Saturday, July 8, 2017

Positives Mon Jun 19-Fri Jul 7, 2017

*Finished reading Equal Rites and Mort by Terry Pratchett.

*Showered with Nivea Pure Impact for the first time.

*Watched Valley Girl, La La Land, Heathers, and Hidden Figures movies.

*Ate Breyer's Girl Scout Thin Mints ice cream for the first time.

*Reread Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

*Ate at Little Joe's, Pearl Bay Tea House, and T&K Cafe restaurants for the first time.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Positives Thur May 25-Sun Jun 18, 2017

*Different cleaning the house. Spot spot vacuumed common walk areas downstairs. Spot vacuumed all walk areas in the entire house.

*Shopped at Sports Basement for the first time. I purchased Klymit Static V Sleeping Pad.

*Finished reading i, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

*Shampooed my hair with Head & Shoulders Eucalyptus for the first time.

*Cooked with Mrs. Dash Seasoning Salt Free for the first time.

*Watched Fast Times At Ridgemont High movie.

*Golden State Warriors won the 2017 NBA Finals.

*Purchased Exped Synmat UL Winter LW sleeping mat.

*Ate Ferrero Rocher candy for the first time.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Control What You Can Control And Trust Life What You Can't Control FRM

Blogger’s Note: I wrote two versions for today's blog. I rejected my first version because it was another daily activities or recent events blog my regular readers know. However, I choose to post the first version here because I express my frustrations and I share a life lesson. Click Control What You Can Control And Trust Life What You Can't Control to read my second version at Innovating Common Knowledge.


I believed in fate when I was in high school and college. My life was set. There was nothing to change. Live my life what was given daily. My freshmen and junior high school years were good. My sophomore and senior high school years were bad. My college years were similarly 50% good and 50% bad. My post college life in my 20s were mostly good than bad. I should have experienced a better life in my 20s and in my early 30s.

I realized I must grow up Sat Oct 4, 2008. One discovery was don't take life for granted. I took life for granted. Nothing bad happened. Nothing good happened. I lived a quiet life. I lived a boring life. I lived a life nothing ventured nothing gained. I had my share of moments between post college life and Sat Oct 4, 2008. Those moments were poorly executed. I didn't earn my successes. My successes were mostly good timing and good luck; however, some professionals believe it's better to be lucky than good.

I also discovered I must control more of my life. I'm doing the best I can in my present situation. I job search five days a week, learn new job skills and/or refresh my existing job skills five days a week, sleep eight hours a night, workout at the gym four or five days a week, minimize eating processed foods, and pace myself. I find time for leisure such as reading books and watching movies. I control my proactive response to earn independence. However, I can't control the job market such as hiring managers rejecting my resume and the recruiting system. I can't control companies reducing job openings. I can't control the economy sluggish growth.

I must trust what I'm doing today results in an independent me tomorrow. I must trust my choices living as unemployed today an independent employed me tomorrow. I must trust life being unemployed today to be independent employed me tomorrow. I stop living a frustrated life every weekday I stay home instead of earning an independent living because I can't control everything in my life. I must trust whatever I can't control destiny, fate, karma, Feng shui, chance, and life flow my way tomorrow.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Positives Fri May 5-Wed May 24, 2017

*Finished reading Slaughter House-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum books.

*Shopped at Dollar Store for the first time.

*Cleaned the house.

*Automobile maintenance: fuel injection cleaner, oil change, tire rotation, tire balance, and alignment check.

*Ate Tastykake cupcake and chewed Orbit gum for the first time.

*Post gallbladder surgery living a normal life. Jogging on the treadmill, lifting weights on machines, and riding on a lifecycle.

*Showered with Nivea Cool Body Wash for the first time.

*Watched A Fish Called Wanda, Clueless, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, and The Revenant (2015) movies.

*Applied Refresh Tears Eyedrops for the first time.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Positives Mon Apr 17-Thur May 4, 2017

*Ate Voodoo Doughnuts, Trader Joe's Ultimate Vanilla Wafers, and Trader Joe's Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies for the first time.

*Post gallbladder surgery living a normal life. Drove my car, exposure to sunshine, and working out at the gym light workouts.

*Applied Pond's Dry Skin Cream on my face for the first time.

*Finished reading Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sleep by Philip K. Dick.

*Watched A Few Good Men, Courage Under Fire, and Mississippi Burning movies.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I'm Doing The Best I Can, Really III

Blogger's note: Today's blog is posted at both Innovating Common Knowledge and Finding Raymond Mar.

No more advice. I heard everything. No more telling me because it's highly likely I already know. I'm frustrated when I heard the same lectures I feel I'm a failure because I'm not independent. Change the subject. End the conversation. My ears are open to new ideas. I listen to fresh knowledge. Give me leads.

My life has been the same. I'm still unemployed. I'm still living at home. I'm doing the best I can. I really am. God is my witness. I job search two times a day five days a week. I used to job search six days a week. The Sat search saved little time. I continue learning Python. I continue reviewing my existing skills. Currently, I'm reviewing SQL. I take personal responsibility 24/7.

The late Steve Jobs said, "Keep looking. Don't settle."

My feelings are the same: sacrifice, nothing to lose attitude, going out of my comfort zone, willpower, and not giving up. It has been difficult finding opportunities going out of my comfort zone because I have been indoors more hours per week honestly speaking. No more data entry. I worked data entry hoping those jobs catapult me to higher positions. Failed. My life can't get worse.

I work hard intelligently working my way to live independently. I'm stronger with the pains of rejection. I'm wiser with the mistakes I learn. My brain grows bigger with new knowledge. Each day is devoted to be a good productive day. I trust what I'm doing today benefits me tomorrow.

Furthermore, I'm lucky. I have shelter in my parent's house. I have a solid desktop to job search, learn new skills, and review existing skills. I'm in good health. My gym is 2.5 miles from my house. I minimize expenses. Money is a lower concern. I pace myself. I read books, watch movies, and sleep eight hours a night. I complete my house chores such as cleaning, cooking, and laundry.

Finally, there is more working hard intelligently after I fulfill independence. There are more people to meet. There are more adventures to seek. There are more experiences to experience. Never take life for granted. Never stop learning, training, and reviewing. I never stop innovating my life.

Side note: The first time I wrote I'm Doing The Best I Can, Really was on Oct 8, 2012. The second time I wrote I'm Doing The Best I Can, Really II was on Apr 6, 2016.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Positives Thur Mar 16-Sun Apr 16, 2017

*Finished reading The Bridges Of Madison County by Robert James Waller, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, and The Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane.

*Freakonomics podcast marathon.

*Drank Waiakea Hawaiian volcanic water for the first time.

*Watched The Accountant, Singles (1992), and Sixteen Candles movies.

*Successful surgery for acute gallstone pancreatitis. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography (ERCP) and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy.

*Microwaved instant oatmeal for the first time.