May. 9th, 2015

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This is to be the space for daily journalling. The purpose of journalling is to record experiences and write about what was learned through the course of the day, as per the instructions of motivational CDs by Tony Robbins. Today I was challenged to choose two things that I can take action on now in order to improve my life.

The first thing I chose was to change my diet: I will no longer be eating junk food, which I do to gain comfort. I eat when I feel bored or upset (which is nearly all the time) to try to feel better. Because of my medications, this caused me to gain an extraordinary amount of weight in a short amount of time. I exhibit hypothyroidism and some liver issues. Once these medical problems are taken care of, I should be able to begin my physical transition by taking testosterone, which is a huge goal for me. 

The second thing is to keep this journal, in order to keep track of the lessons and my daily life. The idea is to take information, process it, and learn from it. It can also help me plan my life. It's much better than leaving things up to chance.

I am going to call UHS on Monday to set up a doctor's appointment so that I can talk to a doctor about physically transitioning. It is my goal to start taking testosterone and to begin looking at surgeries. The pain that has kept me from doing this is my fear of rejection and my fear of being judged. The pleasure of not following through has been avoiding awkwardness and avoiding coming out to my relatives. But what I could gain from beginning my physical transition is affirmation of my true gender, less gender dysphoria, increased happiness, greater confidence, and improved self-esteem.

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1605 Miguel de Cervantes - Don Quixote (Penguin Books, 2000)

1679 John Bunyan - The Pilgrim's Progress (Penguin Books, 1987)

1726 Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (Oxford University Press, 1998)

1815 Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Books, 1981)

1838 Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist (Random House, 2001)

1847 Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre (Penguin Putnam, 1993)

1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter (Prentice Hall, 1981)

1851 Herman Melville - Moby Dick (Penguin, 1992)

1851 Harriet Beecher Stowe - Uncle Tom's Cabin (Random House, 2001)

1857 Gustave Flaubert - Madame Bovary (Random House, 1992)

1866 Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime and Punishment (Random House, 1992)

1877 Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina (Random House, 2000)

1878 Thomas Hardy - The Return of the Native (Penguin Putnam, 1999)

1881 Henry James - The Portrait of a Lady (Bantam Books, 1983)

1884 Mark Twain - Huckleberry Finn (Bantam Books, 1981)

1895 Stephen Crane - The Red Badge of Courage (Bantam Books, 1983)
1902 Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness (Random House, 1999)
1905 Edith Wharton - The House of Mirth (Penguin Putnam, 2000)
1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby (Scribner, 1995)
1925 Virginia Woolf - Mrs. Dalloway (Harcourt, 1990)
1925 Franz Kafka - The Trial (Schocken Books, 1998)
1940 Richard Wright - Native Son (Harper & Row, 1989)
1942 Albert Camus - The Stranger (Vintage Books, 1989)
1949 George Orwell - 1984 (NAL, 1990)
1952 Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man (Vintage Books, 1995)
1956 Saul Bellow - Seize the Day (Penguin Books, 1996)
1967 Gabriel García Márquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude (HarperCollins, 1998)
1972 Italo Calvino - If on a winter's night a traveler (Harcourt Brace & Co., 1991)
1977 Toni Morrison - Song of Solomon (Plume, 1987)
1985 Don Delillo - White Noise (Penguin Books, 1991) 
1990 A. S. Byatt - Possession (Random House, 1991)

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 Math & Logic
-Read "The Code Book"
-Do daily Set Game puzzle
-Read about geometry

-Read "Don Quixote"

-Study Latin vocabulary on Quizlet
-Listen to French radio

Art & Design
-Learn about jewelry making 

-Fanfiction writing

-Tune Lola everyday and play a little bit

-Read about physics

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 Math & Logic
Student will complete logic puzzles daily, read from books about math subjects (starting with geometry), use math websites to learn more about certain subject areas, and develop insight into mathematics as a whole.

Student will read all of the books on the list of the classics provided by the Classical Education book, forming opinions and understanding of the experiences related through literature across time.

Student will familiarize himself with the vocabulary of Latin, seeing the connections between the ancient language and the languages that are still alive today. When sufficient work has been done learning Latin, the student will move on to Greek. Then contemporary languages will be studied, beginning with French and Spanish, and expanding from there using any and all materials he can find.

Art & Design
Student will design and create original pieces of jewelry using metal clay and other jewelry-making materials. 

Student will continue to elaborate upon writing exercises, until confidence is gained, at which point original fiction writing will be explored.

Student will tune the ukulele everyday. When a good routine of tuning the ukulele has been established, the student will practice chords.

Student will read books about the various sciences, beginning with books about physics.


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