Posts Tagged ‘2009’

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Like Never Before

January 9, 2009

My brother and I were asked to help with a friend’s new year campaign for his church.  We worked for a couple weeks in after effects and the link below takes you to the video.  Sorry, but for now wordpress won’t let me post the actual video here… it’s a bummer, but I’ll be able to host my own blog soon enough I hope.

In the mean time, please do click on the link below and leave comments, tell your friends, rejoice with us, and hire us to do something cool for you.  No, we don’t shoot sweet 16 b-day parties… sorry.

Like Never Before from John Goodbrad on Vimeo.

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What’s in a blog? (And a progress update)

January 5, 2009

So, my first morning routine is complete and if you are pessemistic than  it was pretty much an utter failure.  I prefer to be an optimist so I’m going to look at it as a great first try/learning experience.  I did actually get up (obviously, cause here I am) though it was an hour later than planned… I also did everything on my list of things to do including this here blog, but I spent less than the optimal amount of time on the workout… yeah, that’s gonna take some… work.

But I did attempt it and I feel that having at least done that, I will do better each day from here on out.  How are you doing on your resolutions?

Also, I’ve been thinking about what this blog will be like and what I’ll include in it.  I read quite a few different blogs and some of them are topical and some of them are just personal stuff.  I think this will be more like the latter.  Just a place for me to put up my thoughts/reflections and Jack Handy expressions for the day.

“If God dwells inside us like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that’s what He’s getting.”

But more to the point, how deep do you go on a blog?  How much of your life do you share with the world and how much do you keep private?  I have a couple friends who are ridiculously (and I think that is the appropriate descriptive word here) honest in their blogs about anything and everything that happens.  I have still other blogs that I thoroughly enjoy and it is always surfacy, fun stuff.

I’m thinking my own blog will be somewhere in the middle and if I’m in a deep mood, that’s what you’ll get, but if I’m not, I’m not going to spend time trying to create something that isn’t there.  I guess that leaves us with a stream of consciousness (slightly modified) block of text from my head on a regular basis.  This may appeal to you and it may not, but then you don’t have to be here.

I, however, do still have to wite it.  It’s one of my “resolutions”. 😉

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2009: The year of the Budget (and how my iPhone fits that description)

January 4, 2009

So, it’s 2009 now and change – it’s a brewin’.  That brewin’ can happen like a cup of coffee or a devastating storm, largely depending on whether the change is planned or not.  So, this is a year of change and I like coffee more than devastating storms (though both make me think of curling up with a good book at times) so I want to PLAN for this change to take place.

Yes, I’m talking about making a budget.  Lately I’ve had this sneaky suspicion that my reason for lack of time and money is because I give very little forethought to what I’m going to do with either of them.  I’m kinda impulsive and I like to just go with the flow, more than spend countless hours planning things out, BUT there is a time and a place and the new year is just as good a time as any to form some new habits.

First, a friend of mine has been helping me with the financial planning thing.  She works as a financial counselor for Dave Ramsey and has some awesome resources.   One of them is this budget.  It’s called a quickie and after making the obligatory  “thanks for the quickie” remark to my friend, I actually started using it and was surprised at how little I could actually be spending on my expenses alone.  It’s good stuff and I’m excited to see where my money’s going and see how much I need to set aside for stuff each month.  One major realization was how much of my monthly expenses goes to my iPhone monthly plan.  Sheesh… the thing is expensive.  I love it (as do my friends) and I appreciate that I can do anything with it at anytime… but damn…

Next, I started with some time management.  Yes, I went out and bought a planner from Walmart.  I even started using it!  I’m sure that eventually I can convert this to the aforementioned iPhone app, but I’m kinda oldschool in that I like to have a real piece of paper to look at when I’m thinking.  Plus, writing is easier than typing on the iPhone.  Anyway, the idea behind all of this is to ensure that I’m taking care of myself:  dedicating appropritate time to keeping myself healthy, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.  That’s a tall order.  Because I’m self-employed, I can largely make my own schedule how I like it, which is nice, but requires more self-motivation and discipline.  Take a look at what I came up with (all times & events subject to change):

–Morning Routine–
7:15  Wake up!  Drink my meal-replacement fiber shake and take my vitamins
7:30  Work out at the house (push ups and pull ups)
8:15  Shower, shave, get ready for the day
8:30  Quiet time
9:00  Work day begins:  First item of the day is to blog!

–End of Day Routine–
11:15  Prepare for next day (meals, schedule, clothes, whatever)
11:30  Read in bed
12:00  Lights out and sleep!

Whew, so there you have it.  That’s my start to budgeting time and money.  Once I can get my gCal, iCal, iPhone calendar all to sync, I’ll put this stuff in there.  The morning and end of day routines I’m setting alarms on my phone for each occurance for the first month.  Hopefully, this will begin the habit that can take me through the year.  What are your new routines?  What are you doing differently this year?