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Goal in focus Pay off all debt before the end of 2018 6 people are doing this
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57 entries 54 cheers
01/03/2017
10/03/2019
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-13 05:16:43

    I've recently tried at least a couple of times to skip my loan payment but couldn't because I had used up my skip for the year (last December I think).

    I was looking at the expenses for my next pay and was falling short so I checked again and luckily the skip option was available.

    I don't like the idea that this will extend my loan period and I was also looking forward to seeing the loan balance fall under the $5,000 mark, but I think this will help a bit. I didn't feel as comfortable trying to skip the family loan and it was for a lesser amount so it may not have helped as much anyway.

    I really feel that an additional income would be helpful in reaching this goal but monitoring my spending will help, too.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-25 15:52:59

    Update #9 (November 2017)

    Loan #1 (Royal Bank - interest rate: 10.33%)
    Last month's balance: $5,773.91
    Planned to pay: regular/minimum bi-weekly payments
    Actually paid: regular/minimum bi-weekly payment
    New balance: $5,336.38

    Loan #2 (Family - interest rate: 0%)
    Last month's balance: $4,000.00
    Planned to pay: regular/minimum monthly payment
    Actually paid: regular/minimum monthly payment
    New balance: $3,700.00

    Credit Card #1 (Royal Bank - interest rate: 11.99% for both purchases and cash advances)
    Last month's balance: $1,496.28
    Planned to pay: $344.65
    Actually paid: $172.33
    New balance: $1,425.12
    One unpaid expense

    Credit Card #2 (CIBC - interest rate: 19.99% for purchases and 22.99% for cash advances)
    Last month's balance: $1,941.78
    Planned to pay: $38.00
    Actually paid: $38.00 + $412.33 (towards charges)
    New balance: $2,305.04
    $355.62 unpaid charges

    Credit Line (CIBC - interest rate: 10.20%)
    Last monthโ€™s balance: $4,569.21
    Planned to pay: $92.35
    Actually paid: $92.35
    New balance: $4,525.28

    Total debt remaining: $17,291.82

    The progress is not as good this month, as expected.

    Credit card #1: not as much of a decrease as there should have been.

    Credit card #2: increase, and still have charges to pay off.

    Line of credit: the interest amount seemed higher than usual and as a result, there isn't as much of a decrease. I will try to look at past statements to see if this is normal.

    A slight decrease in overall debt so that's good, but it's not good enough. The lack of better progress is definitely a result of this month's spending (even with returns and refunds).

    If I continue to use my credit cards without paying off the charges, I will definitely not achieve this goal.

    Even if I pay off new charges, or stop using the cards altogether, I still will probably not achieve this goal unless I find a way to increase my income.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-24 23:07:47

    I will post my next update as soon as the payments hit. It's not going to be as great this time around.

    On credit card #1, I only made half of the payment I wanted to, and there is a bill I haven't paid that goes through on that card (I had to cut in places. I am hoping to pay it back later).

    On credit card #2, I knew I would have at least two charges remaining unpaid (the more expensive ones) but now I have more that has gone unpaid. In the end, it totals $355.62. Yikes.

    Because of this, I think I will have to put the balance transfer on hold.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-19 17:06:41

    If September was better in terms of lower spending, November is worse. I'm still noting down all of the new charges on my credit card (so I haven't lost track completely) but the number of transactions I may not be able to pay back is growing. I'm looking at how I can try to pay most charges back by cutting elsewhere. Despite knowing all this, I continue to use my card (especially because I have no money left in my checking account). I'm not sure if having been tired has led to a weaker sense of willpower. Either way, a lot of the expenses are certainly my own fault and doing, but there were also additional expenses this month.

    I will be trying to return one purchase I made for myself.

    I had planned to put $20 towards gas this week but so far have had to put $50, and will have to put more this week.

    My hope was to pay off the charges, see what my new balance is, and try to transfer that balance over to the lower interest card. But I need to work on only using this card for occasional online purchases and things that will benefit me in terms of cash back.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-18 16:24:51

    I don't expect my November progress to be as good.

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54 entries 34 cheers
14/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-03 20:01:51

    Almost ordered a pair of jeans and two tops but held off.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-12-02 20:22:31

    I wanted to buy some craft supplies today but had trouble justifying it. I told myself to sit on it and see how I felt tomorrow.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-02 16:11:31

    I'm not sure if it is a result of November's overspending, but I just find myself wanting to pull away from things that will involve additional expenses.

    I had several events I had to make decisions about and for some reason I just feel differently about Christmas this year.

    Maybe I'm just thinking about the money I owe and wanting to focus on that. Maybe I'm tired of being broke. Maybe I just don't feel it. Maybe I would rather make something, or spend time, or give time to those in need. That said, I've also come across little things that would be nice to offer as gifts, but I also feel like they can be given for other occasions (birthdays, etc.).

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-15 04:36:34

    I've been trying to stay on top of my recent credit card charges but I had an unexpected expense which was a significant amount and I'm not sure how/when I will be able to pay it back. Then I placed an order for an item and I will probably have a few more charges before the week is over. I also still have two bills to pay.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-08 01:23:44

    Back to worrying. Spent close to $50 today and this decreases the overall amount I will have left to work with this month. I haven't even accounted for my phone bill this month and a couple of IOUs. After recalculating, I'll just be getting by. Maybe.

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16 entries 19 cheers
16/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-02 20:45:32

    Trying to decide which Bible reading plan to follow. I think I am leaning towards chronological. I will probably stick with the KJV.

    If you aren't sure which version of the Bible you would like to read, this article might help: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/2013/12/so-which-bible-version-is-really-the-most-authentic/

    And for a change, a ‘Noah’ movie story that sails smoothly
    Last week, I criticized USA Today’s fast-food cheeseburger of a story on the religious controversy over the new “Noah” movie. Today, I want to praise the filet-mignon level of coverage served up by CNN’s Belief Blog and Godbeat pro Daniel Burke. Before I do so, I must confess that I have not seen the movie and …
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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-21 01:15:37

    I watched most of the service and the pastor shared some history that was quite personal and difficult for him. I won't share it all here in case some of you would like to watch it for yourselves.

    He also spoke about the type of man he was before ("...just so much was wrong in my life. I hated everybody. I hated everything. I hated myself. I couldn't change and wanted to.") and how when God saved him nearly 40 years go, he was radically changed. He talked about why he scurries over to the service every Sunday - to offer a handshake or hug or pat, etc.. Because he loves the people there more than they could imagine, more than even he could imagine, and how "that's not where I came from, not even the least. My old nature could not have cared less whether you got loved, hugged, nudged or anything else. But now I can't help it."

    I thought about the movie I watched and generally about how amazing it is that someone really can be changed once they welcome God into their lives.

    He talked about the most difficult moments we may endure in our lives and expressed that while God may not have necessarily caused those things to happen, He will often use our pain and hardships and turn them into something good. He will use them to help make us better, to help our faith grow deeper, and ultimately for the greater good, if we let Him. The lesson was not to waste it.

    The theme was "The Life I Never Lived" and he said the life he never lived (which he probably felt many times he should be living, as it would mean living with the children he lost) was probably the life he wasn't supposed to live.

    On the flip side, it made me think of how, without God, it could be looked at as "The Life I Almost Never Lived".

    He also shared the following poem, and the last two lines stood out to me in the way he expressed them (sightly different from this written version):

    One by one He took them from me,
    All the things I valued most,
    Until I was empty-handed;
    Every glittering toy was lost.

