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Starting to rely on myself

Last week, I wrote how I have begun to feel that I can start relying on myself.

An example of this is that I am blogging this week in spite of being booked for a late night of Thursday working for one of my employer’s larger clients.  This might not sound much of an achievement.  However, it was late night working for this same client during the course of last year which first interrupted my regular weekly blogging as a few of the jobs for them were on a Thursday night which, at that time was my routine blogging evening.

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“Success kid” Sammy Griner was used to help his father find a new kidney

I’m starting to rely on myself as I am starting to manage my time a lot better.

One thing that has really helped is to stop focusing on end goals.

Traditional goal setting was not working for me.  I found that setting a goal meant that I drifted away before reaching a goal post.

Now I have found that creating a daily routine which will help me work towards my aims is working.  My goals now are to complete my daily routine items for ten consecutive days and I reward myself each time i achieve this.

I am finding myself getting healthier, dealing with emails and paperwork, studying towards a qualification, doing things around the house and more.

I didn’t think of this myself but read about it on this blog post by this blogger James Clear.

I’m starting to believe that I can do some of those things that I wished I was capable of but never believed in myself enough to achieve them.

Hopefully, in the years to come, you will share in my success.

I hope to share in all of your successes, too.

The Return of the half-Jamaican blogger

This past year has been a disappointment for many.

You may be tempted to muse on what are the tragic circumstances to which I allude.

Is that Harry Scriven chap acknowledging one of the various referendum or election results that have occurred around the world over the last twelve or so months? Are these the source of tragic disappointment that this blogger is referring to?

Or maybe, you might think to yourself, Harry is completely mad and is crying over the sporting failures of some sporting hero of his?

What if Harry’s favourite television show stopped transmitting and he has trouble coming to terms with this loss?

The first thing for me to write here is that I should stop speaking about myself in the third person. It’s annoying to read if I do it too much, I suspect.

And anyway, the answer is no to all three of these possibilities. Sport and television don’t bother me too much, and referendum or election results need to be accepted whether you agree with the results or not.

So what is the cause of this disappointment to the masses?

Well, of course, few people have been able to cope with the absence of my once regular weekly blog posts.

Okay, I am joking about the importance of my own blog posts.

me again

My return is complete – let’s all drink to that!

I was a little nervous about the quality of my first posting on my return to regular blogging.

Although I have kept myself connected with social media through sporadic Tweets or the odd Google+ output, I especially worried about the quality of my first longer weekly social media posting for several months.

Will I be able to post something remarkable enough to announce my return to the regular blogging world?

I am confident that this post will result in one of the following three scenarios:

  • This post will become an essential text to the British English Literature school curriculum
  • This will be one of the written outputs leading to my being short listed for the Nobel Prize for Literature
    or
  • This post will get a few likes and maybe a comment or two

In a number of ways, life for me is the same as it was last year when my posts started to become less frequent. My family situation is the same as it was then and I’m still driving the same beaten up third-hand car. A few of my life priorities have been amended over this time but you will find me much as I was before.

I write that little has changed, but I also think that I am more reliable now than then.

And how do I quantify that my reliability has increased? Well, now I am starting to feel that I can rely on myself which is something that I have ever felt previously in my life.

So, I might even spend the second half of my life actually liking myself.

Maybe that will be reflected within the contents of my future blog posts.

Returning to weekly blogging…

Sorry, I had trouble finding an image for this post.

The summary news is that I will be blogging pretty much weekly again, hopefully posting on Thursday as previously.

Next week I’ll explain what has changed and why this is again possible.

Ooh, that all sounds a bit cryptic but it’s likely less exciting than this may sound.

Hopefully, I can catch up with a few of my friends who I followed before.  Also, hopefully, I’ll get acquainted with some new WordPress folk.

Anyways, chau for now (that’s the Latin American spelling on purpose!)

Mediocracy?

Some of you may be happy to read this blog post.  Others will be either disappointed or indifferent to the news that I am returning to WordPress, Google+ and Twitter.

You might ask the question, ‘What has happened to me over the last half a year whilst I have been mostly absent from social media?’

Well, a lot has happened last year.  I won’t go into the details of everything that has happened as this will reveal many personal details about myself and a few people that are close to me.

I will no doubt mention things in the next few weeks that will touch on a few of the issues that I have faced, but please forgive the non-explicit nature of any explanations.

