Accountability 5.0

In this post, I wrote about several goals I’d like to accomplish by July. It’s now July and 2 month mark has passed. Let’s see how I fared:

  • Revamp my portfolio to showcase both photography & graphic design works. 
    • Completed. However, I still feel it needs a better layout. I just don’t have the time to make the layout prettier, so I need to live with what it is right now.
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  • Settle on a personal brand (establish a logo and brand name). I do not want to be yet another “(Name) Photography” site.
    • Completed
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    • Last check up, I was toying with using “Lilo” on the blog’s title. There’s a lot of grey area here, so for now I’ll just leave the blog title off the table. Besides, I think people read because of my name.  
  • Stop reading about how to start creating and just do it. 
    • Still on track! 
  • Stop comparing my site to others. 
    • Still on track! While there are some bouts of jealousy when I got to other sites, it’s definitely less debilitating than it was before.
  • Write and post whatever the heck I want/feel about on any given day. Editorial calendar be damned.
    • Still on track! 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am beyond proud of myself for achieving these goals and staying on track with them. It’s even better that each has become “automatic”, meaning I now do them without having to remember that I have to do them.

I do have more goals that I’m working on at the moment. I haven’t had the chance to post them yet. Soon.

 

 

Accountability 4.0

It’s MID YEAR. How did this happen? Time flies when you’re having TOO.MUCH.FUN.

How did the first half of your year go? Go anywhere? Accomplished anything? Ate something AMAZING?

Here’s mine so far:

  1. Spent the New Year in NYC.
  2. Got a new job
  3. Discovered by Chloe (their Caesar salad is AMAZZZZINNG).
  4. Had surf and turf (lobster & steak) for my 31st birthday.
  5. Watched the last Hugh Jackman Wolverine movie – Logan. EPIC.
  6. Went to the Philippines for a week.
  7. Met my brand new nephew, Jac.
  8. Met my best friend’s son, Joe.
  9. Had a legitimate black out in front of friends and family. My eldest niece never let me hear the end of it. (In my defense, I can remember bits and pieces, but somehow can’t remember the times I cursed).
  10. Saw the Whitney Museum’s Biennale exhibit. EPIC.

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    Biennale 2017
  11. Photographed another sweet 16 birthday.
  12. Became friends with Adobe Illustrator
  13. Attended way too many sample sales. Here’s a recap of one.
  14. Discovered couple of Filipino restaurants that serve isaw (thank you Promdi and House of Inasal).
  15. Went to Grand Bazaar in Upper West Side
  16. Went to PH 808 for first rooftop drinks of the summer during Memorial Day Weekend.
  17. Met one of my oldest friend in New York for drinks.
  18. Watched Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot = my newest woman crush.
  19. Tried a new restaurant, had a bad experience, and wrote about it.
  20. Had beer while chilling at the beach.

Whew! There’s a lot more, but figured 20 is enough to keep you going.

For the second half of the year, I’d like to focus. New York, while amazing, provides a ton of stimulation for any human being. Let’s face it, it’s pretty stressful to live in the city that never sleeps. Too many things to do, too little money to do it. However, New York also offers opportunities that any one can avail, if they only focus on what truly gets them going everyday.

So, my game changer for the back half of the year would be to focus on things that really matter to me (as seen in my Mid-Year Passion Planner game changer page). I know this is just words right now, but I’m holding myself accountable to this. I hope plan to provide concrete results when this year ends.

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Accountability 3.0

I want to hold myself accountable (yes, eerily similar intro to the previous post)….

I want to talk about being a detail oriented person. I tout myself as being one of those people who can easily spot a tiny detail from a mile away.

So, why am I holding myself accountable for this? Well, let’s see, it’s easy to become way over your head when you keep touting yourself as one. Why? Because you start slipping and start missing those tiny details when you’re not paying close attention (or when you multi-task, or when you’re not mindful about the situation on hand, or when you’re just tired).

It’s easy to miss those details if you’re not laser focused on the task at hand. It’s even easier to miss if you’re body AND mind is not 100% in the game.

What’s the moral of the story here?

  1. Sleep at a reasonable time. Screw House of Cards or Orange is the New Black binge watching. Those shows will always be available, your thinking cap will not.
  2. Leave the task you’ve been laser focused on for more than an hour. Come back to it after an hour or two. Chances are you’ll see details you’ve missed and you can correct before showing it to others.
  3. Do not multitask especially if you’re doing something time and brain consuming.
  4. Be mindful. Easy to say but hard to do, but always practice mindfulness everyday. Meditate, think happy thoughts, think how much you’ve accomplished before the week even ended.

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Accountability

In this post, I wrote about several goals I’d like to accomplish in the next 2 months. It’s almost the 1 month mark (have one more week left), but let’s dive in on what I have accomplished so far.

  • Revamp my portfolio to showcase both photography & graphic design works. 
    • On track! I don’t know if “revamp” is the right word to use here, but I uploaded most of my photos and design works in my portfolio. I still have to learn how to correctly organize it. The blog’s theme isn’t exactly user friendly.
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  • Settle on a personal brand (establish a logo and brand name). I do not want to be yet another “(Name) Photography” site.
    • Logo is completed.
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    • Still toying with what exactly I should call it. I keep using “lilo (type of photo)” on my Instagram hashtags because I keep thinking I should stick to “Lilo Factor” as the name. However, my logical brain is thinking, “you’re going to get sued by the movie people for using “Lilo”. Work in progress as you can read. 
  • Stop reading about how to start creating and just do it. 
    • Can’t remember when I last read an article about “creating”, so on track!
  • Stop comparing my site to others. 
    • On track! I’ve stopped caring about when I should post. I stopped caring about my stats. 
  • Write and post whatever the heck I want/feel about on any given day. Editorial calendar be damned.
    • On track! See previous goal update. 🙂 

Overall, it looks like I’m on track with these goals. I feel like I should add more to this, but maybe I’m getting ahead of myself? Baby steps?

NAHHHH… 

I do have some ideas in mind on the next actions to pursue, but still firming it up offline.

I have to say, I’m loving this putting my goals online and holding myself accountable to them (ugh, can this sentence be any more passive???).

 

5 Life Lessons at 28

As my birthday weekend comes to a close, I would like to share 5 things I have learned:

1) Always plan things, no matter what, even if it’s just a haphazard plan. Having a plan is better than no plan at all.

2) Growing up is a pain. Stop complaining you want to move out of your house because your parents are driving you bananas. Once you hit the golden years of independence, when you have to deal with bills bills bills, you’re gonna wish you didn’t complain. 

3) When you make a choice, think long term and think of all scenarios.

4) It’s easy to fall into a complacent pattern, DON’T. Because once you grow accustom to this pattern, you will never see a challenge until it hits you in the head (and the heart).

5) Life gets tough, don’t be scared. Do all of the above and you’ll be fine.

This Week

To end this Saturday, here are things I have been enjoying recently ..

Getting life nuggets from “Likeable Leadership” by Dave Kerpen 

Playing curator with my Pinterest boards

Cornell’s Law School website saved my butt this week

China starts to think about ending animal testing on cosmetics

Also, consider donating your resources to the Typhoon Haiyan efforts.

I want to hit myself in the head sometimes. How can I forget about the “big picture”? Have I become so jaded that I fail to see things the way I used to? This week has been quite a challenge for me. I’ve learned the valuable lesson of not doubting my abilities (yet again). I think I leaned on for too long that I forget what I am capable of doing. I say basta (means “enough” in Italian).