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Welcome to The Journey to Magnificence! This is week sixteen: May 27-June 2, 2018.

The beginning of this week went great! I stuck to my planned work, shuffled things around when I needed to, and generally kept momentum.

Until Thursday.

For some reason on Thursday, I just had a “meh” day and that rolled into Friday, so for those two days, I didn’t really do any work besides the bare minimum of circulating Thursday’s post in a couple Facebook groups.

Saturday wasn’t that much different for most of the day, to be honest. I didn’t have a concrete plan of what I wanted to get done (since the last 2 days I hadn’t done anything) so I felt a little paralyzed. I compensated by reading a lot more Fanfiction than I should have and taking an unintended nap.

Unfortunately, with my derailment the last few days of this week, I did not finish Simple Pin Master Course.

Demir Bentley is right – we enjoy planned and structured time far more than we do during unstructured time.

Here’s to figuring out some shit and structuring my week better!


What I Said I’d Do

  • Start and get through half of the F.A.S.T. Time Mastery course – I’m aiming to actually have this done in the next two weeks because my one-on-one call with Demir is on June 10th! That’ll put me right on track to be finished by the call.
  • Finish Time Management Magic
  • Finish Simple Pin Master Course
  • Add Ruth Soukup’s Do It Scared podcast to my regular Sunday routine
  • Outline a post that will be entirely about an affiliate product

What I Actually Worked On

  • Finished Time Management Magic
  • Got through a decent chunk of F.A.S.T. Time Mastery Course
  • Listened to all of Ruth Soukup’s available episodes of the Do It Scared podcast
  • Updated the Boundaries post to be more geared towards the Boundaries book

Sunday, Day 106 – The Hunt for Latias

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent Van Gogh

I want you to take a moment and actually think about this.

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt ANYTHING?

I think it’d be pretty boring.

Nothing that we love would exist.

The internet wouldn’t be here.

We’d still be under the limiting belief that humans cannot fly.

In my personal life, I wouldn’t be where I am today – no question. I took risks in my schooling, my personal life, my professional life, and my travel experiences.

Without the courage to attempt the things we want to do, we’d live pretty boring lives.

What would life be like if we had NO courage to attempt anything?

Courage is pretty vital in this equation.

I spent a decent amount of time today on Demir & Carey Bentley’s Lifehack Bootcamp website, watching videos, and starting some of their F.A.S.T. Time Mastery course videos.

The one video that stuck out and really made a difference – perhaps to my whole life – is something called the Sticky Focus Game.

Essentially it’s just putting your to-do list on sticky notes, but each note represents a block of 60 minutes.

It’s turning your work into a game, and I’ve got to say that it works.

I actually used that method to finish last week’s Journey to Magnificence post!

I also spent some time writing out goals and to-dos for this week, as part of my Sunday ritual.

Unfortunately for my PokéDex, I still don’t have Latias… not for lack of trying.

So far I’m one for two raids being Latias, and that Latias fled.

Considering this Legendary Pokemon disappears in a week and two days, I’m on a tight schedule to grab him. 🙁

Monday, Day 107 – Hacking My Time With Sticky Notes

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.” Simone de Beauvoir

“Don’t gamble on the future.”



There’s so much packed into those five words.

I love it.

Don’t gamble on the future. Don’t bank on things resolving themselves or changing by themselves without you doing anything about it.

The future won’t change itself.

We have control over our futures. We need to take the reins and direct the horse where we want our future to end up.

Are you gambling on the future? Or are you directing your horse?

Today started at 4:45 AM for me.

Now, as it’s a day off, that might be weird, except that I didn’t manage to get back into my real routine over the last couple days. Today is reset day, starting with a walk and knocking out a bunch of tasks using the Sticky Focus Game.

I finished Time Management Magic this morning and completed Part 1 of the F.A.S.T. Time Mastery course – on Focus.

I’ve always thought of the word “hack”, when it comes to making life easier, as kind of a cheesy description.

BUT this Sticky Focus Game really feels like a legitimate hack.

Like…the gamification of completing my to-do list makes it feel heady when I crumple up one of those notes and toss it in the glass I have by my laptop.

week sixteen sticky focus

I also went through the list of WAHS courses that I have access to and re-ordered some. Now that I’ve got 106 days under my belt I think I have a better idea of the order in which I want to go through the courses. It also helps that scheduling things out a week in advance is helping me figure out what I can reasonably fit into a day.

Another thing I’m doing is listening to Ruth Soukup’s Do It Scared podcast. I like this concept because it’s something that I’ve been doing more and more because I realized that my fear of some things is the only thing holding me back from greatness and success at them.

While I was listening to episodes three through five of that, I batched some more Pinterest images for posts and also filled my Tailwind queue with pins.

I love the feeling of getting shit done!

Tuesday, Day 108 – 5 AM Walks Are Much Nicer Now

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Have you ever noticed that when a stranger smiles at you, you instinctively smile back? And sometimes, it lifts your mood for the rest of the day? That’s what our smiles do.

They incite positivity into our lives and the lives of others.

I try to smile at everyone whose eyes I meet. It’s a small thing but could make all the difference in the world to someone whose day is just going as shitty as possible.

Remember the story of the man (PDF warning) who walked through a park on his way to the Golden Gate Bridge to jump off? He told himself that he wouldn’t jump if just one person smiled at him.

He jumped.

Fortunately, he survived to tell us this story, but doesn’t that say something about our society as a whole?

