At Capacity

Lots of context for this concept. You might be “at capacity” in any of a variety of ways.

At capacity in learning, a sort of plateau of absorbing new things;

At capacity with activities, not able to fit another event on your schedule on a given day;

At capacity in repetitions, not able to do another pull up or arm curl or plank;

At capacity with projects, every day already full with no room for another thing;

At capacity eating your vegetables at dinner; this affliction happens on nearly a nightly basis at my house.

You get the idea. But here’s the thing.

Capacity is a dynamic quality. It’s a parameter that must always be considered. Capacity might be limiting in the immediate, in the short term.

But in the aggregate, it’s just another variable that must be considered in striving for optimal outcome.

You should always consider capacity, and you should also test its limits. Carefully, thoughtfully, but for sure, test, push, strive to expand the limit.

The outcome?

It will make you better. It will help you reach your goals. It will make things GOOD.

Friday Faves, Issue #43

This week’s list is all about beating the heat, ’cause it’s pretty hot in this neck of the woods….  ENJOY!

Destination of the Week:  Cambria, California is one of the many great, quaint coastal communities on the central coast.  Can’t beat the coast to stay cool when much of the state is bakin’!

Quote of the Week:  “Hydrate or die.”

Band of the Week:  Who else?  The Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Here’s a classic.

Meal of the Week:   Ice Cream.  One of the best places to procure on the planet found here.

Website of the Week: Great Website. Great Tips.


REMINDER:   Your comments are always welcome.  Love to hear what you have to say, GOOD or otherwise.  If you fancy twitter, you can follow more of the muse there. My handle is @jhludlum ~

Enjoy the weekend!

Insights: It’s What You Do With Them That Counts


The past three days have given me ample reason to be thankful yet again for the people around me.   Different people for different reasons gave me a measurable improvement in my outlook on several topics, and thus given me insights on which to take action.

That effort to Take Action is the crux of this post.

I talked with a new advisor on Friday and through that discussion gained some really important, new insights on understanding one’s self & relationships.  I concluded that conversation with some new perspective, and also homework, to study recent, ground-breaking literature to further inform my comprehension and more important, guide my future actions with a new, more complete approach to interpret others’ decisions.

Later that day, I played a round of golf with an old friend.  I was really looking forward to the time together, and it didn’t disappoint.  A web developer (among MANY other skill sets), my friend shared some valuable knowledge and again, “way of thinking” about the variety of purposes  websites have in branding, delivering content, and managing all aspects of the business therein.   I left the golf course with several thoughts to follow up on both in research and action.

The bonus from the convo with my friend was some of fresh perspective on parenting. He and his wife have two children a bit older than the three we have in our family.  The ideas and insights he shared about balancing activities with children, all the outside work that goes into supporting them (think sports, PTA, extra-curricular at school, etc.) really gave me a lot to think about as our oldest gets to school-age.

Finally, on Saturday I spent the evening with the Lions club I belong to as we held our Christmas party for the year.  We had a pretty good turn-out, and the fellowship and fun that was had (along with plenty of comfort food dishes, treats, and singing of Christmas carols)  was second to none.  It reminded me once again why I value that membership so much:  It’s a group of people that demonstrate time and again the benefit of collective altruism.

Not only do we have several programs and projects that follow the Lions Motto, “We Serve”, but we enjoy being together, across backgrounds and generations.   I went home from that event with a renewed commitment (and some new ideas too) about my role as one of the servant leaders of the club.

All together, the last few days have left me with a sublime sense of possibility.  The most important take-away is the underlying thread of “call to take action” that I feel.  I know it’s up to me to make my lists of new actions needed and then ACT to move things forward in my life, which in turn will positively effect other people’s lives.    The ideas are good, but as they say, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”  Positive, measurable progress is needed through clearly-defined actions.

It’s up to me to take the first step, and stay after it.  Onward!




Any day and every day, motivation is one of the keys to making the most of the day.  #MondayMotivation is one of my favorite hashtags on twitter, and it fits perfectly into the mantra of getting the most out of any day, especially Mondays.

Monday is a mindset. For most people, the work week starts on Monday.  The weekend is over. It’s time to get back at it, doing whatever work we do after a day or two of rest.

Here are the simple truths:

When you’re motivated to make the most of the day, Focus follows.  We narrow in on what we want to do, and make a plan to execute.  You’ve got your list that’s going to get you from here to here.  It’s time to go.

Once you’re focused, a Good Attitude isn’t far behind.  You’ve got the energy flowing within.  You’ve got your mind focused on the activities for the day. You’re ready to go.  That creates fertile ground for a good attitude to making it’s way to the surface, permeating your cells, pulsing through your body.

Before you know it, you’ve worked through you list, through your day, and if you look back, it’s pretty certain that you’ll have some Results to show for the efforts of the day.  Mind you, things may not have gone the way you expected, you’ll likely have run into some unforeseen obstacles, but you’ve made some measure of progress, no doubt.  Look closely if you can’t see it right away.  It’s there.

One final suggestion:  start the day EARLY.  Get after it before the sun comes up.  Before others can set the tempo for your day.  And get some exercise.  Be it a walk, a swim, a bike ride, a session with some weights, whatever.  Getting up and into the day earlier means you have time to warm up and start the day with a clear mind and purpose, establish the agenda, and start ticking items as DONE on your list.

Yep, Monday is a mindset.  But really the suggestions above are applicable for every work day.   So get MOTIVATED.  It’s up to YOU.


Friday Faves, Issue #12

And Voila!  Another edition of Friday Faves spun together from some of the best this week had to offer…ENJOY!

Destination of the Week: An homage to good friends celebrating a 50th birthday this week.  They’re in the northwest, I prefer the southwest, but regardless, Maui is one of the most awesome spots I’ve visited on the planet.

Quote of the Week“These times, they are a changing….”

Band of the Week: Didn’t get into ’em when they were current. Glad I circled back.  80’s hard core punk. Need to get after it?  Listen to a little Black Flag.

Meal of the Week:  It’s packed with nutrients, it’s as super food, and Popeye ate it by the can full. What more could you want.  In other words, basically, “Anything with Spinach!”

Website of the Week:  Another path to higher education. Check it out here.


REMINDER:   Your comments are always welcome! LOVE to hear what you have to say, GOOD or otherwise.  If you fancy twitter, you can follow more of the muse via that micro-blogging site:  my handle is @jhludlum ~

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday Faves, Issue #3

Here ya go, folks.  Issue #3 of The Friday Faves series on Half Full, All GOOD.


Destination of the Week:  Abu Dhabi. An ancient kingdom, dating back 5,000 years. One of the more “progressive” (and wealthier) Arab countries.

Quote of the Week: “When the student is ready, the master will appear. Be present.” -adapted from a Zen saying.

Band of the Week:  Really song and musical of the week.   “Defying Gravity” from Wicked.

Meal of the Week: Pot of Beans.  Simple nutrition, Mexican staple.

Website of the Week: Saving my back!

And there you have it!