Friday, February 4, 2011

First! -or- Why I Started This Blog

Welcome to the new blog!

I've been into this whole minimalism thing (link is for humor), getting rid of excess stuff, not wasting so much, etc. I was reading blogs like zenhabits and Far Beyond the Stars... and I got to thinking: I don't like my job! Imagine that, someone who doesn't like their job!

So, I started racking my brain: How could I quit my job, but still generate enough income to pay the bills? What am I passionate about? How can I sell that, whatever the hell it is? I was coming up with a bunch of things, but nothing I felt like I could really make any money on in the short-term.

I was stuck. I don't like my job, but I can't seem to make a living any other way. I don't want to just have a job. I just want to do stuff that resonates with my being. Not willingly slave most of my life away just so I can have a couple days off at the end of the week. I just don't think that's what humans are built for. What can I do???

And then it hit me.

I hate to talk about Facebook... but this is how it really happened. I came across a post during the holiday season by my Godmother's Mom (who is in her 80s by the way) that goes like this:

"Bill Vaughan was also Burton (Hilliard?) in the Better Homes and Gardens or one of those magazines. In one of those columns he said, 'My wife is so busy doing what she really wants to do that she never has time to do what she thinks she wants to do.' I've never forgotten it and you won't either now that you've heard it." (The link she posted by the way is Bill Vaughan's 'A Story of Christmas.')

To be historically accurate, here's what I said:

"You may be right about that quote! It feels like it's going to be rather unforgettable."

And it just sat and stewed for a while.

As I sat working at my desk a week or two later, I was going over it again in my head, relating it to my job and work and money. I had thought of that quote every couple of days. I don't know if it was only unforgettable because I had labeled it that way or what, but it kept popping up. Then came the moment of clarity.

I am already doing what I really want to do.

I really am already doing what I really want to do.

And that's all I need. So why not tell people about it?

What about you? 
Do you have time for the things you really want to do, or are you already doing them?


  1. Excellent first post. I'll definitely be following you!


  2. Yep, I second that! I hope that your finding your passion (or two) will lead you to many open doors. I think you will find that being on the path is the FUN PART-getting there is just the destination.