    And I walked earth's highways, grieving.
    In my rags and poverty.
    Till I heard His voice inviting,
    "Lift your empty hands to Me!"

    So I held my hands toward heaven,
    And He filled them with a store
    Of His own transcendent riches,
    Till they could contain no more.

    And at last I comprehended
    with my stupid mind and dull,
    That God COULD not pour His riches
    Into hands already full!

    On a separate note, I was watching a video where the person was speaking about rejection - about how at some point in our lives, we will all experience it, whether it be at our jobs, in relationships, etc.. The question was, how do we deal with it? She was saying we have to trust our higher power. She shared the saying: "rejection is God's protection."

    She went on to say, "If you trust that every good thing that's right for you is going to happen, you can let go of whether it's this thing or that thing, this guy or that guy, this job or that job. You just know there's a job and a guy. So you just let go and let it be revealed to you."

    I think this can be comforting to those who lean on the side of worrying. I think about it sometimes. About how when I worry, I am not trusting God. But most times, I am just stuck in the worry, unable to think of much else. I would like to work on this more.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-19 15:52:37

    I was looking through some of new releases on Netflix last night and noticed A Case for Christ - a film I mentioned back in April.

    I ended up watching it and thought it was well done overall. I found it gripping if also concise (surely not as detailed as the book must have been). I wasn't sure exactly how they would wrap it up but I felt it was worth watching. It certainly had an effect on me emotionally as a viewer and left me feeling a little bit rattled somehow.

    Shortly afterward, I looked up the author and his book and found my way to the negative reviews and sadly, the earlier feelings I had seemed to quickly dissipate and it didn't take long for doubt and questioning to return.

    Today I plan on watching the live streaming of the CrossCountry Cowboy Church service (I'll use 4C for short in the future). It's been a while since I've had some church in my life.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-11 15:27:33

    This is helpful: http://www.christianity.com/bible/year/

    Read the Bible in One Year
    Read the Bible in one year with daily readings in your choice of five patterns: Beginning to End, Chronological, Historical, New/Old Testament, or Old/New Testament.
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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-11-05 20:18:33

    When I was looking for a planner, I came across a Christian one that included a chronological yearly Bible reading plan - a reading for each day. I thought this could be interesting as it is one of the sub-goals of this larger goal. I think I will try to print this or a similar plan and include the reading into my days.

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47 entries 42 cheers
01/04/2017
10/03/2018
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-14 04:17:57

    Day 2 (2 items):

    Donated never worn underwear and threw out lipstick.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-13 05:03:52

    Day 1 (1 item):

    Threw out another tube of glitter gravel.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-12 04:49:40

    So decided to make today my Day 7.

    Day 7 (7 items):

    Donated quinoa, beans and lotion and threw out inhalation beads, moisturizer, roll-on perfume and face cleanser.

    Starting over tomorrow with Day 1.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-11 04:28:38

    Day 6 (6 items):

    Threw out old rice, old quinoa, two deodorants, container of mints and body scrub.

    I'm enjoying the challenge so far but I'm wondering what to do for tomorrow. I originally was going to consider that I missed Day 7 this week because I started on Tuesday instead of Monday, and was going to start fresh tomorrow (Day 1. I even had my new Day 3 - which would have been on Wednesday - all planned out), but I'm wondering if I should make tomorrow my Day 7.

    I'm also still a little unsure what can count towards trash. For example, can I count an empty or finished product bottle or package, or is that obvious trash?

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-12-09 18:09:50

    Day 5 (5 items):

    Threw out clay mask, perfume cream, glitter gravel, old deodorant and stain remover (I recycled the bottle).

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3 entries 6 cheers
21/11/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-03 20:09:56

    #1: I've been jotting down the readings in my planner. I think I will need a new notebook for different things!

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-30 00:06:58


    1. Start the daily routine I will have established beforehand.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-21 04:53:44

    In no specific order:


    1. Start bible reading plan

    2. Start working on ND's lifestyle plan/recommendations

    3. Start treating nail fungus

    4. Start taking steps towards reducing waste

    5. Start 52 weeks of self-discovery

    6. Start writing my dreams down

    7. Start re-reading 30 Days to $1K

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    • WingedThing
      WingedThing 1 cheers 2017-11-29 04:53:45

      @ExplorerSoul Will you be sharing entries on #6 here? I'm intrigued! I write stories based on my dreams, so i always like to hear what other people dream about.

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-11-29 23:53:42

        @WingedThing Thank you for your interest and I like that idea - writing stories based on dreams. About sharing the details of the dreams here, part of me would like to but I'm also not sure I feel entirely comfortable doing so for different reasons. We'll see. Maybe I can offer a weekly summary of some of the themes.

        I would have had a lot to share these days!

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22/02/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-05 06:33:59

    Kind of interesting: https://podio.com/site/creative-routines

    The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People | Podio
    Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds organized their daily routines. We delved into their diaries and other documents to see how they worked, slept and exercised their way to success.
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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-13 23:29:59

    I really want to get this done. I think it will help create a sense of order to my days and make the time I have more productive.

    At the same time, when I quickly calculated the basics like work and sleep in my head, I realized it didn't leave me with very many hours in the day. It feels a little depressing when I think about it so I'm also a little hesitant to create the pie chart I've had in mind.

    That said, even if I had all the hours available to me, without some sort of structure, many of those hours would be lost, and that's one of the reasons I want to do this.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-28 00:41:28

    I think a weekly routine I would like to establish is some time towards prepping ingredients for my lunches. I always feel it takes me longer than it should to prepare even a simple lunch. Some of it is due to some habits I have but I think I could save lots of time by having the things I need ready (i.e.: already cut, washed, etc.). But this would mean having a menu for the week planned in advance, at least for breakfasts and lunches. At least I have ideas!

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-19 19:33:59

    Have been having trouble finding the book to order, and while it's always nice to have a visual, I was able to find the written information I think I was looking for.

    This particular chart referred to dedicating one hour a day to your body and spirit. The suggested breakdown was:

    20 minutes towards hygiene (fresh shower, protecting your skin, wearing comfortable clothes, loving your body)
    20 minutes towards caring for your spirit (revitalizing, deep breathing, rest and relaxation)
    20 minutes towards physical exercise (walking, running, cycling, swimming, jumping, having fun)

    I wanted to sort of use this as a base and create my own sort of chart to help find a bit more balance in my days. Time is limited as it is, but there is also a lot of time lost on unnecessary things, no doubt. There are things I would like to be doing that I'm not (exercising, reading, etc.). It probably takes me a good hour and a half to get ready in the morning and I'm looking at where I can make improvements.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-08 04:11:40

    This is one of the goals I am anxious to accomplish, and I feel several other goals would tie into it nicely.

    I kept thinking of the book that included the pie chart I referred to in my last entry, and I didn't know when or if I would find it. Today I thought about how, if I could remember the title, I could maybe buy it again. I remembered that I started an inventory of my books a while back and wondered if that book would have been included. I found the list and found the book title! It's a little pricey but maybe at some point, I can get it again. I'm not sure if the chart will be as interesting as I felt it was before but I hope it can be helpful with organizing my days.

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19/02/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-22 01:25:56

    I had a little over $100 in coins. Definitely more than I was expecting!

    Around $80 of that is money I was hoping to save, but I am calculating around $30 for groceries (maximum). I would like to put $50 in my emergency account to start it off (that was the intention with the coins initially) but I'm wondering if I should instead use that money towards other expenses or just to have some extra money after all is paid considering I am often not left with very much. The rest of the money was used in part for an IOU and for some personal spending.

