current status of aaron

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Man in lotus position

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A feeling of peace and calm, that everything is ok, questions will be answered when they are meant to be, things will happen when they are intended to. Letting go of the idea that I actually have any control over anything is wonderful. Something that I should do more often.

2 weeks ago
Pancakes

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Back from a walk to the coffee shop with Mozzie. Now time for pancakes!

2 weeks ago
Alarm clock

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Still fighting through back pain that keeps me up most of the night. One positive to this is that getting up at 4:30 and starting the day is not an issue!

3 weeks ago
Person in bed

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Time to rest.

3 weeks ago
Full moon face

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Work night. Dinner soon. West Wing in the background.

3 weeks ago
Sleeping face

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It is time!

1 month ago
Tired face

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4.5 hours of sleep. Definitely not in a very good frame of mind so far today...taking a few walks throughout the day to keep my head clear, coffee for sure, and a solid wind-down routine later this evening to support a healthy night of rest.

1 month ago
Hot beverage

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Working through some computer-based tasks this morning, giving the sun a bit more time to rise before heading out for my walk.

1 month ago
House

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Planning to move in a few months, not buying for several reasons, most important being that I'm still figuring out exactly how I want to embark on that portion of life again. So, more renting. Either way, it will be nice to find a place that is a bit more "home like".

1 month ago
Brain

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It never ceases to amaze me at how much self-confidence/esteem can fluctuate. Some mornings I wake up feeling sure of everything, by the evening deflated. Can't quite figure out the "trick" to managing this lately.

1 month ago
Sleeping face

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Was planning to chip away at a few things tonight but am too tired. Listening to the nudge of my body and will head to bed shortly. Looking forward to the rest.

1 month ago
High voltage

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Brain is moving faster than I can write this morning. Lots of scribbles.

1 month ago
American football

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Quitting work early, heading over to watch the rescheduled Steelers vs. Bills game with Mozzie.

1 month ago
Pancakes

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Time to make pancakes.

1 month ago
Writing hand

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The day did not go as planned and I'm too spent to shift into what I originally wanted to have accomplished. Tea and writing about several ideas swirling around my head instead. There's always tomorrow, or Monday.

1 month ago
Cocktail glass

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I do make a good manhattan, if I may say so. Been a while. Still got it, and never disappoints.

1 month ago
Tumbler glass

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There are some tasks that just seem to naturally occur after hours. Accepting that and working through them.

1 month ago
Hot beverage

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First coffee and writing of the New Year.

1 month ago
Person in lotus position

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Entering that annual headspace of reflecting and planning, thinking and writing. Will settle in for a few days.

1 month ago
Face in clouds

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Slowly exiting the fog of the last two weeks.

1 month ago
Person taking bath

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Soaked in a hot bath last night, felt nice. The next 9 days are going to be crazy.

2 months ago
Raised hand

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My hands are physically tired from all of the leather Christmas orders I've been working on. Such a great feeling, actually...but I am looking forward to having shipped the last one and taking a short break :-)

2 months ago
Teacup without handle

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Tea with a bit of desk work.

2 months ago
Shower

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Today shall be improved from yesterday by the simple act of taking a shower. That and eating breakfast.

2 months ago
Sleeping face

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Time to sleep.

2 months ago
Man in lotus position

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Not stressing... :-)

2 months ago
Herb

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Overdosing on zinc, vitamins c and d, honey, water, celery juice, and of course coffee. body can just get rid of what it doesn't need, otherwise want to make sure it has more than usual for the next few weeks.

2 months ago
Pencil

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Planning the day and week ahead.

2 months ago
Cookie

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Choosing to not work through orders today, need to rest as I'm already feeling a bit run down from the current pace of work. Will be back at it tomorrow. Baking instead, some knitting, football, paperwork, etc.

2 months ago
Hot beverage

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No time like the present.

2 months ago
Yawning face

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Tired but have goals to hit before taking Thursday off for Thanksgiving.

3 months ago
Pensive face

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Have been in an absolutely terrible state of mind since Wednesday night. Hoping putting up the small amount of Christmas decorations I have, baking chocolate chip cookies, and watching a Christmas movie will help.

3 months ago
Hot beverage

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Going to be a heavy coffee day.

3 months ago
Face in clouds

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Hiding today.

3 months ago
Zzz

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Weekend was very good but very full...may need a power nap to push through the afternoon.

3 months ago
Pancakes

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Making pancakes this morning and then soft pretzels for the Packers/Steelers game later today.

