Month: January 2013

Dinner, Distractions and Discipline

Typically during the first week of December my office undergoes a metamorphosis. Since it is located at the front of the house and is an “open air” concept it is a necessity that I move my desk from it’s semi-permanent location so that the Christmas tree can be seen from the front window. So, for the month of December I no longer have my view out of the front window and gain a feeling of seclusion that during the weeks to follow I grow to appreciate. It gives me the opportunity to truly focus on my work and not spend time staring out the window looking for the mailman or some other distraction to pull me away from what I should be doing. Having spent most of the morning Saturday moving my desk back to it’s rightful place and once again having my view of the street out front of my house restored I was reminded of my penchant for simple distractions. This caused me to take some time to think about my goals for this year and what I need to do in order to stay true to the road ahead.

As I said in the first post for my new home on the Internet, I have multiple projects that I am working on this year. As the days continue to fly by and I assess what I am striving to achieve in just a few short months and the amount of work involved I realize that I will need to work on being more disciplined than ever before if I want to have the slightest hope of achieving my goals. Discipline has never been my strong suit. Anyone who knows me can vouch for my innate skills at finding mundane distractions to occupy my time that have absolutely nothing to do with my work. And my skills for justifying that wasted time can be even more impressive. However, I have made the commitment to myself that this year will be different. That I will put more effort towards my goals and really work on achieving them as opposed to simply talking about and wishing they would come to fruition.

So, armed with the knowledge and self-awareness of my dedication deficiency I quickly put my hands to work writing once my office was ship-shape and in Bristol fashion. I set to work writing a post that I had been putting off for NerdCRIT and set about finalizing the touch up work while it was being reviewed by my daughter. You’ll understand why I am waiting on her once you read it. The thing you need to focus on here is that I wrote. I didn’t just think about writing – I wrote. Furthermore I decided that I will do my best to make time every day to write in some creative form or fashion. The length of the exercises aren’t necessarily as important as the fact that I get in the habit of writing and getting my mind in the mode of creating new ideas, content, etc. I’ll set more stringent guidelines for these exercises as they become a part of my daily routine so that when November comes I’ll be prepared for NaNoWriMo.

Dinner at Samantha and Henry - Jan 12 2013Once I finished writing and was pleased with my accomplishments for the day it was time to head out to our friends Samantha and Henry’s house for a family dinner. Henry had made pork and sausage jambalaya with collared greens while Samantha made her white chili, corn bread and biscuits. I’ve added a picture of my plate here just so you can see how good it was. Samantha is a new mother to our God son Alexander and has started a blog of her own called Samantha:  A Domestic Goddess. I highly recommend checking it out. Not because she’s my friend, but because she puts several of her recipes online and I can vouch for each and every one of them. Not to mention she gives very sound advice not only on parenting but on life in general. So check her work out and tell her I sent you!  Oh – and there was also some shenanigans surrounding finger nail polish.  That picture is on Instagram, so feel free to click the link up top to see what that was all about.

Now that my writing exercise for today is complete – it is time to go see how the Houston Texans are doing in the playoffs. Baltimore Ravens already won yesterday so my dreams of a Houston vs. Baltimore Super Bowl hang in the balance. Plus, as I’ve mentioned before – I am a masterful proponent of procrastination.

-BK

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New Year – New Domain!

2013 is the year I decided to get serious about my ambitions and ultimately focus on what makes me happy. Having spent most of my time so far this year identifying my goals and working on a road map as to the “where, when and how” of them all – I have to admit, I am at times overwhelmed by the amount of work I am creating for myself. As I prioritize my objectives it became evident that the most critical piece to work on right away is this website. It will serve as the official presence for what I do and keep you informed of what’s to come and the progress being made on those you care about the most. I am also hoping it will serve as a motivation for me to keep honest, stick to the deadlines I set for myself and “just frackin’ do” what I envision. Sometimes that part is the hardest.

The majority of my time will be spent on developing content for NerdCRIT.com in an effort to broaden it’s reach and grow the community. That is my primary goal for this year and beyond. However, there are several other projects I will be focusing on this year as well. Some will be worked on in the background and kept close to the chest while others will be more visible and developed on the fly. I feel some projects need to have their growth visible to those who consume it so that the changes and growth accurately reflect their feedback. Much of what I create works best as a living thing that grows with us so that it becomes something everyone is proud of and will want to share with others. As I determine a project ready to be announced – you will hear about it first here.

Speaking of here – this blog, though a clean slate on this domain, is actually a blog I have had for 8 years now. “It’s Only Temporary” started as a personal blog on Blogger.com on December 29, 2004. Though I have moved the blog a few times the name, which originally was meant to be “temporary”, has grown to mean a great deal to me. It is only fitting to bring it here with me. Though I have the original blog archived I may post some of the things I wrote there over the years here from time to time to keep it’s legacy intact.

And with that – Welcome to my new presence on the Internet! Have fun poking around and thanks for coming along for the ride. 2013 holds the promise of great things to come and I look forward to sharing them with all of you.

-BK

http://www.brandonkeller.net