Things continue to go well and I find I have little to blog about. There are still issues with motivation and time. I find I never have time to work on my novel. Or am I just avoiding it? I still have notes to go through and I’m 3/4 the way finished. So close, and yet so far. I planned to work on it every day last week, and every day since November, but always run out of time. There’s really nothing to be done except write.
I also have a lot of work to do on my genealogy that I keep putting off and I don’t know why. I really want to get this done. It’s a lot of work too. Maybe that’s why I’m avoiding it. I have both sides of my husband’s family to write out. When I go generation by generation I find errors and missing information and love to work on getting that corrected and completed. Maybe I’m a little bored and disappointed with being unable to find real personal information. I did find an interesting tidbit about one of husband’s great grandfather where he attempted suicide. Husband does not believe that it is the right man, but the limited details of the tiny article match up with the information I have. Those are the stories I want to know. I want to find the details of when one of husband’s great grandads and grand uncles when they went to Colorado during a silver mining boom. Where did they live? Did they work for one of the big mining companies, or for themselves? Those are the stories that give our ancestors life. Without that all you have are names and dates and places. That’s where the real work comes in. Work I cannot do, because I don’t have the funds to travel to Colorado and study their historical records since most of those kinds of records are not available on line.
It seems I need more discipline and stick to a schedule so I’m working on that. I now have signed up for two Zumba classes, plus my Tai Chi, and volunteer at the shelter. I also am trying to go to the Buddhist Center to their noon meditation classes. I want to go at least twice a week. I’m not buying into the entire Buddhist take at this particular center, but I find going to the meditation helps to center me. When I walked away from Buddhism completely for its “religious” nature, I found myself floundering. My idea of Buddhism does not match that of this particular center, but that’s ok. I don’t have to buy into their version. For me Buddhism is about being a good person, treating other people kindly, and being grateful and humble. That is the basic roots of it, from what I have read, and I have read quite a lot, but mostly the Dalai Lama. So I guess I’m more into the Tibetan Buddhism (but without the belief of being born again and again) and less the Tushita Kadampa version practiced here in town.
Of course, then there is my online jewelry site. I have to take more pictures of my jewelry
and get those posted. That’s a lot of work and I know I’m avoiding that because it is a lot of work. I also have clay figures I used to make. I find them cute and funny and think other people would enjoy them as well. I can have another ‘department’ on my page, so I wouldn’t have to mix up the jewelry with the clay stuff and the name of my shop (LSJayHandmade) would still be appropriate. (http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/LSJayHandmade). I realize that I need to keep advertising, perhaps every two months or so for a year or more. I bought some advertisement space, but never did see it on the site, which was really frustrating and disappointing. I never
had the time to look(ed) into it and didn’t contact the site manager about it. I kick myself over that, but am trying not to fret about things in the past. But I’m afraid I wasted my money on the first ad. I will be more careful on my second ad and find out how I can view it. I should also invest in some ad time on my Facebook jewelry page (https://www.facebook.com/LsJayHandmade).
Then I need to have the time to promote civil/lgbt/human rights, the legalization of marijuana, and reducing mandatory minimums for non-violent offenses. It’s too easy for cops to bust the stoner for paraphernalia, or arrest the crack addict for having $20 rock of crack. Hey, here’s an idea, how about cops bust the meth manufacturers and give ‘fix-it’ tickets for minor drug infractions instead of 10 years in jail, they don’t need to go to jail, but need to go to rehab for 6 months or they get some sort of fine? Why not treat people (esp. drug addicts, mentally unstable) like people instead of criminals? I know, radical thinking here. We would need to retrain US cops (perhaps they won’t kill you for being a homeless schizophrenic drug addicts (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2538966/California-police-officers-NOT-GUILTY-murdering-homeless-man-piling-screamed-air.html). Of course, this would mean we need more therapists and drug counselors, and many more (affordable) rehab facilities. Well, would you look at that Congress, I just created thousands of new jobs!