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apologies for today’s late-afternoon post. while brainstorming topics for this post earlier, i kept getting side-tracked.

with a lack of anything better, i thought i’d share what i’ve been doing today: collecting and reading various news articles and reports on the benefits of increasing the minimum wage. so far, i’ve identified and begun to read through about 200 pages of studies and policy briefs.

by the time i decide to draw the line on resource collection, there’s no telling how many hundreds, or even thousands, of pages i will have identified as necessary reading.

more details on this effort as we get closer to opening day….

my problem with all this reading, though i find it interesting and useful, is that my brain has an annoying habit of getting drowsy whenever i try to sit and read. anything.

i’ve poked around online looking for solutions, but the only useful information, advice, i’ve found is not to read in bed. the idea being to disassociate reading from bedtime. it makes sense and has helped a bit, i still find i can’t sit and for any stretch without dozing off.

with so many pages to read on the minimum wage, not to mention a potential graduate school course load not too far off, i’m wondering if anyone else has this experience. if so, what if any steps have you taken to address this annoying, seemingly uncontrollable habit?

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with the birth of 2016 fast approaching, i’m still struggling to nail down my “yearly theme,” my goals for the new year. i’ve got a list of ideas, though with little details on how to achieve them. under pressure to wake up on january 1st with a plan and vision i’ve attempted answer the questions remaining from part one, hoping at the end, i will be much closer to putting pen to paper and putting my “theme”  in writing.

~ what do i want to leave behind from this year?

it’s been a whirl-wind year. with dramatic changes at my work-place and an exciting and energizing election season heating up, though there may have been a fair amount of complaining on my part, i’m not sure how much of it was in my control, save one area.

those of you who know me, or have frequented this blog know that i’ve struggled off and on with depression for a fair chunk of my life. earlier this year, i fell into a funk out of which, on my own, i was unable to climb. i’ve been meeting with my therapist regularly since. though i’m back in an even, and even positive, frame of mind, i continue to see him as a motivation to work on things we’ve agreed are important.

though my temperament is such that i believe i will always be at risk of depressive funks, what i’d like to leave behind from this is year a nagging sense that my life lacks direction, accomplishments, or goals. the arc of my life has been fairly a typical, i think. it’s certainly outside the range of “normal” for the majority of my friends and while i look at this as a positive thing, i sometimes focus on the things they have that i don’t which causes feelings of loneliness and failure.

the goal of the “yearly theme” project, at is very core, is an attempt to leave these feelings behind once-and-for-all and be happy with what i have and successful in the goals i set for myself.

~ what went incredibly well?

honestly? i’m not sure anything went “incredibly” well. when weighing the “good” and “bad” in my life over this year, i can say that the scale easily tips toward the good. i made progress improving my finances, developed or strengthened relationships with some members of the democratic party of hawaii (which could prove valuable in the coming year), and proved my worth in a new position in my office.

as a matter of fact, if i look back at (what i can remember of) this year, it seems to have been a foundation-setting year. there was nothing particularly remarkable about this year, other than i could say it has put me in position to have a really good 2016.

~ what do i want more of in the year ahead?

more focus. i feel like i do a lot, constantly busy, but as i’ve been contemplating this new undertaking over the last few weeks, i’ve really begun to realize that while i’m involved in a lot of different things, there’s not a whole lot of focus in my life. enjoyable hobbies like writing, video blogging, and (restarting my) photography are consistently put off in exchange for “work” for one of the various organizations for which i volunteer; that has to change.

more joy. i’m not an unhappy person per se, but it can be a bit lonely and my free time is spent mostly laying on my couch. i’m often reminded, usually by friends and family that don’t live here, that i take completely for granted the fact that i live in this very special place. so, in the new year, i want more nature time: beaches, ocean, hiking, or just walking around my neighborhood. making a point to enjoy what hawaii has to offer is a good first step in the right direction.

there are still three or four more questions to go, but to keep this post from becoming completely unreadable, i’ll continue on in part three. stay tuned.

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i just uploaded another video, making it number three for the video blog.

i’m slowly getting better at the editing, though it takes much longer than i’d originally expected and for this one, i had to start over a couple times because i missed some things i thought should be axed.

anyway, in today’s video (even though it’s almost tomorrow) i show off some of my book collection that was propping up the camera and which have now been replaced with a proper mini-tripod….

a meeting with the governor, campaign staff, and office staff reminds me why i like the governor so much, despite my not always agreeing with him, and motivates me to migrate my energy to the ige campaign.

lastly, i talk about the hawaii people’s fund, a great progressive organization that funds smaller, grassroots non-profits. i’m proud to say i serve on the board of directors and encourage you all to donate. their motto is “change, not charity.” now, how great is that?

i had some problems with the camera’s auto focus this time, so i apologize for that. for the next video, i’m going to give the manual focus a try. oh, and look for an update on the smoking quit (hopefully this weekend)!

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