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Posts from the ‘Thoughts, Reflections, Inspirations’ Category

20
Apr

Quick Update: My Art Theme Progresses!

Wow time flies! And a quarter has passed!

 

I’ve been busy on a major personal project that I hope can eventually reach more people with the AA35 message, but here’s just an update on where am I for my theme for 2017.

 

Art

My original intent to learn to draw a beautiful face by end April, hands by end August, and a horse by end December is taking a lot longer than expected, primarily because of my major project. So I’ll be off a couple months for each.

 

On the other hand, my colored pencils have been making some progress! First I’m really happy with the Faber Castell Polychromos which for a beginner seems like a splurge, but I’m keen to really get into this, so I prefer to buy quality if I can. The reviews I heard of the Prismacolors were just too serious to ignore, with QC issues, sharpening frustrations, repeated breakages and so on. Not to mention wax blooming.

To ensure follow-through I bought a few of Ann Kullberg’s Jumpstart Beginner series and did these projects.

I thought I was progressing well. Then I took a beginner colored pencil course at La Salle and it was humbling. It was a real struggle and here is I think the main reason.

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25
Oct

Love or In Love? Part 1 – The Difference

PiningHave you ever heard someone whining about how much he loves a girl? Or vice versa?

 

I have.

 

 

 

When I observe people in this and many other situations, I’m convinced that most people don’t know the difference between really loving someone, and only being in love with someone.

 

It’s been a while since I wrote about relationships, and I’ve been wanting to write about this forever.

 

Here’s how I see it.

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29
Sep

Why It’s Great to be 40!

A La La La La LongMid-life crisis! Menopause! Aches and pains! Hit songs of your youth now oldies!

 

And…ooops, maybe the makings of a paunch.

 

These are just some of the frightening things people associate with being 40.

 

When I started the AA35 blog, I wrote why 35 is a big deal. It’s the age you realise you’re nearer 40 than 20, but when you see “40”, your mind actually thinks… “50”! That puts one in an ‘old’ frame of mind, with all the worries that entails!

 

Well guess what? I crossed 40 for a while back, kissing 50 territory… for real! And I want to give you some perspectives that might help you embrace this incredible milestone!

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5
Sep

How to Really Set Goals

SMART goalsHave you heard of SMART goals? Chances are most people have. In fact, I explained how to do this briefly in an earlier article. For the most part it’s a good start and I still take clients through it if they want to learn the system.

 

In recent years, however, I’ve moved away from the SMART goals system, or indeed many other strategies, and taught people a different approach.

 

Why?

 

Because in most cases, the way we set goals is plain ineffective.

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