    I'd really like to have some savings but I find it difficult when debt is involved.

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    • Andia
      Andia 0 cheers 2017-10-23 12:30:41

      @ExplorerSoul Do some savings too so you can have peace of mind and not need an IOU if something unexpected happens. You are doing the right thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good job!

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-14 17:18:09

    Goal 1: roll coins.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-02-28 11:39:31

    Initial goal

    Just a little over $2000.

    I'm not sure that I will be able to devote a regular amount from my paycheck towards this just yet, but I will try to put in any extra money from things such as: items sold, change counted, and any other side income, towards this.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-02-26 21:40:45

    Curious: to those of you who have saved for an emergency account or are in the process of doing so, what do you consider an emergency? In other words, what types of things could you justify dipping into your emergency account for?

    I am still trying to lock in what it means for me but a few situations that seem appropriate are an unexpected job loss, unexpected car repair (not regular maintenance) and unexpected medical payment.

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21/06/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-10 04:25:56

    10-February.

    [Verse 1]
    I said to my feet
    Donโ€™t just lay there and sleep
    Get up from that bed
    Make something good of this day

    And I said to my hands
    Now go make some friends
    You touch the remote more than your lover

    [Chorus]
    But Iโ€™m as low as low can be
    And I just go home and watch TV
    Wish that I could smoke some weed
    But it makes me way too deep
    Seems like nothing works on me
    This February

    [Verse 2]
    And I said to my abs
    To my one only ab
    Now go hit the gym and multiply yourself
    But everything just seems so boring
    We all go to work like weโ€™re zombies
    And on the subway we stand on each other's feet
    On drowsy grey mornings after taking sleeping pills

    [Chorus]
    But Iโ€™m as low as low can be
    And I just go home and watch TV
    Wish that I could smoke some weed
    But it makes me way too deep
    Seems like nothing works on me
    This February

    Seems like nothing works on me
    This February

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-24 02:25:32

    9-Cycles.

    I know you too well
    Sounds like you're on your way
    The highway's on your voice
    Three exit signs away
    You know how I think
    I'll play it tough and cool
    Try and shut you out, like I always do

    Then you knock, and you'll come in
    If you come in, then you'll sit down
    If you sit down, I'll pour us a drink
    And if we drink, you know we'll laugh and if we laugh
    We'll get close, if we get close
    We'll lose our clothes, and then we'll fall back in love for a while
    We always go in cycles
    On and on in cycles

    We can't be together, sure can't be apart
    Every last goodbye is just another start
    You're gonna grab your things
    And walk out the door
    Say the hurt is over, and that we're done for sure

    Then you knock, and you'll come in
    If you come in, then you'll sit down
    If you sit down, I'll pour us a drink
    And if we drink, you know we'll laugh and if we laugh
    We'll get close, if we get close
    We'll lose our clothes, and then we'll fall back in love for a while
    We always go in cycles
    On and on in cycles

    We're made for each other
    Till we ain't made for each other

    But then you'll knock, and you'll come in
    If you come in, then you'll sit down
    If you sit down, I'll pour us a drink
    And if we drink, you know we'll laugh and if we laugh
    We'll get close, if we get close
    We'll lose our clothes, and then we'll fall back in love for a while
    We always go in cycles
    On and on in cycles
    On and on in cycles
    On and on in cycles

    I know you too well
    Sounds like you're on your way
    The highway's on your voice
    Three exit signs away

    Songwriters: Brett Eldredge / Matt Rogers
    Cycles lyrics ยฉ Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Ole Media Management Lp

    (Full disclosure: the lyrics above have been modified a bit. Although what I found online seemed to be official lyrics, I noticed they differed in several places from what can be heard in the actual song so the changes I made were to reflect what I believe is actually sung. So I can't claim the above are the official lyrics but they are pretty close. Let me know what you think if you listen to it. 🙂 )

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-14 01:50:09

    8-Message Man.

    No no no no no no
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

    The loser hides behind
    A mask of my disguise
    And who I am today
    Is worse than other times
    You don't know what I've done
    I'm wanted and on the run
    I'm wanted and on the run
    So I'm taking this moment to live in the future

    Release me from the present
    I'm obsessing, all these questions
    Why I'm in denial
    That they tried this suicidal session
    Please use discretion
    When you're messing with the message man
    These lyrics aren't for everyone
    Only few understand

    No no no no no no
    Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

    You don't know my brain
    The way you know my name
    You don't know my heart
    The way you know my face
    You don't know what I've done
    I'm wanted and on the run
    I'm wanted and on the run
    So I'm taking this moment to live in the future

    Release me from the present
    I'm obsessing, all these questions
    Why I'm in denial
    That they tried this suicidal session
    Please use discretion
    When you're messing with the message man
    These lyrics aren't for everyone
    Only few understand

    My people singing
    My people singing

    Hope you're dead 'cause how could you sleep at a time like this?
    People they rhyme like this, we're all impressed by this
    They rip it, flip it but these are just triplets
    Wrote this in three minutes, three words to a line
    It's just poetry divided, I'm the kind of guy
    Who takes every moment, he knows he can fight it
    And music to use it, for others to use it
    You're dead 'cause how could you sleep at a time like this?

    Life is up here but you comment below
    When the comments will always become common motivation
    To promote you choose next episode
    So your brain knows to keep going even though hope
    Is far from this moment but you would not know it
    Gets better when morning finally rears its head
    Together we'll lose this, remember the future
    Remember that morning is when night is dead

    Release me from the present
    I'm obsessing, all these questions
    Why I'm in denial
    That they tried this suicidal session
    Please use discretion
    When you're messing with the message man
    These lyrics aren't for everyone
    Only few understand

    Please use discretion
    When you're messing with the message man
    These lyrics aren't for everyone
    Only few understand

    My people singing
    My people singing
    My people singing

    Songwriters: Tyler Joseph
    Message Man lyrics ยฉ Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-29 00:21:34

    7-Love Triangle.

    Sittinโ€™ on the front step
    Little white suitcase
    Hearing that diesel
    โ€˜Fore it hit the front gate
    His headlights burninโ€™ down a Friday night

    Southern Belle statue
    Standing in the screen door
    Watching her whole world
    Head for an old Ford
    With a man that canโ€™t look her in the eye

    Then I run, to him
    Big hug, jump in
    And I cry for her
    Out the window

    Some mommas and daddies
    Are loving in a straight line
    Take forever to harden
    And take a long sweet ride
    But some mommas and daddies
    Let their heart strings tear and tangle
    And some of us get stuck
    In a love triangle

    Bowling alley burger
    Fries and a milkshake
    Heading to the same old
    Two-dollar matinee
    Baby, howโ€™s your school been
    and howโ€™s your mom?

    Patsy Cline echoes
    Back off the dashboard
    Staring at my boots
    And the dusty old floorboards
    Baby, two weeks ainโ€™t really all that long

    Then I run, to her
    Wrap my arms, around her skirt
    And I cry for him
    Out the window

    Some mommas and daddies
    Are loving in a straight line
    Take forever to harden
    And take a long sweet ride
    But some mommas and daddies
    Let their heart strings tear and tangle
    And some of us get stuck
    In a love triangle

    And some mommas and daddies
    Ran outta love in ninety-four
    And some mommas and daddies
    Donโ€™t even talk no more
    And some mommas and daddies
    Let their heart strings tear and tangle

    And some of us get stuck
    And some of us grow up
    In a love triangle

    Written by Nicolle Anne Galyon, Racheal Woodward, Jimmy Robbins โ€ข Copyright ยฉ Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-03 23:02:13

    6-Sink My Feet.