That we’ve forgotten how good it feels to be smiled at?

Someone once said that there are no strangers – only friends we haven’t spoken to yet.

Fortunately, the weather in western Washington is getting a lot nicer. That means I can take a short 1-mile walk at 5 AM without A) freezing, or B) getting wet. I’m also figuring out that if I do it correctly and plan it right, taking that morning walk doesn’t have a significant effect on my blood sugar. This is contrary to the morning routine I built over time that didn’t include morning exercise.

Today I did a bit with the F.A.S.T. Time Mastery course in both the course platform and the Facebook group. I’m finding that the Facebook group for this course is a really great community – and my favorite part is that Demir and Carey are both active in it! They’re very encouraging and inject excitement and positivity into every post.

Wednesday, Day 109 – Old Bullet Journal for Ideas

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” William Barclay

I’d wager that most people don’t know why they were born.

They don’t know their purpose.

I’d argue that I still don’t know my purpose, but I’m willing to bet it has something to do with helping others cut through the chaos of life that’s been caused by anxiety, self-doubt, and disorganization.

And that’s going to evolve – I know it will.

This morning I spruced up my post on why implementing strong boundaries is the key to sanity by including some more affiliate links to the boundaries book that I 100% recommend to anyone who has difficulty saying “NO.” I also created a new pin image for it!

Besides that, I did a bit of housekeeping: I reviewed my notes from the Time Management Magic course. I’m brainstorming how to include the principles from that course into the F.A.S.T. Time Mastery philosophy.

I also pulled out my old bullet journal from last year to think of ideas for a new one. Stupidly, I actually got derailed from my 2018 bullet journal because, of all things, the journal itself. I hate the paper, the feel of the binding and cover, and the pages don’t lay flat when the book’s open. It’s a silly thing to be derailed by, but I’m owning up to the fact that the journal itself broke the habit. I’m still using it to track habits and my weight loss progress, but not in terms of actually using it as a “bullet journal” with the rapid logging system devised by Ryder Carroll.

In any case, I think once I get another journal that I like the feel of, I’ll start doing more in it. I’m trying to figure out how to combine all the tools I use to track things!

Thursday, Day 110 – The Other Side of the Interview Table

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” Earl Nightingale

I really like this quote because of the emphasis on living in the moment and not relying on outside influences to be happy. All too often we (and I) forget that we are in charge of our own happiness, we’re in charge of our own feelings. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said,

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

We choose our reactions.

We choose our happiness.

It’s our responsibility.

I can’t blame someone else if I have a bad day – I can only blame me for how I reacted to things.

Today was my first experience being the interviewer instead of the interviewee.

I’ll admit it was a little strange.

It’s also me gaining good experience.

Doing the uncomfortable things in order to learn.

My team at work is looking into getting an intern, and that intern would report to me. I’m both excited and nervous!

Friday, Day 111 – What Even Is Real Work

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” Omar Khayyam

We have no guarantee of the future. We can plan and plot all we want for how we want our lives to go, but ultimately we are not guaranteed another second.

Ultimately, we have to live in the moment. Just like yesterday’s quote, we’ve got to remember that in reality, we’ve got nothing but the present moment.

Everything else is either past or fiction.

I’m gonna be totally honest.

I did jack shit today.

I spent an inordinate amount of time reading a really good Harry Potter fanfic that’s 154 chapters long and over 700,000 words. I’m not even a third of the way through.

The reason I have “read non-FF” in my morning routine is that if I read fanfiction instead of a real book, I’ll be sucked into it for a couple hours, at least.

And that totally happened tonight.

I didn’t even write anything today 🙁

I’ve just got to remember that tomorrow is a new day.


“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” Norman Cousins

Oh boy.

This is a deep one.

Have you ever had a passion just fizzle out and die?

And you look back on it like, what even happened? Or you look back on your life and reminisce on the so-called “golden days” where everything was awesome and you got shit done without breaking a sweat?

And now you can barely get out of bed without feeling like a failure?

It’s difficult, but I think one of our prime objectives should be to keep those fires kindled.

Feed your passions.

Feed what makes you stronger.

When we feed the wrong wolf, the good things inside us die.

That’s the greatest loss.

The husband and I really had only one thing on our to-do list for today.

Catch a frickin’ Latias.

I’ve been unable so far to

  1. find a raid with enough people at it,
  2. for that raid to be a Latias and not a Ho-Oh, and
  3. to actually catch the damn thing.

In Pokémon Go, raid fatigue is a real thing.

We found a Latias raid, but the main group of people had already done it. We ended up sticking around with a few people to try anyway, and it took us two rounds to actually beat it.


Insert a sigh of relief.

Maybe I get too stressed by Pokémon…


When we got back home I took an accidental nap, and then dove back into the F.A.ST. Time Mastery course.

I took about an hour this evening to try pre-planning my week with the time tracking Google Sheets template that is provided in the course. And, because I’m an overachiever, I’m already excited by the idea of figuring out where I’m losing time.

I already know one answer to that will be in Fanfiction…

What’s Next?

  • Finish the F.A.S.T. Course
  • Finish Simple Pin Master Course
  • Track my time down to the half-hour increments all week


The Journey to Magnificence is a series of weekly summaries of my journey through courses and resources provided by or found through the Work at Home School, hosted and delivered by Caitlin Pyle.

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Life coach, author, engineer, and host of the podcast This is Type 1: Real Life with Type 1 Diabetes. I teach T1Ds how to feel better without changing how they manage it.

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