The traditional model for changing behaviors, setting goals, and general self-improvement efforts begins on January 1st of any given year.  Being a self-proclaimed Type A Minus/B Plus, my line in the sand starts a wee bit later.

What it Means: Type A*

You are undoubtedly familiar with the person that has it all under control. They have enviable careers, (seemingly) flawless relationships, and (again, seemingly) perfect children. These folks tackle challenges with wild abandon, organizing and networking and cataloging and everything else -ing, knocking things off their to-d0 lists with the precision of a communist military march.  They are competitive and drawn to achieve.

What it Means: Type B*

Then there are those that float through life, with moderation (and even a little dabbling with apathy) as their guide.  They are easygoing, not so concerned with meeting the goal-du-jour, and can frustrate the hell out of the Type-A folks. They know how to relax and don’t see a problem with doing so. There is a tendency for  “let’s see what will happen” and “everything will be OK” to pass through their lips on a regular basis.

Enter the A Minus/B Plus Gray Area:

Then there are those of us who party in both camps, ducking through holes in fences to sneak in and utilize the attributes of one or the other.  We can be organized and controlling (sometimes) and accommodating and cooperative (again, sometimes) and that’s OK. Here’s one example of my struggle – the Type A in me won’t even start a project if there is a possibility that I can’t fulfill the task. The Type B says to try anyway (…”let’s see what will happen..”) and give it a whirl.

Type A says to document (through writing, photography, or both) every day of 2017. Type B says what’s wrong with a few days a week? So here, it is…five three.  Five Three days a week.  My ramblings and philosophies and rants will grace this page five three days of each and every week.  As an added bonus, I’ll chronicle my thoughts and actions and grade them thusly: A Minus or B Plus.

I must admit, it’s kind of exciting.  Like marathon-training exciting.  You know that there’s a lot of work to be done, but a plan has been drawn, and in the end it’s all about the journey. Welcome!


*these are my absolutely SWAG (Scientific Wild Ass Guess) definitions, based on a study done  back in the 1950s by some cardiologists named Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman.

1/17/17 ETA: Had to lower the bar to 3 days a week.  Totally B+