Contemplating the -near- future…

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This evening, I am feeling grateful for friends.

A friend of mine reached out this morning offering to pick up the pet food from Alliance for me today, seeing as they were up there anyway on other business. This kind gesture saved me a trip up there, for which I am thankful.

I ended up using that time doing some more research for my next essay and worked on ironing out the kinks in a photography contract which I am going to start using as I book more clients to cover them, as well as myself.

This afternoon I worked on my Photoshop and Photography classes, completing module two of the photography. I’m half way through, and the next module is going to be focusing on some more technical aspects of photography, such as using on and off-camera flash and the in-camera histogram. I’m definitely looking forward to the next set of lessons.

After my coursework I spent a bit more time working on contracts and then fired up Fallout 4, a game I haven’t touched in quite some time. I’ve already finished the main quest a couple of times, but it’s still a fun game to play, especially after I figure out the buttons again.

This evening has been pretty quiet, watching the news and then a couple episodes of ‘Charmed’ after supper. We are currently watching season two of the original series. It was a show I was aware of but not one I ever watched in the early 2000’s. I have to admit, I’m really liking it so far.

I take Willow to the vet in Stettler to get her latest urinary tract issues figured out. She was having issues a few weeks ago, we put her on a couple runs of antibiotics, and now a couple weeks later the issue is back. Unfortunately for the poor kitty it never seems to be gone for all that long. It’s been a long standing problem since she was a kitten. I’m hoping a new vet with new eyes on the issue has some insight into things.

Overall, I’m feeling better today. I never can quite shake the feeling of fatigue, but I am definitely starting to feel more upbeat and positive. That said, I’m feeling like I’ve been pushing it hard for quite awhile and backing off a bit may not be a bad thing. In a way, work slowing down has been a bit a bit of a blessing, but I still feel like I need to make some changes.

One option I’m looking at is applying for an extension for my university course, just to give myself some breathing room. These next two assignments look like they are going to be pretty brutal, and not something I can knock out in an afternoon. I’m currently spending an hour or two a day doing research for my next assignment, let alone actually writing it. I have until the end of the month to make that particular decision, so we’ll see. I’m not ready to make that call yet, nor do I want to leave myself short for time in getting my last assignment done and exam written.

Otherwise, I’m just grinding at the moment, trying to make best use of the time I have. I’m learning a lot with the photography and photoshop courses, and I’m getting at least some writing done everyday. I will have some more freedom with my time on Fridays, as Lynn has made the decision to get someone covering the store on that day, leaving me more flexible for filming the devotionals with our acting-pastor and for my work with the paper.

Part of me feels like I’m letting Lynn and the store down by not covering Fridays, especially since Lynn doesn’t have to pay me, but I am grateful for the extra time to myself none the less.

We each only have twenty-four hours in a day, and I am slowly figuring out how to make the best use of my time. I’m pushing myself, developing myself, and learning new skills. I’m loving the place I am at right now, but I need to temper that by staying within my limits, and I will be the first to admit I’ve been running at my redline for quite some time. It’s time to back off, manage my time more efficiently, and keep pushing forward, just perhaps not at such a heavy pace.

Kevin

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