A Month of Singing

Black 3D Music NoteI’ve never been able to carry a tune, and have always been terrified of anyone hearing me sing. Those facts, along with some of my experiences at the Inner Journey Seminar, made me decide to take singing lessons for the month of March.

Near the beginning of the month I recorded this video on a karaoke website to document where I was at at the time (I know, it’s pretty bad, but looking back I actually did alright with hitting some of the notes in the chorus!): [Read more...]

Inner Journey Seminar Review

Spiral Shell

At the end of February I did a 3.5 day personal development “retreat” (*) called the Inner Journey Seminar which is designed to stretch/grow participants in all directions. I found it highly worthwhile and will explain a bit about my experience here.

The Basics

On my Inner Journey (IJ) retreat there were 14 people: 6 men, and 8 women. There was also a staff of I think about 30 supporting us who were almost all volunteers.

We lived (slept overnight) at the retreat location for the 3.5 days. It’s an intense and experiential retreat; there’s not much sitting back listening to talks. Most of the time, we were actively participating in a diverse range of activities.

For more detail on what it’s all about I suggest reading this page which explains it better than I can.

What I Can & Can’t Explain

Before I tell you about my experience, let me explain [Read more...]

A Month of Therapy & “Inner Journey”

Lucy the therapist (from Peanuts)

In February I did some inner work on myself, which consisted of therapy (I visited a counselor a few times), and a 3.5 day retreat called the “Inner Journey Seminar”. I’ll describe the therapy below and the Inner Journey in a separate blog post (coming soon).

Why Therapy?

I’ve been considering therapy for many years, but never done it due to the cost, and because I was reluctant to admit that I might need it. [Read more...]

A Month of ? And a New Schedule

Schedule IconUnfortunately, for reasons that I can’t explain, I can’t explain what my official “month project” was for January.

So instead, I’ll explain something else that I did in January: I changed my work schedule. That may not sound exciting, but it significantly improved my quality of life.

I’ve been working from home for years, and with the exception of occasional meetings or emergencies, I have complete freedom over when I work.  I’ve never [Read more...]

A Month of The Theory of Relativity

Calvin & Hobbes strip about the Theory of Relativity

For December I decided to stretch my brain and try to learn the Theory of Relativity by reading Einstein’s book Relativity: The Special and The General Theory.  I think that book required more pausing-to-think-or-do-research than any other book I’ve tried to read.

Since it seemed to me like some of the book’s content would be a lot easier to understand in video format, I started creating a (very amateur) video explanation of each chapter.  My intent with the videos was to help myself to understand the book better, and I thought that in the future I might be be able to create less-amateur versions to help others.

Early in the month I realized [Read more...]