It's been a good year. Scratch that. It's been a great year.
Lots of good things, good adventures, good opportunities, old and new friends.
I'm really grateful for all my readers and visitors here for helping make the site work. So, I just blocked out 10 hours for calls from the 27th to the 31st of this month.
I'll give you a link in a moment, so you can book a Skype call with me. Before I do, please read these instructions and make sure they're suitable to you:
1. This is my first time using this software, it might not work correctly, and you don't get to be a jerk if it gets broken in some way. I'm trying to do a nice thing here and I tested this, but if it breaks, well, we'll roll with it but you don't get to be a jerk.
2. Please note that the times I blocked out are 8AM to 10AM Malaysia time. You need to convert this to your own timezone. It's 7PM to 9PM New York time and midnight to 2AM London time. But it's up to you to convert the time you booked into your own timezone.
3. Please include your Skype ID in the "comments" field. I don't care about any field besides Name, Email, and Skype ID in the comments.
4. I'll confirm with you by email from firstname.lastname@example.org if all goes well. If you don't see an email from me within a day, write to me to confirm. Don't just trust the software's automatic email. This is my first time using it. Look for a confirmation from me personally.
Okay, finally - I blocked out 20 minutes for each call, so it might be a good idea to pick one or two things you're working on or curious about before we get on the phone, because it could go fast. My internet is pretty fast and stable here in KL, so I'm not worried on that score.
I think it likely we run out of time slots, so you probably want to hurry if you want one.
Thanks for reading and happy holidays.
For those who can't do the call (like if you live in Europe like me), I recommend doing a 20 minutes "consultation" with yourself. Chances are that you already know what you want to do in your life. Of course talking with someone else can help tremendously, but remember the "self" in self help and you'll be fine.
On the 24th of December, I wrote a post "Happy holidays. Let's have a Skype chat."
It's something I'd thought about doing for a while. Hey, why don't I take open hours to chat with people, and offer my take on anything a person is interested in. I've had a few other bloggers and website runners express curiosity with how it went, hence, this post -
The Good -
I connected with a lot of interesting people. In the guidelines to that post, I wrote "I blocked out 20 minutes for each call, so it might be a good idea to pick one or two things you’re working on or curious about before we get on the phone, because it could go fast" - most people did, in fact, have a couple items when they called, and we wound up covering a lot of interesting ground.
I wasn't sure how 20 minutes would work, but it worked surprisingly well. There was minimal chit-chat and how-are-ya's at the start, which is cool. I've never been a fan of smalltalk, and have always made an effort to move past it into interesting things as quickly as possible in real life.
I have seven minutes to stream of conscious something cause I don't think I'll get another shot at writing today, but I am determined to try and at least keep my mind thinking about writing. Today's observations: I'm an awesome Mom. Darren usually wakes Nila up but since he had an early morning meeting the task fell to me and my chosen form of wake-age was to climb in bed with her, cuddle and then have a tickle contest. It was awesome and the cuddles and giggles were sublime. Observaton #2: I'm a terrible mother. Because we spent so much time cuddling and giggling, we ran short on basic get-ready-time and so the last ten minutes we were together I was a slave driver, impatiently getting her into her shoes and jacket and out the door so we could make it to school in before the late bell rang (I've given up caring about the first bell). Observation #3: I can be a big jerk. I was reading through old messages exchanged between myself and one my facebook friends whose conversation I enjoy immensely, yet as I read back through our exchanges, well, I kind of come off looking like a big, self-absorbed jerk. Course, he's kind of full of himself, too. I'm reminded of a quote from another friend long ago, "Are you so self-absorbed you can't see how self-absorbed I am?" Still, Shame on me. I'll try to do better. Observation #4: Someday, when I grow up, I'm going to be a brilliant writer and psychologist. Alright, one more minute to go...I actually spent most of my day perusing camp options in the area and trying to find the most rewarding experiences for Nila at the best price. This is a huge are and there are a lot, a LOT of options. This is a tough game for a maximiser. Okay. That's time for today.