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Goal One – Build a Routine, Stick to It

Well, it’s the new year, and don’t you know it’s time to start fresh and make some new goals. Goal one is building a routine and sticking to it.

I am not a routine kind of person, wanting to keep things open and not feel confined by parameters. However, I’ve realized it’s a bad habit to not have a routine. If anything, I’ve made a rough outline to stick to and be a code for my daily life. If something comes up, I’ll be flexible.

But, why is routine good? What benefits does it provide me? Routine forces action and pushes me forward toward my goals. If I’m wanting to achieve certain goals, then goal one should be routine. Routine tackles small goals that will act like little blocks building toward the larger ones.

How will I stick to the routine? Start small. Overcome the hard stuff by taking the moment and being successful in it. Then move on to the next moment. I’ll fall, fail, and then I’ll pick myself back up and try again. That’s the idea anyway.


What goals do you have for 2017? Comment below and share your thoughts.

The Bold Narrative Choice in ‘Rogue One’

Warning: Spoilers

Too often Hollywood gets itself into a rut. The moment one studio finds a winning formula, genre, or theme, the others are soon to follow and they all copy each other so much it becomes cliche and boring. It’s only natural. If you see success in front of you, why not do the same thing and recreate it? The other issue is listening to focus groups or conventional wisdom as a compass for all your stories. It’s easy to pay strict adherence to story conventions and practices as if breaking them is forbidden and a one way trip to failure-town. One of these rules is: Don’t kill off your main characters.

15 Spoiler-Filled Thoughts on ‘Rogue One’

If you somehow didn’t manage to read the title before looking at this article, let me make it abundantly clear – SPOILERS AHEAD.

Rogue One has many ‘firsts’ for the Star Wars franchise. It’s the first Star Wars film to not have a text crawl in the beginning. The first to not have John Williams as the composer (No, the Ewok movies don’t count). It’s also the first to not have any Jedi. It stands apart on many different levels, making it a unique story within the Star Wars mythos.

After watching Rogue One for the first time, I thought I’d list off a bunch of my thoughts. And again it’s a minefield of spoilers, so don’t proceed if you don’t want to be spoiled.

When Love and Faith Conflict in Shusaku Endo’s ‘Silence’

I had been reading The Song of Susannah by Stephen King when my wife brought home two copies of the book Silence by Shusaku Endo from the library. She wanted to read them together and discuss. Though I generally love reading Stephen King, The Song of Susannah just wasn’t doing it for me (I still need to finish it). Silence pulled me in quickly. The prose flowed well, though some of the translation was sloppy, and the compelling, yet simple, story kept me engaged. So, it was goodbye, King, and hello, Endo. He explores many themes, but of all of them I’m only going to focus on the idea of Christian love and faith, and how the two could potentially be in conflict under certain circumstances.

It took me roughly a week and a half to finish Silence. Examining the literature from an English standpoint is difficult. I can only imagine what might be lost in translation, and frankly the translation by William Johnston was less than impressive. Either way, I’m only assuming that overall Endo’s subtext and themes come across fine within the English translation.

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s really easy for me to get tunnel vision looking toward the future, toward progress, rather than taking a breath and being in the here and now. How quickly those ambitions turn to greed, and greed unfulfilled only leads to anxiety and fear. That’s not how I want to live my life constantly in fear and agony over my goals.

So for today and for every day I will be thankful for what I have, use the blessings I have to the best of my ability, and spurn greed and anxiety like the plague.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving.

~JI