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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 :)

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on September 13, 2017 at 8:48am — No Comments

Achievement #482 - Fulfilling obligations

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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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 31, 2017 at 9:29am — No Comments

Achievement #481 - The right attitude

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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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 30, 2017 at 9:33am — No Comments

Achievement #480 - Supporting my partner's dream

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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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 28, 2017 at 9:35am — No Comments

Achievement #479 - Getting the work done early, pt 2

Continuing my trend from Monday, I completed the single biggest non-personal business task yesterday, and made a good beginning with what I have left. Aiming to finish everything before Friday, leaving me three whole days to edit videos and research marketing to my heart's content. What a great start to the week!

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 23, 2017 at 8:51am — No Comments

Achievement #479 - Getting the work done early

After an incredibly busy last week, I've learned I need to get the bulk of my non-essential work finished early in the week, so I don't have it adding pressure to the days when I would normally focus completely on my business. Yesterday was a great start, allowing myself time to both rest and work, and after today, I should have the majority of the work finished. It's going to be a great week.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 22, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

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.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 14, 2017 at 9:22am — No Comments

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…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 8, 2017 at 8:54am — No Comments

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!

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 7, 2017 at 8:32am — No Comments

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.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 3, 2017 at 8:02am — No Comments

Achievement #474 - A diplomatic email

I've been planning on messaging a student who's been absent a great deal, and whom I've suspected is frustrated with my style of teaching. I finally sent out a very tactful email yesterday. I was rewarded with a response - she finally explained what's been bothering her. I'm not sure whether she will continue lessons with me or not, but at least now we can move towards a resolution.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on August 1, 2017 at 8:29am — No Comments

Achievement #473 - Beginner Salsa vids filmed

Yesterday my wife and I filmed our next set of instructional videos. It was a bit rushed and we didn't get done as much as we wanted to, but made significant progress with at least one dance. And we're learning how to get faster and more consistent with the videos, which is far more important.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 31, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

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 :)

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 21, 2017 at 8:56am — No Comments

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.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 19, 2017 at 9:48am — No Comments

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 :)

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 14, 2017 at 8:45am — No Comments

Achievement #469 - Expanding the business

I teach chair lessons at a long-term healthcare centre, and it's going so well I recently decided to expand my operations. I've been compiling a list of different places to contact, combined with other ideas a friend of mine who is involved in the health industry. It makes me nervous thinking about cold-calling or emailing these people, but I feel more confident than I've been in ages. 

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 12, 2017 at 8:20am — No Comments

Achievement #468 - Spreading out the work

One of the challenges I face is having to divide my time amoung multiple kinds of work, when I tend to prefer some kinds over others. Yesterday was a good one for this: I completed a large amount of marketing for the studio, got in some research for my business, and acquired a new reference contact for teaching dance at retirement homes and healthcare centres. Looking forward to repeating that today.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 11, 2017 at 10:08am — No Comments

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!

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 10, 2017 at 7:01am — No Comments

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.

Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 7, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

Achievement #465 - Best lesson ever!

I've been reviewing how to make a lesson more enjoyable, while allowing myself to get to know the student better and present opportunities for them to get what they're looking for through dance. Yesterday I applied what I'd learned so far, and had possibly the best lesson I'd ever taught! The couple had a fantastic time, and I felt I maintained the flow throughout the lesson, far better than I had before. They didn't purchase a program, but they were very enthusiastic at the end and said…

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Added by DarknessCannotDriveOutDarkness on July 6, 2017 at 8:59am — No Comments

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