Good to see blue skies again after being under the smoke plume πŸ’™ hoping other west coast folks get relief soon πŸ“ Orange County, California πŸ“· iPhone SE

Marjory is an expert in data visualization πŸˆπŸ“Š

Peppy beach day πŸ“ Laguna Beach πŸ“· iPhone SE

Watched The Old Guard πŸŽ₯ on Netflix. Action isn’t my favorite genre, but I enjoyed this one. I hope they make a sequel.

Visited the USS Midway today. Many of the exhibits were closed. I enjoyed listening to the volunteer docents (one of whom described the gig as β€˜senior daycare for navy vets’ 🀣). There was a SBD Dauntless on display, which was the plane my grandfather flew in WW2.

Finished reading The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu πŸ“š book 2 of the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. Looking forward to the third book which, like the first, is translated by Ken Liu.

Finished reading The Waste Lands by Stephen King πŸ“š book three in The Dark Tower series

Goals Check In: July 2020

July was a tough month for me. I worked +50% more than normal. The long work hours were disruptive to the healthy habits I have worked so hard for: sleep, exercise, meditation, yoga, balance, sanity….

πŸ’° Financial Wellbeing

Save, Save, Save All I did this month was work so I didnt really spend any money. Yay?
Spend Less Specifically in the categories Restaurants and Mindless Online Purchases. My husband was working from home for a few weeks, and we ordered delivery quite a bit. On the bright side, I did nearly zero shopping this month - just a trip to the dive shop for some scuba gear, which was pricey but neither mindless nor online.

πŸ§ πŸ“š Personal Development

Read Every Day & Finish 44 Books in 2020 & Read More Diverse Voices I completed three books, bringing my total to 29.
  • Burnout by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
  • White Knight by Jim Butcher
  • The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Explore New Ideas
  • Continued on my path through Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography on Udemy.
  • Learning new software isn’t the most exciting thing in the world to me. However, leveling up on Tableau is a great professional skill, and using it for work is allowing me to test and grow my data visualization skills, which I DO find quite exciting.
Improve Photography Skills I made my first attempt at night sky photography. None of the photos came out but I did get some hands-on practice using the self-timer, manual focus, and long exposure settings on my camera. Also, using my tripod in the dark made me realize I’m not very familiar with all of its adjustments.
Complete Predictive Analytics Certificate Program by EOY ‘20 My second-to-last class started in July. The topic is Data Understanding and Visualization, which as I mentioned, interests and excites me!

🧘🌲 Fitness & Outdoor Activity

Spend 1 hr/Week in Nature This month I went scuba diving. That’s all. I started reserving time at my apartment complex’s pool which is very pleasant outdoor time, but does not count as nature.
Do Yoga 15x/Month I did yoga 2 times in July.
Home Exercise Routine I worked out 0 times in July.
5,000 Steps/Day July average: 3,701. I was sedentary this month and spent way too many hours in front of my computer.

πŸ’»πŸ€³ Digital Life

Reduce Social Media Use I deactivated both Facebook and Instagram on July 8. I don’t miss Facebook at all. It’s main purpose since I re-joined in 2013 was to keep track of events, of which there are none in pandemic times. I do miss connecting with friends on Instagram and would consider re-activating with (1) a seriously trimmed following list and (2) a renewed commitment to meaninfully engage with my friends beyond just likes.

My Kindle Paperwhite 2 is starting to show its age. I want to get out of the Amazon ecosystem and switch to Kobo, but I’m weary of taking on the project of file conversion. Anyone have experience with switching? πŸ“š

Watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone πŸŽ₯ reminiscing about midnight showings and wondering if deposits at Gringott’s collect interest πŸ§™πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Finished reading: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman πŸ“š my 31st book of this year and 20th Hugo Winner out of 75.

Feeling a bit more like myself after 6.4 miles in the Laguna Coast Wilderness. The ocean breeze was heavenly.

πŸ“Έ iPhone SE (2020)

Finished reading: Endymion by Dan Simmons πŸ“š I love this series and am glad I chose to go to the re-read this year!

Work 9-6, school 6-9. Three meals in front of two computers. Tomorrow I will try again for boundaries and balance.

