Gem Magazine June+July: A month

If you never try, you’ll never know what you are capable of.

John Barrow

For me to write about a month’s progress, I’d have to live that progress. Not the one to shy away from the things you can do in a day or in a week times four. A month.

But this is different, because, well, first of all, I’m somewhat maximising the summer month and doing it The 5am Club -style.

Sunday 12th June

The first morning I woke up (because it was so bright outside or because I was so excited to start?) at 3.50am, and tried to get back to sleep but couldn’t. The first ‘need to nap’, an exhaustion, came about at 9am, and the whole day of sunday went sleepily.

Monday 13th June

Now, on to the next day. On monday I woke up full of energy and excitement at 7.30am. Spend quite a bit of the day online shopping; the energy was incredible and I just saw visually how good everything would look. This kind of day, was the thing that kept me surviving the next.

Tuesday 14th June

First of all, I woke up at 9am. Already felt somewhat off. Since waking up, I was like: “Is that already the time?!” The whole day went on the couch, flu and hormones combined are a terrible mix and I just felt nauseous, even in the AM. If you ask me, you can just strike Tuesday of off that week, thanks!

Wednesday 15th June

I feel like the early hours, 5am Club style, are finally kicking in! Though, it is not my goal to start waking up at 5am every morning, like before (I think it’s on Bookshelf: Robin Sharma, The 5am Club).

Woke up, by myself and not the alarm, at 5.30. Finally. I set up an alarm at 5.30 on that crappy tuesday. Plus I had the strangest of dreams and I’m pretty sure that they woke me up. Moderately tired in the evening, although having just had the flu, it’s kinda tiring not to burn some energy off through movement.

Friday 8th July

It was never a goal to wake up at 5am. In July, I usually wake up right before the alarm 7-8.30am. I set up an alarm in the evening, so that I’d get at least 8 hours of sleep in me, or would not function. Right..’The last weekend’ before returning to maybe 4 hours of studying per day, because I’ve already decided that on monday it’s somewhat back to autumn schedule. See just half of 8 hours, what is waiting for me later. Yeey! Shopped couple of things on that “to study” -plate.

So, how has the month been? Feel wiser than in June. In one goal-oriented book says that you should make 1% of progress/day, so in a month it’d be 1% x 30.

Saturday 9th July

I start this morning with breakfast and two cups of coffee watching Castle. It’s my newest obsession. It’s no wonder I don’t dream of that show. I don’t, yet, though.

Sunday 10th July

And what a Sunday that was!

Imagine how you’ll know of a topic of your interest 30% more than today.

X Johanna

Gem Magazine January issue: Golden opinions

“I have bought
Golden opinions from all sorts of people.”

– William Shakespeare Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 7

The first Gem Magazine of the year 2022 is about opinions. About assumptions we people tend to make.

As master Shakespeare said it; nowadays it’s about buying golden opinions of from the media, of from the news and of from the social media. The list goes on…

Then we believe them and make them our truths, dissmissing every other opinion along the way.

The trouble is, however, that one person believes in an opinion, then the other person believes in an opinion with the same issue. Opinions of the same thing clashing is what’s going to happen.

We should regard the opinions of the opinions of one person. Not the full truth of the Universe. Just one opinion. Are you being loud with your own opinions? Now I’m going through them..surely those are there, only people are just being nice around.

Now, assumptions are quite funny actually!

Personally, people just bomb you with assuming stuff. See, they have made Your Story up, like a dream, in their minds and then assume that it’s correct. This has happened to me thirteen times out of twelve. As I said, it is much easier just to say ‘yes, you’re (absolutely) right.’. And then shake your head later.

X Johanna