Project 52, Travel

The Planner in Me!

Hello everyone, LONG time no chat!  So disappointing when your working life takes over your personal life – the work-life balance becomes unbalanced, and own individual pleasures get pushed to the sidelines.  Sadly, for me, blogging was one of those that were side-lined.  That is, it was – I have taken my professional skills, being that of the most AWESOME time management person and decided that my personal life needs to be managed (a little).

work life balance web

It’s funny really when you think about it – for work, I am the most time managed person in the world.  I create a plan of tasks and knock them off like a cat knocks off your favourite vase on the bookshelf – almost ninja-like, with speed and ease!  In my personal life, when it comes to travel – I throw my task book on the roadside and end up in the general that my nose points too.  The fallout from this is that I don’t get to do everything I have wanted to do, and I have to return then to finish off what I have started.  Or I miss one thing because some shiny other something has caught my eye – and off I go on some tangent.  Well – this is no more.

Don the cat

This morning I was at the door of my local stationary store waiting for them to open – I stocked up on all that has to do with time management and planning (yes I am a stationery addict, and yes I used this as an excuse to buy more paper and paper related products LOL).  I am going to plan all the road trips I have EVER wanted to do in New Zealand and record everything down.  In these plans, I will record if they are one-dayer, weekender’s, or the more time consuming – “Calvin we are taking a week” off’ers.   I am hoping that I will use these plans much like a cook uses a recipe to bake a cake.  AND YES – I am going to start up a blogging project that coincides with all my future planned travel recipe cards!  What a perfect plan – IF I can time manage my personal life!

I have been thinking about this for some time now – but keep pushing it to the side.  Assuming that “work is too busy atm” or “next weekend” and my personal favourite “I’ll start that after this quick road trip”.  Each time pushing it further and further away from actually being completed – heck from actually being started!

That is until now – as from today until the end of this year, I am going to start planning and writing up travel recipes.  Because what a good Project Manager knows is that all the best projects look seamless ONLY because a person and/or team has taken the time to prep and plan before the projects kick off.


“Project 52” will kick off from the 1st weekend in January 2018.  Having a start date which is seven weeks away, will give me the time to plan and research future recipe cards.  Additionally, to also start to create a working model of the how’s, what’s and when’s; and more importantly, to begin to work out how I am going to talk Calvin into this project!!!!

Wish me LUCK for convincing Calvin people – because everything else is totally achievable! 


Im not so good with conformity … can you tell?

As you are guessing, I am not so good with conformity.  Posting to a ‘set’ structure really isn’t me and frankly, a tad constraining.  Blogging structure like, on Tuesdays we post about travel.  Wednesday, well Wednesdays are wordless; but you can throwback your Thursday’s ARHHHHHHH.  Yes YES, I know I can set my blog up how ever I wish too – there are no true set in stone rules or guidelines.  But after some time of blogging, certain styles and structure form; especially with certain types of blogs.  Sadly, the longer you blog; these structure become very clear and very standardised – and very done.  Even the themes and hashtags that we all use – they are, in a way – restricting our creativity.


But it seems the more I try to conform, the less I post.  And to be honest what is the point of towing the line when I am not enjoying it.  Especially when it seems that when I am free writing I seem to post frequently and most importantly – I feel I enjoy my blog as much as I hope the people that drop by do.  After a bit of time away and reflecting a few thoughts on exactly WHY I blog – I have decided to throw out all forms of conformity – and just get back to why I started in the first place.  From today I am going to blog whatever drops into my crazy uncomforted mind.  No longer will I constrict myself, my creatively nor my blog to travelling Tuesdays and wordless Wednesday’s.  HECK, I might throw caution into the wind and do a WEEK of wordlessness – why should Wednesday be so lucky and wordless? :O.


Just think of the scandal – no words for a week!  Then totally confuse everyone and write poems or recipes for the following week.  What is better?  Blogging to a set structure – where posts are forced and infrequent.  Or blogging for pleasure, sharing my adventures and creative self.  Getting back to the grass roots of just what WordPress was all about – back when people blogged from the pleasure of sharing and not the dream of recognition from the masses – which it seems like some blogs are trying to achieve.


So from today who knows where/what I will post.  Because, truthfully, its about the journey that we all take; and not the end destination.




It takes 21 days to make a habit 

Well, I can tell you that making a habit in 21 days is either a myth or a load of…… That is unless the 21 days are turtle days?  LOL – because it is NOT a day in my human timeframe!  So why or what habit am I trying to make?  You see since returning from the United States in December last year, I have been a tad obsessed with trying to create a gym (bunny) habit for myself.  I have been so obessed that the rest of my life has been pushed to the side a little – including posting blogs, editing images, eating and sleeping.  WELL, maybe not eating or sleeping LOL but in general it feels as if I have stopped everything else.

Current gym bunny workouts LOL

I have been going at it for 21 days exactly… nope, no habit has been created!  I am still having the same old yelling match with myself just leading up to heading out to the gym.  Though, I can report that I am enjoying the gym more, than say, day 1.  Day 1, I walked out of the gym looking like a wet, old, buggered bunny.  But enough about why I have stopped all other forms of living and why I am trying to create – ‘Mabel the gym bunny’.  Let’s talk about why someone got it into their head, that all I had to do to create a habit was to repeat the task for 21 days and BOOM – Mabel transformed – NOT!

I decided that I needed to do a little research on the subject – I let me fingers do the walking and goggled ’21 days habit or myth’.  What I found did not surprise me in the least.

This myth, that a habit can be created in a mere 21 days became from a misunderstanding from work by Dr. Maxwell Maltz’s.  Populism created this misunderstanding and BOOM – the 21 day habit took on a world of its own.  Mainstream populism once again grabbed onto something, flipped it inside out and created something totally incorrect and mostly unattandable – like if you drink 2L of water a day and exercise 30mins 5 days a week you will become fit.  Populism changed Maltz’s work to create a belief that if you put all your willpower into repeating a ‘task’ 21 days in a row – you will create a habit.  Then placed fear into people that it only take half the time to break a habit.  If you looked at this populism created myth from a Marxist view – its no different to ‘the more you work harder – the higher up the ladder you will climb.  But that is an all together another discussion; and one for another time.  BUT, one that you will have to have with me face to face, as I try to keep the hard stuff off the blog :).


Populism, or the mainstream myths really do have a lot to answer for.  Heck, when I think back, I even think that there was some mid 1990’s lame drug reform movie that was based on this very myth – trust Hollywood to reinforce populism bull!

So again, it looks like the mainstream way is not going to work for me – I have NOT been able to create the habit of transforming into a gym addict aka Mabel the gym bunny.  It looks like I am going to have to keep yelling at myself everyday, that I am going to have to draw on my shear determination.  That I will just have to repeat over the next few MONTHS until my attitude slowly changes.  It looks like, yes, I DO have to REPEAT the task of going to the gym every day –  over and over and over again… That to create the gym habit, I have to break through the desire to enjoy life, the outdoors, living, eating and sleeping (again I am slightly over playing the no eating and sleeping part).  That, for myself and others to truly create a habit, I have to create a subconsious, second nature task of going to the gym to create the habit.  ALL OF WHICH takes a heck of a lot longer than a mere 21 days!  BUT saying this, if I can pack a suitcase with my eyes closed and load a car like a Tetris pro; then I can create a habit of hitting the gym.

I just need to keep hanging my invisable travel carrot out in front of me – eye on the prize!  So, I leave you now (to head to the gym) with one final question…

WHY the hell did I decide to attempt creating this habit during the summer :X