July 28th, 2017 – Going back to my post about musical memorization, I decided to switch the instrument I practice each day in order to prevent things from being tedious. Today would be my second day going back to practicing Guitar, and I found I surprisingly didn’t lose too much knowledge since I’ve last played.
July 27th, 2017 – Towards the evening I managed to finish up my daily tasks pretty dang early. Because of that, I had a lot of time to do other relaxing endeavors such as cooking a nice meal and taking an evening walk.
My fiancee, who suggested the walk, planned to meet a coworker of hers at a nearby park to play Pokemon Go. She invited me along despite the fact I do not have a phone capable of playing Pokemon Go. I instead seized this opportunity to pull up my Geocaching app and look around the park. I found quite a few caches around that park so I went along to do some Geocaching while they did some Pokemon GO.
Was quite the fun evening!
July 26th, 2017 – With this submission completed I only have two more projects left until I can earn my Free Code Camp Front-End Web Development Certification!
I admit I didn’t put as much care into this project as I’ve done with my previous projects. I was pretty excited about the idea of developing the next project, programming Tic-Tac-Toe, that I just completed the basics for the Promodo Timer. There are some changes I want to make on it, but that’ll come at a later time.
July 25th, 2017 – During my trip through South Dakota I was able to catch up on reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. In the book, Cal talks about professional Mental Athlete, Daniel Kilov, who specializes in memorization. Daniel has been able to master this ability so well that if you give him a randomly shuffled deck of playing cards, he can memorize the order of them in less than 5 minutes.
Cal talks about how Daniel was not very good student before he started his journey as a Mental Athlete. However, since he started to train to increase his memorization he ended up increasing his cognitive abilities and was able to concentrate more. He didn’t really change any study habits, yet his heightened focus allowed him to do much better in school.
After reading this chapter I was inspired to improve my cognitive abilities as well. Although, instead of memorizing a deck of cards I am going to take from one of Cal’s suggestions and do another activity that will yield the same effect. For me, this is taking at least 30-45 minutes a day practicing either Guitar or Piano(Switch it up depending on the day).
I use to practice both these instruments often during my younger years but had prioritize them less when I got further into my College studies. Have to say, it felt pretty dang relaxing taking up Piano again.
June 24th, 2017 – After getting back from my trip I decided to take some time to fold two more cranes to symbolize finishing up climbing Black Elk Peak and my first Tough Mudder. These cranes move it up two a total of 12 cranes folded. Getting just that much closer to my 1,000 crane goal.
June 23rd, 2017 – While my fiancee and I settle back down from our trip, she and I decided to do a little catch-up on work. We both had a number of chores we had to tackle around the house, including throwing 2 garbage bags worth of expired food from our kitchen, and also each had our own personal projects to take care of.
For me, I spent the better part of the day reviewing e-mails, updating my photo journal and challenge log, and revised my goals for the year. One goal in particular was my High-pointers map.
With Black Elk Peak finally climbed I can mark off the 3rd out of 50 high points successfully conquered. I am happy on starting to take on this challenge as it has allowed me to take up adventures to new and interesting locations. I am looking forward to what the next 47 high points have to bring.
July 22nd, 2017 – With our trip to South Dakota finished up my fiancee and I decided to take the rest of the day doing some recovery from the trip. Our day mainly composed of cleaning, resting, and eating. We set-up our mud caked tent to let it dry and air out. So far it seems like the tent will still be re-usable for future camping trips.