What happens when you mix a long-term writing project with poor time management and a looming deadline upon which you place far too much importance?
The 31 Things I Know Now That I’m 31 becomes the 32 Things I Know Now That I’m 32.
The plan had started so simply — find a month with 31 days and write a post a day on the lessons I’d learned in my years so far. With my July birthday, it should’ve been easy enough to write it up for August. Or October. December. All the months I mucked about in 2015… but another birthday came and went before I could get on top of things.
It was — sadly — another example of moments in my life where I overpromise and underdeliver.
CONTINUE READING: The reasons why I failed to deliver on 31 Things and what I’ll do about it.
I love me a good Twitter chat, y’all.
Anyone who’s ever interacted with me can tell you I like to talk — I love peppering conversations with funny asides, various insights and playing off the things I learn from the other people involved. I’m the same in person as I am on Twitter — I’m at my best when interacting with others, finding dedicated time to shoot the breeze with anyone out there feeling the need to communicate.
This coming Thursday, to help wrap July up with something fun, Chris Read’s invited myself and a few other bloggers as panelists for the #DriveFree Twitter Chat, a party hosted by Schick where we’ll talk vehicle maintenance, family road trips, and who knows — maybe you’ll be lucky enough to win one of the six Schick Prize Packs we’re giving away, valued at $100 CAD or more! CONTINUE READING: Interested in learning more? Then click here for more details!
July 2015 — I’ve just turned 32 years old, and I’m trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
I’ve built this #BloggerLife for myself — a little digital space with promise, letting me share thoughts and ideas with thousands, evolving around me as I learn to massage this raw thought into something more… spectacular.
I don’t know whether I’d call myself a blogger anymore — things have grown much bigger than that. My site’s more than a blog template, my stories more than a handful of images and subtitles… I look at my #BloggerLife and my other lives running alongside, knowing what I have to offer is far more than I could achieve by sticking to expectations set by other people.
Don’t get me wrong — so much has happened: a surprise press trip to one of my favourite cities so I could explore; an amazing Twitter chat that helped open my eyes to other opportunities… 2015’s hit me with so much that’s asked me to step my game up, grinding away at the things I believe in if I want to grow them into anything real. I’ve walked so many paths to this point — trying to work with the strength of others through collaboration to create written works of art; trying to follow blogging rules and best practices to catch as many eyeballs as possible… but the journey’s taught me that I can’t accomplish everything I’m going for if I just stay one thing.
I can’t do things like everyone else does and expect to find my answers — I need to carve a path from the bedrock of my life; one that’ll let me do everything I must as a husband and father, but still let me create what I want to without sacrificing precious sleep and sanity.
And for that, a little over three decades deep into my life, I look at everything I’ve built so far and ask myself the simplest of questions:
CONTINUE READING: A birthday gift to myself — a little clarity on why I do what I do.
In my ideal world, I’d be blogging every day with months of content queued up so I could spend my days exploring other interests, and living my life like a normal person — like those people I see on Netflix who go to bed at reasonable hours and look so well-rested when they get into the office in the morning. I wouldn’t be plagued by piles of ideas large enough to keep a fire going a few nights, thinking all these half-written posts good enough to start from… but usually just ending up with more half-written posts. I’d never suffer bouts of writer’s block, feeling like I’ve said everything worth saying with a tired and heavy soul unable to keep up. I’d never feel overwhelmed by all this work that feels undone, chasing after resolution that constantly feels out of reach, taunting me with visions of what life could be like if I could just get my act together. I feel like there’s just so much I could do if the cards played out a slightly different way, not making it as hard to get things done in a life trying to pull me in so many directions.
But this is the life I have, and the hand dealt to me to live it. It’s up to me to do what I will with it all, using every last thing I have in me to do the very best I can with what days I have.
Ain’t no one gonna make your life easier for you but you.
CONTINUE READING: The post where I salute my haters and give them some solid advice — to CHECK themselves before they WRECK themselves.
“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man… let me handle my business, damn.”
— Jay-Z on Kanye West’s “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)”, Late Registration (2005)
When is a hobby not a hobby? When it becomes a full-time job.
I can’t honestly tell you I planned for the blog to blow up into something requiring my effort and attention every night to keep it sorted — when I started writing all those years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing; I just liked telling stories, and a blog presented a perfect way to do it.
But somewhere along the way, something happened. Maybe it was the change in approach from a casual endeavour to something a little more intentional, aiming to take my life’s stories and package them into something anyone could digest — not just the person who lived it. Maybe it was the realization that in a global digital world besieging us with so much noise every moment, there’s a demand for content with real heart behind it — stuff you can see someone investing the time to perfect, not just creators trying to hit some quota.
CONTINUE READING: Learn why I use Sage software to keep on top of my business goals, and how YOU could win some TOO.