631. I ate pasta and 2 bags of sweetened banana chips and drove my blood sugar numbers through the roof. After 8 hours of sleep, it’s 409, the highest I remember in a long time. I have some leftover rice that the racoons will enjoy. I’m stressed and angry with myself. I am killing myself trying to make starches work for me. They do not - so far. Time to fast until the numbers are normal.
632. My nephew gave me crap yesterday for being hard on my mother. He was right. I don’t need to be in the same room. She is lazy and demanding and will not do what she is capable of doing to help herself. I will spend no more time in her presence than necessary. I am a prisoner, not a caregiver. I hope when I am that age, if I get to that age, that I take an honorable way out and not burden others, or the state.
633. When I rise early in the morning, I will do my morning pages online. I will also do some on paper as I ride the rails. I should go downtown and test out the new red line on JTA which goes to the beach.
644. I don’t know why I find it so hard to do what I should do to live a good life. Go to bed early. Sleep 6 to 8 hours. Wake up and write 3,000+ words. Brush and floss. Walk. Go to the gym. Ride the buses to different places. Be nice to clerks. Be in the house for falls and to let the EMTs in.
645. This has to give. I must raise the money to move her to a facility or to get more help. I am still a prisoner, and it will look selfish and self-centered when I leave. But leave I must.
646. If you desire, you can start your Walkabout Solopreneur side hustle with no money at all. Paid hosting and other tools are nice but not necessary. But you can do it totally free. I went down to the Jacksonville Main Public Library last week and renewed a library card. I haven’t been there in decades. What a nice place full of computers you can use for 45 minute segments. There was no waiting, and hundreds of computers. I will test writing by hand and posting to one of my blogs or free sites remotely. If I am to advocate free affiliate marketing, this is the place to test it.
647. I need to spend time updating and improving my profiles and about pages. Profiles can be business, personal, or for dating sites.
648. Put the 5 o’clock somewhere song back on the first page of iPT.
649. A side hustle for IBMs* and WS takes on an added dimension of being done anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. You don’t need offices or licenses or customers in the same location.
650. As soon as I have some money, I need to hire my daughter and have the corp pay most of her expenses. And mine.
651. A good book to write will include the easy ways to use a corporation or LLC to take care of your expenses. Vitally important for IBMs*.
652. I need to check at the library how easy or difficult it is to log into my Google Drive. Should be simple.
654. Since giving up sugar and processed wheat, my energy levels are through the roof. Also, my bph is not a pain in the ass anymore. Pun intended. I hate salads. I try to eat them, but it’s a struggle. So I just won’t. I can handle roasted vegetables.
655. What we have going is a slow motion coup d'etat which could destroy the country. I don’t believe the military will allow it to happen, which brings up the possibility of a military counter coup. Do Democrats not understand that the flyover states which elected Trump are full of gun owners celebrating a change in national politics?
Notes and Takeaways:
My AAI System is still in the early stages, but I’m reminded of crusty old Paul Harvey. He took snippets of news and made his conservative comments. Even if you didn’t like his politics, it was hard not to listen to that deep, authoritative voice and not believe it.
But his style is what I believe is right for individual marketers today. Pick topics that interest you. Create audio and video (he was huge on radio). Create a name for yourself and a following by posting unique content using your own voice.
Paul Harvey was the most listened to man in the history of radio. … There is no one who will ever come close to him.
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If I could be so energetic to channel Paul Harvey’s system, I will succeed at AAI.
The Introvert Perpetual Traveler
Each year, I begin on my birthday (Sept. 14) with a new plan for improving my life. In the past, I have tried to plan for the year, which of course works as well as most New Year’s Resolutions, which means not at all. And as it turns out, I am trying on New Year’s Day again.
This, of course, ties in with the idea of reinventing yourself. It’s a concept that goes back to the Greco-Roman Stoics, and maybe even earlier. In 2015, you can read James Altucher for ways to improve your life 1% each day and basically reinvent yourself every 6 months. I look to other mentors dead or alive including Harry Browne.
The question is, “Are you truly happy where your life is right now?”
