My view on my 2018 goals so far

Hello again. I just wanted to update you as to how I’m doing with my goals that I have mentioned in my last post of 2017.  I did meet some of these goals and exceeded within reason, but I’m still working on some of them, which might take longer than expected.

I have achieved in getting one flip phone number and one smartphone number. I did also get two spare smartphones and two spare basic flip phones as I had said. I have been working on my refresher courses in calculus and computer cyber security. I am watching less TV, but I am watching and listening primarily to music via YouTube and DailyMotion. I did participate in fantasy hockey, but I did manage five teams although I said fewer than five; as an upside, I did win two championships.

Now, I’m still working on getting my own residence. That is easier said than done as I am still looking at certain locations within the metropolitan area closer to the principal city. I’m still working on interacting with others; I am still observing people as to completely understand them as much as possible in all aspects of life. Of course, I’m one of those people who seems not to “fit in” a certain group to appease many people, but at the same time, I know that I can blend in numerous environments, probably more than other people realize. On that note, I’m still working on my French and Spanish skills.

Concerning physical activity, I am more active, but I’m not playing tennis, since I’m working on other tasks and goals. Additionally, I’m still researching rackets since I want to keep the racket of my choice as long as possible. As I was thinking more about that, I realize that once I’ve relocated to my own place, then I should be able to get back to playing tennis. Now, on this rainy day, I will let you go as I will be looking for something to eat for lunch. Enjoy your day.

Until next time,

Andrew Bond

 

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My view of my future in 2018

Hello all. I’m going to keep this brief since I have been very busy in my “real world” life. All I’m going to do is give you a list of goals for 2018. There will be ten (10) of these goals out of a longer list, so here goes (insignificant or not as much to others). See you in 2018.

  1. Having a residence of my own
  2. Having only one smartphone number and one basic phone number
  3. Focusing on fewer than five fantasy hockey teams
  4. Being more physically active daily
  5. Having two spare smartphones and two spare basic phones
  6. Being more fluent in French (and possibly Spanish)
  7. Strengthening and relearning my calculus and computer programming skills
  8. Listening to the radio more than watching TV
  9. Playing tennis again
  10. Being able to improve with my interaction with more people socially

Until next time,

Andrew Bond

My view on Mother’s Day 2017

Hello again, all. First, I would like to wish all of the moms out there a “Happy Mother’s Day” today. Now, I would like to focus this post on one certain mom (actually, stepmother) who is a good friend whom I had met more than eight years ago. I’m going to refer to her in this post as “VW,” which will represent her initials from middle and maiden names. Yep, those initials may make you think Volkswagen, but I wouldn’t put it past her for getting one if she wanted one.

To give you a brief description of her, she has degrees in math and art education, and she has been married to her second (and current) husband for more than 15 years. VW doesn’t have any biological kids of her own, but she has one step-daughter and two step-sons. Additionally, being the animal lover that VW is, she now also has 5 cats, two dogs, and a bird. At one time, VW had up to 7 cats. She loves all of them as if they were her own biological kids.

Back to when I met VW, we were both math teachers at the same high school for one year. She was and still is a very good teacher who has taught me how to be a better person in the long run. As a side note, we both left that school after that one year. VW gave me advice as to handle certain situations in the workplace. Additionally, she also gave me advice how to deal with certain types of people to make everything go as smoothly as possible. I’m one of those people who can be blunt at times if I feel that it is needed. Thinking about it now, she was right that I needed to work on my “people” skills, especially with teenagers and other adults who didn’t have certain traits that I have or have had. VW also acknowledged that I can work in any environment where there is a sense of stability and consistency, but she noticed that I had to work on my “soft” skill set that involved people to improve my life in the long run. For that, I thank VW for her speaking about this, which actually worked when we were coworkers and still works today in all parts of my life.

In closing, I want to say that VW is a great example of a woman who can be a mother to children who are biologically nor hers. She is also someone who has been a great role model for those who have been around her during her life. There will some people who may call her “Mom,” but I won’t be one of those people. Instead, I will call her “surrogate big sister.” Either way, I will like to keep in touch with VW, just to see how things are going with her and that she is happy. Take care.

Until next time,

Andrew Bond

My view on health (1)

Today, I have to admit that I went to the ER yesterday, and that is something I hope not to do again anytime soon. As you would guess (more than likely correctly), I’m not at work where I am resting today; I may even take Wednesday off, but that would depend on how I feel. It turns out that I had undergone dizziness due to dehydration. As I have promised myself, I will be making some lifestyle changes so that I can live a healthier and longer life. Given my age being in the late 30’s, I know that I will have to make them and take them seriously.

First, I will be drinking more water than I have in my life. I have been drinking more water into my adulthood, but I feel that I need to drink water where I know that I have more than 64 ounces going through my body without question. The only drinks outside of water that I may drink are sweet tea, ginger ale, fruit punch, orange juice, and lemonade. Those drinks will be only with some meals with water where I’m trying to see if I can wean towards more water; additionally, I will make myself carry a bottle of water with me at all times to make sure that I do have something to drink. Second, I will be walking a bit more often as if I am not doing that already for my weight loss goal. Third, I will be watching what and how much I eat now; I have been cooking more often, but I will reduce my fried food intake as much as possible. I will be focusing on eating more fruits and vegetables, which should help me, given my family history. I won’t talk more in detail about that, but that emergency room visit was enough for me to think long as to what I need to do and force myself to actually do it.

