Day 57 of 100 Days of Blogging, What Relationships Are Adding to My Life?

Hello, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s question comes to us from the Love and Relationships category and the card says “What relationships are adding to your life?”

Well, I would say that first off my relationships with my church parishioners are adding to my life. The age of my church skews older which means that I essentially have a bunch of surrogate grandparents to live with.

Also, my relationships with my family add to my life because like I’ve mentioned before my parents are financially supporting me while I study for the bar exam and while I was in law school.

So there we go, a short one, but still an answer to the question.

Day 56 of 100 Days of Blogging, Am I Happy With My Current Work-Life Balance?

Good morning and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s card comes to us from the Education and Career Category and the card says, “Are you happy with your current work-life balance? If not, what would balance look like for you?”

So, interesting tidbit about me. I’ve mentioned it before but I’m preparing for the California Bar Exam being proctored on *mumbled dates* sometime later this year and as such I do not currently have a job beyond that. And in regards to that I think I have a great work-life balance since I’m staying at home while studying and hanging out with my parents.

Also, there’s a pandemic going on, so I can’t exactly go out anywhere with anyone.

So I can’t really say that I’m happy or unhappy with my work-life balance because technically I’m not working, but with how I’m studying for the Bar Exam I’m actually doing a pretty good job.

Day 55 of 100 Days of Blogging, What’s Something From My Past That I’m Thankful I Gave Up On?

Good morning and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Life category and the card says, “What’s something from your past that you’re thankful you gave up on? Why?”

Well, this one is easy for me. I gave up on becoming an engineer early on in my college career. And while it was a good idea at the time, it turned out that I wasn’t ready for college course work and wound up failing a few courses in my first year.

However, what that allowed me to do was to pivot to History as my major and eventually getting into the Law as my profession. I also wouldn’t have met my amazing law school classmates without giving up on my Civil Engineering dreams. While I’m sure I would’ve made friends in my Civil Engineering classes, I feel like I made better friends in my law school classes. Especially since I had most of the same classmates in each of my classes, only gaining or losing classmates due to falling grades or transfers into or out of the school.

And honestly I would go to bat for all of my classmates and I’m sure that any of them would do the same for me or any one of us.

So that’s why I’m grateful I pivoted from Civil Engineering to History and eventually Law. I’ve met some great people and have a career I’m extremely looking forward to.

Day 54 of 100 Days of Blogging, Where in the World do I Most Want to Travel?

Good morning and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the World category and is the polar opposite of the last time we were there because the card says “Where in the world do you long to travel? Why?”

Well, there’s a few places that I want to go. I want to go somewhere in the Eastern Hemisphere, so Japan, Thailand, India or something like that. I also want to go somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere so like Argentina, or Australia, or South Africa.

Why these places? Because they’re not like places I’ve been before. I’ve been to Europe, I’ve been to Canada and Mexico, but I haven’t been to Africa or Asia or any place like that. I love learning different things and want to experience various cultures well outside my own as well. Granted, Australia, being a colonized white person country isn’t the best example since I’m from America, but Thailand, India, Japan, Argentina, and South Africa are vastly different from my own experiences in my own country.

I think that these various places would be great opportunities to learn from another culture and to see the world through someone else’s eyes.

So that’s where I would long to travel to and why.

Day 53 of 100 Days of Blogging, If I Knew I was Going to Die in Exactly One Year, What Would I Do?

Good morning and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Random category and the card says, “If you found out you would die in a year, describe what you would do for the next 365 days.”

Well, that’s not morbid at all. Anyway, we have 365 days to live so let’s talk about that.

First thing’s first, my family is going to find out so that way they know it’s coming. I don’t need to traumatize them by dropping dead randomly, to them, so they’re going to find out. Especially since I need to use a lot of this time to tell them I love them. If you know you’re going to die you need to tell your loved ones that you love them.

Second of all, I’m informing my church so that way those people know what’s going to happen and can prepare themselves for this. I’ve made it explicitly clear in my instructions should I pass away young that my funeral is going to be an Episcopalian service, and that the Priest In Charge of my church is going to be the one conducting the service. This way I’ll have everything set up and done prior to my passing away.

Now, once those are done, I’m going to travel. I’m going to travel as much as I can by working various odd jobs that I can take to help people with whatever they need done, because those are going to be the main two things that I do with my life. I’m going to travel, and I’m going to help people.

