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Bring my PSA down to .20 or less by December 31, 2014
My PSA dropped from 12.8 to 3.5

I’ve been working at this for many months now….I’m happy to report that as of February 2014, my PSA is now at 3.5. I’ve used a combination of green juicing, wheatgrass implants, vegan diet, sugar-free, green tea and a supplement program (that includes a high amount of the anti-inflammatory turmeric). While everything I’ve been doing has been working, now is more important than ever….I will keep at it for the coming year and beyond to ensure my PSA remains at .20 or less.



Fall in love
Finally.

It has been many, many years of dates, crappy dates, and more of the same….I finally met a woman whom I love so much. We are separated by geography, which has made our connection even stronger. We have had weekly conversations/dates via Skype (and phone) for the last 4 months, and first met back in August of last year. Our conversations last for hours. I am finally meeting her in Peru this Friday night, and her family this coming weekend. We’re spending two weeks together traveling the country. We’re both convinced we are soulmates.



Start my own Photography Business
I've started, now it's time to hustle

Figuring out which niches to focus on was one of the most challenging aspects of getting started. I’ve accomplished a lot in the last three months but want to take it to the next level in 2013 (ie: so I never have to work in corporate america again!)

2012 Accomplishments:

1. Business name
2. Set up LLC
3. Have a logo designed
4. Get my first client
5. Join 3+ networking organizations
6. Get a business coach
7. Create a cold call script
8. Print my first postcards
9. Sponsor an association in my target market
10. Purchase professional-grade equipment (still in progress)
11. Give weekly speeches to area businesses (who can refer business)
12. Set up test shoots with a modeling agency
13. Work with makeup artists and hair stylists
14. Get published
15. Create a website
16. Purchase estimating/invoicing software for photography

The other aspect of this I find challenging (and anxiety-inducing) is not having a steady paycheck (getting downsized) and becoming comfortable with the unknown and finding ways to pay the bills. Sell, sell, sell.

2013 Goals:

1. Replace my monthly income – $6,000/month by 4/1/13
2. Secure my first five B2B clients who are repeat customers by 4/1/13
3. Upgrade my online portfolio by 2/1/13
4. Weekly test shoots with modeling agency
5. Find a retoucher who can handle all of my post processing



do a liver and gallbladder flush (read all 2 entries…)
3 Weeks away from the ER and had my gallbladder removed instead

I was VERY opposed to gallbladder removal surgery. And while I did not complete the gallbladder/liver flush this most recent time, I’ve done it in the past. In 1996, I passed approx 25-30 stones (or what I believe to be stones). Fast forward to 2010. I was having incredibly painful gallbladder attacks, one of which landed me in the ER it hurt so badly. The doctors said I would eventually be in trouble if I didn’t have my gallbladder removed. And in hindsight, they were right. For the remainder of 2010 I tried every holistic remedy I could – juicing, acupuncture, supplements, chinese herbs, etc. I did not do a flush this time around. Why not? Because it takes approx. 12 flushes to remove the stones…and they come back. The acupuncture and chinese herbs helped for awhile. And then around December 2010 the herbs no longer worked. I was having gallbladder pain 24/7, and nothing I did relieved the pain. Not chinese herbs, not eating pears (which helped ease the pain previously). It was at this point that I decided to have my GB removed, by an excellent surgeon in Miami. And I’m glad I did. My GB was terribly infected, and my surgeon told me that I would have been 3 weeks away from emergency surgery due to my condition.

For anyone weighing the benefits of the holistic approach vs surgery. I would say don’t be stupid. There are very real risks for not having your GB removed. Do your research, and find yourself a board certified surgeon who has performed thousands of GB removal surgeries.



explore Portland
Going to PDX Sept 1-6

And I can’t wait! It’ll be my first time there, and I have a list of something like 25 things I want to see. I’ve met several people online who I’m going to meet up with. Which will be nice, as they can give me the lay of the land. If I enjoy Portland, in early 2011 the plan is to pack my bags and get the hell out of Atlanta. I’ve been living here for 15+ years, and I’m bored to tears. Time for a change of scenery & a fresh start.



do yoga every week (read all 6 entries…)
Pigeon = Painful

I thought I was going to die the last yoga session. Our teacher had us hold the pigeon pose for what seemed like an eternity. Just need to remind myself that if it’s not working for me, I don’t have to do what the rest of the class is doing. My yoga instructor suggested after the class that I try doing yoga during the week, an additional 2-3x. He thought that going once a week was like starting from scratch on a weekly basis….as your body tightens up after working 8 or 9 hours a day in an office environment. So I might purchase a yoga DVD I can do at home.



do yoga every week (read all 6 entries…)
Yin (Restorative) Yoga

Just got back from a Yin yoga session at Urban Body Studios in Atlanta. Absolutely fabulous! Some of the stretches are a little intense, so it could feel like you’re pushing yourself too hard (especially with the neck stretches). But at the end of the class, you feel like a million dollars. I prefer Yin over Vinyasa and many of the other styles, because to me it’s more relaxing…it’s not a cardio workout (Downward Dog! Warrior! Cobra!), but slower paced with longer poses. I look forward to my next session.



reiki
Reiki was neat.

