Two years ago I published my first post. It was titled, “Under-employment and Winter Adventures.” I ended it by stating, “I suppose I should be looking for gainful employment but truth be told after 30 odd years of Corporate America I shudder at the thought of facing that world. I crave a life with creative output and so this, my first post is me “dipping my toe” into the waters of creative self existence.” Twenty-four months and 522 posts later, I’ve done a swan dive into the waters of the life I imagined.
Finances have been a concern. Employment has eased some of the stress and I have learned to do more with less. I think I’m past the point of needing to “suit up” and head back to the corporate world. I’ve learned discipline.
The regulation of sitting down every day and putting thoughts together in a coherent and hopefully insightful stream has taught me to pursue a dream and the reward was being Freshly Pressed this year. Recognition is not a drug as much as it is a validation that I’m moving toward a goal. Writing is a solitary pursuit, as is painting or creating music. It no longer feels selfish to dedicate part of my day to exploring and pouring out what rattles around in my head. The creative juices that flow through me all day are rewarding and invigorating. I use the prior live’s knowledge of marketing in new ways with products I never knew existed. Cooking, bees, publishing, the retail industry and consumer sales are suddenly part of my life resume.
Thank you blog, for keeping me disciplined and creative…Happy Re-Birth Day to me!