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Reading Update 2: Fantasy Novel is the Best!

I’m on page 299 of Clockwork Angel. Just finished chapter 9 and going to start chapter 10.

My feeling so far: excited. It feels like going home 😀

I’m glad I get to travel the fantasy world again. Where everything is strange yet familiar at the same time. Where you get to understand things while enjoying the world some people found unacceptable.

I love stories and fantasy tells stories in the best way that’s impossible for some other genres to enter. It opens all possibilities. Limitless. Just the way I like it.

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A New Post. Finally.

Choose one good thing to do in your life, make it a habit then let it change your life.

As simple as that. But not as simple to practice it.

It’s always a challenge to create a new routine, to change what you have usually done for years, especially when there’s no reason to do it but yourself and your wish to be a better person.

Sometimes you want to do lots of things in the same time then ended up doing none of them. Sometimes you just want to do one thing, start doing it then stop after some period of time (like the history of me and this blog).

It’s hard to start, it’s harder to keep doing what you have start. It needs a strong will, a determination, a hard work.

You know what I need right now? A nice lunch.

 

Thoughts vs Habits

WatchThe quote above means we should pay attention to our thoughts, whether it’s negative or positive, because eventually it will affect our destiny. It also means we could create thoughts that will shape our destiny the way we want it to be.

Now, I perceive thought as paradigm, the way we see things. Whether we think something is possible or impossible, what we think we can or can’t do, whether we see the world as abundance of resources, goodness, and happiness for everyone or just a limited amount of them that we should compete to have some.

Whatever we believe, our words and actions will follow. When we consciously decided to reshape our thoughts, it will be easier to form actions that synchronize with it, which then become our habits, that build our character and finally our destiny.

It will not be as effective, or long lasting, if we decided to directly change our habits against what we truly believe. For example, when we think that wake up early is good but not that important for our life schedule and priorities, we might be able to do it for some amount of time, than we back on choosing to sleep longer instead. It will be so hard to keep on giving when you still strongly believe that you don’t have enough and it will just make your life even harder.

Of course, it still need a strong determination and discipline to build the new habit to make us get used to the new consciously chosen thoughts. It works like a circle that effect each other and then work together to shape our character and destiny.

Well, that’s how i see it. How about you?

To Write or Not to Write

Writing random things is harder than I thought. I think I just not able to really let go yet. I still want it to be “good”, while I don’t put enough time and energy to focus on this blog everyday. And so that is how this blog is left without update for more than a month.

I have to say that this is not the only place I find it hard to write. I think my writing muscle is getting weak. There is no cure to it except to write more on daily basis.

Like they said, if you want to be a writer, the most important thing you need to do is write, write, write. Than of course as the fuel to it you need to read, read, read. Read books and whatever outside books. It just like an athlete needs to keep practicing and eating healthy food.

It needs effort and commitment (to write, to do anything that last). I’ve been failing it for so many times, I know. But, hey, i write today. Let’s start from there (I think I should change the blog name into “Starting Over”).

Whatever. The question for me now is: To write or not to write.

Which One Would You Choose?

You could either do whatever makes you (only) feel good right now or do something good for your life now and in the future.

You could choose to snooze the alarm and sleep again or wake right up and do a morning jog or prepare a more decent breakfast.

You could choose to watch TV all night or write a new post in your dear blog.

You could choose to eat anything delicious in your mouth or start eating something that is good for your health.

You could choose to stay still or learn new things, build new skills and habits, do something that would change you and your life to the better.

The first choice is what most people take. Because it’s easy. The second one needs discipline.

Now, it’s okay to sit back and relax. But if that is all you do you will loose a chance to have a better life to enjoy.

To make a better choice you need to see the consequences. Imagine it in your head, then choose based on that image.

A short fun easy now that cause you a messy life and some troubled future or a long happy meaningful life.

I want the second image. I need to train the dragon (just because it’s a more cool word than discipline and I love the book :p).

Would you please share your experience in training your “dragon”?

Welcoming March

I just decided to start a new strategy on my last post, then the next week I forgot to post at all -_-”

So, here comes March, and this is my post to welcome the new month.

It’s not always easy to deal with changes, but changes happen so there’s no other way than learning to deal with it.

I adapt, with my own way and time, to all changes in my life.

I cried and laughed through some of it. I felt uncomfortable and scared. Then I got used to it, and everything is okay again, if not better.

One thing for sure, I grew. I became a person I would never be without those changes. Mostly a better one. Someone with more perspective and understanding. With more patience and empathy. I became more sensitive with things I didn’t realize before, more grateful of precious things I used to take for granted.

I learn to be stronger, to have more will and determination.

I’m not saying that I’m perfect now. That it would be easy to face any change and hardship from now own.

I just learn that no matter how hard things get, it will be okay again in time.

Changes are fine. See you February.. Welcome March! :)

So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief: Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.

