August Experiments

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once
  • Call/Visit dad once
  • Call sister and family at least once
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO
    • BT
    • BB
    • EP
    • DR
    • RH
    • JK

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present
    • Daily Mindfullness
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1-2 times per week and bike 10 miles 1 time per week
    • 0-200 Situp, 0-100 Pushup, 0-100 Squat challenges from Fitness22 LTD.
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)
    • Learn how to cook 3 healthy meals – Pick 3 meals in August
  • Reading -Harry Potter
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning
      • Finish – Creative Sprint – Sprint #5,6,7,8 and share on this blog
      • Finish The Moonshot Effect – And share actions from this book on this blog.
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News max = morning / evening
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Training
    • Write paper topic
  • Create
    • Innovation Article Topic Defined – Posted to a new blog?

Music:

  • Practice the 5 positions of the Pentatonic Scale
  • Consume – Learn how to play ….
  • Create – 1 recording

Photography:

  • Consume
    • Complete Photography Course
    • Read Blogs
  • Create
    • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week
Passive Income Business
  • Complete Shareable Images for Blogs and Social Media Course
  • Complete Start a Blog that Matters Course

 

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Creative Sprint Day 3

So this one was challenging….a very generic item to look at…how to I add creativity to it?  What should I be doing?  How can I stretch my thinking and think different?  I decided to try to look at the leaf from different view points.  Each leaf has some symetry.  Each one can be unique.  If drawn correctly (I’m not artist:)) then it could look like a head sticking through a mirror.

I think this book would be more fun as a “Book Club” / Group exercise with discussion afterward.  So, going forward…feel free to comment or take the challenge and give me your thoughts.  Help me stretch my thinking:)  My goal is to post one of these each week…so more of a 30 Week challenge vs 30 Day.

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Creative Sprint Day 2

Ok…so I’m probably not going to do these consistently, but will post them as I get them done.  Stay tuned!

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Healthier Lifestyle Transformation Initiative

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On a recent annual retreat with a few of my college friends, I found myself re-motivated and inspired to make a change to my lifestyle.

As a background…this blog was started to find my purpose and my passion and what I’ve found over the past year is that I’m very focused on passions, however this blog has allowed me to figure out that behind my passions…I have a general purpose.  One of my passions/focus areas is “Fitness”.  I’ve been searching for a way to improve my fitness that I enjoy and have had a few starts and stops.  My friends have re-ignited my interest in moving towards a healthier lifestyle.

One friend has accomplished an Iron-man Triathlon many times.  He is a confident person, but found that he seemed to exude even more confidence and calmness than I have ever seen in him before.  I also noticed a body transformation where he has less weight and has improved the tone and definition of across his body.  Very inspiring as I haven’t ever been truly over-weight but also have never achieved a body definition that I have wanted.  Not sure I am or want to be an Iron-man…but it would be nice to run a few miles without feeling like I am going to kick the bucket:)

My second friend has been over-weight and has recently lost a tremendous amount of weight and is looking amazing.  She too has a new confidence and happiness to her personality and more and more good things continue to happen in her life because of this happiness and confidence.

So I am inspired….I am not sure how long this inspiration will last, but know that I need to start.

My drive/reason for action:

  • I want to get my cholesterol levels in line.
  • I want to show my kids how important it is to live a healthy life-style balancing good diet and exercise balancing the good and the bad in both.  I do truly believe in the saying….”Everything in moderation”
  • Reduce my sugar intake to reduce my risk for diabetes or other illnesses.  I have a sweet tooth and am starting to notice all the natural sugar along with added sugars (fake and real) that are in my diet (but they are soooo tasty!!).  I need a different ratio of Carbs, Proteins and Fats.
  • I want to tone my body and shed 10-20 lbs.  I currently am 6′ tall @185 lbs and would like to be closer to 170-175 with a higher percentage of muscle.  So I need to turn some of the fat to muscle while shedding a few lbs.  I am not sure how accurate my smart scale is…but it has me at about 25% body fat.  I would like to get to 12%

 

What I am starting to do:

Exercise Thanks to Fitness22:

  • 100 pushup and squat challenge in 10 weeks
  • 200 Situps in 10 weeks
  • 0-5k App…not sure if I’ll do it in 8 weeks as I am pairing it with the next item
  • Bike 10 miles once per week with a goal of having a 30+ mile ride before September

 

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Diet:  I’m still researching options here, but am open to ideas or suggestions you might have.

