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  1. To visit my girlfriend in Helsinki for Christmas, then we're stopping by London and catching the NYE fireworks. Exciting!
  2. Half a day delayed, the post you've all been waiting for. I think this is my shortest journal so far, but I'm thinking of spending my day 12 (the start of October) doing some reflection and planning for the month. Expect a juicy next entry! Day 11 Quote I’m contemplating: “In a blink of an eye, we’ll all be gone. 100 years compared to infinity is nothing. I talk to my sister all the time… I say, ‘girl, you better start having some fun. We’re gonna be gone in a minute. You’re gonna look back and say, "shit, I should have been laughing, and now I’m dead”’” - Jamie Foxx (That quote quickly got t
  3. Day 10 Quote I’m contemplating: “People always think you gain trust first and then you’re vulnerable with people. But the truth is, you can’t really earn trust over time with people without being somewhat vulnerable first.” - Brené Brown Video I’m watching: Every kid needs a champion by Rita F. Pierson “Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” What I’m reading: The Paleovedic Diet by Akil Palanisamy - I didn't find time to read today. Aiming to finish this
  4. @thehondasc00py - The other Chrome extensions I'm using right now are: Clip to Evernote - I fell in love with Evernote and use it liberally. Their extension compliments it beautifully.1Password - Managing all passwords with a single mother password! Hallelujah!AdBlock Plus - Once you use it, there's no going back... News Feed Eradicator for Facebook - Really great. I've deleted all my social media in the past, but I've found this to be a good replacement. It takes away all the mindless scrolling of Facebook and only leaves the good bits like events and messages.Google Calendar ExtensionFor blo
  5. @ChewyChickenBones Great username! I'm still early on in the challenge, but I'm finding the forum a great place to escape to whenever I may be craving to play. The support here is wonderful and it makes you realise you're not alone in wanting to change your life for the better. We can get through this.
  6. @Cam I've been wanting to find a meaningful way to keep my Japanese fluency up since coming back to Australia. I'd be keen on helping out with Japanese translations if it's a thing. Also, I'd be interested in helping with the badge-bot. I'm so excited to have one that I may as well help make it happen.
  7. Day 9 Quote I’m contemplating: “You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” - Dale Carnegie Video I’m watching: There's more to life than being happy by Emily Esfahani Smith “There's an emptiness gnawing away at people,and you don't have to be clinically depressed to feel it. Sooner or later, I think we all wonder: Is this all there is? And acc
  8. @thehondasc00py, @WorkInProgress - Definitely a value I hold highly. I have the same problem with setting too much for myself. I follow through on almost everything, but because I set the bar too high, I inevitably fall short. That last 5% that gets left unfinished isn't too bad by itself, but when it happens again and again it begins to become a habit. It's a balancing act setting big and bold dreams while still keeping them achievable. As Bill Gates says, “most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”
  9. @thehondasc00py mate, if only we were in the same country; I know we would resonate 205% and connect like nobody else. I totally understand the desire to skip past the social game part and get those deep relationships. Give yourself some time for this. You only set your mission of finding a friend down on paper on day 16, and by day 17 you were tired of trying. You definitely don't have permission to beat yourself up over it after a single day. Great job with a few things: You visited that tat studio. Awesome! Did you get to talk to them about your idea? You talked to a girl! Shame on the pe
  10. I had a good laugh at this. I love when everything inside you is screaming to not do something, but you know exactly what needs to happen, and you do it anyway. I'm eager to follow along with your progress. Keep us updated.
  11. Welcome @Raven! I'm really happy for you deciding to make a change. You've already done the hardest part: taking that first big step. It's not going to be easy, but don't forget to appreciate yourself for taking action. We're all in this together.
  12. Day 8 Quote I’m contemplating: “There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way” - Thich Nhat Hanh What I’m watching (10 minutes): Getting stuck in the negatives (and how to get unstuck) | Alison Ledgerwood | TEDxUCDavis “We tend to think that misery loves company,That venting will help get rid of our negative emotions, That we’ll feel better if we just talk about how terrible our day was… But we forget to talk about the good stuff. And yet that’s exactly where our minds need the most practice.” This is exactly what I needed to hear, delivered loud and clear. Listening to what Alison had
  13. Thanks for the tips @giblets. I really enjoyed having your perspective on it. I think I’ll try and get to the bottom of exactly what the stress is about, defining it more accurately, then I’ll report back. In the meantime I realised you're right. I have more to lose from not attempting the audition at all than by not doing well. You’re very welcome @thehondasc00py. There’s something encouraging in remembering that we’re all human and always have something to improve on. I’m going to try sit with my cravings when they next appear. I’ll be absolutely stoked if I manage to simply take 3 deep brea
  14. @FreetheG You caught my attention with "homemade food." I know what you mean, nothing beats a freshly cooked meal prepared with loving intention. Except maybe sharing that meal with someone you love.
  15. @thehondasc00py I should've guessed you were into the same down-tempo lo-fi hiphop chill beats as me! I was picking something up in your music but it didn't click. Turn the dream into a reality one day man. That sounds radical! @Parkreiner I'm planning on visiting for the 2020 olympics myself, if I don't find my way there sooner! There's so much more to see than just the music scene. Don't sell your experience short!