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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXXI: HONESTY WEEK 6/7 — Even I Worry Sometimes

At the core of my being, I am NOT a worrier. I like to get things done and get them out of the way. I like to solve problems and make things better. I firmly believe that fussing, fretting and worrying do nothing to accomplish either of these things. It just makes you more anxious and likely to mess up.
But that doesn't mean that I don’t worry about ANYTHING. My ultimate worry is to wind up shuffling off of this mortal coil as “just another name” — that despite all of my efforts, I wasn’t able to make a permanent change to make the world a better place, even if just a little bit. This is the driving force behind why I work so hard on these side pursuits — so that they MEAN something and aren’t just forgotten as little whimsies I once had.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXX: HONESTY WEEK 5/7 — Making Life EASIER

There’s a lot I want out of life. Some look at my life and figure I should be content: I have a good job, I found the love of my life and I live well. What more could I want?
Turns out — a LOT more.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXIX: HONESTY WEEK 4/7 — The What

One of the better things of Honesty Week has been the honest feedback I’ve been getting from my readers!

A recent comment was that in Day 1, I spoke about the problems I’m facing. Day 2 covered why I need to tackle the issues and some of the constraints behind doing the things I want to do. Day 3 gave some context behind why it’s taken me so long to get a move-on with really dealing with all this stuff. (http://bit.ly/nVbOPZhttp://bit.ly/o9K4I7 and http://bit.ly/pTh2yf, respectively.)

But WHAT is it that I actually want to do?

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXVIII: HONESTY WEEK 3/7 — What TOOK You So Long?!

What always slowed me down is the need to be perfect. I was raised to seek nothing but the best. If things were less than perfect, the only person I could hold accountable for a sub-standard way of living was myself. In fact, as a teenager, I sought to be perfect and the best at everything I did SO MUCH that I suffered a crushing nervous breakdown at 16 from the amount of stuff on my plate.
While I don’t think I overburden my schedule NEARLY as much as I did when I was a kid (imagine days of 5:30 am – 11 pm, not including the time needed to actually DO my schoolwork), that nagging concept of perfect still hasn’t completely left my mind.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXVII: HONESTY WEEK 2/7 — So What’re You Gonna Do About It?

After yesterday’s rant, I got asked what I’m going to do about my problems. I was able to identify them clearly enough, but if I don’t figure out how to tackle all the crap, guess what? It’s not going ANYWHERE.

But I’ve already started making progress. The first steps weren’t too bad:

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXVI: HONESTY WEEK 1/7 — The Rant

So, 220-odd posts in, I’m in a rut. I’m burnt out. And I think it’s time that I get some things off of my chest. In fact, I think it’s time for an HONESTY WEEK.

I think we’re all liars. We ask how someone’s doing, and they tell us “alright” or “okay” in return. We’re lukewarm. We’re noncommittal. We go through our lives day-to-day without any real drive or passion to stake our claim on something in this world.
That’s where I’m at right now.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXV: Share and Share Alike

What good is something if you keep it to yourself?

We worry about how people will see us and the things we do — will they critique my drawing? Will they make fun of the way I dress? Will I fit in?
But all these insecurities will drive you CRAZY. It’s better to just try to do things when they come to mind and work at them until they’re where you need them to be.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXIV: Better Luck Tomorrow

Games with friends on a Friday are always a good thing. So good that a blog post might not happen in time. Should one be home on a Friday night blogging? Or playing Things with their friends?

I think the choice is easy. See you tomorrow!

–Casey E. Palmer

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXIII: Syrious Business

I had a Syrian coworker once who was quite the comedian! In the eight months of planning my wedding, he was rife with hilarious advice and wisdom to keep me going.
But what I would soon realize is that not only were these pieces of advice for how to run a successful wedding — they could be applied to just about ANY social gathering you come across! Here’s a couple of the gems of Syrious (yes, I went there) advice he’s sent my way:
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXXII: Life Without Wi-Fi — A First-World Problem

We’re used to certain comforts in our lives. Sarah doesn’t start a day without a hot cup of coffee. The first thing I’ll do in the morning is check my BlackBerry to see what’s going on (partly because it doubles as my alarm clock). They make our lives easier to lead — or at least convince us that they do.

But what would life be like WITHOUT them? Would we be able to lead our lives? Could we still do what we do day-to-day without them?

This is what I had to ask myself when I faced life without wi-fi.