Unfortunately, reinvention is kind of a moot point when you don’t feel like you even invented yourself once. You may have been sculpted by others. You may have gone with the flow. But this will be a conscious invention for the things I want at this time of my life.
Even in business, most annual plans get pushed off until the last 2 months of your fiscal year. When I worked for the government (State Department), near the end of the fiscal year we had to waste any remaining funds or risk Congress cutting our budget in the future.
No more annual plans.
Annual plans fail for any number of reasons, but mostly because circumstances one year out cannot be calculated to any degree of certainty in your life. Jobs are lost. Divorces or breakups happen. You develop an illness that changes everything as you focus on staying alive.
So this year, new life - new strategy.
When you look back over the prior year and see how much time you have wasted - or allowed others to convince you to give up for their interests - you will likely see that 3 to 4 months of focused effort (like the last 2 months of your annual plan) could replace your entire work year.
I’ve come across books like The 12 Week Year which is a good place for goal setters. His plan calls for a 12 week year followed by a 1 week evaluation. Now, 4 weeks paid vacation each year is better than most U.S. wage slaves receive. But I have adjusted to more fit what I think I can do.
I just decided at the end of 91 days or so, I would prefer 30 days off to travel the world. So instead of cramming 4 - 12 week years into one calendar year, I use 3 - 13 week blitz attacks with 90+ days off per year.
For the first 91-30 plan, I will stay in the U.S., get my habits and health to a prime level, build a recurring income, and take care of any relationships and obligations that might interfere with my first “year”.
On a stat sheet, I also record ideas for inclusion in this first “year” or in future ones. The three areas I choose to improve are health, wealth, and relationships. Some prefer mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual (Lakota). Others may add vocational or financial or social, but I like to stick the big three.
It’s your life. Choose what you want.
For the first time in my life, I am planning 100% of my future in 91 day nuggets. It’s all on me. I am 100% accountable for my choices and actions.
Caveat: You Control Actions, Not Results
Focusing on results can easily scuttle your life theme.
For example, I will write at least 2,000 words a day on various topics. These words will result in posts, articles, reports, ebooks and maybe even a mainstream book or two. 182,000 words in 91 days should lead to a decent web presence and get several streams of income flowing like lava.
But it might not.
Maybe no one cares about the niches I choose to blog about. Maybe I can’t build a list of customers to market to. Maybe my prose stinks and doesn’t add value to readers’ lives.
But if I stick to my action and write 2,000+ words per day, I have a chance. Without it, life tends to steal your time and energy, and you drift with the tide.
While I have a plan for my first 91-30, each individual action I take has to contribute to my to the ultimate personal theme of returning to the life of perpetual traveler. It’s been 40 years since I was able to wake up each morning with a clean slate and decide where to travel to next.
The PT lifestyle is my thing. It may not be yours. I have all of my possessions down to a large backpack. Over 90 days, it will have to be down to a 30L day pack that can be carried on to any airline in the world. No more luggage tags.
While that sounds extreme, my hero is Gandi. He died with around 10 possessions.
Now that’s traveling light.
I start with 3 items each week, and add one new action each week to have 13 in each category of health, wealth, and relationships. Of course, I start with the most important items that should be done all 13 weeks.
Here is my 1st week:
Eating real food is critical to controlling diabetes which I developed about 12 years ago. Cut out the crap, and diabetes takes care of itself.
Having an online income is perfect for introverts. And it is critical for perpetual travelers who need to work anywhere in the world.
Cleo is my 22 year old daughter still in college. A joy. But I want to be able to help her more emotionally and financially than I have been able to in the past.
Each of these actions will prepare me for a new round of perpetual travel. And this is just the base. To travel at will, you need steady income not dependent on a job or physical location. The last thing you want is bad health or illness in a strange land. And you need a few close relationships with friends and family to keep you grounded emotionally.
In developing my life theme, I had to look at what I truly love to do.
Travel is at the top of the list. Many people make some extra money and choose to upgrade their houses or cars, maybe even buy a boat. Bless them. The economy needs them. When I have money, I buy a plane ticket.
For the first time, I am digging into what makes me happy. Strange lands. Strange pussy. Exotic food.
No need to apologize for your wants and needs.