, and in general, I smashed them. I definitely can’t complain about the results. I realized in the last few weeks, though, that I never explicitly wrote a blog post about them. I mean, I originally intended this blog to track and motivate my goals, but I never stated what those goals were, at least not directly.

This year, I figured I’d change that. Since I easily handled three goals last year, I’ll set more this year. Indeed, I’ll go into greater detail, completely outlining my expectations and my plan of attack. At this time next year, there will be no mystery about whether I achieved or failed these goals. I also think writing them down in detail is both more motivating and lets me plan it out better, as opposed to just “let’s hope and pray it works.”

So without further ado, let’s get started. Continue reading