[The Holy Quran – Al-Insyirah: 5-6]

Jogging-Jogging-Jogging

You might remember that I wrote something about this new habit I’ve trying to build up again this year. That habit is jogging.

I was actually wrote about me walking around the block in the morning and I’ve been doing it for five days at that time. Well, today is the 26th day of the exercise and I’m  planning to keep on doing it.

Before, I was usually start my exercise with running slowly, which is the general definition of jogging, for about 1 to two minutes (then gradually improved day after day), followed by walking in a slow to moderate motion, then ended it with another slow run for about 1 minutes. It’s a total 30 minutes exercise.

When I re-started the habit building this year, I was basically did the same thing.  But since I haven’t doing it for quite some times plus I was not in a very good condition that day, I sort of threw up by the end of it :p

Then, the next day, I try a new approach. Instead of start running immediately at the beginning of the exercise (without even have a warming up before :p), then walking moderately afterwards, I decide to start it with a fast walking (still without any warming up :p) and only jog by the end of the exercise (I started with one minute and increase it gradually). I found it pretty effective. I still got the exercise with all the sweat and cardio advantages without being over exhausted at the first round but then drastically slowing down at the next round by walking in slow to moderate pace.

After about two weeks of doing so, I found this cool website about jogging and running own by Valik Rudd. I look around the website, then decided to subscribe to get his free course. There’re some tips about warming up and how to start jogging. I’m interested on the steps of his program that I think can helps me to improve my exercise to more jogging than walking, since jogging is the habit I want to build at the first place. You can read about the program here.

I’ve been doing the first week program this week: Walk for about 6 minutes, then jog at a relaxed pace for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times. Do three sessions with the same sequence for the whole week. But since I use to do it every day, instead of follow the three sections a week program, I’m doing it for the whole week. I also keep the 30 minutes length, so when I’ve finished the three times sequence I used the extra time by fast walking.

I still mostly forget to do the warm ups though. I know that it’s important to help us avoid injuries and prepare our body to do the exercise better, so I will pay more attention to it.

There are some other tips and knowledge that you can get from subscribing for the course or reading the articles directly from the website, like the right shoes for running, jogging benefits, the difference between walking VS jogging VS running, jogging safety, etc.

I feel good about this jogging thing so far. I actually start to enjoy doing it and the program is making it even more interesting. I can’t wait to start the second week then improving my jogging durability until I can finally jog for 30 minutes non-stop.

Interested to join me? 😉

Live: Today

Time is flying so fast like it mostly does.  It feels like I just pushed the button to start a new chapter of my life and suddenly, whiz! The first week of it is gone.

i-am-happy-todayStill holding on the steps to reach my goals as a guidance to fill each day of the week.  I’ve been  trying to live one day at a time.  Focusing on the day I’m in, focusing on the present since it’s the only time I can do something about.  I want to live each day like it’s the most important day of my life, the only day that matters.

I keep asking myself, “what can I do to make today a better day?”, “what can I do to make a difference?”, “what can I do to be useful?”, “what can I do better?”  That way, I can use the day to the most.

I also start a new habit this week.  I actually have tried to build this habit last year (and maybe the year before :p), but I always stopped before I could really make it a habit.  So, I’ve been walking around the block in the morning for the last five days.  I hope I could pull it off this time.  With this new point of view of living at the present, I believe I can.

The first week of 2011 is gone. But we still have today.  I’ll keep focusing on that, since today is the only day we have.

We live today. Today is the day. This is our live, right now.

Let’s enjoy our day, today! Make it the happiest most meaningful day ever  😉

“Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow.” ~Muhammad SAW (HR. Bukhari)


After Another Week

It took me years to finally make a website for my blog. It took another week to publish my first post and another week to publish the second one ;p

To keep a blog alive, you got to keep blogging.

Every blogger have their own post frequency.  Some publish one post everyday, some even write more than one post each day, some three times a week, some once a week, some a lot longer than that.

There are of course some blogs that only updated once a month or even being abandoned for months before there’s finally another post. A new blogger are usually excited about their blogs and update it everyday, one or more post each day. Then after the excitement level went down, because of some distractions in life, busy with so many other things, not in the mood to make another post, or simply not interested anymore, some of the new blogger then begin to reduce their post frequency and some even left their blog to death.

It’s not weird or anything. It’s very common actually.  People change. Maybe blogging is not for them anymore, maybe they have a different priorities now, maybe they just need to have a break.

Well, I’m a new blogger, who start with a lot of fears and a timid step. One of my fears is not having any idea what to write about.  But I want to keep my blog alive (as many other new bloggers intended to do I assume :p).

The key, I believe, is to keep the rhythm, to choose a post frequency and commit to it.  I don’t want to publish a dozen posts a day for my first days blogging, but then not updating my blog at all for weeks.  I realize that one post a day is too much for me right now. So, I will publish one post each week for a start. It’s pretty hard for me to commit to even that for now.  But I’m not even gonna try, I will just do it.

And this is my second post. After another week 😉