A gift for you


Nala’s latest love is finding and retrieving dead dog fish. 

It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Not strictly true. 

I think in this picture she is saying ‘I am so good to you, and yet you don’t seem grateful’.

This week I have been struck again by how wonderful it is to have a dog. The latest reason is the sense of community from other dog walkers. I chatted to three different groups of people at the pub on Sunday – we would have had nothing to talk about if Nala hadn’t tried to climb under their tables to try to eat the chips that had fallen down there. 

Love that dog. 

So close to my challenge…

A scheduling failure and a change of routine.

I schedule posts in advance, I write in bulk and schedule for the week – it helps to make writing something down a priority.

Then I didn’t set a theme for my blogging and freestyled a week. Two days working from home and I didn’t check in on my blog.

Nothing went up.

Bother.

Two days shy of my month of blogging.

I am rather disappointed with this, I’d set a win in my head and I missed it.

Don’t waste your time striving for perfection, instead, strive for excellence – doing your best.

Laurence Olivier

I could choose to focus on that I missed out on my month of blogging, or I could focus on the fact that in 30 days I added 300% more content than the site had had in its history. I did my best, and the bar for what is my best had been raised to a new high.

The focus could also be on what went wrong (routine, post planning) or I could celebrate the fact that I now have a pattern of writing that works well for me.

Writing has become a pleasure and not a chore.

So much good has come from this month.

To explain the picture above, I spent my weekend making furniture and finishing the babies nursery. Relaxing weekends, dreaming about the future are good for the soul.

With that we move on to April blogging, what to write about next…

Saturday freestyle – soundtrack to the week

I love a live album. 

RHCP live at Hyde Park. Not widely appreciated but it was my first HUGE gig and I loved it with all my heart.

Jay Z unplugged. I recorded this on VHS from MTV base. I came close to wearing the video out. 

Foo fighters at Hyde Park (I don’t only like rock shows from Hyde park I promise). I watched Everlong about 50 times when I got this DVD one Christmas. 

This week has been the turn of Greenday. Wonderful songs, all the energy and a crowd that adores them. 

So, so much fun. 

Hooray for the live album!

My enemy, my friend

Cappuccino in VeniceCaffeine, my friend my enemy.

Just kidding, it’s not that serious.

I never really thought about caffeine when I started drinking coffee. My mind just felt energised. This was good. It was only when I started to feel a bit stressed that I couldn’t work out why I would go from feeling fine to chest pains in minutes. Turns out it was the 7 coffees I’d drunk that day. I reduced the number of coffees but didn’t stop drinking them.

The next stage was ‘powering through’. I got a job that meant I was getting up at 5:30am and getting back in the house at 8pm. This job also had LOVELY coffee available all day. The commute made me feel quite tired so I made full use of this availability.

Around 4 months into this job I had put an incredible amount of caffeine into my system. One evening I leapt onto the wrong train, ending up going west rather than south and being abandoned in a deserted station I’d never heard of. This was swiftly followed by a teary call to my wife saying:

‘I can’t do this job any more, I’m tired and I’m lost’.
‘Oh babe, you can – you’re not lost, you’re on a path to a great career’

‘No, I mean I got on the wrong train and I have no clue where I am’.

I could carry on, I was being cafi-matic, (caffeine induced dramatic) and finished my 12 month contract with that company, breaking the company record for number of marketing people helped in 1 year (humble brag) just with a greatly reduced caffeine intake.

Roll forward to March 2017. I’ve had various seasons where I have come off of caffeine completely, and but mostly limit myself to a max of two coffees a day.

I’m Kristian, I’m a caffeine addict.

Caffeine has now left my routine. I’m more level in my emotions, I keep finding I can process things better. Drinking decaf isn’t nearly as fun but the benefits far out way any loss.

Whilst writing this I’m sipping a decaf tea on the train. No emotion peaks, just calm.

Dream.

Blogging – the how and when

I set myself a challenge to blog every day in March. This challenge will be achieved in 3 days. Hooray!

I’ve blogged about starting blogging a few times (Inception – blogs within blogs, within blogs…). On each occasion I’ve never been able to get into a rhythm. Sporadic posts and not very interested in writing them. It turns out I needed to apply my approach to learning a new tech skill, make it a part of my routine and just get on with it.

I won’t write a good post every time (or any of the time depending on the level of banter), but the discipline of starting and finishing is positive. I learn what works and what doesn’t. I learn what I like writing about and what I don’t.

I only read, write and listen on the train now. My commute feels more intentional.

That being said, I truly believe the only reason I was able to complete the month was because I set myself topics for a week. The month has flown by.

The decision now is, at what rate should I carry on blogging?

I am going to blog sporadically¬†in April because there is some hardcore learning to be done. These new skills are tech related and I just need to give them my full attention. I will pause for the most part and resume in May with stories of all the learning I’ve undertaken.

March, we’re nearly through. It’s been fun. Let’s see what April brings.