  • Reduce sugary snacks
    • Replace with nuts,  hard-boiled egg, fruit, celery, Snow Peas
  • Reduce sugary drinks
    • Replace with water or tea
    • 1 sugary drink a day max (Soda or flavored coffee)
  • Increase protein
    • Nuts
    • Eggs twice per week for breakfast
  • Reduce carbs from pasta and bread
    • Lettuce wraps for sandwiches
    • Smaller portions of pasta
    • Smaller portions in general
  • Find an easy way to estimate calories and % of the three focus areas
  • Get a body analysis done

 

Wish me luck….and I’ll keep you updated as things progress.

I would love to hear from you about how you have fit exercise and healthy diet into your life.

 

Troy

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Creative Sprint #1 – Day 1

Fill this page with as many tiny things as you can think of:

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Photography equipment


I’ve recently been holding back and hoping to go get new equipment.  This post has me rethinking that need.  Thank you for sharing Ion Paciu!

http://www.ionpaciu.co.uk/
https://petapixel.com/2017/07/03/swapped-pro-dslr-cheapest-one-available/

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July Experiments

 

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly⚠️
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once❌
  • Call sister and family at least once❌
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • BT❌
    • BB❌
    • EP⚠️
    • DR✅
    • RH⚠️

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present
    • Mindful Exercise-Weekdays❌
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1-2 times per week and bike 10 miles 1 time per week⚠️
    • 0-200 Situp, 0-100 Pushup, 0-100 Squat challenges from Fitness22 LTD.⚠️
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)⚠️
    • Learn how to cook 3 healthy meals❌
      • Research and choose 3 by July 15th or sooner
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning
      • Finish – Creative Sprint – Sprint #1 and share on this blog⚠️
      • Finish The Moonshot Effect – And share actions from this book on this blog.❌
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News max = morning / evening✅
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Training❌
    • Write paper topic❌
  • Create
    • Innovation Article Topic Defined – Posted to a new blog?❌

Music:

  • Practice the 5 positions of the Pentatonic Scale✅
  • Consume – Learn how to play Sultans of Swing✅
  • Create – Recording of anything!✅- Rig rundown

Photography:

  • Consume
    • Complete Photography Course❌
    • Read Blogs❌
  • Create
    • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week⚠️
Passive Income Business
  • Fizzle Roadmap Phase 1 – Stage 4⚠️
  • Complete Shareable Images for Blogs and Social Media Course⚠️
  • Complete Start a Blog that Matters Course❌

 

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June Experiments

Not a successful month:(

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once❌
  • Call sister and family at least once
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO✅
    • BT✅
    • BB
    • EP✅
    • DR✅
    • RH

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present
    • Mindful Exercise-Weekdays❌
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1x per week and bike 10 miles 1x per week❌
    • 10 Burpees, 10 Situps Daily❌
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)⚠️
    • Soda Drinking only on weekends❌
    • At least one salad per week❌
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 15 min of reading daily in the morning❌
      • The Moonshot Effect
      • ODI Book – Target Complete By end of May
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News = morning / evening✅
  • Progress Simpler Goals:❌
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Training
    • Write paper topic
  • Linked In Article Topic Defined – Posted to a new blog?❌

Music:

  • Learn the 5 positions of the Pentatonic Scale✅

Photography:

  • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week❌
  • Complete Photography Course❌
Passive Income Business
  • Fizzle Roadmap Phase 1 – Stage 4✅
  • Complete Shareable Images for Blogs and Social Media Course❌
  • Complete Start a Blog that Matters Course❌
  • Begin WordPress Tutorial Course❌
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Beat Buddy Product Review

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It’s time to give this awesome product a review!

First, a big thank you to Singular Sound for creating this!  I am an aspiring guitarist and due to my current non-musical career have found it difficult to find a group to practice with because I am not able to gig more than maybe once per month.