3 months ago
Bread

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First up for the day: making challah (will be my first time).

3 months ago
Film projector

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Another late work night, which is ok. Home Alone playing in the background.

3 months ago
Hole

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Now page updated - https://aaronaiken.omg.lol/now

3 months ago
Smiling face

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Feeling pleased with the unpredictable nature of life.

3 months ago
Tornado

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Insane morning so far.

4 months ago
Smiling face

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A great day...the resignation part of my day went very well...pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

4 months ago
Popcorn

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Watching Jumanji (1995)

7 months ago
Television

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Silo 👍

8 months ago
Sparkles

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I am feeling oddly good about things/life at the moment...which is a strange way to feel...I kinda like it :-)

9 months ago
Camping

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Wasn't able to take the bikes home yesterday, but we picked them out from a local bike shop yesterday. I'll go back on Monday and finalize and take them home! We are both eager to ride together...maybe even dipping our toes into bikepacking!

9 months ago
Memo

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I love a "productive" journaling session where I start with a problem at the beginning of writing and by the end have it figured out. Too much fun.

9 months ago
Tropical fish

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Had a great evening yesterday in Baltimore, MD at the Aquarium's member night - a simple trip that doesn't seem to get old.

9 months ago
Bicycle

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Hoping to get a bike this weekend and excited for the Summer ahead and the rides that I'll be able to do with my 9/10 year-old!

9 months ago
Hourglass done

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Back to tracking my time (personal, work, etc) with Toggl and I'm thankful for it. I've missed the insights gained by such a task.

9 months ago
Television

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Starting to watch Silo.

9 months ago
Sun

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Happy for the sun shining today!

10 months ago
Cloud

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Cloudy but focused (trying to be).

10 months ago
Hot beverage

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First sip. Never gets old.

10 months ago
Television

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Have been enjoying Perry Mason on HBO lately.

10 months ago
Crossed swords

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Time to conquer the list.

11 months ago
Expressionless face

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Way in my head lately. Eager to get through this personal chapter of life.

11 months ago
Sparkles

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Some nights I have to stay up later...a feeling I just kinda follow to see where it goes.

11 months ago
Brain

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Have been formulating a lot of things in my mind lately, working out details, thinking ahead. Lots of custom leather projects in motion, but believe I may have also hit a semi-good stride with a writing project that I've been putting off for too long.

11 months ago
Laptop

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Mostly admin type work today. Necessary evil.

11 months ago
Man in lotus position

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Eventually, maybe in a few months, I think I'll be at a good flow with managing everything (fingers crossed). But then I'll probably be moving (hopefully buying again, will call it my second first house) a year or so after. A few years ahead of when I had planned but needed.

11 months ago
Light bulb

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So many thoughts and ideas running through my head at the moment, moving so fast I can't grab any of them. Sleep now and hopefully the important ones present themselves to me in the morning.

1 year ago Respond
Tornado

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It is very loud in the quiet of my mind. Calm is in the future, something I am striving towards, but is still mostly out of reach.

1 year ago Respond
Wood

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looking forward to tomorrow, later this morning, when I will embark on my first woodworking project since early 2021. Nothing fancy, but is going to be a therapeutic exercise which leads to a very functional and long lasting addition to how I organize my work.

1 year ago Respond
Pensive face

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Sometimes, when I am least expecting it, I feel a deep sadness and there is nothing I can do but just feel it. Never quite sure what I am supposed to do with it.

1 year ago
Thought balloon

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One day soon, maybe this weekend, I envision myself making my usual French press and then sitting down at my computer to publish a few things and tinker on my various websites.

1 year ago
Spiral calendar

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Next two days planned. This week is my last big push to get caught up on most of my work, making room to focus on some process improvements and learn a few new skills.

1 year ago
American football

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Enjoyed doing nothing for a few hours today and watched the Chiefs v. Jaguars. Will do a bit more of the same tomorrow afternoon. Still in a mode/mood of recovering from 2022, which I expect to last through this month.

1 year ago
Teacup without handle

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Some quiet time before a busy day tomorrow. Lots of positive updates to share eventually, mostly related to my leather work. Oh, and I picked up my new Ray-Ban titanium glasses today and wowza are they comfortable!

1 year ago
🗓

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This week is back to the grind. Spending today prepping for the week and quarter ahead. Eager for the year, both personally and professionally!

1 year ago
Sparkles

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Leather product ideas are flowing, really excited about the focus for 2023. I made a significant financial investment yesterday in the future of that hobby that has become a business. Much more to come.

