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So I want to write in this space every day. Right now I’m breaking it down a bit until it becomes habitual: every day for a week and then we’ll see what’s next.
I’m also doing this with refined sugar. I love both baking and eating, and I was taking a cake decorating class, so that meant I was consuming far more sugar than felt good. Unlike blogging, I have no intention of making the lack of sugar a routine, but I do want see how it feels to have less of it for some time. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to even go a week, but this is day three, and while I do want it, I’m just fine without actually having it.
I’m in a finishing state of mind. I’m completing knitting projects, focusing on getting school settled, and incorporating more structure into my day. I’m also spending some time reading books I’ve yet to finish, and tidying my physical space. I tend to do these things when I’m about to start something new or make a big change, so even my subconscious is ready for whatever comes next.
I am always ready to rush progress and I become restless when it doesn’t happen fast enough, but I need to remember that the day-to-day small actions are how I will arrive at my destination. Every day, no exceptions.
I moved to Spokane, WA in May. After living here for over two months, I feel like I’m settling in my destination. I’m here so I can go back school while enjoying a low cost of living not available in Tahoe or Seattle, my next destination. I have clear, measurable goals here and those keep me focused and remind me of why I have upended my life.
Since moving here I only have one job. Part of the reason I decided to go back to school was because I was overworking myself (70+ hours a week) in my efforts to actually pay bills and ski enough. I did not ski enough, and while I did pay bills, I still wasn’t able to save anything. Something needed to change, and I’m glad I have a more normal schedule. Still, it’s strange to have just one source of income. Despite the lower cost of living and the higher rate of pay, I still don’t feel secure; I want to diversify my income stream.
And that’s why I’m writing this. I spend huge amounts of time online and I use the internet for what seems to be a wide variety of things, but is really just one thing: I connect to other people. I read their ideas, watch as they solve problems, expose myself to different opinions, keep informed about our shared world, and so much more.
I’ve been doing this aimlessly for years, thoroughly enjoying the journey. That’s not enough though, there needs to be a destination. I want to create a real community for myself; I want to find my people and offer what I can to our community. I want to develop real relationships and learn what I can create with the people I meet. I want to create things that are me, and I want to collaborate.
I don’t think this destination is fully formed, but at least it’s not just an aimless journey anymore.
Reverb10: Achieve. What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today. (Author: Tara Sophia Mohr)
Building. Empire. Direction. I think those are the three words I’m going to use as focal points in 2011. As I’ve said before, 2011 is to be a building year, and I plan to build an empire. But building an empire is a vague goal, so just what am I trying to achieve?
Direction. I don’t want to aim my life at one specific goal and simply work toward it — what will happen when I achieve it? Instead I want to point my energies in the direction of the life I want for myself and let everything flow the right way. I think having a clear direction will make me feel purposeful and determined.
So, ten things I can do to achieve those feelings immediately?
- Clearly define my direction.
- Monitor my finances.
- Clean the house.
- Make January’s donation.
- Tidy the car.
- Take car in for maintenance.
- Identify this season’s skiing goals.
- Make a dentist appointment.
- Plan a meeting with my boss at the restaurant.
- Call Amy.
Let’s see what I can achieve.
Reverb10: Action. When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky)
This year is about building, more specifically building my empire. Right now I think that money, accountability, and education are the biggest things I can do to build my empire.
I need a clearer picture of what I have and what I’m going to do with it. The next step is to make a spreadsheet of my expenses and financial goals. I’ll need to review that, and my actual account balances nightly to make sure I’m on track.
It’s time to go back to school. I enjoy what I do, but it does not facilitate empire-building — I can do better. The next step is to decide which school is right for me and apply. Next will come chats with a guidance counselor to make sure I have reasonable expectations, and setting up financial aid.
I need just a little more structure. Simple things like the financial spreadsheet, a deadline calendar for school, and a daily to-do list will probably be enough. I am the person I am accountable to, so it’s time to implement these things.