My good friend Ebely has in recent months enquired after me via Twitter and email.  I mentioned to her about a bit of a health problem that I was having.  The symptoms that I described to her were psychosomatic – or, at least, they were partly due to how ragged I have felt in my head and body.

But, no matter.  I’ve re-jigged my diet and routine a bit to help with these things.  The result is that I am feeling better than I was.

I suspect that I’ve missed loads of exciting news from all of my friends.  I will be reading through every outstanding blog post from each of the blogs that I follow.  This will take a little while so please bear with me.

I hope that you all will be happy to see me back.  If not, then I know that you will have good reasons which may in part be due to your own personal crisis.

You Are My Sunshine Award…and other stories

Hmm…the first Thursday of 2016 and seven days into the year.  Time for a blog, I have been thinking.

I’ve been thinking the last few days about what my first blog post for 2016 should be.  I was a little tempted to write something about Epiphany, what with yesterday being ‘Epiphany’, ‘Three Kings Day’ or ‘Día de Los Tres Reyes Magos’ depending on your tradition (or first spoken language).  That post might have to wait for next year.

I’m going to put that post on hold because one of my blogging friends here on WordPress has nominated me for the ‘You Are My Sunshine’ Award.  I’m quite touched, to be honest.  I never thought anyone would appreciate my presence that much.

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You Are My Sunshine Award

So, the rules of this are (I understand that taking part is voluntary) –

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from your nominators.
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers
  • Give them eleven questions.
  • You could check out the blogs I nominated and follow them if you like.

So, a big heartfelt thank you to Emz who can be found at Side By Side.  She already has my recommendation as I can be picky about which blogs I read.  Please do look at her blog and also the blogs that I nominate.

First off, I’ll answer the eleven questions posed by Emz and then I’ll list my eleven nominated blogs. If I have nominated your blog but don’t feel like doing this, don’t worry as it’s intended to be a fun thing and no-one will take offence if you’d rather sit this one out.

Anyway, my interview (so to speak) by Emz –

Describe yourself in three words.
Loyal, paternal, easy

What do you blog about?
Things that have been on my mind during the previous week. I can be serious about those things close to my heart but I usually try not to be.

Coffee or tea?
I have to smile now as this is the question that I always ask a stranger. I actually drink both – usually, coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon. ‘How British’ – I know!

Lights on or lights off?
It depends. I prefer lights off and the curtains/blinds drawn back if there’s sunlight to illuminate the room. Sorry, a little gripe at my work colleagues there.

Morning or evening?
I tend to be happier in the morning but I don’t have a preference.

What can you not live without?
My wife and young female relations ie my stepdaughter Yasmin and neices – a daughter would be wonderful, too!

What is your favourite post on your blog? Link it.
This is a difficult one. I’m pleased with every post that I make before I post it and this pleasure never wanes for any of my posts. But my favourite post would definitely be I Stayed Home and Done Something. This post is about something that I was both emotionally linked to and proud about completing.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who don’t appreciate their daughters like they should do.

Aside from blogging, what do you do on your free time?
I don’t go out much or play on video games. I base my life around my family, Godmother and close friends. Gloria (my wife) and I also have some meals out with the Reverend from our Church, who is an old friend of my late father…who was also a Reverend.

What is your favourite day of the week?
Maybe, Tuesday. There are less people out in the evening and if you need to go shopping or drop into the pub for a quiet drink it’s a good day to go because of that.

Who/What inspires you?
Malala Yousefzai’s father Ziauddin Yousefzai, and anyone else who encourages their daughter with the same pride as they would do a son.

And now, my eleven nominated blogs and their eleven questions.  I should add that there is no particular reason for the order of my list –

The story of my dreams coming true
A Sneak Peak On The Things I Like
Alluring n Young
Mostly Photos, With An Occasional Garrolous Ramble
The Fish Tank
Beauty Beyond Bones
Goan Imports
Tales Of Chinese Cooking
Coisart’s Canvas
Subacati
The Sprite’s Blog

And now, some questions –
What is the greatest thing about the internet?
Who is your favourite person from history and why?
If you won a million pounds, how would you live the rest of your life?
What is your most embarrassing moment?
If you could choose a particular period of history to be born in when would it be and why?
If God granted you the wish to change one event from history, what event would you change and why?
What is your secret weakness? (I won’t tell anyone, honest!)
Who is the World’s worst millionaire?
What is the greatest household gadget ever invented?
How do you relax?
Which biscuit would you describe as the very best?

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