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NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner!


Just a quick post, as I have finally hit 50 thousand words tonight – before midnight.  I am not sure when I will post this – I have got to edit it before I do – not much else is edited on my National Novel Writing effort.

My writing projects are not yet done.  I have got a crap load of editing and additional text to write.  I have made a start, though.  I may certainly keep up a writing challenge for my self monthly.  I found the daily word count challenge helpful, as I would inevitably sit in front of my monitor and be blank.  Just like the page.  I had nothing.  I would  hammer out the first five hundred words and then thoughts, ideas, both awesome, and crappy, started flowing.

Will every word of mine be useful?  Mmmm, no, but they are still like gems to me.  The cloudy chaff had to be unearthed so the sparkling clear gems could be found.

I am kinda proud of myself. Now I just have to turn my scrivenings into something that is accessible for a reader. Oh, and finish them. So, the best thing I did this month was start a habit.
Now…I’m signing off, and doing my best to head to dreamland.  I’ve got some writing to do tomorrow.

Transplanted post from my old blog:

So! I’ve been a bit incommunicado for a while.  Work, and work goals took over my life for March and April, “go-lives” that spanned weeks/ends at a time, and then…my contract ended.  Meanwhile, I’ve been preparing for the PMP exam.  Studying like a son-of-a-gun, and a bootcamp class are under my belt, and now I am A.L.M.O.S.T ready to take the 4 hour exam – as soon as I get my experience hours (5000+) verified. (UPDATE: I passed back in June right after I posted this originally on my old blog!)

What the heck is PMP?  It is an internationally recognized credential indicating that I am an experienced and knowledgeable/skilled Project Manager.    It is super-freakin AWESOME to be able to tack that credential after my name.

Needless to say, my “Weekend Travel” goal is tabled until I get a longer term travel contract.

Will this curtail travel goals? Heck NO!

Am I worried that I am “between contracts”?  Dbl Heck NO!  I’ve invested and saved, and should be fine for about a year, with modest living.  I plan on taking this time to explore some interests, and to see how they might evolve.

I have a commitment to my firm while I’m on the “bench”, but if my bench time expires before I get a new contract, I’m planning on doing some extended travel and explore some options in Location Independent work.

That is the direction this blog will go, as I see it right now.

I’ll be sharing:

  • How I am preparing my home – eliminating clutter, and going more “minimalist”- think 80/20
  • Location Independent work/income possibilities – including where I found the info – so if you are interested, you can take a look, too.
  • Extended travel/living abroad options
  • And More!

I’ll even include any mistakes I’ve made, just so you don’t have to experience them.  Or if you already have, you can commiserate with me.  LOL

For now I’m going to sign-off, and get back to my “Clutter Clearing Extravaganza!” I’ll be adding a post later with pictures, so you can see the complete and utter chaos of the before, and the anticipated serenity of the after images.

Lifestyle Design starts with a vague roadmap

Lens rotation during long exposure
Lens rotation during long exposure

It might start off with the feeling that something isn’t quite right.  You are generally happy, but perhaps just not as satisfied with the status quo.  You want something, just not quite sure what specifically.  A change, spark, passion, destination…

Later, I’ll post about how I got to this  point. That is how things started for me this past year.   In the past I was always able to identify a clear goal, and achieve it.  This time around, it seems my goals are larger, broader, and more sweeping than those changes I’ve made in the past.  As I write, I clarify for myself, and for anyone who is on their own journey of self discovery, how I got to where I am, and the steps I’m taking towards my future.

The featured photo is an example of thinking outside the box, looking at things just a little bit differently, and realizing that most often, the only limits you have are those you place on yourself.

Until next time!