Letters to Myself 5

Letters to Myself 5 is an exercise in forcing myself to step back and look at Vaibhav Gupta. I use it to track what I’ve done while learning to love myself.

Dear Vaibhav,

Hope you’re doing well. This has been a not-so-bad week, kind of a mixed bag. There have been some great highs and some cringy lows.

First of all, congratulations on joining Toastmasters and winning your first ribbon for Best Table Topic speaker. I wish you continued success, and look forward to you becoming a better speaker as you go through your Competent Communicator track. Let’s aim to finish that track by the end of the year – 10 speeches in 9 months (starting April), is hard, but doable. Let’s keep the fallback milestone at CC7, so 7 speeches is fine if we can’t do 10.

Secondly, you hosted your sister while she was here for a college event, and it’s been fine. Some fun times, some fighting, blah. Glad to know you’re taking her to Deadpool today.

Next Saturday is the dance performance. And then the following week is RecipeLab week. Prep yourself – the coming two weeks are going to be tough.

The main low this week has been the difficulty you had in getting blog posts up and going. In a way, it’s good because you’ve been busy with the above activities, so you’re living an active, full life. But we made a commitment to this, and this is our primary interest. Try to get this together – Recipe Lab is coming up and I don’t want a repeat performance of January with cooking every day at 2 AM.

All in all, it’s been good. I’m proud of you for making progress, and as we continue this journey with all these exercises that we do, I hope to see you become better and better.

Love,
Vaibhav.

Letters to Myself 4

Letters to Myself 4 is an exercise in forcing myself to step back and look at Vaibhav Gupta. I use it to track what I’ve done while learning to love myself.

Hey Vaibhav,

It’s been a while since I last wrote to you. Nevertheless I want to keep this short.

You’re ill. Take care of yourself – it’s the mark of an adult who can handle his business by himself despite sickness.

You retired Fiction Friday without warning. I support the decision, chiefly because 5 posts a week was taking its toll on you. 4 is good enough, and you want to stay motivated enough to do this for the rest of the year. You should trim fluff that is hard to write and only acts as an obligation – it ends up being a drain of willpower rather than a motivation. The Life is a Game article said as much about willpower being the intangible.

Perhaps you could write fiction and publish it intermittently in its entirety. It’s been a while since we wrote a big juicy story.

Toastmasters was fun these two past events this week. It’s great improv practice as well. You should seriously consider joining for real.

Work is picking up too, so all in all, decent week.

You had that fleeting moment of panic on the stairs on Thursday. You should write about it. Also, it’s time to set some goals again. Not making lists really slows us down. Get to it.

You caught up with sleep this week, which was really necessary. Our body shut you down pretty quickly on Sunday and on Thursday, so you better start listening. A productive life starts with eating, sleeping, and exercising on time.

Your schedule is outdated. Take the time to sit down and reevaluate. I’d insisted we do it on a weekly basis, but neither of us has done that.

That’s about it. Get well soon.

In tune with you,
Vaibhav.

P.S. Links: Life is a Game.

Letters to Myself 3

Letters to Myself is an exercise in forcing myself to step back and look at Vaibhav Gupta. I use it to track what I’ve done while learning to love myself.

Dear Vaibhav,

Well done. I’m surprised, but well done! You changed my mind, this week, quite literally.
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Letters to Myself 1

Letters to Myself is an exercise in forcing myself to step back and look at Vaibhav Gupta. I use it to track what I’ve done while learning to love myself.

Dear Vaibhav,

Hope you’re doing well. Here you are, with the last new feature that you wanted to introduce to the blog. But I have my doubts with this one. Continue reading “Letters to Myself 1”