    I wanna sink my feet
    Down in security
    Unmoved by changing tides
    And shadows shifting lines
    I'm tired of getting worn
    Let me wake with the morn
    Once again be reborn
    And think about eternity a little more

    Then I'd see the stars
    See the sun
    And I'd see all that has been done
    And I'd

    I'd leave my fear alone
    I'd leave my fear alone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    And sink my feet in the stone
    Sink my feet in your stone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    Keep me by you

    'Cause I wander, I get caught
    I lift and I drift off
    My forgetful mind runs all the time
    To places I don't care to find
    Cause I wander like the wind
    Here today gone tomorrow
    And back again
    I'm blinded through and through
    'Til I'm touched by you
    Then I

    I leave my fear alone
    I leave my fear alone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    And sink my feet in the stone
    Sink my feet in your stone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    Keep me by you

    If you are the sea, go on, send me deep
    If you are the wind, set my sail free
    If you are the rock, set my feet upon you
    Never let me move
    Keep me by you
    Keep me by you

    I wanna sink my feet
    Down in security
    Unmoved by changing tides
    And shadows shifting lines

    Then I'd see the stars
    See the sun
    And I'd see all that has been done
    And I'd

    I'd leave my fear alone
    I'd leave my fear alone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    And sink my feet in the stone
    Sink my feet in your stone
    Not asking for anything
    Just keep me by you
    Keep me by you

    Lyrics by Jillian Edwards

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26/06/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-21 01:12:33

    I was given several things to work on by my doctor and I am ashamed to admit I haven't been able to truly focus on or incorporate any of the changes on a substantial basis. She even mentioned that she didn't want her patients not to return because they hadn't completed any of the steps in their plan of action.

    I had this silly hangup about needing to write things down and I felt that a planner would be an appropriate place. The problem was that I didn't want to use my current one and my eventual one would only be for the new year so I was kind of just in limbo.

    I finally ordered a book to help me work on making (and tracking) these improvements sooner so I'm looking forward to receiving it and finally making progress.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-29 03:36:48

    I woke up with vertigo this week and I was reminded that I felt dizzy the week prior, too. If it continues, I may get it checked out. It seems that more often than not, this type of thing tends to be associated with the ear.

    It didn't last during the day but I felt it lying down, while I was still waking up. Then a little bit as I got up and walked around, but eventually it went away.

    Someone mentioned ear crystals and it led me to this article:
    http://www.swedish.org/blog/2013/04/dizziness-from-loose-crystals-in-your-head

    Dizziness from loose crystals in your head | Swedish Medical Center Seattle and Issaquah
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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-23 14:18:27

    This week I noticed a type of stringyness in my inner cheeks more. I'm sure it's not the first time I experienced this, but it seemed worse this week and I wondered if it could be thrush-related (which a lot of searches seem to mention). But I couldn't figure out what had really changed to bring this on.

    I then came across this article and they refer to toothpaste. I do remember certain toothpastes not working as well for me and causing a bit of gooeyness but the one I am using now generally seemed okay. It wasn't necessarily my favorite but it was decent and it lasted a while, which I liked.

    https://www.quora.com/After-brushing-my-teeth-the-skin-of-the-cheeks-inside-my-mouth-starts-coming-out-when-I-rub-my-tounge-against-my-cheeks-What-could-be-the-reason

    It's tough to know but I will actually be trying a new toothpaste soon so we'll see if it subsides.

    After brushing my teeth, the skin of the cheeks inside my mouth starts coming out when I rub my tounge against my cheeks. What could be the reason? - Quora
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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-13 00:22:02

    Through a BIA test (bioelectrical impedance analysis), I was able to learn that my phase angle (or cell health) was very good - at the top of the range.

    I was reading more about the phase angle here, in case anyone is interested: https://www.inbodyusa.com/blogs/inbodyblog/your-body-and-you-a-guide-to-phase-angle

    I learned that I have insufficient vitamin D (which is probably fairly common) so I will start to take a supplement.

    I couldn't help but wonder how this was affecting me, though, seeing as most of us wouldn't even know we are lacking it. I wondered what difference it would make to have a sufficient amount and what the main benefits of this vitamin were.

    We may most often think of the absorption of calcium. When I asked what it was good for, the three main things mentioned were the immune system, bones, and long-term health and the prevention of certain cancers (it seems there may be a correlation between certain cancers and low vitamin D).

    In my case, it is the bones and long-term health that motivate me to increase my levels. It was also interesting to hear about someone with MS who only used vitamin D as a treatment, and of family members who would normally all fall ill (e.g. cold season) and then didn't once they increased their vitamin D.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-30 19:59:27

    Little update:

    Doctor visit: โœ“ (follow-up soon)
    Dental cleaning and repair: โœ“
    Blood work: โœ“
    Skin check/screening: โœ“
    Eye check: (have to make appointment)

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11 entries 16 cheers
19/05/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-11-04 21:50:08

    I've been noticing and feeling the effects for several months now, and I need to make a change. I feel it most in my clothes - things feeling tighter, less comfortable and choices being more limited as a result and me wanting to cover up more. I thought that the increase in weight might be related to a prescription, and maybe it affects my eating habits in some way, but I can't say for sure because the last time I put on more weight, I don't think any medication was involved.

    Sometimes I look at myself and feel okay with what I see - it could always be worse -, but I know I've been carrying around extra weight and the clothes are a definite reminder, which is not a bad thing.

    I think it's okay to allow for some periods of fluctuation. I try not to be too strict or focused on weight but I also don't want to be completely indifferent because if I am not careful, it can continue to creep up. I am aware of some eating I am doing that is likely contributing to where I'm at.

    There are three different roads I've considered to try to lose the weight, but at this point, I am mainly thinking about sugar and flour - trying to eliminate (or reduce) those, reducing fast food, and increasing my water intake.

    I haven't stepped on the scale in a while at home. The last time was at my doctor's appointment. I was starting to wonder if it was reliable, but it will still give me an idea. I was weighing myself weekly for a while and I will have to start doing that again.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-21 04:37:30

    Yesterday there were a few things I ate that I didn't feel were great. It made me think about trying to reduce fried foods and sugary foods.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-09-12 03:01:01

    This is definitely more at the forefront these days. I can see and feel it more and I am less comfortable overall.

    I learned that my estimated body fat is just under 35%. According to my doctor, a good range for me would be between 28 and 32% so I am not too far off from the top of the range, but ideally, I would aim for around 30%.

    Interesting to learn through a body composition test that a little over a third of my composition is fat, while the rest is a blend of muscle, bone, organs, etc.

    I was also able to have my measurements taken (waist, hips) which I had been meaning to do so I feel like I have a good base and starting point.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-03 21:45:49

    A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a comment from someone who practices intermittent fasting. They explained a little bit about it and my first impression was that it seemed sound. I plan to read more about it and I may give it a try, not only for the possible weight loss but also for the general health benefits.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-21 20:09:46

    I could feel my arms jiggling as I was typing yesterday. 😯

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2 entries 6 cheers
30/05/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-30 18:16:07

    At least once a week starting in July.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-31 02:43:53

    I have never been a yoga aficionado, but there are two instructors whose videos I have liked. One was on VHS (and eventually transferred to DVD - just have to find it!), and the other instructor's videos can be found on YouTube.

