Self-Discipline Thought Exercises

Voluntarily Living the Hard Way

January has almost come to a close but I have finally realized what my New Year’s Resolution is all about. Self-Discipline.

Throughout the last few years I’ve felt like I didn’t know what to focus on. I mentioned this in my post, Embrace Your Multipotentialities. I have many, many interests and I enjoy exploring my talents and how I can bring them together but I do not challenge myself enough.

If I’m going to own the title of a Multipotentialite, I have to live and breathe it. I have to voluntarily live the hard way.

I often think to myself how I want to start my college years all over again. I research all of these amazing opportunities and degrees and think, “Man, that’s it!” “If only that existed when I started.” But the truth is, even if it did exist, I wouldn’t have found it then. I was supposed to experience what I did in both my undergrad and masters program. The knowledge I gained and friendships I made helped me evolve into who I am now…even if I still don’t know where I will end up. I can’t go back, so I must move forward.

Deep down, I know who I want to be.

I want to be strong. I want to be fit. I want to talk the talk and be the person people go to for help. I want to be a good friend, daughter, and sister. I want to work with technology and people, but have time for myself too. I want to sing and I want to read. I want to learn things and stick with them.

But I give in to temptations. I have a serious case of FOMO. I like the instant gratification of indulging in sweets or binge watching a show. I enjoy listing ideas but fail to execute without deadlines or pressure. I am too comfortable being alone.

I need a plan of self-discipline. One that aligns better with my goals. This is probably one of the the most important parts of becoming ultimate and I let it get out of hand!

The more we live the hard way to easier life will seem when hardships arise.

2018 is about self-discipline and living on purpose.

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”


This year I will:

Finish Pauline Nordin’s SuperShred 12-Week Workout Plan

Read 12 books, one a month.

Watch all of the Oscar’s Best Picture Winners

Get my CTS certification

Be accountable

Challenge myself on purpose


In 2018, I will voluntarily live the hard way. 

Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash

Ideas inspired by 365 Days With Self-Discipline by Martin Meadows.







Embrace Your Multipotentialities


When my friends and family ask what I do, I don’t know where to start.

In the last 7 years,  (4 years at Purdue, 2 years at DePaul, 1 year at University of Michigan), I have considered all of the following as potential careers. Some completely serious, some completely off the wall, but they were considered none the less … don’t judge me.

  • 3D Animator
  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • VFX Artist
  • Digital Painter
  • Texture Artist
  • CAD Technician
  • Photographer
  • Photo Editor
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Teacher
  • Singer
  • Sound Recordist
  • Video Editor
  • Director
  • Production Sound Mixer
  • Foley Artist
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Music Producer
  • Script Supervisor
  • Film Producer
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Studio Owner
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Bartender
  • Yoga Instructor/Health Consultant for Creatives
  • Equipment Lender
  • Documentarian
  • Freelance Artist
  • Jewelry Maker
  • Travel Blogger
  • Caretaker
  • Dog Walker
  • Transcriptionist
  • Media Restoration Specialist
  • Audio Visual Technician
  • Event Planner
  • Venue Manager
  • Media Asset Organizer
  • Audio book producer/recorder
  • Voiceover Artist
  • Experiential Marketing Specialist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Online Educator
  • Museum Technician
  •  Video Studio Manager
  • Theater/Live Event Audio Engineer
  • AV Sales Representative
  • Audio Visual Designer

And I bet you that’s not all….

This truth is, I start doing a lot of things. But I have a hard time sticking to just one thing.

Do I have to pick just one thing?

Currently, I am not an expert on any one thing but I love to learn about many things. I bounce back and forth between interests. Staying focused on one thing is difficult for me. What I have discovered is this….

I am multipotentialite.

“A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.” – Emilie Wapnick

Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).

If you are totally relating to my “too many interests” struggle, check out to learn more about this lifestyle! Emilie and the whole putty like community are great and full of tips for success in the workplace … and in life … as we renaissance people strive for growth and understanding.

Please enjoy this TED Talk where I was inspired by this idea!

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Well, I still don’t know yet, but I’m going to try a few things out and learn as much as I can! I hope to combine my interests and find my perfect job.

I WILL become the ultimate me.