I found a Reiki practitioner online, who works out of a Chiropractor’s office here in Atlanta. I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest. The session started with the practitioner (Dana) putting her hands over my face, from about a 1’ distance, for several minutes. Then she placed her hands on different areas of my body, and I noticed her hands were very warm. The only way I can describe it…it was like “micro-massage”...focusing on different areas and using her fingers to massage, as opposed to hands. By the end, I felt incredibly relaxed. I was in a daze of sorts. I didn’t experience a major emotional release after the 1st session, but perhaps this will come on the 2nd or 3rd.



make a bucket list
My bucket list...here goes: (7/24/10)

ADVENTURE

1. Ride in a hot air balloon
2. Go paragliding
3. Go on a canopy tour (zip-lining)
4. Swim with dolphins (DONE)

TRAVEL

1. Backpack through Europe & visit the best art museums
2. Visit Prague & Budapest
3. Visit the Greek Islands
4. Experience Brazil
5. Road trip and see America’s best jazz festivals
6. See the great wonders of the world:
http://www.new7wonders.com/en/
7. 100 most beautiful places in the world:
http://terre.sans.frontiere.free.fr/page_a_voir_a_faire/top_100.htm

Alhambra – Granada, Spain
Angkor – Cambodia
Kiyomizu Temple – Kyoto, Japan
Statues of Easter Island – Easter Island, Chile
Stonehenge – Amesbury, UK
The Acropolis – Athens, Greece
The Eiffel Tower – Paris, France
The Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey
The Kremlin/Red Square – Moscow, Russia
The Pyramids of Giza – Egypt
Timbuktu – Mali
Victoria Falls
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

7. Visit Italy (DONE)
8. Visit Spain (DONE)
9. Visit Hawaii (DONE)
10. See the Grand Canyon (DONE)
11. See Machu Picchu (DONE)
12. Drive cross-country, from Atlanta to Portland, and explore
13. See all of the places on my 43places list:
http://www.43places.com/person/barbarino

JAZZ FESTIVALS

1. Experience the best jazz festivals in the world:
http://www.worldreviewer.com/info/best-jazz-festivals.html
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/calendar/calendar.php
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,461796,00.html

Isle of Wight Jazz Festival (UK)(April)
http://iowjazzfestival.com/

Cheltenham Jazz Festival* (UK)(April/May)
http://cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz/

Cape Town Jazz Festival* (South Africa)(April)
http://www.capetownjazzfest.com/

Montreal International Jazz Festival* (Canada)(June/July)
http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/

Toronto Jazz Festival (Canada)(June/July)
http://torontojazz.com/

Paris Jazz Festival (France)(June/July)
http://parisjazzfestival2009.net/english-version/

Canaries Jazz and Mas Festival (July)
http://canariasjazz.com/

Nice Jazz Festival (France)(July)
http://www.nicejazzfestival.fr/

Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy)(July)
http://www.umbriajazz.com/

Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switzerland)(July)
http://www.montreuxjazz.com/

North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, Netherlands)(July)
http://www.northseajazz.com/

Copenhagen Jazz Festival (Denmark)(July)
http://jazz.dk/

MoldeJazz (Norway)(July)
http://www.moldejazz.no/

Jazz in Marciac Festival* (France)(July/Aug)
http://www.jazzinmarciac.com/

Royal Windsor Jazz & Beer Festival (UK)(Aug)
http://www.windsorbeerandjazz.com/

Monterey Jazz Festival* (California)(Sept)
http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/

San Francisco Jazz Festival* (California)(Oct)
http://www.sfjazz.org/

Yokohama Jazz Festival* (Japan)(Oct)
http://www.jazzpro.jp/home/en/about01_hall.html

Havana International Jazz Festival* (Cuba)(Dec)
http://www.jazzcuba.com/

Cayman Islands Jazz Festival (Caribbean)(Dec)
http://www.caymanislands.ky/jazzfest/

