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It's been a long long time since I started one of these threads, and i feel it's high time i bring it back!
Kaizen in japanese roughly means "change for the better" or "continuous improvement", and as the name implies, it is a philosophy of self-betterment and actualization. However, unlike here in the US or in a lot of western countries, the general idea of improvement is through good habit and right practice. Eventually through the right practice, you will have the best outcome possible.
Don't just practice till you have it right, but rather practice until you can no longer do it wrong.
So what is the point of this thread? I just want to see what you are doing in your lives that is Kaizen? are you doing something, even just a tiny bit, that is improving yourself and your work/actions?
if not, is there something you have wanted to get better at, but haven't tried/haven't given serious attention to?
in the philosophy of Kaizen, even a single minute of practice a day is better than nothing. a single sentence is that first step to your novel. a single brushstroke is the first semblance of your master painting!
so come in and share your Kaizen with us <3
Probably what best qualifies as Kaizen for me is my efforts in ADHD management. Ever since being diagnosed a year ago i've been fighting daily to create strategies and habits, iterating on them daily, to be as effective as i can be in my life.
I don't know about never doing it wrong, i'll always have a life jam packed with fuck ups. My goal is more that i want to keep raising my chances of success, squeeze every last fraction of a percent of success i can out of my habits. Get from succeeding 60% of the time to 60.01%, then 60.02%, etc.
Something tangible i can show for the effort is the 3d modeling i've been doing. it's just, really hard for me to succeed at that, but i'm trying to raise the odds through constantly iterating on life management skills.
Oh, and something else i can throw on the stack is just my beat saber play. This song used to be a nightmare for me, it felt unbeatable. Now, it just feels easy, almost trivial. On to the next unbeatable challenge~
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hey inanis!>hugs and kajis <3
i understand that feeling! as a fellow ADHD person, it has been very revealing how unique approaches to my life to accomodate ADHD really changed how i approach life in general.
and you squeeze all the success from the orange of life!
i can't wait to see how awesome your modeling comes along <3
my arms are getting tired from looking at that ><
Oh! I have a beat saber rival here now i see! I'll have to try my hand at that one when i get the chance! I cleared this sicker awhile ago! We should go head-to-head sometime!
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I feel like I get better and faster on the line every day. My plating has come a long way and I have had a lot of compliments.
I am going to therapy and taking HRT.
I am in a very happy triad.
I honestly, despite my urge to rip myself to shreds, have done a lot.
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Pretty nice! I couldn't find that song but it looks fun, probably around my skill level
I probably can't play multiplayer since I'm on a modded headset. I also would probably get spanked haha. I'm usually pretty bad at keeping up a combo
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>>1103329>hugs and kajis <3
is there something you can do, even for a minute a day, that will help you improve?>>1103334
yes! yasss queen! you are doing awesome with the plating and especially withthe therapy and HRT! you are doing phenomenal <3
and thank you for keeping yourself together, cause you are doing wonderful! <3>hugs and kajis <3
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i am so proud of you, dawn friend <3
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hey moony!>hugs and kajis <3
you got any kaizen things goin on? or
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So, what kind of kaizening are you doing yourself?
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hey inanis <3>hugs and kajis <3
the big thing is the animation stuff, but you probably guessed that. although i guess technically since i'm treating that as my job, that might not count
so what i'm trying to do mostly is to do small workouts between things, just moments where i'm up and doing something active.
another thing is trying to help my diet. i've been eating more fruit lately, and that's been good for me ^^
how are you tonight btw ^^
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Ah, those are good things to be working on! Got the major bases covered, career and health~
I'm good! Been thinking a lot about determination and perseverance lately. It's funny, when i read and watch stories where my favorite characters struggle and fight to overcome, i feel like it gives me the will to do the same. I suppose that's what being inspired is though! So given i need some inspiration lately I've been reading the latest novel from my most inspirational character, White. Her determination is contagious to me. Which is fitting since I'm using that to make a model of her!
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hi star!! ... i am... not sure>>1103379>>1103380
animation stuff, i think, is so cool c:
determination ad perseverance. i think i could use more of that, myself!
