Designing a Well Lived Life: Checking In (2023 January)

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

  • Release Phosphors in the Dark: Been working on encounters for this throughout the month. It's been a little tiring because I've been trying to do this first thing in the morning rather than dive right into my email. Unfortunately I'm still addicted to email, social media, and the like. Need to get better about this, but am pleased with the overall progress thus far.

  • Learn more programming for the Atari machines to get more comfortable creating for them: Didn't do as well with this over the course of this past month. Going to give this some concerted effort this month.

  • Finish up or hand-off the Pepper&Carrot RPG: No progress. I'm feeling stuck. I know what I need to do (pull the text into a markdown file and begin working on it from there) but it feels overwhelming. Putting this on the back burner for now.

  • Update the Pepper&Carrot Wiki: No progress. I know I should work on this but again, I'm a bit overwhelmed by how far behind I am. The simple answer is to just pull things down and read through what's there. Perhaps I can take one day to do that.

  • Write / Blog more about what's going on: I let this drop. I have topics that I want to talk about but they're on lists with other things that are similarly important. Need to simplify those lists and move things to someday / maybe so I can refocus on the important stuff.

  • Hang up my hangups - allow myself to be more creative and playful: Working with this. I'm hoping to spend more time playing at least some longer-term Solo RPG game. I have some ideas, but again, lots of games that want my attention.

  • Work on getting more healthy and as cancer-free as possible: Pretty much on autopilot here while I'm doing chemo. Need to get some exercise going. I haven't even played drums much. Oof.

  • Meditate: No progress here.

  • Declutter our spaces so they represent who we are, not who we were: I made some progress with clearing out boxes, but there's still more work to be done.

  • Relax my frustrations and be more accepting of things as they are: Still finding myself frustrated, but am working in relaxing into it.

  • Maintain tootstream or hand it off to someone who can: Pulled down some pull requests. Honestly this needs to find a new maintainer. I think I'm going to give this a 1.0 release and call it done for now.

  • Continue removing debt: Made some major progress here. Still plugging away.

As I read through this list I'm realizing I put more on my plate than I can reasonably do in one year. Phosphors is going to be a big project, and the rest of this is going to be looking for mental table scraps until it's done. I think February is the month that I work on simplifying these lists and making some hard choices about what sticks around in the coming years.