Putting my nose to the grind stone

November 3, 2011 at 7:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ok… so, I completely didn’t realize that it’s NaBloPoMo but so far I’m doing it. Basically, post a blog post every day in November. I don’t think I’ve ever made it an entire month posting every day… heck I don’t think I’ve made it a week, but here we are and we’ll see how well I do.

Anyway, in a complete tangent from my last two posts, or maybe not, I just wanted to post about time and pressure. Now this is something one of the Vloggers that I watch on Youtube started. His name is ShayCarl, and he was working very hard towards losing weight. I’m also attempting to lose weight, but we won’t mention that right now.

Any way, he came up with this thing of Time and Pressure, and referenced the Shawshank Redemption about how one man, using time and pressure, was able to break his way out of jail and that if we used time and pressure in our own lives we can do anything.

I love to learn, study, grow, and right now I’m working on growing myself. I’ve mentioned that I had an abusive childhood, and I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and these are things that are a part of me. As much as I was able to work through this and heal by myself, I could only do so up to a point. I’ve now joined a group through my church that is aimed at assisting girls who have gone through similar experiences as me. So I’m growing there.

I also started a rule at the beginning of the year. In January 2011 I looked back over 2010 and realized that I hadn’t read anything other than a trashy romance all year. So I banned them from my reading list and decided I was going to read things that would be good, educational, something that would help me increase my knowledge and grow. Now the majority of that has been in my faith this year, but so far so good. I did grab a romance or two when I only really had about 15 minutes to read something or wanted to find a reference, but I’ve not read a whole romance front to back all year, nor have I purchased a new one!

Today I’m taking a big step in learning. I’ve wanted to learn Japanese for a number of years and over time have managed to learn some words, and one alphabet (they have 3). However there are proficiency tests that the Japanese government puts out to show the level of language you have. They do this twice a year, once in December, once in July, and I’m bound and determined to do the first level (N5) test next year. Whether it’s in July or December depends on how much I study, but I WILL do it!

So I’m printing off Kanji lists, vocab lists and grammar lists, and I’ve found podcasts that should help. Time and Pressure, I will make one goal with this! I will succeed, I just have to keep my nose to the grindstone.

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