    I tried a few of the YouTube ones when I was exercising more regularly and I revisited one of them more recently, and it felt nice.

    I think aiming to do this at least once a week is definitely achievable, and would be good for my overall fitness (building strength and flexibility, etc.) and for stress relief. I even have some new yoga pants!

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4 entries 29 cheers
19/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-21 01:17:35

    I've been really bad with this, but I'm hoping to work on it soon.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-23 16:02:19

    One of the main reasons I haven't started this yet I think is that I don't feel I have a source a water I feel confident in.

    I know they say tap is supposed to be as good as bottled, but I occasionally hear of different areas in the news, not so far from where I live, and how the citizens are told not to consume the water or to boil it first due to safety concerns. I have also noticed the color change in my own water at times, most likely due to work the city is doing. There is also fluoride in tap water, which I would prefer to avoid.

    I would ideally like to stop using bottled water.

    We have filtered water at work but it is one of those continuous systems and the bottle has never been replaced (that I've seen). I didn't feel as good about it after seeing it cleaned by hand and I also don't like that it is exposed to sunlight on a regular basis.

    I would like to buy some sort of pitcher and when I think of it, this is what I did when I lived on my own.
    The trouble is I live with others now and space in the fridge is limited. But if I could do this, then I could use a glass bottle I was given as a gift and start drinking more water again.

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    • wethepeople
      wethepeople Done 0 cheers 2017-07-27 19:11:13

      @ExplorerSoul You should at least use a decent water filter. I understand limited space in the fridge but do not let that stop you from reaching your goal. You have to be creative and determine.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-07-16 20:43:38

    Found this and thought it could be helpful for me and others wanting to get more water in.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-15 14:44:02

    There is no question that I am falling waaay short on my daily water intake and I want to find ways to improve this.

    Like some others, I don't find myself craving it and it often feels forced. There are moments though when it feels more natural (probably when I've reached the point of extreme thirst) and I can knock out a good amount in a short amount of time. Otherwise, I take a little sip and the water sits there untouched.

    I think I am also a bit particular about the taste. Okay, so at the moment I mainly drink bottled water (bad, I know. Another goal.) but there are some that are more difficult for me to drink.

    Lately I've been thinking about whether it is worth investing in a pitcher with a filter, and just fill up a reusable bottle every day. It makes absolute sense environmentally, but I'm not sure if it will help with actually drinking more water.

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8 entries 28 cheers
16/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-02 20:24:44

    We haven't discussed the idea any further, and lately I find myself thinking of other ideas.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-11-04 02:39:17

    A family member spoke to me about an idea they had which could potentially generate a side income. I would play a part in getting it going and if it did well, I could earn a percentage of any money made. I'm not sure if this idea has been brewing for a while, or if it is an idea with me in mind (to help me financially, that is). Maybe it is both.

    We discussed it a bit, I asked questions, and when I was asked if I thought the idea had potential, I said yes. While there is no guarantee, I could envision some fun things and do think it could draw an interest, but I also felt it was missing something. I think in some way, it felt superficial and I needed it to have more meaning to feel comfortable standing behind it. Today I thought of something that could be an option.

    It's funny because lately when I've thought of ideas for a side income, including this idea when it was presented to me, I thought the new year might be a better time period to consider, and this happened to be the timing suggested.

    I was told to think about it and let them know if I wanted to test out the idea. I still need to reflect on it a bit more, and I need to consider the time I would need to invest.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-02 18:57:29

    Still considering the tutor idea and I've also had this craft idea in mind. Something I could maybe sell. Problem is it would involve some art and I am not the best drawer in this sense. Today I was thinking that maybe I could pay someone or more than one person (fiverr or something similar) to draw up a few samples for me that I could use for the project. It would take some time and money so I may not look into this right away but it's a thought for later on.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-24 15:34:14

    I inquired about a direct selling type opportunity that I've been considering for a while but it is not yet available in my country. Still considering ways I might be able to earn an additional income but also considering my health and the time I have available.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-22 15:02:33

    I am thinking that before trying to obtain an additional income, I should see how far I can stretch my current income, and this will probably come from a spending challenge I hope to start in the near future.

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2 entries 20 cheers
20/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-12 02:49:47

    I feel like I should be focusing on this now. I have reason to start getting to bed earlier. I need to start waking up earlier as I will have to start leaving for work earlier and want to make sure I'm getting enough sleep.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-03 03:49:49

    I need more rest, and keep saying I want to get to bed earlier but it is a challenge.

    I often feel there is already little time left in the day by the time I get home from work. To add to that, nighttime is when it feels calm, when I can just relax without disturbance and maybe I am trying to make it last so I end up staying up later than I should. On days off, I sometimes feel like I am just passing time during the day, waiting for evening to arrive.

    Not getting enough sleep surely has an effect on my energy level and productivity throughout the day.

    Need to make a plan for this.

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5 entries 30 cheers
05/03/2017
Within The Next Year
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-05 03:37:47

    My plan to eat better hasn't been the most successful yet because my stomach has felt sensitive lately and I find myself wanting to stick to crackers and bread when that queasy feeling hits.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-27 17:51:08

    It's been a while of not eating so well, but this week I just feel tired of it. It reminds me of some periods where, when I was spending more money on a regular basis, I would find myself feeling fed up of that, too.

    Yesterday I was driving home and it was late, and I was hungry, and the convenient stop would have been McDonald's, but I already had it for lunch and I really didn't want to go again. I was going back and forth in my mind thinking about cost, convenience, etc. I ended up ordering takeout from a different place, which costed me more, and I couldn't even finish it. I don't know if I was simply full or if it was due to emotions, but I had to put the rest aside.

    There just seems to be a lot of fast food and not very nutritional food in my diet lately, and I am realizing that convenience probably has a bigger part to play in this than I may have thought, but I need to start making better choices again. I feel confident that I will.

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-31 08:51:48

      @ExplorerSoul I have limited time to prep meals and I find that hampers my nutrition. So I end up buying prepared salads at the grocery store or even McDonald's in hopes of boosting my nutrition factor, only to feel guilty the whole time for all the excess plastic waste my purchase entails. Can't win for losing.

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-31 23:36:49

        @aenea That's part of it, too, for me. The waste of it all. That's why I can't help but consider giving it up. There are so many good reasons to. I'm just not there yet, unfortunately.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-05 02:58:36

    Sometimes I think about having a few simple meal options - mainly for breakfasts and lunches - and rotating. I've also thought about having the same thing for a week at a time but I'm not sure if I would grow tired of that.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-29 04:47:44

    So obviously I'm not there yet, otherwise this goal wouldn't exist!

    Someone made a comment to me recently about my eating habits and while I didn't agree with it fully, I thought about the part that might be true and it's not a bad thing.

    I have been thinking more about my fast food habit lately and today I thought, what if I stopped eating it? There were different reasons for it. Money, the environment, being healthier, etc. And now that I think of it, it would also be a step towards the way of eating I am ultimately aiming for.

    I also thought about a family member whose health I worry about and who could probably stand to benefit from certain changes. But if I want those things for them and if I would ask that of them (hypothetically), what could/should I be asking or expecting of myself?

