Sunday, 18 January 2015

January 18, 2015

After an extended holiday, it's now time to return to the things that are important, that being the pursuit of greater knowledge and understanding. Our power is but a sum of the information we store. While money can cause actions and effects, it would be wasted without a direction or cause.

This week I wanted to feature two very special people, who inspire and continue to make people think, what limitations? The first is Judge Judy, who has always been a respectable role model. Some do not like her overly-honest, brittle comments, but I believe a wake-up call is needed sometimes, particularly to those who have done wrong enough to be summoned to court. This isn't a naughty corner; this is a public, legally-binding reprimand.

Recently, Judge Judy was responsible for creating a new TV show, which turned the format of TV court shows around. I wanted to feature the new program, as I've seen some episodes online and found them very interesting.

The second story is the story of Sam. He was born with Progeria, which is a disease where the body pre-maturely ages. During 2014 he passed away, however, his parents -- both doctors -- have begun to unlock some treatments and ideas in controlling Progeria's destruction. The research may also unlock the principles of human aging, meaning we may one day discover the secret to body clocks, and how to turn them backwards. Style gurus would certainly appreciate that. As shown in the documentary, we are but a stones-throw away from delivering age-controlled existences.

I wanted to feature Sam's life and the documentary filmed last year, as so often we forget the difficulties we get to skip in life, and too busily focus on the difficulties we do. I'm not saying life is a bowl of cherries, but sometimes it helps to think of the hardships we didn't have to face. In a world of advancement, we are challenged by more stressors. That said, these advancements also mean we can escape some of the daily pressures that used to be sources of problem. For example, a parent who is concerned because their child isn't home. Call their mobile phone. A single parent who can't work outside school hours. Get a job from home.

I want to close the week with a personal thought: always listen again when you think you've heard something. The moment you take to think, might save you a world of heartache.

Happy Holidays and Writing Lists

With Christmas complete and 2015 begun, everyone's focus is on thinking of the best times during 2014, consolidating experiences, and planning for the year ahead. Taking stock of the time is a good way to consider changes and future projects you wish to concentrate on. More than just a silly trend we attribute to diary-keepers and young people.

2014 was a year of somewhat unsteadiness, personal goals changing, and lifestyles altering. became a mere idea in June/July, and it felt like such a large effort to prepare it for public consumption. So much thought went into its design and development, but it felt more like an exciting venture than a chore. Maybe for others it would have seemed a hard task, but the skills used to create it are what I enjoy using. Over the last few weeks during my holidays I have begun to watch the Canadian version of Dragon's Den, a TV program where rich investors are pitched ideas for monetary involvement by enthusiastic entrepreneurs, and the main message I've seen from them is that you have enjoy the work you are doing to fully commit yourself to it. Being in a job that you don't like drains more on your emotional energy, meaning that projects feel more taxing. That said, one must also be wary of the danger of over-work or over-producing, causing burnout. It's possibly these times of the year when we can appreciate our time off, and concern ourselves with our developments and how our goals fit into our lifestyle structures.

I used to be someone who wrote long lists of New Years resolutions, who then fell "off the wagon," however find myself again considering what I would write on my list. My main goal this year is to push further into's development, launch the new initiatives coming, recruit new contributors, and be more active in marketing duties. I used to really like promotional activities, but lost touch with the hype. The world is full of people promoting items, wanting to shove traffic to their website. How do I stand out? Is my message of sharing and non-biased entertainment enough of a selling point to get visitors? Time will tell. There is an underlying nervousness as to what the answer will be to that question, but the most I can do is try. Often there are projects on Dragon's Den, which you don't think will be favourable, yet, they have thousands of sales with little marketing. And that's stuff on sale! Aren't free resources more inclined to be utilised?

In closing, I hope everyone had a nice holiday, celebrating as they wished to, with luck, peace, and happiness, surrounded by those they admire and love.

Best wishes!