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Achievement #483 - Recognizing a crash

I've been having some motivational issues regarding my dream, largely due I suspect to not getting enough sleep. Yesterday I took some guilt-free time to rest and recover, and I already feel more motivated today than I did. Might still take it a bit easier today though :)See More
Sep 13
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Achievement #478 - Third bank of videos complete!

Finished filming for the first 7 tango steps yesterday! We're getting faster now, managed to correct some things we'd missed in the previous 2 sessions - and still got out an hour early! Hoping we can get 2 different dances done at once in future sessions.See More
Aug 14
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Achievement #477 - A moment of reflection

Yesterday provided an opportunity for me to take stock of my life in recent months. I realized that, thanks to me ongoing dance project, I've been working harder these past few months than I ever have in my life. But at the same time, I don't regret the work - in fact, this has been the longest time in years I've one without ending my days feeling guilty, as if I'd missed my potential. There was also a recognition of how much I've done to get here, and wonderment at the seeming randomness of it…See More
Aug 8
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Achievement #476 - First filming for front page video!

Moving forward on yet another project: Making a compilation video of people of all ages and walks of life, dancing in various settings, having fun, messing up, and enjoying themselves - to show people that dance doesn't have to be scary, and if these people can do it, they can too. Yesterday I worked with my wife's very accommodating parents, and while they had trouble with it at first, they gradually worked it out. Lots of great smiles and laughs!See More
Aug 7
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Achievement #475 - Action-based Language

I learned about a new way of speaking I'd like to permanently add to my social toolkit: Action-based language. The idea is to express all challenges in terms of how to move beyond them, rather than focusing on past events that led up to them. Obviously this won't work for every situation, but I've had it explained that it can be very effective, especially when dealing with very goal-oriented people.See More
Aug 3
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Achievement #472 - New stretch for sleeping!

I have very tight hip flexors, which can cause pain and recently have made it difficult to sleep. My trainer recently recommended foam rolling after applying heat to the affected areas. I gave it a shot yesterday, and managed to get a 2 hr nap in! And I still felt good when I woke up :)See More
Jul 21
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Achievement #471 - The best of a bad situation

Very hard day yesterday - received some bad news, had some difficulty with a peer, and got confused about the time of a lesson. What I can say is at the end of it all, I still gave my students the very best I had to give. I didn't let the hardships of the day affect my lesson, and I'm proud of myself for that.See More
Jul 19
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Achievement #470 - Remembering the little things

I've been working hard at connecting faces to names at Chester Village, where I teach chair dancing. It's great to see people's faces light up when they hear their name, but yesterday had an additional payoff: One woman asked if I would dance at another venue that has weekly events! I need to talk to the coordinator of course, but I've got better chances now that one of the members is vouching for me :)See More
Jul 14
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Jul 12
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Achievement #467 - New recording space!

It took some negotiating, but I've managed to secure recording time at an event hall at a fraction of it's original asking price. It's better lit than where I was previously, and looks nicer in many ways. And it's practically right next to home!See More
Jul 10
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Achievement #466 - Monitoring Success

Yesterday, I taught two different lessons. One went better than the other. BUT I've much better idea of how I can improve because I've started to include more detail about this in my notes. It sucks feeling I could have done better, but it's gratifying to know I WILL be better, because I'm finally paying more attention to it.See More
Jul 7
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Jul 6
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Achievement #463 - Turning a day around

I had a really rough night's sleep the night before last, and felt pretty grumpy the next morning. Instead of getting to work like I originally wanted to, I frittered the morning away watching Youtube videos. It took spending a bit of time playing outside with the bunny to help me reset and focus, but once it happened, I was back on track! Got a lot of inbound marketing research done for the studio, and made some important progress on my own site as well. Having a difficult start is hard, but…See More
Jul 4
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Achievement #462 - Surviving

Yesterday was wall-to-wall busy, and I needed to pick up my energy more than once. I managed to get a short nap in the middle of the day, but otherwise it was about 12 hours of moving, working, and dancing. I'm glad I managed as best as I did, and a bit proud that I didn't lose my centre like I might have in the past. Daily mantras are paying off.See More
Jun 30
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Achievement #461 - Milestone on my journey

There is friend I know from university who intimidated me somewhat, because he was pretty suave, gave off an aura of confidence, and generally seemed to have his sh*t together. It's remarkable how much our relationship has changed over the years, as I've gradually come into my own and developed my own confidence in myself. He's been away for a while, but yesterday my wife and I paid him and his fiance a visit as they travel across Canada towards their new home. It felt, maybe for the first…See More
Jun 29

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About Me:
Rhythm and smooth ballroom dance instructor. Love to read, cook, play chess, sample wine, and wax philosophical and/or spiritual. Still a skeptic at heart, but open to Truth as it comes.
Intentions & Goals:
To invite greater positivity and confidence into my life by identifying and changing my thought patterns. To accept a helping hand when it is offered, and offer a helping hand when it is asked for. To become a guide for those who are lost and searching.
Practices:
Journaling, Gratitude Journal, Reading, Fitness, Getting coaching, Take 100% responsibility for my life

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Achievement #483 - Recognizing a crash

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 8:48am 0 Comments

I've been having some motivational issues regarding my dream, largely due I suspect to not getting enough sleep. Yesterday I took some guilt-free time to rest and recover, and I already feel more motivated today than I did. Might still take it a bit easier today though :)

Achievement #482 - Fulfilling obligations

Posted on August 31, 2017 at 9:29am 0 Comments

My wife almost didn't fulfill an obligation she made to herself yesterday. It was late, and we were about to turn in for the night when she realized she still needed to finish something that would take another hour. She was tempted to put it off, but I suspected she would feel bad about it tomorrow, so I told her I'd stay up with her (we could still talk while she did what she had to do). It felt good to provide a gentle nudge to help her keep integrity with herself, and it makes this sleepy…

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Achievement #481 - The right attitude

Posted on August 30, 2017 at 9:33am 0 Comments

Sometimes, you get the feeling that they day's going to be a sh*tshow, and you let it get you down before it even begins. I had a similar feeling about last night, but I was determined not to let it get to me. So instead of letting myself get slow and depressed, I charged in with both guns blasting. I taught a great kizomba class, even though the only ones to show were instructors from the studio. When my evening students cancelled last minute, I compensated by transcribing an important…

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Achievement #480 - Supporting my partner's dream

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 9:35am 0 Comments

This past weekend, my lovely wife made some important steps towards a dream of her own. We traveled across the country to visit a town where she's planning on purchasing our first investment property, and came across some promising options. I learned a great deal about real estate in the process, and am so glad I could join her on this journey. It's exciting and uplifting for the both of us to be striving for what's important to us, and I know we'll be there for each other if (when) the…

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