Now, I’m going to prepare my lunch with water and tea. That lunch will more than likely be chicken pot pie with vegetables, given that today is “Pi Day.” If you have someone who needs to make some changes to improve his or her health, you can help them as much as they ask for it. In other words, if that person doesn’t ask for help, then do not help until that person asks for help and is serious about it. It has worked for me, and things get better when I do ask for help. Well, that’s it for now. Take care.

Until next time,

Andrew Bond

My view on the year 2017

Hello again. As I am still working on the same job that I had mentioned in a previous post, I have been thinking about some things in my life. I will say that I have experienced more than I had expected, but that is how we grow as far as I know as a person. To keep it short, I will give you my 17 goals for next year, not in any particular order. The reason that I’m doing this is to make myself be accountable for everything that I do in my life now. I am also doing some of these things to get myself to open up to some new ideas. By the way, some of these may be specifics, but I can be detailed sometimes.

  1. Get back in school for my information technology – data analytics degree from Southern New Hampshire
  2. Get my own apartment or house to rent around the 4th of July
  3. Have a “home-made” computer network for practice in I.T.
  4. Rebuild one of my old laptops to relearn about refurbishing computers
  5. Learn how to cook for a healthier lifestyle
  6. Meet more people to learn more ideas and about myself
  7. Visit new places and old places to learn about them
  8. Improve my French and Spanish communication
  9. Have a business wardrobe of clothes where I can have a set number of ties (32) and shirts (6) for long term and for travel
  10. Have one phone number with a “dumb phone” (flip phone) and another phone number with a smart phone
  11. Visit and remain in constant contact (within reason) with old friends from my past
  12. Play tennis again since my mid-20’s
  13. Learn some form of martial arts
  14. Learn different ways to reorganize things and in my life
  15. Read more news and books
  16. Listen to the radio for allowing me to visualize everything
  17. Learn how to keep things simple and when to know to make them more complicated

Well, that is it for 2016. I will be waiting for you in 2017. Take care, and keep in touch.

Sincerely,

Andrew Bond

My view on my future goals

Hello again. It has been several months since I have written my last blog post, but I have been transitioning into another chapter of my life. I have a new job in metropolitan Atlanta where I work with computers; however, it is not the specific job that I wanted, but it’s a start. So far, that job is going okay as I have been there since my last blog post. Now, I have Labor Day off, so that I can rethink about a few things and reorganize certain things. What do I mean? I mean that I need to think more as to what I really want in the long run and to what I need to do to get the things done that I want. Given my life experiences with people and working, I have a much better idea. I have to take into account several factors, and I don’t necessarily have a choice for some of those factors, which I won’t mention here.

Looking more closely in my own life, I have to say that I am working on getting my own place since I am currently living with a relative. How am I resolving that? First, I will get a professional mail box within metropolitan Atlanta where I can start to get my mail at my own “place.” Second, once I save up enough money, I will get my own place. I would prefer to rent a house, but I will rent an apartment if I feel forced in that direction. Of course, I will have to look into details as to places where I would like to live. Yes, I have to take into account people, the surrounding stores that interest me, and the main question as to decide whether I can see myself live there for a long period of time; I have grown tired of being nomadic. My target date for that will be on 1 January 2017.

On the professional side of my life, I want to work in education again, but this time, not as an instructor. I will only consider the college scene since I have realized that I can work with mainly adults. After more than two years teaching kids, I realize now that I am not comfortable doing that on a full-time basis and that I will “rock the boat” unnecessarily to help kids learn. I will still tutor math, but I will do that privately for all age groups. Additionally, I plan to stay at my current job on a part-time basis unless I can feel that I can grow there and get into the department where I want to be ultimately. I am still at other available options as always, but I have learned that I will not let anyone stand in my way although I am already aware that I am responsible for my own success.

While interacting with people, I can do that within the work place without any problems since I view people in the workforce based on their ranks (to a degree), and I will always treat people respectfully unless I have been provided a legitimate and conclusively verified reason to do otherwise. I don’t care what gender or race the people are with whom I work while I’m there. Now, back to interacting with others more towards my personal life, I have to say that I have been able to speak to various types of people, and believe it or not, my current job has helped me more with that. However, the dating scene is a different story; I will never date anyone from the workplace as that has been a rule I had placed on myself. Now, I do go to social events occasionally in metropolitan Atlanta that has helped me relearn how to interact with others face-to-face. That is something that I have noticed about half of the people today lack since they interact over the phone and computers mostly.

In closing, what I will say is this. I have to work on my future a bit more every day where I hope to be able to accomplish all of my goals. Although I have not met all of them, I will say that I have learned how to balance out my life between business and fun; it’s easier said that done, but I know that I have been working on that with other things in my life. I hope that you enjoy your Labor Day weekend. Take care.

Until next time,

Andrew Bond