Awesome! Toastmasters has changed my life entirely. I used to be a shy programmer, now I’m working on Wall Street and am extremely outgoing. What a great program!
Michael's Life List
1. Accomplish my Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
2. be more flexible
3. stick to a schedule
4. Design my own house, have said house built, and decorate it however i want.
5. learn to draw
6. accept that i live outside the box
7. finish my short story
8. learn first aid
9. build a personal website
11. develop my own style
12. create a portfolio
13. Write my family history
14. Make people laugh.
15. Journal regularly
16. write in my journal more often
17. stretch every morning
18. show up at the airport with a bag & a passport & take the first flight available.
19. team up with other New Yorkers in adding fresh, original content to 43Places's New York City Locals page
20. blog at least every other day
21. schedule daily goals I can accomplish
22. be more politically active
23. Read the, "100 most meaningful books of all time"
24. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
25. Learn to fly
26. learn to paint
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Well, I’ve definitely made it. I’ve begun socking away a big portion of the income into my retirement, and simultaneously cutting back living expenses. In 12 years, I expect to have enough invested in safe funds to be able to live off of the interest. Then, I’ll be able to work at a non-profit I believe in without having to worry about the money.
Flying Fader, Mary, and I made it to Max Brenner’s.