    Ordinarily, eliminating it completely would seem more difficult but today the idea felt less challenging somehow. I also nixed this kind of food for a certain period and it wasn't necessarily an enormous feat. It took some effort, to be sure, but it resulted in my making use of the groceries I had available. It was probably most challenging when I was feeling tired. The ease and convenience (and taste) are probably what gets most of us who include this in our diet but it is more a habit than anything, I think.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-03-27 01:16:57

    I always have it in mind to move toward a more plant-based, whole foods diet. I think ultimately, a way of eating that suits me is one that becomes second nature and doesn't require a lot of thought. One that allows me to feel healthy and strong and helps my body to function at its best.

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12 entries 11 cheers
09/03/2017
Within The Next Year
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-08 03:39:06

    I decided to put this on hold until the fall so I could enjoy some sandal time.

    During my pedicure (it's always a little embarrassing for me initially), the lady mentioned a product from her country (Vietnam) that might help. It wasn't expensive so I decided to buy it, though I could have waited considering I won't be doing this right away. They told me it needed to be applied twice a day and gave me a print out with instructions on soaking, too. Curious to see if it will make any difference.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-28 20:45:03

    Stopped being regular with my treatment. 😕

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 5 cheers 2017-07-19 02:02:12

    Started again today. Day 1 of a new treatment. One of those liquids that you paint on. @spatz I only remembered the Loceryl after buying this treatment!

    I've often read that these types of treatments don't really penetrate and are not the most effective but I am giving it a go. I had also bought an antifungal spray but I'm unsure about mixing the two.

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    • spatz
      spatz 1 cheers 2017-07-20 19:07:58

      @ExplorerSoul I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the new treatment. Hope it works fast. Is it one of those apply daily liquids?

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-21 04:25:03

        @spatz Yes, twice a day. I realized yesterday though that it isn't really meant for the nails (name and picture are a bit misleading in my opinion) but rather for the skin. I'm still a bit torn between treating it and going ahead with the pedicure so I can enjoy some sandals in summer. I started and want to continue until at least an occasion where I may have to go for the pedicure but I hate to do the treatment halfway. I would like to complete it and I believe it is four weeks.

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        • spatz
          spatz 1 cheers 2017-07-21 17:44:24

          @ExplorerSoul hope it's still useful! It can help to file the top of the nail very gently so the fluid can penetrate the top layer better - I used disposable nail files for that. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for it to work great!

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          • ExplorerSoul
            ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-21 18:30:55

            @spatz Thank you. Will take an update picture once a week to track any improvement. Just trimmed the nails and tried to use the sharp tool to clean underneath a little, and with regard to the liquid penetrating, there is actually a good amount of space under the large nail so I am trying to make sure some of the liquid gets in there. The last couple of days, I have still been applying on the nail but also on the skin a bit - at the base, around the nail and on top and underneath if I can.

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-21 04:53:44

        @spatz Was wrong about both name and picture. Silly me!

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    • garrin
      garrin 1 cheers 2017-08-19 12:53:43

      @ExplorerSoul Good luck with this. Something I've been meaning to do forever. I've read that apple cider vinegar works well, consistently applied.

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      • ExplorerSoul
        ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-19 18:33:04

        @garrin So many possible treatment options. Do you think you might try the ACV?

        Most recently, I was recommended a product from Vietnam and given a soaking plan to combine with it. Once I start focusing on this again, I will give this treatment a try for a good two weeks at least and see. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • garrin
          garrin 0 cheers 2017-08-19 19:29:58

          @ExplorerSoul I'm just not consistent enough. And this is the sort of thing you have to treat daily, without fail. I'm going to try the ACV again, just need a little motivation. : ) This product you mention, I hope it works for you.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-10 18:29:48

    I haven't been good with this at all. It's been over a week without doing anything. Part of me is thinking about postponing this and just getting these nails painted.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-07-04 05:32:52

    So this past week was a bit of a mix in terms of what I was doing. I tried two different kinds of soaks and a homemade fungal spread and I've been trying to apply oil both at the start and end of the day.

    Going forward, I will continue with the oil (coconut oil in the AM and oregano oil in the PM) and will do a bleach soak 2-3 times per week. The claim is that
    "most cases resolve in two to three months. Severe cases may take longer." We'll see.

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Write an article 5 people are doing this
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4 entries 17 cheers
14/03/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-09-25 22:36:31

    Had another idea for an article recently.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-08-21 03:21:15

    It occurred to me that by the time my article is ready, it won't exactly be timely.

    Wait a minute.

    It now occurred to me that I am just focusing on the weather where I live.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-13 19:45:15

    An idea came to mind yesterday. It's something that I would be interested in reading about and I feel the subject would allow me to be more precise with my direction and would make for a good length article (not too short, not too long).

    I think part of me is afraid to really put the effort and research into it, in case it goes nowhere, but I won't know unless I try. I have to brush up on article writing and how to submit a query.

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  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-15 00:58:01

    I remember trying to write a story when I was younger. It's possible I tried to write more than one.

    In my adult years, I seemed to think more about journalistic type writing, and writing for magazines. I even thought about creating a magazine at one point. I took a little course for magazine writing as well.

    I sometimes considered buying a digital recorder with the intention of eventually recording an interview with someone (of course there are many more ways to record nowadays, but there is still value in something small and portable I suppose).

    I once followed a completely unrelated program in a different field, wanting to explore it more, and when I returned, feeling a little bit discouraged, one of my first thoughts was "I want to write."

    I am interested in people, and in subjects that matter to them or to me. There is one person I have in mind as a subject to interview. It wouldn't be anything groundbreaking, but it could be an opportunity to dip my feet in the water and gain a certain experience (probably one that will teach me many lessons in what I could improve upon!). I wrote a couple of question ideas down, but I feel like I need more of an angle. I am a bit nervous at the thought of asking this person to do this for me when I am no official writer and there is no guarantee that anything would become of it. But I suppose I could tell them I am practicing and would like to try to submit it to a magazine.

    Gotta work on the angle.

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1 entries 29 cheers
19/02/2017
Within The Next Two Years
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-15 05:08:37

    I feel like this is something to aim for and something that would bring a sense of achievement. While writing for pleasure is important, receiving payment for something I've written would give me hope that something I enjoy could maybe turn into a source of revenue in the future.

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1 entries 11 cheers
28/05/2017
  • ExplorerSoul
    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-23 02:42:56

    This goal was added after I had written an entry for all of my other goals.

    Making a difference was always something that mattered to me growing up but at a certain point in recent memory, I realized it wasn't as obvious anymore.

    Somewhere along the way, it stopped standing out in my mind. I didn't feel that same desire or passion. It was just lost, or forgotten, or not at the forefront as much.

    Earlier this week I was talking to a friend about how some interests we have just seem to be innate. We don't always know the reason why something draws us in or intrigues us, but it does.

    I thought about a group/culture I have always been drawn towards, and I also thought about one of the causes that I could see myself becoming involved with if I were to volunteer for example.

    But for the first time, I made a link between the two - one I'm not sure I had necessarily made before.

    I know this is all a bit vague, but I'm a little cautious about what I share on the site sometimes and these are really just thoughts I wanted to get down on paper, so to speak.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-09 03:32:26

    I started on a certain contraceptive again and I wondered if it might have any effect on my mental or emotional state.

    I've had my struggles regardless and I think I wanted to see if there was a pattern in terms of how I was feeling and when, and whether there might be any triggers, physically/hormonally or otherwise, just to have a better understanding of my mental and emotional state.

    I know my thoughts play an important role in how we feel so it's a good opportunity to track those as well.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-04-01 05:08:58

    I was told that some of my goals seemed vague and maybe needed to be more quantitative.

