2016 Week 2 Self-therapy vlog

The first week of January was eventful! I finished 100 video blogs in 100 days, gave a talk at a local high school, and started a course to learn computer science from first principles. But the focus of this week’s self-therapy session is my anxiety – more specifically, adult separation anxiety. I made some good progress, though! The strategy I came up with last week was a success, and I had a fun and short visit with my family and stuck with my original plan.

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Personal changelog

The complete, regularly updated changelog is on my 2016 planning page.

Version 0.0.2, 2016 Week 2, January 10th

  • New rule: instead of using words like “fix”, “bug”, “wrong”, “fail” or “broken” when discussing my self-improvement project, I will only use positive or neutral words like “experiment”, “observe”, “accept” and improve”. I don’t need to change anything about myself; I just want to improve because I enjoy the process. Self-acceptance means being able to say about any of my attributes, “That’s not a bug, it’s a feature!”
  • New rule: plan to arrive 30 minutes early to any event that makes me nervous so I can meditate before leaving my car.
  • New habit: morning routine now includes a walk to another location for my first work session.
  • Removed: volunteer math tutoring commitment. (Focusing on computer science related volunteer work instead.)
  • Postponed: side project idea to relearn sections of Rhapsody in Blue, documenting it and reviewing old video footage of my 2014 practice sessions.

Time breakdown

  • Video production time: 1 hour 52 min
    • Filming/setup: 38 min
    • Video editing: 1 hour 2 min
    • Publishing: 12 min