#TwoWords For 2015

Just Two Words 2015

Last year, I tried One Word. The word was Simplify. This year, since I can’t narrow it down to only one, and I learned that there are at least two One Word online memes with the same catchphrase, I’ve decided to go with my own catchphrase: Just Two Words…

…and no, it’s not like “I’ve got just two words for you” either, well, not those words anyway.

So without further ado, my two words for 2015 are…drumroll, please…focus and equilibrium.


I mentioned to my sister a few weeks ago that I was losing focus. She asked why. I couldn’t quite articulate it then, and I’m not sure I can now since I can’t seem to focus. But really I think I’ve become a bit scatter brained within the last year. My mind, whether at home or at work, is constantly flitting from one subject to another like a hummingbird. Sometimes that mental flitting affects my work, and I can’t decide what to do in my off time.


With my recent self-diagnosis of tinnitus, I have been thinking of this word more and more. However, it’s not only in terms of my hearing that I feel I have lost my balance within the last year, but also in terms of…well…everything. That goes right to the three bases I founded this blog on: Body, mind, and soul.


I have been off target with diet and exercise.


Lack of focus, see above.


Manifested, but not only place evident with, lack of weekly church attendance.

So how do I regain focus and equilibrium, if I ever had them in the first place?

  1. Body: Exercise, period. It also helps with mental clarity and I have read it helps with tinnitus too.
  2. Mind: Focus, both at work and at home.
  3. Soul: Start by attending church once a week, although that is not the ultimate goal and I don’t mean heaven either. The ultimate goal being? Nirvana? No, I think it’s more to be focused spiritually, incorporating a sense of interior peace daily, hour by hour, minute by minute. Focusing on breathing.

So what is/are your word/words for 2015?

Next up: This Sunday in The Sunday Salon, I look at what I’ve been reading lately and maybe taking my reading in a different direction than the one I’ve been going in…again. Or at least providing some equilibrium in my reading too.

Rewind/Fast Forward: September/October 2014


wpid-wp-1412085779709.jpegAs I’ve been doing this so far this year, I thought I’d look back at my previous month and ahead to my next month.

2014 Goals

So first here’s how I did in on my goals for September 2014: personal, blogging, reading, and social media – with thoughts on how I can improve on these for October.

Personal goals: Still not enough exercise, but did go on bike rides with my wife as I mentioned in previous Rewind/Fast Forward post. I also got outside a lot more than I did the previous month, as evidenced by the photos above, some from walks and bike rides on my own too.

Blog goals: Cut from 5 to 6 days a week to only 3 days a week most of the time. Thursday’s Thoughts, Flashback Friday, and The Sunday Salon.

Reading goals: Still no reading challenges and still reading what I want.

Social media goals: Limiting myself mostly to weekends on Facebook. Not so much with Twitter.

The highlights

Reading: A total of 4 books for the month; 47, for the year. Continuing to read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, which I wrote about here: “Scheduling ourselves so that down time is part of the equation.” About book blogging slumps and possible solutions.
Watching: Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Listening to: Syro by Aphex Twin. Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone by Lucinda Williams.
Photographing: #100happydays, which I reviewed on the surface and a little bit deeper.
Doing: A four-day Labor Day Weekend. 2 bike rides with wife and neighbors. New wing place.
Saying: A lot to start the month, mostly about roadwork, and then less toward the end of the month.

The view ahead

Reading? More 7 Habits. Watching? Parks and Rec, Season 6, on Netflix. Finishing M*A*S*H marathon. Listening? More machine music, of course. 🙂 Doing? Sister-in-law’s wedding. Saying? Less is more.

How about you? How was your month of September and what are you looking forward to in October? Read any good books, heard any good music, watched any good movies, taken any good photographs last  month? And/or what do you have on tap for October?

Flashback Friday 3: A cold, but a good weekend with The Wife

Each Friday, I use St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen to ask for what am I most grateful this past week? I also sometimes ask: For what am I least grateful this past week?

Least grateful for:

Waking up with sore throat on Tuesday, staying home from work on Wednesday with cold, and as of Friday morning, may be lingering.

Most grateful for:

  • Spending last weekend with wife: dinner out Saturday night, movie Sunday afternoon, first use of grill Sunday night.
  • Being able to read a book on Wednesday. More on which book and another author I discovered this week on this coming Sunday’s Sunday Salon.
  • Upcoming four-day Labor Day Weekend with The Wife, starting with wings and a M*A*S*H marathon Thursday night.

Keeping it short and simple this week because I’m not feeling 100 percent. So what are you least grateful for and/or most grateful for this past week?

Flashback Friday 1: Of bonfires, grills, and rainbows

I am resurrecting a theme I had on my previous blog called Flashback Friday. Here, I will use St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen to ask for what am I most grateful this past week? I might also ask: For what am I least grateful this past week? some weeks too.  This week being my first week here on this blog, I’m keeping it on the positive spin with those things for which I’m most grateful:

  • Friday, Aug. 1: Going to a picnic/cookout/bonfire/cast party for Spamalot, which my wife had been in the previous two weekends. It was out at the director’s cabin near where we live.
  • Sunday, Aug. 2: My mother turning 70.
  • Monday, Aug. 4: My dad helping me put the grill he, my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and aunt got me for my birthday in June.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4:  Receiving the invitation to my sister-in-law’s wedding to which we have been looking forward to going all year and are still looking forward to going. Also a photo of a rainbow at the funeral home across the street from where I work.
  • Friday, Aug. 8: Starting at 5 p.m. after work, a nearly five-day weekend since I don’t have to go back to work until 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday. Among things to which I’m looking forward for the weekend: wings, of course; being off Facebook most of weekend, except Sunday to post to The Sunday Salon; and a M*A*S*H marathon, going to church, and hiking with my wife.

So for what are you most grateful this past week?

Refocus (Again): Blogging Mission Statement

Why do I blog..

… but to share.

My own thoughts?

Others’ thoughts?

I think often it is a combination of both, a synthesis of the two even.

What I am learning…

…sometimes what I am not learning again and again…

…on my own…

…and from others…

five, sometimes six days a week.

  1. Sunday: My reading through The Sunday Salon.
  2. Monday: My watching through my own theme with no title yet…but this title “As of yet untitled weekly feature about movies and TV.”
  3. Tuesday: My listening through my own theme Tuesday’s Tunes.
  4. Wednesday: My photography through the universal theme Wordless Wednesday.
  5. Thursday: My saying…but only once a month, because I don’t have that much to say except five other days each week.
  6. Friday: My doing through my own (and others’) theme (but used in a slightly different context) Flashback Friday where I use The Examen from St. Ignatius of Loyola to reflect on what I’m grateful for (sometimes what I’m not grateful for) that previous week.


who is still unfinished


This post was inspired by “A Blogging Mission Statement Will Keep You Focused” by Carissa Miller as featured on BlogHer. This also will be added to my “About” page as seen on the sidebar of this blog.

Edited to add: On Thursday, I wrapped up my month of July and looked ahead to August with a post.