What I’m Building

21 Dec
Presolana, Lombardy, Italian Alps
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Reverb10: Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)  (Author: Jenny Blake)

My future self?  I think I’m too literal for this, so instead I’ll just describe my future self.  In five years I’ll be 31, which seems unnecessarily committed to adulthood.  I plan to return to school next fall, so five years from now I will finally be done with school and beginning my career.  (Well, second career.  I’m committed to teaching skiing and will likely continue to do it year after year.  However, a seasonal job does not pay the bills.)  I’d like to take a program at Bastyr University, but at the end of 2015, I’ll probably be ready to leave Seattle and begin my next adventure.

I’m returning to college, something I’ve never particularly enjoyed, because I think it will give me the tools I need to create an income from teaching people to love food.  Right now I cook food, which certainly feeds people, but doesn’t go far enough to create the lasting love I create when I teach people to ski.  I want to help people use food in both healthy and joyful ways — that is what I want to build in the next in five years.

And once I finish school and begin establishing my career, I want to begin planning my next adventure.  I’m on the last leg of the fabulous Tahoe adventure, and there will be one more between here and the Seattle adventure.  I want a location-independent career, so I never have to settle.  In five years I want to decide between the Italian Alps, or the Canadian Rockies, or somewhere I have yet to even imagine.

Thirty-one might be more adult than I’d like, but it might also be a beginning.

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