Doing a Happy Dance!

I got a new toy:

I’ll put some comments up in a future post as I’m still learning how to use it.  It’s replacing a cell phone and a Palm Zire, but since it’s the windows version it’s a lot different.

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Learning New Media

I’ve been blogging for three months now, and I’ll tell you, it isn’t as easy as it looks. Picking a subject, I think, is the hardest part. I guess I could write just about my life but I didn’t start this as an online diary. Picking one subject seems to be the way to really boost readership, but I have too many interests for that. I guess I could do multiple blogs, but that’s just scary.

Thanks to pghbloggers and Podcamp Pittsburgh and STBD, I’ve really started to get interested in new media, such as blogs, podcasts, video, and so on. It’s not so easy, since I really don’t have a lot of contact with that world. I’m 36, which seems to put me on the outer edge of the age group that’s doing this stuff. I mean, I have a Myspace account and it seems like most of the people I know that are my age don’t.

I really like this stuff though, and I think it’s because it holds out the promise of using my creativity. When I was a kid I wanted to make movies or start a newspaper, but I never had the materials to get either going – and now, with New Media, it’s even easy!

But there’s so much to learn, being as the field I went into was pretty far from this stuff. So I’m stumbling along, working on baby steps, and trying to get to know some of the players around Pittsburgh – problematic, again.  And I feel like I’m so far behind the curve…

Anyway, that’s just some random thoughts for the day. Any ideas, comments, suggestions?

Thanks!

What I’m Thankful For

Tomorrow, of course, is Thanksgiving, and on blogs all over I’ve seen posts on what people are thankful for.  Since gratitude for what we have (and not worrying about what we don’t have) is important to our happiness, I wanted to note my list:

I’m grateful for…

My beautiful, intelligent, loving wife

My awesome son

My parents

My Gram

My sister

The rest of my relatives

My In-Laws

My job

My car

My apartment

My salvation

My friends

My health

My sight

My hearing

My sense of taste

My sense of smell

My sense of touch

My country

This beautiful world

And for so many other things.

When I look at how much I have to be thankful for, it reminds me that what I don’t have in material possessions isn’t that important.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Toastmasters – 1 down, 9 to go

Last night I did my first speech at Toastmasters. Called the Icebreaker, it is literally all about you.

I’ve done public speaking before, such as the occasional sermon at church, but the nervousness never goes away. I’d written my speech beforehand, of course, and I knew what I was going to say, but you still hope the audience will respond well to what you have to say and won’t be bored.

It actually went pretty well, though, and I got a lot of favorable reviews. Toastmasters has you do ten speeches to qualify for you Competent Communicator certificate, formerly know as CTM, or Competent Toastmaster. A lot of the people who finish go on to do public speaking. Darren LaCroix is one of these.

If you haven’t heard of the organization before, check out the link above. I recommend it because it helps you build your public speaking skills, and more importantly, your confidence, in a supportive environment. Both are skills that come in handy. Maybe you’ll never address large crowds but confidence helps anywhere and there will be times when you lead a meeting or interact with a group of people you barely know!

Bond…James Bond

My wife and I went to see Casino Royale this weekend and what can I say?  It was excellent!  Probably one of the best Bonds ever.

I was fully prepared to not like this movie, what with a blond Bond.  But Daniel Craig was very manly in the part – brutal, strong, totally ALPHA!  The women were beautiful, and Eva Greene actually made me like Vesper (when I read the book, I didn’t).  Eva portrayed her as intelligent, conflicted, and complex.  And of course beautiful!

The movie is a little over two hours, but you don’t notice.  the action scenes were well done.  This is the beginning of Bond’s career and he’s not as polished as he will be later.

I don’t want to spoil the movie so I won’t tell any of the scenes but there are lots of memorable ones.  All I can say is, go see it!  It won’t disappoint….

2007 Personal Goals

One of the things that drove me crazy when I first discovered the concept of self-improvement was goal-setting. I mean, it was easy to pick long term goals, i.e., be a gazillionaire when I retire, things like that. But the short term ones were the ones that I had trouble with. I tend to think big picture and long term, so thinking short term and at a lower level was more difficult. At the time, blogging was gaining in popularity but there still weren’t a lot of good examples of personal goals. So in case any one is in my situation, I decided to put these up. Also, it gives me accountability, now that I’m posting them for all to see.

There are lots of good blog posts out there on goal setting; just do a search. I’d recommend using Google’s Blogsearch for a start.

Financial / career
I will invest 10% of my earnings in an IRA
I will (at long last) buy a house
I will start an online business
I will maintain my Blog

I will Bench 200 lbs 10 times
I will trim my waistline to 32 inches
I will workout at least 4x per week
I will eat a better diet
I will begin taking Oomyungdoe?

Family
I will take my wife on 1 date night per week – need babysitting
I will spend one-on-one time weekly with my son
I will have uninterrupted knee-to-knee time with my wife daily

Friends
I will call some weekly
I will email the others weekly
I will have lunch weekly with at least one
I will make new friends and enlarge my social circle
I will earn my Toastmasters Competent Communicator award

Church
I will serve in some capacity
I will teach a Bible study
I will write a column for the Tidings?

Spiritual
I will read my Bible daily
I will pray at least 5 minutes daily
I will memorize 1 scripture per month
I will give a proper offering to God via the church

Miscellaneous
I will find a mentor
I will learn to Podcast
I will write a book