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could always be better, but better than i have been ^^
ahh you have reached full Kamina mode! i love it <3
but i have to agree with you! stories about heroes grinding through strife and overcoming impossible odds are the oldest and most everlasting stories in all of human history
who is white again? is she the spider girl? also i look forward to seeing your model of her <3>>1103381
that's okay moony! kaizen is good for being productive, but it can also be good to just slow down and take a moment. so it doesn't have to be anything crazy
maybe taking a moment to breath and clear your mind, or smell the flowers, or coffee ^^ a kaizen of peace and tranquility <3
perserverance is good too ^^
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They are good things to have a reserve of! It's as important to be constantly restocking yourself of it as well>>1103382
Ah, well, having room to be better is what kaizen is all about :3
Yes, white is the spider. She's just got such a cool story arc and i love that she really earns all her strength throughout the series. She proud, and for good reason! I'm hoping to be done with the model this weekend
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how does one restock determination and perseverance? >>1103382
...i could use some coffee :c i am tired
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exactly! there is room for growth, but also room for peace <3
i still need to see that show, it looks so fun! and that design is fantastic <3
what are you up to this weekend?>>1103384
i could use some coffee as well ><
i drank like 20 coffees from Brewster, cause i wanted to see if anything happened to the my villager. but i guess she can drink infinite coffee :PP
also, i am unsure what Pigeon Milk is ://
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Well, you could draw strength and inspiration from others, for one. Taking care of your health and resting properly is another>>1103385
it's very fun, highly recommended!
Nothing in particular. Gonna work on my model, probably more beat saber practice, go to the gym, cook a little. I picked up some ghost peppers, so i wanted to make ghost pepper curry burritos tomorrow. That'll be nice
What's your plan?
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well onto the list it gooooooooooes! *ads it to the mountain*
sounds like a nice and fun saturday. also i would LOVE to try some ghost pepper burritoes! last time i had ghost peppers i think i put it in some enchiladas and they were so intense but good <3
i'm gonna work on my next thing and it's coming along nicely! and when that's done, probably play some FFXV or Genshin Impact, and i dunnow what i'm doin for dinner, but i'll figure it out ^^
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pigeon milk... must be a brand, right? because pigeons are not mammals they cannot produce milk?
or maybe, it is nut milk? because it cannot be real milk! so it is vegan!>>1103386
i like to take inspiration from you, maxwell!
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I'm doing quite a bit of Kaizen right now! I'm building a whole life again!
I just started a job, got my first paycheck, and now I'm going to get a bank account so that I can set up my bills to come out of it automatically. I'm hoping this will help me to get a credit card and get my credit built.
I'm also looking for a studio apartment or roommate, and I'm already making plans on how I'm going to save money and buy my own piece of land! Super excited!
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I'm working on my ability to be drunk while listening to a Queen cover band
Love it. I should get drunk more often.>>1103390
Awesome! You're awesome!
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what are you working as now?> I'm already making plans on how I'm going to save money and buy my own piece of land!
I'll be honest, I am full time employed, but I don't think I'll ever obtain that goal.
With my age, I think even owning my own living space is a forlorn dream.
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Find my way home while too drunk to see anything kaizen!
I dunno. I HAVE set an alarm and set bedtime but I never quite manage to follow it properly or start work on the clock.
I AM however meeting all my deadlines, so clearly I could have a much better work-life balance if I did do that. I am jsut too stupid
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I've been going overboard with guitar practice via Rocksmith.
Haven't learned any theory or ear training or anything like that. This is all implicit learning.
However, it's really hard for me to think of this as "kaizen" ... and honestly? I kinda don't want to think of it as such cause in my personal philosophy and life experiences from the last time I mastered (or rather "mastered") a skill (programming) I found it to become a trap and had to accept that self improvement can be contextual and what can be an achievement can end up being a fleeting bit of self-esteem before it becomes a trap that limits your freedom and makes you doubt your identity and constantly second guess if you even know what improvement looks like for yourself.
I really really don't want to think of guitar playing and music composition as "self-improvement", cause if I do that, then I am just going to invest too much of my sense of self worth into it, and just make it yet another source of stress. I just want to be able to do it cause it's fun and I would love to be able to express myself creatively in the form of art I've always been most pasionate about, I don't want to worry about whether or not I become a virtuoso or if I meet any alternate standards of what others think makes a great guitarist. I don't give a shit about technical proficiency as an achievement for the sake of achievement, but only as a means to being able to make and record the kind of music I like, the kind of music that expresses me, or even just merely for the sake of exploring aesthetic possibilities. I worried way to much about whether or not was I was acomplishing in college was good enough and it ended up breaking me down and feeling like I had wasted a good chunk of my life and thrown away my future after realizing it was completely wrong for me.
What you been playin'?
What kind of music are you hoping to make when you "master" the guitar?
Mostly been playing some classic rock/dadrock stuff as well as some 90s alternative stuff since that's mostly what's available on Rocksmith 2014. Want to learn more indie stuff but there's not much available on it.