Happy International Clown Week! πŸŽ₯ Watching Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988).

Goals Check In: June 2020

I am focusing on intentional living to better align how I spend my time and energy with my values. Creating and tracking goals are helping me feel like myself through the pandemic. Here is my (belated) June update!

πŸ’° Financial Wellbeing

Save, Save, Save On track! I slightly exceeded my goals.
Spend Less Specifically in the categories Restaurants and Mindless Online Purchases. I did so-so this month. I made two larger purchases, a wetsuit and a Fitbit Charge 4, but stayed away from the smaller things that add up. Restaurant spending remains low while sheltering in place.

πŸ§ πŸ“š Personal Development

Read Every Day & Finish 44 Books in 2020 & Read More Diverse Voices I completed five books, bringing my total to 26.
  • The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
  • The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Explore New Ideas
  • SKY Breathing by Art of Living - I started this breathwork class offered by my employer, and am finding it somewhat odd. Another coworker mentioned that it felt like a pyramid scheme. I would not be surprised if we were nudged into a teacher training program at the end. I am not planning on sticking with it, but it’s a good reminder of the value I got out of regular meditation.
  • Started Photography Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Photography on Udemy.
Improve Photography Skills I started a course on Udemy! I have not yet been out to shoot photos, but it’s still on the list.
Complete Predictive Analytics Certificate Program by EOY ‘20 No classes in June - they resume in July.

🧘🌲 Fitness & Outdoor Activity

Spend 1 hr/Week in Nature This month I went camping and scuba diving. It was all in the same week, but it was so wonderful to be outdoors in the forest and by the sea. I camped at a secluded HipCamp site, where I was able to safely physical distance from one other camper on the 125-acre property.
Do Yoga 15x/Month I did yoga 9 times in June.
Home Exercise Routine Fail. I was a potato in June. Such a potato.

πŸ’»πŸ€³ Digital Life

Reduce Social Media Use I got an iPhone and I’m still trying to figure out how best to use the Screen Time report. I averaged 41 minutes per day on the category “Social Networking” which appears to include Instagram and Gluon. I removed Instagram from my phone for nearly a week and it was glorious - until I missed messages from my friend who is currently in Iraq. I need to find out how to keep in touch with her without IG!

None of my comet photos came out. However, it was good to get hands-on practice using the self-timer, manual focus, and long exposure settings on my camera. I look forward to trying again when I move out to Joshua Tree in two months and have fabulous dark skies in my back yard.

Finished reading: The Fall of Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos) by Dan Simmons πŸ“š

Finished reading: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski PhD & Amelia Nagoski DMA πŸ“š

I’ve been feeling emotionally exhausted lately so this topic was relevant. Two key takeaways were: (1) differentiate between dealing with the stressor and dealing with the stress. Oftentimes, we deal with the stressor but not the physical effects of stress which are driven by our fight-or-flight instincts. After we get through a high stakes meeting (stressor), the stress doesn’t fully dissipate on its own. Movement is the best way to release stress. (2) 10 hours of rest is critical for recovery and balance. This is not limited to sleep but includes waking rest time as well. The authors recommend:

  • 8 hours of sleep
  • 30 minutes of conversation
  • 30 minutes of physical activity
  • 30 minutes to pay attention to food (cooking or eating)
  • 30 minute “wildcard” based on your personal needs
I have been making an effort to carve out time for waking rest - no screens, no podcasts, no books. I still feel odd sense of shame and discomfort with saying no to being constantly either busy or entertained. Jenny Odell How to Do Nothing is another good read on this topic.

My cat isn’t creeping me out at all this morning πŸ‘€

πŸŽ₯ Palm Springs (2020) on Hulu was excellent.

Peppy dropping some subtle hints that I should stop working and play with himπŸ•

πŸ“Έ iPhone SE (2020)

πŸ“š Finished reading The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman, book three in the His Dark Materials series

πŸŽ₯ Watched Just Mercy (2019), the true story of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson working to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner. It was a really good film. Warner Brothers made it free to rent on all platforms through the end of June!

πŸ“š Finished reading Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang, a fantastic collection of short speculative fiction. Check out “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” on LeVar Burton Reads as a two part episode (Part 1, Part 2)