Day 1038: Determined

I am determined to tell you, immediately, why this post is titled “Determined.”


Now that I’m determined to examine that image — which I determined to take yesterday  —  I’ve determined that it does NOT say “TBD,” which stands for To Be Determined.  Instead, it says “TBA.”

Are we determined to discover what “TBA” stands for?

I’m determined to stay focused on “determined” today.

I’m determined to tell you that since my esteemed colleague, Mary, determined to retire from the hospital where we both work, we’ve been determined to find a wonderful therapist to fill her place. We’ve determined that nobody can really replace Mary, but we’re determined to find somebody special.   Even though we’ve been determined to interview many determined people over many determined weeks, that list of determined therapists still reads “TBA,” (which I’m determined, now, to announce means “To Be Announced”).

I’m determined to hope that we announce, very soon,  that we’ve determined that a determined, creative, empathic, and lovely person has determined to join us.

I’ve determined that I have other determined thoughts about “determined”:

  • I’m determined to meet with somebody today about renting office space, so I can offer my therapy groups to people who have determined  to not have their determined doctors at that Boston hospital where I work.
  • I’m determined to help myself and others focus on self care, which studies have determined promotes longer and happier lives for those who are determined to do so.
  • Being determined doesn’t mean focusing on one thing to the exclusion of all others.
  • I am determined to have adult-to-adult interactions with people, so they can determine priorities and options in their lives.
  • It has yet to be determined what college my son is going to next year.
  • I’m determined to facilitate a therapy group of determined people, this morning, at the hospital where my new co-worker is yet to be determined and announced.
  • For the month of November, I’ve announced that I’m determined to post every day, along with other determined bloggers.
  • Here are more determined photos, from yesterday:

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It’s TBD what I’m wearing to work today, but I’ve determined it won’t be what’s pictured above, since I determined to wear that yesterday.

Do you think this post is over determined?

It’s TBD and TBA what determined music I’m determining for this determined post.

Patience, please, while this is determined.

Some cheesy music by the determined and talented Tim Minchin has determined to stay in my head.

I’m determined to share it again, since I’ve determined that most people weren’t determined enough to play it two days ago.

What thoughts, feelings, or music might you be determined to share, here and now?

Determined thanks to all who helped me create this determined post and to you — of course! — for being determined enough to read it.

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28 thoughts on “Day 1038: Determined

  1. I wish I had your energy. I so so admire you!

  2. I loved the days when the voices I heard in the car belonged to people they called radio announcers, Ann. At one point in my very young life, I was determined to become one of those. Then I determined the accent of my words was better determined for the printed page. Hey, I think more cafe and restaurant owners should announce the presence of loaner rings to charge up my visit.

  3. Debbie Terman

    Many years ago, at the company where I met you, I had recently returned from my honeymoon when one of the tech writers came into my office, and knowing that I had decided to change my last name to my husband’s, said “Now you’ll always be determined. ” And so I am.

  4. There’s nothing cheesy about your determination. And it’s not surprising that I see determination in every one of those pictures. It must always be there. One only needs to be determined to find it.

  5. I’m determined to live today as my best, to see the small things, to celebrate all things and to be grateful for each moment because I’ve determined that in your determined approach, life is pretty awesome!

  6. Thank you for reminding me that determination is a power. I will apply it to my homework today.

  7. I love it when you are determined Ann!

  8. I am feeling exhausted from reading this just saying

  9. I like your blogging determination Ann! ❤️

  10. I did not have to be determined to like Tim Minchin. Cheese!!! Anyone who can write satire using food AND has some jazz chops has my admiration. As do you. Now, might I suggest that TBA is to be arranged? As in interviews with??? Hope I don’t come in contact with Maria’s tiger…anywhere. It looks determinedly hungry.

  11. Excellent photos and the music, Tim Minchin, fabulous.

  12. Good luck in the search for a replacement. I didn’t go for Tim Minchin, maybe it got better after the 1.14 point at which I determined to turn it off

  13. Pingback: Day 1039: Obligations | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  14. I am determined to see this day through, though it might be unpleasant.

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