In reality, my interest is in creating music, not live performances.  At least not yet.  Perhaps with the help of this new tool I can finally get a few songs created and a setlist setup.

Onto the review:

UNBOXING:

So I didn’t capture the unboxing, however they did a great job at packaging this product to ensure it’s protection until arrival to my house.  I would liken the unboxing to that of the iphone.  I was excited and the packaging as well as the product felt of very high quality.

SETUP:

Setup of the Beatbuddy is extremely easy in that it simply fits at the end of the series of your effects chain.  For me, I have an effects pedal, a Boss looper, a distortion pedal and the Beat Buddy.  I did opt for the additional pedal to control pausing and accent cymbol.  I had the unit working in a matter of minutes.

Use:

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The buttons were all extremely intuitive and I had selected my rhythm pattern, tempo, volume in just a few additional minutes.  It really is as easy as the videos make it look.  Press the pedal once to intro (can turn this off) and after 4 beats you are into the main beat for the song.  A quick tap to begin a fill which can be initiated at anytime after the first beat and will end after the 4th beat.

By pressing the main pedal and holding it….you begin a transition to the next part of the song the chorus.  press and hold again to transition to the next part or back to the first depending on the track you have selected.

To pause the beat…the optional pedal gives you this ability and you can restart by either hitting the pause button again or if you want the intro to restart again…hit the main pedal.

The left button on the additional control pedal allows you to add accent hits at any time.

To end the song, simply double tap at anytime and the outro will begin and finish on the last beat of the track.

Extremely easy, unbelievably fun as a solo musician.

One additional feature I am working on is to sync my Beat Buddy to my RC300 looper.  Unfortunately, for this looper, the RC300 must be the master and the Beat Buddy the slave.  What I want is for the Beat Buddy and Looper to stay in Sync, but I want to be able to add fills and transitions, pauses.  Ideally, I wouldn’t loop the Beat Buddy, but my loops would stay in sync with the Beat Buddy and I would simply add, stop, start the supporting loops.  I will do more research, but believe I may need to look into another looper such as the Infinity Looper to make this happen, unless Boss steps up with a firmware upgrade that lets me do this.

 

All in all, I would highly recommend this for any solo musician looking to practice or perform live.

Thanks again Singlar Sound!

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May Experiments

Connection:

  • Call mom and dad weekly✅
  • Visit mom and dad at least once✅
  • Call/Visit dad once✅
  • Call sister and family at least once
  • Close friends – reach out at least once via email/text/telephone/f2f
    • JO❌
    • BT✅
    • BB❌
    • EP✅
    • DR✅

Health & Fitness:

  • Be more mindful/present
    • Mindful Exercise-Weekdays
    • Daily Calm on flights⚠️
  • Exercise more to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • Run 1 miles 1x per week and bike 10 miles 1x per week❌
    • 10 Burpees, 10 Situps❌
  • Healthy Eating to feel better and for a healthier body/longer life
    • I will also drink 32oz of water a day  (4-8oz glasses or 2 bottles of water)⚠️
    • Minimize soda drinking and candy eating⚠️
    • At least one salad per week✅
Innovation
  • Consume
    • 30min of Twitter/Linked-In/News✅
    • 15 min of reading daily⚠️
    • The Moonshot Effect
    • ODI Book – Target Complete By end of May❌
  • Progress Simpler Goals:
    • REX topic training-Design Thinking Training❌
    • Write paper topic❌
  • Linked In Article Topic Defined – Posted to a new blog?❌

Music:

  • Complete 1 Youtube Capture Sessions-video & ipad – Studio Tour post to Blog❌
  • Create “Mobile Creations”❌
  • Beat Buddy Product Review (Youtube Session?)✅

Photography:

  • Practice and build portfolio – One photo posted to Instagram per week⚠️
  • Get 50mm lens or new camera  (8D?)❌
  • Complete Photography Course❌
Passive Income Business
  • Fizzle Roadmap Stage 1 Progress⚠️
  • Complete WordPress Tutorial Series⚠️
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