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Creative spurt

Designers can very emotional beings when it came creativity. At times, we’d think of the weirdest out of the box ideas which may seem ridiculous to comprehend. Others, our mind will just be moving 2 steps ahead of our body.

Turning a paper bag into a box

While given the task today to wrap a cousin’s birthday present, the idea of turning a paper bag into a box jumped at me. And I was confirming with myself that a paper bag would be very suitable even, because the materials used for a paper bag would normally be good quality paper and it’s a little thick.

Though the box wasn’t perfect, with folded edges visible, I was still happy with the outcome and the fact I managed to turn a paper bag into a box for a present.

Ah, I do miss these creative spurts.

conversation

I miss these conversations

From time to time, I come across people whom I can engage in a joyful conversation. Some younger, some in the same age and some older.

Sure, the younger would refer more to what’s happening on the Internet. And the people of same age would discuss more of parenthood or interests which may have been similar. But, this might be weird, because I’ve found engaging older people in conversation seems much more pleasant.

Lately, after my business discussion with a pair of business owners, we moved to the topics of the Generation Xs, Ys and baby boomers.

Why are Gen-X now able to live comfortably? What are they doing now which may soon affect them in 5-10 years? What is your view of Gen-X parents pushing electronic devices in front of infants and young kids?

What did the Baby Boomers (our parents) do for Gen-Xs to be able to pursue their own paths? Were the Baby Boomers working too hard and now they expect the Gen-X to follow suit?

What are the Gen-Ys doing? Why are they behaving in such a manner and not doing anything about it? Are Gen-Ys lacking purpose in their life to accomplish or are they refusing to find one with their comfort?

We could’ve probably discussed until after lunch or longer, however, all of us had prior appointments to go. But from when I left and sit here typing this, I can’t help telling myself “I miss this kinds of conversation.”

No one is trying to be an expert. Nobody is forcing facts onto another to move a conversation towards their answers. There is no need to come to an ultimate conclusion.

It was merely a sit down with people, engaged in a friendly conversation, between ourselves over a cup of coffee and water.

Maybe it was a good day. Maybe its because they were more mature. Regardless, I enjoyed our conversation very much.

treadmill-walking

Only 358 days more to go

I’ve gotten through a week of keeping my promise to myself that I would wake up earlier and spend 30 minutes working out. Hooray!

A different feeling

And I’ve noticed since injecting this into my schedule, I feel my personal energy (some refer to it as aura) has improved. I don’t feel as lethargic and even if I did a little, after working out my 30 minutes, I feel more aware and relaxed at the same time.

On the other hand, I’m starting to feel some challenges as well. Mostly during the past 2-3 days, I’ve had thoughts of “should I sleep a little more” or worst, “should I skip today and replace it later”.

While some may feel it’s okay to skip and replace, I’m trying to not start because I’m worried it’ll lead to…what’s that word again…delay, no…damnit, what was it…ah yes! Procrastinate! It would lead to procrastination and I’ll end up not doing it later.

Well, I hope to turn a week into a month, soon into a normal routine for me or even increase my workout intensity from walking to jogging to running and doing more or faster ab workouts.

Time will tell. We’ve 358 days more to go!

sun-rays-of-light

The sun was gorgeous today

When I left my place for my 1st appointment of the year, I thought the only way to describe the sun was that it was gorgeous. The rays were not overly blinding and the heat was just about there. Plus, traffic seemed smooth sailing all the way. It was a great feeling.

And I guess bringing that thought with me to the appointment really brought good things from the universe.

Fuck, I like it

My client was really happy with the website mockup done and hearing “fuck, I like it” as a compliment couldn’t have made it sound more real. So much so he even vouched to fight for this mockup to be approved by the management later. Gotta love clients like these.

Ask and you shall receive

Plus, I think the universe may have answered me because though it was some news which may not be good for business, to me, I felt it was a sign of a good thing taking its own place in my business.

Oh, I do hope tomorrow’s sun will be another gorgeous one.

My goals to achieve in 2014

When I think back of 2013, I only achieved 2 of my goals I set out to do. Well, maybe 3 if you count my business goal. Firstly, I told myself I wanted to go to Japan, so money’s all saved up and flight ticket has also been booked. Secondly, I was thinking of picking up Japanese so now, watashiwa nihongo ga sukoshi wakarimasu (I understand some Japanese).

Forward to the future

Twenty fourteen now. Here are some goals I have set myself to achieve this year.

Lose some fat and build back some abs

Back in the day

Back in the day

Towards the end of last year I didn’t set time to exercise. I became so lost in my passion, it started becoming work. On top of that, it was eating, working, sleeping and repeat. So much so I realize flab started building up. Nooooo…

Less coffee and wine, more water

Glug glug glug

Glug glug glug

And since I’m aiming for a healthier lifestyle this year. I’m going to drink less coffee and wine because some say it can help with dryness of the mouth. So I’m cutting down on the 2 and drinking more water this year.

Build myself a new workstation

My current rig is probably 5 years old (or more) now. Running on an Intel quad-core Q6600 (small upgrade after changing from a duo-core E6300) and a Gigabyte 965P-DS3. I’ve maxed out my RAM support for Windows XP. In lesser words, it’s time is due.

Convert my current desk to a standing desk

Illustration from: AGBeat.com

Illustration from: AGBeat.com

One of the habits having a passion which ties you to a desk is sitting. And I can’t run away from this. So this year, I’m changing up my desk panels to make it into a standing desk. Thank goodness it’s modularly built.

Blog more often

Websites Made Simple / I am Danny Foo

Websites Made Simple / I am Danny Foo

Of course, I’ve been telling myself time and time again to do this. And I want to accomplish it this year. Even if it’s not blogging for money over at Websites Made Simple, at least I’m going to jot some personal notes here more often. Bring back some of that personal side of blogging missing nowadays.

Create a stencil

Credit: Manifesta Journal

Credit: Manifesta Journal

This is a mini project I want to do for the purpose of something out of the box. Unfortunately, it may be safer for me not to say, just in case. What I can say is I want to do this for the good of a community.

Own 2-3 more suits

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

And if the year is kind to me, I’d like to purchase more suits and attend more formal events (so I can where them at least!) You could say this guy has probably become my motivation for smart dressing. :P

Pick-up a programming language

PHP

Though this won’t be my strongest point, I’m going to do my best to make it an effort this year. Most likely, I’ll be going with PHP. The next part of the plan is to allocate a time slot for Code.org¬†every day.

Well, I’m not going to push myself right now to think of more goals. That may defeat the purpose of setting it up and probably put me in a higher position to fail.

So, best of luck to you if you’ve set your goals for 2014. :)