My Check List

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?” – Author Unknown

Today has been a day of busyness. I had to first meet with a a guardian of sorts in the morning. I brought a cross word to try and complete (which I have never done, so that might just make my list of things to do this year =P) while I waited for her. After our meeting I had a doctors appointment for an injury I sustained over the christmas break. Having X-rays previously taken, he knew that my knee was indeed not broken, but he believed I may have torn my PCL. 

Most people hear of athletes tearing their ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). The PCL is the same thing, just Posterior and rather than planting your feet and twisting to injure it, like the ACL, you hurt it by forcing the Patella (knee cap) up the thigh. Fun times. 

Anway, once he determined I may have sustained ligament damage, he scheduled me to see a specialist the next day to be sure. So here’s to hoping it’s not torn.

Immediately after my appointment, I had to rush over to another hospital to have my annual check up on a car accident I lived through when I was eighteen. No, it is not overly dramatic to say I “lived through” the accident, by all accounts I should have perished. I may go into more detail when it is not past my bedtime. =P

So once I got there, I had to have MORE X-rays done. I swear, with all the X-rays I’ve had in my pelvic region over the past six years, I am more than likely sterile. Yay radiation. =\

Ok, recap. Guardian, doctor one (gave bad news), doctor two, x-rays, little guys swim upstream. Up to speed? Great, because I am now at the point of this anecdote I wanted to talk about.

After all of that, I met up with an old high school friend of mine. A strong, driven and focused man, who over the last several years has been very successful in building a business from his Typography or “lettering”. We caught up, shared laughs, reminisced and drank coffee. Some of the greatest things to share with old buddies if you ask me.

While talking about how his business was doing, he told me all the new things he had put together over the last year and the things he was making priorities to do to grow his business. I marvelled at his tenacity to not let needless things like distractions or sleep get in his way of completing, no, achieving these goals. And it was incredibly inspiring! He has daily goals to meet, which help him achieve his weekly goals, which in turn assist in completing long term goals. It’s a very practical way of life, if you ask me. But I’m an extrovert and can occasionally allow external distractions into my life (occasionally).

After we both departed I had the opportunity to take a hard look at my life. Sure, I have a full time job doing what I love, money enough to pay bills and pay off debt, family, friends and a working car, but what am I doing to grow myself? Not just have a check list that creates stories, but build upon the actual story of my life?

So, with that being said, I’ve thought about some things I want to add to my “superaweomenoteworthyfunfindingadventurousallencompassingtodolist of 2014”! Things that will hopefully build character into my daily life style and future.

-Have my own personalized photography cards to give people

-practice Spanish 3 times a week

-spend 30 min, 5 days a week doing basic workouts (push ups, hand stands, sit ups etc.)

-Put away enough money to save up for two new camera lenses

-use Mint on a weekly basis (check it on Sundays)

-Have all my budgets set (savings, quick spend savings, just in case fund etc.)

-Spend at least 1 hour a week cleaning my grandma’s house (interior)

-Thirty min on Sat mornings doing outside yard work for grandma

-Take a semester of speed reading classes

-Build a photography portfolio

-Go to bed before 9, 4 times a week, to wake up by 5:30 the next day

That’s all I can really think of right now. I more than likely will be coming up with more as I continue through the year, as some of these become habits.


Oh yes! My word for the week is…

“Clinomania”. It’s meaning? “A very strong desire to stay in bed.”

I know my cat suffers from Clinomania. Oh Pancake, why do you have to be so bloody cute…Image


About el ruiz

A slightly fashion-less, somewhat artistic extrovert who loves Jesus and writing about stuff. Must require coffee to function, and may or may not be a snob about his preferred coffee. Welcomes new friends and loves simple anecdotes of others lives.
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