I eventually want to make avant-garde art rock/pop. Especially psychedlic stuff that incorporates electronics made with some sort of DAW like maybe Ableton or FL Studio
Stuff like Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Tame Impala, King Gizzard, or Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Basically I would love to make stuff like this<
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well from some vids online, pigeons do actually create a milk like substance that they can provide for babies, however it isn't dispersed through nipples, but rather their cloaca... but i'll be very much incline to say that Pigeon milk is a brand
vegan pigeon milk!>hugs and kajis <3>>1103390
that is like the max amount of kaizen ella! i'm so proud of you!>hugs and kajis <3
once you get your own land, we should have a big party! a ponyville party!>>1103391
be careful, exposure to both for long periods of time can be harmful to your health ^^<hugs and kajis <3>>1103396
you are not stupid, and the effort is what is important in kaizen, so even if it's not quite working at this time, you are in the right direction ^^>hugs and kajis <3
and meeting deadlines is definitely a good thing!>>1103398
oooh that's awesome! what are some songs that you have learned to play on rocksmith?>hugs and kajis <3
and you don't have to make it a goal to be perfect or anything, a kaizen for the joy of it is also perfeclty fine. or if you don't wanna call it a kaizen, that's okay too ^^>>1103400
I'd also love to be able to make a bit of psychedelica as awesome as this thing
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i can always trust you to have some of the trippiest and unique music i've ever heard in my life!
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Pretty sure I am big stupid regardless.
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Thank you! You're pretty awesome too, anon!>>1103392
I just started a job as a Barista at the starbucks in Target. I might not stay there, but for the time being, it's accomplishing what I need.>With my age, I think even owning my own living space is a forlorn dream.
I'm sorry Artee. I know, life doesn't always go how we want it too. I do think there are always options though, but finding them is a bit difficult. >>1103401
Yay! Pony party
How are you Star? I'm sorry I haven't been on much to actually slow down and chat a bit.
Also, look at this pretty cheetah Inanis shared~
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It's the perfect picture. Cozy clothes, warm drink, my favourite season, AND my favourite animal. The beauty in the artists touch is just like that chocolate drizzle and cherry on top~
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oh oh oh, what is it, what is it?
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Yes please, and be a dear and lock the door on the way out, would you?~>>1103412
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ohh the character is a cheetah!! is this a new artist you like, ella?
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In other related topics, I recently overheard a conversation that has made me pick the instigate option and I know how a lot of really cool shirts and stickers coming in the mail to annoy people.
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I'm still trying to make a passable cup of coffee. Advancements have been made but they've revealed new shortcomings.
I shall continue my work.
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I'll make as many batches of french toast needed to aid in this endeavor.
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the... instigate option?
what kinds of cool shirts?
i do not think they could be as cool as you <3>>1103420
what does passable mean, wheatles? c: >>1103421>>1103420
ohhhh, are we trading beans? i have... a modest collection c:
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I am going to make it very hard for them to be a bigot.
There is this lovely clothing brand in Nashville that has a Pride collection.
I will make sure we are all well fed with all this coffee.
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I got a nice espresso machine as a going away present when I quit and I'm trying to get it just right. I may need to start roasting my own beans.
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how could anyone be a bigot t owards you, dawn friend, when you are so wonderful?>>1103424
that is a whole different style, it is very tough to get beans that are good for espresso, i think, because it is so concentrated, it requires a very particular roast and bean quality
for espresso, very often, it is recommended to use very acidic coffee, like ethiopian (yirgacheffe) ...which is not my favorite. but, it does help a lot in an espresso roast, i think
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The starbucks training taught me to not leave a shot of espresso sitting for more than 10 seconds without mixing something in with it, otherwise it can get bitter. This is a new thing I have learned and explains why so many cups have been ruined by my hands.>>1103418
I'm not sure yet, but maybe!
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then you and i will both be big stupids!>>1103408
i'm doin well myself! i've been working on my aniimation projects and they have been doing well so far. Hopefully they will pick up in steam soon, but for the time bein i'm happy. I will be taking a thanksgiving trip here in a couple days, so that will be fun! otherwise, i'd been tryin to stay warm ^^
how about you? how have you been doin?
also that cheetah girl is adorable <3 she has a coffee and warm fuzzy fall clothes and an adorable collar <3 inanis always finds good critters for us ^^>>1103419
ooh i'd love to see what you are going to get!
it's always a good day to piss off the right people ;33>>1103420
i would gladly be your guinea pig! let me taste the coffees to give you outsider opinion!
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There was a particular flavor profile I liked when I was young. My memory of it is not legitimate, but I know the direction I want it to go in. I think the closest I've come to what I'm looking for is something a Colombian friend served me in their home.
I will have to try both your suggestions.
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i like columbian myself, i tend to favor darker roasts in general ^^
i think the best coffee i've had was when i bought that jamaican blue mountain coffee, and it was so good <3 it was sorta subtle on the first drink, but then it just had a wonderful woody flavor that i loved <3
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you are very generous! that stuff is pretty expensive if i recall! like i paid 50 bucks for a pound :PP
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I take my meds.
I suppose that keeps me together.