MUSIC

1. Play guitar in an improvisational jazz group
http://jazztimes.com/articles/26311-the-jazz-bucket-list
2. Learn to play cello
3. Attend a percussion workshop in Cuba:
Kosa Music Workshop / Havana Drum Festival (March 6-13, 2011)
http://www.kosamusic.com/11_Kosa_Cuba.html
4. Join a samba percussion group & perform live
6. Record a CD (DONE)

ART MUSEUMS

See the world’s best art museums:
http://www.virgin-vacations.com/16-top-museums-of-the-world.aspx
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSP17187820080229

1. Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
2. Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome, Italy (DONE)
3. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York (DONE)
4. J. Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
5. Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France
6. Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
7. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
8. Tate Modern, London, England
9. Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
10. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

BEST MODERN ART MUSEUMS:

http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/09-02/7-best-modern-art-museums-world.html
http://www.43places.com/lists/10509/travel-holidays-best-art-museums-in-america
http://www.trails.com/list_34841_best-art-museums-world.html
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-blog/community/?p=2380

1. Museum of Modern Art – New York (DONE)
2. Tate Modern – London
3. S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
4. Stedelijk Museum – Amsterdam, Netherlands
5. Hamburger Kunsthalle – Hamburg, Germany
6. Centre Georges Pompidou – Paris, France
7. Museum of Contemporary Art – Sydney, Australia
8. Musee d’Orsay – Paris, France

MORE ART DESTINATIONS

FRANCE

1. Musee National Picasso Paris – Paris, France
2. Musee d’Art de Moderne de la Ville de Paris – Paris, France
3. Musee Esteve – Bourges, France
4. Les Eyzies-de-Tayac – France (Paleolithic cave paintings)
5. Grotte du Pech-Merle – Cahors, France (oldest cave art)
6. Musée Rodin – Paris, France

SPAIN

1. Museu Picasso de Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
2. Eroticamuseum – Barcelona, Spain
3. La Sagrada Familia – Barcelona, Spain

THE NETHERLANDS

1. Van Gogh Museum – Netherlands
2. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – Rotterdam, Netherlands

BELGIUM

1. Royal Fine Arts Museum – Antwerp, Belgium
2. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts – Brussels, Belgium

ART

1. Sell my artwork
2. Learn how to paint abstract
3. Join an art collective
4. Get my own art studio (DONE)

RELATIONSHIPS

1. Get married and stay that way

MONEY

1. Make a comfortable living as a freelancer, on my own terms

FITNESS

1. Learn how to rollerblade without falling on my ass
2. Try Reiki (DONE)
3. Get a Thai Massage (DONE)

More ideas here:
http://www.squidoo.com/100things



find a beautiful, down-to-earth woman to marry (read all 3 entries…)
Ugh.

(Venting, so bear with…) I just got home from an awful date…thank God we only met for drinks. She went to use the restroom, and by the time she came back I had paid the bill and told her I need to get going. It was one of those total mismatch kind of dates with awkward silences. I would rather be single than date a woman like this. It makes me crazy when I go out with a woman who expects me to entertain her the entire night. Conversations are exactly that – give and take between two people. Talking to a self-centered brick wall isn’t exactly an enjoyable experience.

I’ll continue to be optimistic, because I know there is someone out there who will make it all worthwhile…thanks for listening.



do a liver and gallbladder flush (read all 2 entries…)
Be careful.

There is a real danger of having gallstones stuck in your common bile duct (typically 5-6mm) when doing the gallbladder flush. You DO NOT want to have a stone stuck in your bile duct. So, make sure you take steps to decrease the size of the stones as much as possible prior to performing the actual flush. There are products which can help you with this (Standard Process Phosfood, Betafood, Disodium Phosphate, Choline, Spanish Black Radish).

You can also start a juicing regimen, specifically for your gallbladder. Excellent foods for the gallbladder include beets, radish and dandelion root. Add carrots, apple, tomato, turnip greens…all good for the gallbladder. Olive Oil and Flaxseed Oil are both excellent for the gallbladder as well.

If you’re in pain, grind flax seeds, boil for 5 minutes, then steep for 10 minutes. Drain, and drink the flaxseed tea.



Eat out much less and cook more! (read all 3 entries…)
Doing much better with this one...

I bought myself a few recipe books, mostly with vegetarian recipes, and I’ve been cooking up a storm the last two months. And I’m finding that I actually really enjoying cooking.

