As I mentioned in my last post, it’s been about six weeks since I exited the workplace. Much of that time has been spent preparing for, carrying out, and following up on the big move south. That said, I haven’t exactly been sitting idle otherwise, now finding myself with this newfound freedom. I definitely have had plenty of slack time in there too – though I finally stopped playing Animal Crossing! But from a more productive standpoint, in no particular order I’ve:
- gotten a new library card
- installed a home security system – I will likely do a post on this but if you’re interested I went with a Ring alarm system and think it’s a great option!
- learned and started using the wonderful Notion all-in-one workspace tool
- kept up my daily AM one hour walks – and settled on a nice route!
- helped Lorri refinish a bookcase (one down, one to go)
- fixed a bunch of fiddly things around the house – SO many Lowe’s runs…
- checked out a few more local wineries & re-organized our wine stash
- binge-watched “You’re the Worst” (and they are; it’s on Hulu and is wonderful)
- got my new REAL ID-compliant driver’s license
- re-read Wells’ “The Invisible Man” and now am engrossed in “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Dumas. I’m enjoying audiobooks of classics during my daily walks – check them out on Spotify or via Overdrive.
- built a study plan and resources for the next level BJCP beer judging exam
- brought a ton of cardboard boxes to the recycling center
- taught myself FITS imaging processing for astronomical imaging
- cooked a lot! I’ve been negligent in the “actual cooking” department for years…
- made a number of nice trips to the shore with the fam to escape the heat
- learned to make corn tortillas (so easy and so tasty! add a little salt…)
- started preparations to make the legendary Rick Bayless Oaxacan mole negro! I have wanted to make this dish for 20 years! If you haven’t read his Mexican Kitchen cookbook, I highly recommend it!
- kicked off this blog
This may not be the most exciting list and I’ve assuredly left off some important things (I’ve promised myself I won’t agonize over such things nor will I over-edit). But the time has positively flown by and I’ve never (ever) felt bored. On the contrary, the list of things I want to do is much longer. Thanks to Notion, I’ve got a great list of planned tasks (i.e. due dates assigned) as well as an “idea funnel” (things I want to do but have not yet committed to do). And most of this isn’t even pertaining to “whatever I do next” – or is it? Who can tell at this point. I do have plans to get back to tasks more aimed at personal skills development, and I’m sure I’ll write about those before too long.
Suffice it to say, I have confirmed what I believed for many years: I do not need a corporate job to feel challenged, fulfilled, and productive. The best part is what so many others have written about far better than I have here – for the most part I don’t have deadlines. I choose what to do on a given day (barring things that Lorri may rightfully suggest!). There are natural priorities and those help provide order. But otherwise it’s up to me how I spend my time. That’s incredibly freeing to say the very least. Some days I don’t “accomplish” much at all. We all need those days and for much of our adult lives, we don’t get them. I feel very privileged that I am able to have this experience, to be sure.