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Year One

My year one goals can be placed into two main categories; personal habits and education.

My Personal Habits list consists of things I need to/want to do on a daily basis that help grow and strengthen my character, family and relationships. They are also the daily habits I need to practice in order to have time to do the other things on my list. As habits they are everyday, and in some cases minute-by-minute, choices I must consistently make to reach said goals.

The second category, Education, are the topics you will see in this blog. In order to move anywhere near the direction of what I have listed as my 10 yr. plan I have to build some skills. This skill building needs to start today in order to allow for the eventual mastery I aspire to. That being said, I have devised a plan for self education.

I have 6 main “classes” or initial areas of study. With my life commitments it would be impractical for me to suggest I will “touch” each of these areas everyday. I can however treat these areas as classes. I can focus on each area for a number of hrs per week. There are a few areas I must commit to a period of time daily, though these tend to be shorter periods of time.

Class Schedule (in no particular order):

  1. Design Software and web applications. I am currently learning Adobe Illustrator.
  2. Design and Color Theory as well as Typography.
  3. Begin my study of Spanish. This is a 15 – 30 minutes per day commitment.
  4. Make keeping up with current events a habit. This is also a daily habit. I will start by keeping up with the BBC World News podcast and keep adding as the habit grows.
  5. Strengthen weaving essential skills. Weave daily. The first step really is to weave daily. I have started with a minimum of 20 minutes.
  6. Fitness – Get on a fitness regimen and stick with it.  Hmm not wonder plan here. . . yet.
  7. Take advantage of any opportunities to further my knowledge of Architecture, Art History, Business and History.

So far this plan has been working for me. I have a few details to work out such as a reliable Spanish program, preferably free. I already have a lot of basics, but would like to strengthen that foundation and build upon it.  I would appreciate any ideas any of you may have.

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2021

Interestingly enough, figuring out what my areas of focus are was only the very beginning of the process.

Again, I found myself overwhelmed with directions to take my passions. I decided to start by compiling a list of skills I would like to acquire and the work I would like to be doing in the next 8 to 10 yrs. Zooming out to this larger picture made it possible for me to zoom into this year and figure out what I needed to start to accomplish in order to reach my 10 yr goals. Here is a list of my more professional 10 year goals.

 

  • Begin traveling to teach weaving with development projects such as Weave a Real Peace.
  • Own a warehouse type building with studio space for various artists; or, have a weaving and design studio in my home.
  • Be able to lend experience to various environmental design challenges through graphics, weaving and service/experience design.
  • Be a contributor; confident, intelligent, courageous and independent
  • Be an established contributor to our community
  • Be lean, strong and fit.
  • Be fluent in Spanish
  • Be an established Art weaver and teacher
How do you take such vague goals and boil them down into reasonable steps? Initially not so easily. I believe I stashed the notebook away for some months out of frustration. The day I opened it up again . . . it all flowed. . . I have a plan. Much to my surprise, it might actually be a feasible one. Oh yeah, there is just one thing of course, I have to do the work.
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Dreamer

I am a dreamer, plain and simple. Every day is full of ideas and possibilities. Over the years I have collected a plethora of lists and plans of what I could do or be good at. Only to replace those with new ideas and plans.

In the past 12 months dreaming ceased to be satisfying. I found that I was ready to achieve something, to be successful at something. So the question became:

What?

What did I want to achieve? What could I be the best at? What was I passionate enough about to work for? To fight for?

In addition to my family and the betterment of humanity (i.e. World Peace and wholeness), I have three main passions;

  • textiles, primarily in the form of weaving,
  • Art and artisan skills,
  • and Design; specifically, design and communication for public spaces

Beginning with these concepts I went through a period of writing down all possibilities. This “scroll of ideas” led to different paths of action. I formed plans, revised them, doubted my path, revised again  . . ad nauseum

Finally, I feel I am at a starting point.

This is a great place to be; it is where you no longer have to search for your answer though you also know that the path will present itself with options along the way. In a sense you can only see a little ways ahead of you, but that is finally okay. Once you get to this point there is only one thing to do.

Do the Work!

Only by doing the work will I actually make any of this happen.

Work, Habit, Discipline, Focus and Commitment.

And thus this blog. This blog is both about and part of the work. Experimenting here is a means of learning and sharing my journey.

If any of you are going though a similar process, I highly recommend two wonderful books:

Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives: by, Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek

and

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything: by, Sir Ken Robinson

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