1 year ago
Sparkles

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Feeling good about the status of things. All customer Christmas orders complete and delivered, my Christmas gifts are in-progress and will be finished soon. Tomorrow is a mix of work, video games, and comfort food.

1 year ago
Thumbs up

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last working weekend of the year!

1 year ago
Hot beverage

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Coffee, rain (was hoping for snow though!), focused work.

1 year ago
Pill

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Increasing vitamin intake for the new few weeks, specifically C and Zinc.

1 year ago
Books

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Books ordered from a local-ish bookshop (hour drive). Planning to make a trip in the near future to pick them up. Will be a good break from routine.

1 year ago
Christmas tree

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Christmas music, coffee, wrapping gifts.

1 year ago
Teacup without handle

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Tea now, then sleep.

1 year ago
Face exhaling

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Exhausted. Looking forward to a short break on Sunday!

1 year ago
Sparkles

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Despite the insane work schedule this time of year I am keeping with my morning writing routine. Helps to setup the rest of my day.

1 year ago
🌧

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Rain today, which I find myself enjoying more and more lately (which is new for me). Also new is wishing it was a bit colder so the precipitation would be snow.

1 year ago
Thought balloon

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Felt affection in my dreams last night. Slept longer than I should have as a result.

1 year ago
Television

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I shouldn't, but I need a break that isn't sleeping: watching Slow Horses S2E1

1 year ago
Grinning face

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Planning to take "off" the last week of the year...looking forward to it!

1 year ago
Disappointed face

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Holidays feel much different with the divorce being finalized, feeling rather blue today. That aside, I am thankful for the rainy morning, my routine of hot French press coffee, and another day!

1 year ago
Sunset

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This morning I am happy to report that I was up early enough to watch the city around me transform from dark as night to light as day.

1 year ago
Dashing away

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Since we've started having consistent days in the 30's, I open a window every morning and crack the door to my studio apartment - doing so drops the temperature a few degrees quickly but also gives my space a blast of fresh air as the night air is pushed out the door.

1 year ago
Christmas tree

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Christmas orders have me in "the zone" from 8am to midnight most days lately, with breaks for coffee and food. Quitting early today. Need rest before starting again tomorrow morning :-)

1 year ago
Hot beverage

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I do love the morning coffee ritual.

1 year ago
Laptop

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Admin type work first: emails, print shipping labels, reply to marketplace messages, etc. Once those important items are completed the real work can begin!

1 year ago
Deciduous tree

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The mild Autumn weather continues! Sitting outside with my coffee this morning.

1 year ago
Hot beverage

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enjoying my coffee on this rainy morning.

1 year ago
Light bulb

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I love waking up and starting the day with an epiphany. Sleep is fascinating.

1 year ago
Thinking face

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32℉ outside, 77℉ in my apartment without the heat on...the climate control inside has been interesting the past few weeks. Have the windows up and fans on to cool it down in here.

1 year ago
Television

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Watching the latest episode of Andor with Mozzie.

1 year ago
Fallen leaf

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Thankful for a morning that feels more appropriate for the season. Down in the 30's, first time in a few weeks.

1 year ago
Smiling face with smiling eyes

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Happy with today. Small amount of progress made across many different projects, no major roadblocks along the way!

1 year ago
Thumbs up

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Typical Monday so far: BUSY!

1 year ago
Teacup without handle

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Tea to bring the day to a close.

1 year ago
🌧

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Rainy Sunday morning - quite possibly the best!

1 year ago
Open book

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what a day. exhausted at the end of it, as usual! spent some time reading to my 9-year-old this evening. he asked, I debated (I like the idea of him continuing to develop that skill on his own) but thankfully made the right decision. Time now for bed.

1 year ago
Hot beverage

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Coffee now, thankfully, while publishing a few thoughts elsewhere, then wrapping up a client project...then barbershop for a shave and then a cigar!

1 year ago
Sparkles

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Thankful for the cloudy day today...will make it a bit easier to regulate the temp inside :-)

1 year ago
Face exhaling

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what a day!

1 year ago
Leaf fluttering in wind

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The quiet before fully starting one's day...

1 year ago
Hot beverage

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Coffee and writing, favorite time of my day.

1 year ago
Person in bed

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time to rest.

1 year ago
Laptop

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a bit of writing

1 year ago
Yawning face

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tired but still a few more things to get to before oh so wonderful sleep.

1 year ago