Series: #1 Big Picture Vision

Book Author Question Series

What is my big picture vision for this book project?

This book project sparked a bigger idea for me last year. I turned 49 in August. I’ve themed my 49th year with the title – Year of 49. (My creativity knows no bounds.)

I made a list of some things I want to accomplish in making this 49th year transition into 50 a year of celebrating benchmarks reached and life shifts that set up the trajectory of my life for the next phase.

That list includes at least one book published and another manuscript done. A career shift toward something that leads to new possibilities in the next 10-20 years, not stagnation.

Some other things on my list – no more apologies even to myself for anything I decide to or decide not to do. Boom. Sometimes I’ll be the gentle idealist I am and sometimes I’ll roar with passion as the lion-heart I am. I own me – every last drop.

Musical benchmarks – I’m a musician and have been challenging myself to reach a couple of specific goals I want to achieve this year. Learning to play and sing Don’t Look Back In Anger by Oasis on the autoharp happened. I’m guessing I’m the only person in the universe who even attempted that particular combo. I was proud enough of the effort to keep doing it, but nobody is gonna see that gem of a performance – yet, if ever. Ukelele has been on my radar. I have three, so you’d think I could turn this one into a personal victory. By the way, the baritone ukelele is a really cool instrument. I have one by Caramel and It is about the neatest thing – even has a built in digital tuner.

De-thingifying – If I don’t love what is around me, I move it along. I’ve been making this happen nearly weekly since last August – an average of a bag or two a week from my house to minimize. I’m equal parts comfortable in clutter and can’t stand it. It happens to symbolize a hopping life full of activity by people around me in my world. However, the other half of me wants simplicity and few things around me. Less is more. It is one of the fuels of my inner peace these days.

Fitness and nutrition – These have always been passions for me. However, as with any devoted parent who is also a professional and holding a lot of emotional weight in the family – I fall off my own list. There is only so much bandwidth. I have a clear pattern of behavior. When I focus on fitness and nutrition, my health, energy, and spirit win. When I don’t, in time I lose my energy and my spirit withers. Luckily, I’ve never had any significant personal health challenges. It gives me the benefit of shifting back to me. I’m back on my own list again. I’m striving for goals in this realm I’ll eventually share when the time is right.

These are just a few of the ways I’m using all of this good stuff to spark new energy, discovery, and adventure. So far, so great.