I always feel better when I have a connection with the food I put in my mouth. It’s helpful to sit down for an hour or so each week, figure out the recipes you’re going to cook, and write down the ingredients for 3-4 recipes you plan to make the next week. I like to do this on a Saturday or Sunday. I’ve also purchased a few tupperware containers, which makes it easy to store your leftovers.

Some of my meals: Potato & Onion Pierogi with Broccoli and Walnuts, Lemon-braised tofu-hummus wraps, Mixed baby greens with pears, pecans & polenta and Curried couscous & veggies.



get a life coach
My Life Coaching experience

I walked into Urban Outfitters and picked up a flyer for a woman who was advertising her life coaching services. I called her up, and a week later, we had our first meeting. Since that time, I’ve been seeing this life coach each week for the last 4 months. She has helped me overcome a number of mental blocks, reframe negative thoughts using disputation (CBT), and set long and short-term goals. I thought it was very helpful, and decided to stop as I felt that I finally realized my life purpose and how I want to be spending my days.

One thing you should be aware of – life coaches can be like therapists in some respects. Your life coach will try to get you to come up with the answers on your own. Sometimes I wished that I could just bounce ideas off of her and get an unbiased opinion, but this isn’t what life coaches do based on my experience.



Eat out much less and cook more! (read all 3 entries…)
I've been doing well so far...

I bought two cookbooks, and so far I’ve cooked 4 meals from scratch – Chicken Curry, Aloha Chicken, Chicken Francesse and Eggplant Parmigiana. In addition to saving money, I’m finding that cooking does something for me spiritually – it is soul nourishing making something from nothing…a lot like making art or music.



find a beautiful, down-to-earth woman to marry (read all 3 entries…)
Emotional investment

It can be so incredibly frustrating when you begin to have feelings for a woman you’re dating…you want something more than just sex, like a LTR, and there’s just a mismatch in terms of wants/needs. I just can’t see putting so much emotional investment into a woman who isn’t on the same page. I guess I should just enjoy what is…which is fine. But I’m not going to continue to see this woman exclusively at the expense of finding myself a more emotionally-fulfilling LTR and wife. I deserve a woman who recognizes what I bring to the table, one who isn’t hesitant to pursue a relationship with more promise.



find a beautiful, down-to-earth woman to marry (read all 3 entries…)
Its been five long years...

since I last had a girlfriend. And I’ve finally met a woman whom I really care about. This is my first entry with something positive to report, so I am truly grateful. I just need to remember to enjoy the journey.



Eat out much less and cook more! (read all 3 entries…)
Progress

I’m happy to report that I recently purchased two cookbooks, “Quick and Healthy Recipe Ideas” (1 & 2) by Brenda Ponichtera. Now I just have to commit to following through with the actual cooking part! I know I can, I know I can…



find a beautiful, down-to-earth woman to marry in 2008 (read all 2 entries…)
Re

Made a ton of progress towards making this a reality….didn´t happen in 2008, although things are moving in the right direction.



find a beautiful, down-to-earth woman to marry in 2008 (read all 2 entries…)
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I´ve dedicated more time on this goal in the last six months than probably my entire life. I´m upgrading everything- my jeans, haircut, shirts…bought nicer eyeglasses. I´m learning to study body language and have been much more active approaching women in situations I would normally avoid…the mall, grocery store, coffee shop, etc. I´m proud of the fact that I haven´t been sitting on my ass waiting for things to improve in this area. If you want something bad enough, you need to go out there and get it. Because no one is going to do it for you.



own my own home
BE CAREFUL!!

My experience wasn’t exactly a “home sweet home” story. Here in Atlanta, if you want to live intown, you’re pretty much limited to transitional neighborhoods – unless you have a whole lot of money saved up. So with the economy the way it has been (buyers market), I figured 2008 would be a great time to buy. I got myself a realtor (recommended by a co-worker), started looking, and found a fantastic, newly remodeled home. It had everything I wanted, although I wasn’t quite sure about the neighborhood. Three weeks after moving in, my house was broken into. Luckily, I wasn’t home when it happened. But from that point on, it was hard to sleep at night. The police found $10,000 worth of stolen goods in the house next door to mine. Note that I did speak with two people who lived in the area (prior to closing) and thought the neighborhood was okay. In retrospect, this wasn’t enough. So let’s just say it’s important to get police records – thoroughly research neighborhood crime before signing the paperwork to that “sweet deal”. I moved out of my house and put it back on the market, and may be forced to foreclose if I can’t do a short sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure (two alternatives to foreclosing). It’s not a pleasant situation, especially now that buyers are having a tough time getting loans.



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