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Notes on Life

As I’ve mentioned before, I am not one to relax. You may or may not have noticed that in the recent weeks I have neglected to post on my blog, mostly due to my obsession with finishing 4th year – and finishing well. The time of closure is fast approaching, and so I have found myself pondering (yet again) the direction in which I’d like to travel. I have a basic outline for where I see myself going in the years to come, however, I feel that before I can achieve these goals, I need to explore the so-called ‘self’ in order to step with clarity.

As a child of the 21st century, I tend to want instant results – I fully understand that this, however, is not always possible. Nonetheless, I have scoured the darkest recesses of the internet in the hopes that I could find a ‘Manual for Life’. In the search I stumbled across the following: It is copied directly from the source (here)

1. Everything is Okay

Everything is okay in this very moment. If youíre reading these words, you’re okay.

There is nothing going on. Nothing needs to be done, and there is no rush anywhere. I know you may think that there is, but there isn’t.

Notice that I said think, because it is our minds that create most of our problems.

2. Thoughts are Thoughts

You are not your thoughts. You are the awareness behind them, the observer, and the emptiness.

Notice your thoughts as you read this article. Do you notice any judgments, opinions, or anything else coming up?

Whatever you notice, just let your thoughts be there, welcome them, and check what happens. You don’t have to act on your thoughts, because they are not you, they just are what they are: thoughts.

3. Fear

Fear doesn’t have to paralyze you. When I began going after my dreams, and building my online business, I was scared.

What I quickly realized is that when I moved through my fear, the fear went poof. It was as if it never existed.

Where did the fear come from? I created it. It came from my mind, and I was afraid of my own creation.

Your fears will often not represent reality, and when you take action and move through them, or simply let them go, they disappear.

4. Kaizen

Many people, myself included, want perfection. They want everything to work out perfectly. No mistakes are allowed.

What I’ve discovered is that this journey isn’t about perfection, it’s about constant improvement, or as the Japanese call it: kaizen.

5. Self-Honesty

If you have self-honesty, you have the key to personal growth. You know what you can do, and what you cannot. Although you have to be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking that you know everything.

Sometimes the universe throws curveballs at you, and sometimes you surprise yourself. Knowing that is a part of self-honesty.

You are much more than you think you are, and you are capable of great things, so learn to trust yourself.

6. Discipline

I write, a lot.

I write books. I create courses, and I write, write, write, all the time.

I’m not always in the mood to write, but what I’ve noticed is that starting is the hardest part. I only need a touch of discipline to get started writing that first paragraph, and from there it flows.

If it doesn’t, I stop.

Discipline goes both ways. Use it to start, and use it to stop when appropriate.

7. Kindness

You never know what the future holds. That is why I try to practice kindness as much as I can.

This doesnít mean that I don’t set boundaries. It just means that I do my best to see through the illusion that there is a me vs. you, because there isn’t.

There is room for everyone on this planet. We can all thrive together, and it is through cooperation that we will rise to new heights.

Life is a strange thing. Sometimes it scares the hell out of you, and sometimes it surprises you with bursts of exquisite ecstasy.

Make My Logo Bigger Cream

Why do people love bad design so much? 😦

Branding and the Big Bad World

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I really like this CI. Makes me happy. ^.^ It also calls to mind the BURNING DESIRE I have to brand. I’m never happier than when I work on a CI. I’m guessing that branding is where I’ll end up considering. The transitioning phase between University and ‘Adult’ life is terrifying – there are so many things to consider. Where will I live? Where will I work? Am I good enough?

I guess it boils down to diving in with some hard work, a charming smile and lots of luck – hoping for the best.

See the full CI here.

iOS6 Today.

Just updated my iPhone 4S and iPad 2. The update is quite big – about 900 MBs. Definitely worth the cap though, just for the update to Maps. The iPod interface looks much better – its white now. Facebook integration is a welcome addition (and long overdue).

Nice work Apple.

Updated MacBook Pro (2012) vs. MacBook Pro Retina

Deciding between these two laptops is like choosing between your two favorite kinds of chocolate. It is practically impossible, unless you are rolling and can predict the future. I’ve been mulling over the decision for about 2 weeks now, because I would hate to spend all that money on the wrong computer. After reading about 4 million forums, I have come to the following conclusion:

These computers are equally good and as a result the purchasing decision should be based on what you value most in a laptop. The following is a list of important things that not everyone is aware of prior to the decision:

The Retina CANNOT be upgraded and is very difficult (expensive) to repair. Apparently you can add a new SSD.

The Retina comes standard with SSD as opposed to HDD.

The Retina does not display the high resolution that Apple keep singing about natively, you have to up the resolution in your settings – which uses more RAM.

8GB Ram is good now, but will it be in 3 years? It is soldered on, so it better be.

The Retina has HDMI out – finally! Thanks Apple.

The Retina DOES NOT have a super-drive.

All that said, it is a beautiful machine with an amazing display – the best I’ve seen on a laptop. Its incredibly thin and the all-flash storage makes everything seem really fast.

The updated MacBook Pro (2012):

Is upgradable and easily repairable.

It still has Apple’s mini display port instead of HDMI out.

The screen is not even close to as good at the retina.

It’s a heavy machine – but definitely not unbearable.

It comes standard with HDD, but for the price of a small house you can upgrade to SSD.

Ultimately, the decision boils down to how long you need to keep this computer, whether or not you like to fiddle with its insides and how important a high quality screen is to your work. I’m going with the Retina.

The Death of the iPhone

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I’m an apple whore, and I’m the first to admit it. I have a Macbook, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano and an iPod Classic, but I have to say, that unless the new iPhone (Presumably iPhone 5) is a MAJOR improvement on the current 4S, I think I might switch over to Samsung. My biggest problem with iPhone, is the limited apps in South Africa – it is practically appless unless you JailBreak, and it really does lack the ability to be customised – static wallpapers don’t really count.

That said, Apple have a way of making their products feel sturdy, and I’ll miss the beautiful finish and weightiness (while remaining light) that I have come to love. Samsung phones, while very functional, tend to feel very plastic and cheap.

Check out some iPhone 5 rumors here.

P.S.

Before all the designers hate me, I LOVE my Mac, and all my other Apple products, I just expect more from them considering the competition.

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Too Little Sleep?

Not sleeping enough has some HORRIBLE side effects, that you should keep in mind next time you have a deadline. Without 7 – 8 hours a night (for the average person), you may be more prone to:

Obesity, heart disease, diabetes, headaches, depression, slow reflexes and death. (Source)

I’ve challenged myself to get 8 hours a night for a week to see if I notice any changes, so far I’ve had too much work to get it right. Friday I worked until 2, Saturday until 3 and tonight looks no better.

From tomorrow I will go to bed by 10 (if I can) and wake up at 6 or 7. I’ll update any positive effects.