    I have to agree that several could stand to be more specific. Some of my goals are larger and more long-term while some are more general, and I think they could be broken down into more measurable sub-goals.

    Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals

    Specific

    Measurable

    Attainable

    Realistic

    Timely

    Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six โ€œWโ€ questions:

    Who: Who is involved?

    What: What do I want to accomplish?

    Where: Identify a location.

    When: Establish a time frame.

    Which: Identify requirements and constraints.

    Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

    EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, โ€œGet in shape.โ€ But a specific goal would say, โ€œJoin a health club and workout 3 days a week.โ€

    Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.

    When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.

    To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such asโ€ฆโ€ฆ

    How much? How many?

    How will I know when it is accomplished?

    Attainable โ€“ When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

    You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

    Realistic- To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.

    A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.

    Timely โ€“ A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it thereโ€™s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? โ€œSomedayโ€ wonโ€™t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, โ€œby May 1stโ€, then youโ€™ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
    Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

    T can also stand for Tangible โ€“ A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.

    When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-17 20:07:34

    I'm not sure how I feel about this goal lately. I find myself thinking of ways to still include coffee but lower the cost and waste.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-16 18:06:59

    Tried the recipe from my last entry and it's actually not bad. Nice golden color. Frothy which is nice. Not overly sweet but I don't mind that, and the turmeric is not overwhelming either (I wonder if it can make a difference depending on the source of your turmeric). I used almond milk and maple syrup as a sweetener. A nice, comforting drink that I could imagine having in the evening (or in the morning, for that matter). Only downside is that it takes some time, and the blending can be less than an ideal if you have other people to consider in the morning. Also, if I wanted to bring it in a reusable mug to keep it warm, I would probably want to at least double the recipe.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-01 02:15:47

    So if I were to consider some of the guidelines from the book I mentioned in goal 22, it would be a little tough to drink the turmeric latte, which I thought would be a healthy alternative.

    I usually think of honey as being good for you, but it is very high in sugar so I am looking to see if I can find a recipe with no sugar, though I don't know that it would taste the same.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-23 22:18:38

    Article about coffee and recipe for turmeric latte I mentioned in my last post: http://www.alldayenergydiet.com/coffee-conspiracy

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-10-03 02:27:12

    Lately, the commute to and from work has been taking its toll. I am far from being the only one to experience rush-hour traffic (though other things cause additional delays as well), but I am really feeling the effects on my quality of life.

    I was experiencing a great deal of tension this morning and again this afternoon. I haven't felt that kind of physical stress in a while, and I still feel it now. It's just an accumulation, I think, and it's not a positive way to begin or end the day.

    Trying to think of how this can be made better.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-09-03 22:46:56

    Some days will be better and worse than others and that's normal.

    Part of me is bracing myself for another tough year but I'm also trying to focus on the positive aspects. Last year was better than the year before and this year may be better than the last, too. I'm also trying to break it up into periods so it is more manageable in my mind.

    I am grateful to have a job and an income and I do appreciate the good things, but it's difficult to put in so much effort yet still ultimately feel unfulfilled.

    What's also especially tough is having so little time and energy for anything else. I think about doing something to earn a side income, but I am so tired. I think about continuing to work on my clutter, but I just feel zapped. There is also always the question of what I will do next and I don't have a clear answer. In many ways, until my debt is paid and I have a cushion, it all feels temporary. I am stuck and not truly free to live the kind of life I may like to live (though it still needs some more defining).

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-12 02:46:15

    I am thinking I might stay at my current workplace for another year and then make a change, but it's not certain. At this point I'm still unsure what my next direction will be.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-16 03:45:13

    Last goal out of my current 30 that I had left to write an entry for. This, and my other goal about growing closer to God, felt toughest to write entries for somehow.

    On my former 43Things list, I had at least two related goals, including "Find a job I feel right about" and "Find a career that suits my needs and values." It's interesting that a work-related goal has once again found its way on my list.

    It makes me feel a little bit guilty, because I am truly appreciative that I have a job and I don't want this "search" to leave people close to me with the impression I am never satisfied. I've also felt guilty at the thought that I may be placing too much important on this particular aspect of my life.

    I recognize the positive aspects of my current job, and I am not actively looking for another job, but there are several reasons why I may consider new work at some point.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-11-12 15:14:59

    6-You often hear about chewing on parsley to freshen breath, but today I learned that cardamon seeds can help as well.

    Cardamom is a very effective remedy against a common problem known as halitosis or bad breath. Simply chewing on the seeds can help to eliminate any bad odors coming from your mouth. Some chewing gums even include it as an ingredient for this very reason.

    Recently, in a study conducted by the Department of Microbiology at Kurukshetra University in India done to explore the antimicrobial effects of cardamom extracts on oral bacteria, it was found that the extracts are effective against oral pathogenic bacteria like Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans. (1) Additionally, the major active component of cardamom oil, cineole, is a potent antiseptic known for killing the bacteria causing bad breath and other infections. So if youโ€™re looking how to get rid of bad breath, look no further.
    Source: draxe.com

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 4 cheers 2017-09-20 22:12:15

    5-On Monday I discovered the word hubris (excessive pride or self-confidence), which I don't think I'd ever heard before. I thought it was interesting.

    Then yesterday I learned about a term called virtue signalling, which was also new to me.
    It represents "the conspicuous expression of moral values done primarily with the intent of enhancing standing within a social group."

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-09-17 20:11:53

    4-Yesterday I learned that McDonald's sells compostable pods. I usually try to stay away from pods, but I would consider using these. Would reduce my spending and my waste contribution.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-09-10 14:40:38

    3-I learned in July that chiropractic can help to improve the nervous system.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-24 17:28:03

    2-Today I learned that 50 to 70% of our oxygen comes from the ocean. I don't think I knew this, or at least, my impression might have been more that most of our oxygen came from trees. Apparently the amount from the ocean is more than all the rainforests combined.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-07-28 20:55:29

    On one of my bank's websites, there was some brief information on saving towards your first home and it inspired me. Obviously with my debt, it would be difficult to focus on this right now but when I am able to, I think I would like to try to save $20,000 in three years or less.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-09 03:33:41

    Home, etc.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-27 00:51:46

    Have the guitar back so might be practicing some more soon. 🙂

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-06-04 17:08:18

    For some reason, this has taken a back seat and I will also have to return the guitar as it is needed for the next couple of weeks at least.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-14 03:02:11

    Haven't picked it up in a couple of weeks.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-23 18:16:57

    Practiced some more earlier this week. Explored a few other songs but mainly practiced the two I was already working with.

    I finished feeling uncertain about whether I was progressing. I wondered if there was a certain technique to help make the transitions smoother or whether it will just take time.

    I might practice a bit today. I'm not sure how much longer I will have the guitar for, though.

    I was thinking about how I would consider this goal accomplished. I think being able to play one song strumming and one song finger picking, with smooth transitions (bonus for singing along!) is the goal I'm aiming for right now.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-04-11 01:58:01

    After several days without practicing (and feeling a lot of sensitivity in my fingers in recent days), I browsed some videos online and practiced for a little while today. I found two songs that each had about four chords and that were helpful with practicing chord changes. I wasn't sure of the strumming pattern though. Either way, my rhythm was off, especially as I tried to sing along!

    I do find myself wanting to practice finger picking more.

    Anyway, it was enough on my fingers for today!

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-20 21:38:23

    This is the list.



