Month: September 2014

My “ideal” life

About 6 weeks ago, I had an amazing conversation with Berni Xiong (She has an inspiring podcast here – The Shut Up Show). She’s a fellow misfit and totally awesome.

We were talking about my goals and where I’m trying to head with things. For the next couple of days after our conversation I realized something about what I want from life — I’m calling this my “ideal life”.

There are a couple of things that would be true in my “ideal life”:

1. I would be mostly mobile. I might have a “home base” somewhere, but I would be spending most of my travelling. I would be able to spend quality amounts of time in certain places — Utah, California, Oregon, Maine (in the non-winter months), Tennessee and wherever else people I love are living.

2. I would be splitting my time doing three things: helping people connect to their pasts through genealogy / family history; helping nonprofits with their online marketing and online fundraising; spreading a message of how people can overcome physical and other challenges and live a meaningful life.

I have some goals about what I need to do to get here:

a) I need to be debt free. That’s close. If I were to get really focused on it, I could do it in 6 months. It’s probably more like a year away because I choose to do other things than throw all my money at debt.

b) I want to finish my bachelor’s degree.

c) I potentially want to get certifications in both fundraising and genealogy.

d) I want to get healthier physically.

The books I’ve read recently #emptyshelf

While I haven’t been blogging much lately, I have been reading a lot. I’ve been somewhat obsessed with dystopian science fiction and have thrown in some other books as well.

  • Dear Nobody
  • The Purge of Babylon Series (so far, there’s been four books)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Mayflower: The Voyage from Hell
  • Harry Potter (All 7 books. This was a reread, but super worth it.)
  • The Last Girl
  • Plague Year
  • Open Minds
  • The Atlantis Gene
  • Burial Rites: A Novel
  • Red Rising
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel
  • To the Last Man
  • Oryx and Crake
  • The Year of the Flood

I’ve been reading a book a week and sometimes more. It’s been pretty awesome.

 

Why haven’t I been blogging

Taking the summer off blogging wasn’t intentional … There were a whole bunch of things that attributed to my lack of blogging:

a) Work has been very busy. My main two clients have been keeping me on my toes, but we’ve been doing some awesome work.

b) I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do with this blog, what I need to get out of it, and what I hope the people that read it get out of it (more to come on this in another post soon).

c) I’ve been committed to working out 3-5 time per week and most weeks have been hitting the 4 or 5 benchmark. This has been awesome, but it leaves me physically and mentally exhausted. It also means that I have a set time for when I have to finish work to get to the gym, and I’ve needed to spend what was my evening blogging time to finish that day’s work.

I have a bunch of “pending” posts on my “to do” list …