Because that’s ultimately what’s going to be important to me. Helping people and seeing cool places. And making sure that my loved ones know that I loved them.

And please, make sure to tell those closest to you that you love them. I’m lucky in that I have a good relationship with my family, but if you’re someone who relies on a found family, make sure they know how you feel about them.

Day 52 of 100 Days of Blogging, What Lessons Did I Learn This Past Year?

Good morning and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Self-Reflection category and the card says “What lessons did you learn this past year – how have you grown and improved?”

I’m finding this question interesting because I’m having to think about what’s happened throughout the past year and what lessons I’ve learned, or how I’ve improved.

One thing that I’ve improved on is being better organized. You wouldn’t be able to tell it necessarily from my room at the moment (home improvement causes things to move about the home until things can be placed back to where they go), but I’ve been working hard to better organize my books and my belongings (I have so many books it’s not even funny.) and using my available space better.

I’ve recently gone through my desk, and other spaces in my room and cleared out items that either need to be thrown away or given away because I no longer use them or wear them. I do need to actually follow through on that last one, but I do have a stack of things that need to go to Goodwill or Deseret Industries, but that is something that I’ve been improving upon.

Am I amazing at being organized? Absolutely not, I’m at best just barely above horrible. But am I improving? Absolutely, and that’s what’s important. As Colin Firth’s character in the movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service” said, “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” And that’s what’s important. Being a better person today than you were yesterday. None of us is going to be perfect until we make it to Heaven and as such we should be striving to improve, but not worried about getting everything perfect.

So there we go, a lesson I’ve learned and how I’ve improved in the last year.

Day 51 of 100 Days of Blogging, What Do I Get Into the Most Arguments About?

Hello, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Love and Relationships category and the card says. “What do you get into the most arguments about?”

Anyone who knows me is chuckling to themselves since they know the exact answer to this question, but this isn’t just for them.

The thing I get into the most arguments about is politics, followed closely by religion. But in my defense it’s often about the misuse of religion in politics so there’s a good reason for it.

I am decidedly left on pretty much most issues, even accounting for the fact that America’s political parties are both on the right for most issues, so there’s plenty of opportunities for me to argue with people.

So there we go, the thing I get into the most arguments.

Day 50 of 100 Days of Blogging, Halfway there and What Could I Do Today That Would Make My Work Life Easier?

Good morning, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today is Day 50 which means we’re halfway through this series! Today’s question comes to us from the Education and Career category and the card says, “What’s one action you could take today that would make your work life easier?”

Well, I could go back into one of my rants about single decisions affecting an entire life/career, but I’ll think I’ll spare you from that. So instead, I’ll talk about learning to “eat the frog”.

Essentially, at least from what my brother told me, “eating the frog” means that if you have an unenviable task ahead of you during the day, you should just get it over with. Otherwise you’ll just spend your day worrying about that task you have to do that you don’t want to. The point is to get it done and over with.

So there we go, the one thing I can do to help me in my career today.

Day 49 of 100 Days of Blogging, What do I most appreciate most about my life? Why?

Good morning, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Life category and the card says “What do you appreciate most about your life right now? Why?”

Well, this is quite simple really. I’m most appreciative of my family and the fact that I’m still able to live at home. With the way the world is right now I don’t think I’d be able to sit and study for the bar if I also had to worry about paying for housing and various insurances at the same time.

I really love living with my parents, because we really do get along really well and it’s a good place to be. I don’t have to worry about food, or housing costs or anything like that because this is how they’ve said they’ll support me through law school and through bar prep.

So there we go, that’s what I appreciate most about my life.

Day 48 of 100 Days of Blogging, Where Do I Not Want to Travel to?

Good morning, and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the World category, and the card says “Where in the world do you have no desire to travel? Why?”

I’ve never really thought about this question before, but I guess that makes sense, really. Typically I think of places that I really want to travel to, like Ireland, Scotland, and England like I had planned before COVID-19 hit. But I also want to travel to Africa at some point, and Asia as well, but I’ve never thought about what I want to avoid.

I guess the easiest answer would be that I don’t want to go to much of the Middle East at the moment. Given that American Imperialist adventures have created a real mess of the region I think it would be for the best if I avoided some of those areas for the time being.

I also have no desire to travel to Somalia at the moment, for much the same reasons. People and countries in positions of power throughout the world have taken what was a thriving country and made it a failed state.

So there we go, a few places that I do not have a wish to travel to any time soon.