    1. Read a book with more than 500 pages



    2. Read a classic romance book



    3. Read a book that became a movie



    4. Read a book published this year



    5. Read a book with a number in the title



    6. Read a book written by someone under 30



    7. Read a book with nonhuman characters



    8. Read a funny book


    9. Read a book by a female author




    1. Read a mystery or thriller



    2. Read a book with a one-word title



    3. Read a book of short stories



    4. Read a book set in a different country



    5. Read a nonfiction book



    6. Read a popular author's first book



    7. Read a book from an author I love that I haven't read yet



    8. Read a book a friend recommended



    9. Read a Pulitzer Prize-winning book



    10. Read a book based on a true story



    11. Read a book at the bottom of my to-read list



    12. Read a book my mom loves



    13. Read a book that scares me



    14. Read a book more than 100 years old



    15. Read a book based entirely on its cover



    16. Read a book I was supposed to read in school but didn't



    17. Read a memoir



    18. Read a book you can finish in one day



    19. Read a book with antonyms in the title



    20. Read a book set somewhere I have always wanted to visit



    21. Read a book that came out the year I was born



    22. Read a book with bad reviews



    23. Read a trilogy



    24. Read a book from my childhood



    25. Read a book with a love triange



    26. Read a book set in the future



    27. Read a book set in high school



    28. Read a book with a color in the title



    29. Read a book that makes me cry



    30. Read a book with magic



    31. Read a graphic novel



    32. Read a book by an author I have never read before



    33. Read a book I own but have never read



    34. Read a book that takes place in your hometown



    35. Read a book that was originally written in a different language



    36. Read a book set during Christmas



    37. Read a book written by an author with my same initials



    38. Read a play



    39. Read a banned book



    40. Read a book based on or turned into a TV show


    41. Read a book I started but never finished

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-08-14 04:06:35

    Would a book on tape count? I typically never listen to books on tape, but I started one and am wondering if I should count it.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-24 23:41:45

    Right now I feel like I have so many unfinished books. Trying to focus on two right now.

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      aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:01:07

      @ExplorerSoul what are you reading, if I may ask? does this include the budgeting book?

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        ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:07:52

        @aenea It did, yes. I have been so tired lately and have let reading slip. I actually just glanced at both today but am having trouble devoting time and attention to either. I was even planning to read a bit of one before bed but I'm not sure I'll have a chance.

        The two are 30 Days to 1K and The Art of Discarding - both interesting but both requiring more of an investment than just reading.

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        • aenea
          aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:27:37

          @ExplorerSoul yes i know how it goes. seems to take forever for me to finish a book because i always have to steal the time to read, usually taking it away from my sleep.

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            ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-08 03:51:20

            @aenea Are you trying to read anything now?

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              aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-08 04:02:39

              @ExplorerSoul yes I'm reading several things right now. so many books interest me and I will start them but then take forever to finish any of them. I'm trying to focus on Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead at the moment. I think I have about 10 books listed under 'currently reading' on goodreads though. With luck I may finish half of them by the end of the year.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-03-19 15:39:42

    https://dayzeroproject.com/feature/43/the-ultimate-reading-challenge

    Thank you @mycupofstars for sharing!

    The Ultimate Reading Challenge
    The Ultimate Reading Challenge is a very comprehensive list of book reading goals compiled by PopSugar.
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      aenea 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:05:25

      @ExplorerSoul are you on dayzeroproject as well? I really like some of the features they have over there - especially being able to group goals - but it doesn't seem to be as community oriented/active.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-13 02:03:47

    This goal is inspired by @joycultivation 's goal 'Send my "Little Prince" action figure on a journey around the globe!'.

    I loved this as it reminded me of the travelling gnome in Amelie. Whimsical was a good way to describe it.

    Today I had a thought as I looked at a recent picture I had printed of myself and a family member. If a picture of myself or someone I knew was left somewhere random (preferably not where I live) with some kind of message, how long would it take for people to find out who the person in the photo is? With technology and social media these days, I bet it would be pretty quick.

    The bringing people together bit is another reason I think games like 'Sneaky Cards' or 'Anywhere Connections' interest me. They just add a little bit of joy and uniqueness to people's day.

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      joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-07-13 02:20:24

      @ExplorerSoul love this!! I know i am behind in responding to a bunch of your 43T comments. I am in a grad school black hole. Gotta getterdone. Coming up for air again in 2 weeks. #earnyourcheers #getthegoalsdone

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-11-24 22:39:44


    1. Kind of random, but a nut bowl. Something I've thought about for a long time.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 0 cheers 2017-10-25 04:13:33

    Years ago, I remember thinking that I would like my eventual budget to be somewhere around $200,000 or less. Now I would be happy to spend less than $100,000 if possible - even somewhere around $50,000 or less if I could.

    At a certain point, I considered the idea of an energy efficient pre-fab home.

    In recent years, I have enjoyed browsing tiny houses. The original models were similar and while there were aspects I liked, there were other things I didn't as much. Now you can find so many unique designs and clever use of space.

    There are many things that are appealing about tiny homes but realistically, I still don't know if I could actually live in one. I suppose it would depend on the size and it wouldn't just be me to consider if I were sharing the space.

    Most recently, I have been curious about container homes. These really never appealed to me before. I think they just seemed cold and more limited somehow, but it is so interesting to see what some people have done with the space inside. They can be inexpensive to buy and they can be more solid than many other structures, which could be a factor for those living in areas where disaster could strike.

    It seems that with the increase of people interested in living in smaller spaces and paying less, the regulations are becoming tighter, and I have read that it can be quite complicated due to various laws.

    At this stage of my life, I don't feel that a 30-year mortgage or even a 15-year one is what I want or is in line with the lifestyle I hope to live. I don't have a clear idea what that looks like yet, but I know it involves reduced expenses and ideally a reduced carbon footprint.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-10-04 01:22:14


    1. Good insulation.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 3 cheers 2017-08-25 01:39:19

    This is a cute little kitchen.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-07 17:45:23


    1. A bidet!

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-04-16 03:30:32

    I remember wanting to record a demo when I was younger.

    In recent years, I've sometimes thought about putting a cover up on YouTube for fun, but I think I would have preferred being able to accompany myself with an instrument. I've thought about recording a little CD.

    What song would I cover? That's the question. But I did have an idea for a theme in recent times (I think the same idea may have come to mind in the past) that could at least narrow things down and give me a bit of direction.

    What's tricky is that sometimes a song you like may not be an ideal match for your voice. And it's nice when you can honour the original but also make it your own in some way, I think.

    Will try to compile a little list of possibilities. This is probably not a goal I will get to very soon!

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-08 06:03:33

    I found a little gem of a place to stay not too far away. Maybe this could be a possibility sometime next year.

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 2 cheers 2017-04-10 02:03:23

    I've been following Rory Feek's blog for some time and was touched by his latest post "outskirts of heaven."

    It is not close by, but I thought about how one day, I would like to be able to attend a service there. It seemed like the kind of place where I could feel at home.

    This morning, a day after my first entry for my "Grow closer to God" goal, I was fortunate to get to tune into roughly 20 minutes of the service through Facebook live, and to read a few comments from people watching as far away as, or even further away from me and from someone who had driven from a different state to attend one of their services in person. The humility and welcoming quality present during the service were what I had envisioned.

    Maybe one day.
    🙂

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    ExplorerSoul Doing 1 cheers 2017-08-25 02:40:09

    Strange dream right before waking up, and it made me think of this goal. But I'd like to start this in January, just as something fun (and maybe insightful) to do. 🙂

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