Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (June)

Checking in for June for my "Designing a Well-Lived Life" blogging. This is about making small changes during the year to make larger changes.

(I should probably make this a template at some point. blush)

  • Writing more / designing more: I've instituted a writing requirement every morning where I write for 10 minutes on a book that I'm working on. So far it's been going well: I'm starting to see progress on the book and can see that I'll have a working draft soon. Of course there will be the phase of editing and second-guessing what I wrote but that I have something at all to edit is a testimony to how this is working. I think I need to do the same for designing but haven't done that yet.

  • Programming more: Work has been the only place I've really done any development. I did do a release of tootstream 0.3.4 but I need to get back to it so I can add 1.3 support for tootstream 0.3.5. That and eventually I want to clean up the code for tootstream so it adding things can be a little easier.

  • Engage more with people, not things: Same as last check-in. I'm still primarily interacting with folks online, and a small circle of friends when I'm not online.

  • Blogging more: I'm hoping to do more blogging as I have things that I want to talk about, but I'm also finding that I'm getting more engagement for what I post on Mastodon than I do here. That might be in part because I turned off comments. I might go back to Disqus at some point but they're acting weird lately.

  • Getting out of debt: Still making some headway here, but it takes way longer than I would like.

  • Supporting creators in sustainable ways: Outside of Patreon and Liberapay I haven't figured much to help this front. I've also taken to donating to a few organizations that are responsible for the tools I like, but I feel there is more I can do.

  • Physical health: I managed to wind myself while using the reel mower in the front yard, so that's not great. I've been using the exercise bike in the basement on and off, but haven't really made much progress on this front. I do need to check out our bikes, but I've literally been meaning to do this for over 5 years now. Ugh.

  • Kindness: It's been a bit of a struggle but I'm finding myself being more kind when I'm not under stress. But when stress comes to the fore there too come my sarcastic and angry habits.

  • Mindfulness: I'm meditating and taking time to pause and see myself doing what I'm doing. This has been the area where I'm seeing silent progress as it's something that I'm reminded of each day.