Nothing to lose

My sensei said, when we are worried about something big like exam, don’t be. Just ダメもと (dame moto).

Dame moto is short form of ダメでもともと (dame de moto moto) which means nothing to lose. 

Even if you fail the exam, doesn’t mean our ability decrease. We just go back to square one or our original state. 

When we never challenge ourselves, how can we tell we are growing? 

When you’re a little lost, it’s time to listen more

I was watching “Hotel Honnouji” by Ayase Haruka and Shinichi Tsutsumi about Nobunaga Oda. 

I was thinking how many movies about time travel and related to him I had watched before. But I find that each movie was focusing on different things.

The female character was a little lost about what she’s going to do next after her company went bankrupt. And she went to Kyoto to see her fiancée who always busy with his work. The purpose was to meet his parents and do some wedding preparations.

There were few memorable lines from the movie was when she was having conversation with Nobunaga Oda. But these two were my favorite: 

1. When she said, she has no big dream to fulfill like him

Big or small, who decides that? Isn’t it “are you going to do it or not” more important.

2. When she said, it’s impossible for her because she’s not special 

Who decides it’s impossible or not. People said it’s impossible because no one has been doing it before, right? 

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My “you’ll thank me later” moment

It’s almost 2 weeks ago since I started a new habit to wake up earlier and allocate some time to do some drills in the morning before taking shower. 

I have no issue waking up in the morning (most of the days) but there are times when I just want to play my game longer in the evening before going to bed. And I find it hard to wake up in the morning. 

So, there are times when I dragged myself out of bed, with my brain pulling up all sort of cards to keep myself in bed, to fulfil the plan. 

As a result, I feel accomplished throughout my day because of the completing the small self-bestowed mission. 

The brain likes to pull this card before my exercise time. But brain also likes the refreshed feeling after exercising. Difficult to please eh.. 

Anyway, thanks to not listening to brain by pushing through the original plan, brain is actually benefited from this. 

This reminds me that sometime ago I always have pain on my left knee when I run more than 10km. I was inspired to be able to run full marathon and I was thinking if I should change my dream because my left leg won’t be able to take it. 

But I went ahead to run my first HM and sore for the whole week. 

Long story short, I still run as per today. 

What I learned from this is, there will be times when we doubt ourselves. When we faced our first road block, when we failed for the first time, when everything seems to tough or something didn’t turn out as what we want it to be. But! Keep going. Take a rest if you feel you need to, take smaller steps. Just keep going.. 

And “you’ll thank me later” moment will follow 🙂

Happy weekend! 

Perfect or working solution?

“I’m not aiming for a perfect solution but I’d rather have a working solution” is what my colleague told me based on his past experience, when I was discussing about project I’m leading. 

In my personal life context, I have to say that being a perfectionist (to some extent), I usually did a thorough research and compared different approach or products. But I also realize that often I called it off because I can’t accept available options, whether they are not good enough or far from what I imagine. 

The other key deciding factor for me is the learning cost. While time is something we can control, money is the tricky part. If the money factor to get it is not huge, I’ll probably just going to get it. 

He added, even if it’s not perfect solution to solve the entire situation, it could be a perfect solution for one thing we need at that point of time. If we need more in the future, we can always add something to it. 

For me, I like to minimize the number of touch point (or product) I have because I don’t want to spend a lot of time to maintain them one by one. 

However lately, my decision is influenced whether I’m going to regret for not doing it than aiming for perfection. What my colleague told me is kind of reiterate that sometimes we don’t need a perfect solution, do enough and go with it. Take the learning and improve. 

So, what is your approach? 

Do you remember why you started something?

I went to another art class yesterday and this time is about learning watercoloring. And in the classroom there is a quote which was teacher Nat‘s work, 

Remember why you started

It was beautifully written and decorated with her floral watercolor around it. 

I immediately withdrawn to it.
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Awareness (continue)

In my swimming class, my coaches always asked what did I do and how did I do it or how I feel after some drills. 

They will still tell me if I couldn’t tell them maybe because I wasn’t aware or preoccupied with other things while doing it. 

They always emphasize that we need to be aware about what we do and remember the feel of it. When we remember it, we are conscious and as we practice more, the muscle has better memory about the activity we do and we will transform from conscious competent to be unconscious competent. 

And to form a new habit it will take around 21 days (or so lots of people say, no wonder it’s 21 days challenge). So, when you’re keep practicing it correctly after sometime, you’ll (and your muscle) get the hang of it. 

And because of this, I also started to apply it when I run. I asked my running buddy for this and that, and ask myself, did I land my foot correctly, did I hunch, did I dehydrated and so on. As a result, I notice more things which I didn’t before. I used to think that I just run, to the finish line. 

Also when I do my brush lettering drills. 

Sometimes the basic is the same and when you apply it across other area, you’ll be able to make it better. 

So, lesson of this week is still about awareness. 

Stay focus and be aware

Very recently I joined a workshop about brush lettering, which taught me about the basic technique and some applications to enhance the work or medium to work on. 

We also learned about different pens and brushes. 

Agenda

Looking back (way back..) I started to have interest with fonts (to extend almost like obsessed) when I started to my web developer path. 

But I wasn’t an art student. My brother was the one. 

Then I told my brother about my old new interest that it’s hard to achieve what I want to get. Basically what I think is not what I get. I practice the drills from the class and other drills which I found from Pinterest but still .. not as I expected. (By the way, this whole things just started probably 2 weeks ago) so, I told myself, just keep doing it. Do the drills, make your hand used to it. Thin up, thick down. 

My brother told me that it’s about coordination training between the brain and the hand. 

Initially I like doing it because, at first, it’s brainless activity when doing the drills. *buzzer* it is not. I realize that I need to aware and focus on it. 

A few days before the brush lettering workshop, in my swimming class, my coach said, in order to improve yourself, you need to be aware. Aware about what you do and aware about your mistakes. From there you can improve. It can be a little bit easier if you have friends to go the same journey as you, because you can help and remind each other. 

But if not, focus on your goal, and aware about what you do. 

May Favorite Actor: Hiroshi Tamaki

First blog post in May after series of miss in April is about Hiroshi Tamaki (玉木宏) or Tamakin.

I was having dorama-rathon “Career” end of April while waiting to start my new role in a new place.

It’s been awhile I haven’t been watching his drama. However, when I looked at his drama/movie list, I realised that I watched his work for quite many.

It somehow reminds me 2 things

  • although you were doing quite well in different areas or things, people around you probably will remember more on the things you’re good at.
  • sometimes you just need to keep going. do your best, and whatever the result is, learn from it and move on. it’s okay to have bad results too. (some of his drama is so cheesy till I cringe :p I really enjoy his Career drama, he’s getting better)

Anyway, below are some of his photo from his works. Can you guess what was the title of his work from the photo below?

(image cr https://usagitoneko.wordpress.com)

To me, he would still be Chiaki Shinichi, Nodame’s senpai. ne..

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