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Back in the groove

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Well, I’ve jumped off a cliff again. I’m back to solopreneuring it, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I feel incredibly relieved, and I also have to repeatedly shake off a nagging hesitance, due to social conditioning telling me to be afraid and to stop this foolishness at once. Fortunately, I have a pretty profound reservoir of faith, built up by my own experiences, as well as the stories of some truly amazing and inspirational people who have forsaken the norms, and achieved boundless success. I just keep adding to my spiritual tool bag, and I am increasingly confident that I can not only pull this off, but thrive like never before.

It’s funny that a groove and a rut are such similar things, but become polar opposites when in reference to your life. I was in an icky nasty rut, and I feel like I am returning to a path that is vastly more harmonious with my personal vibration. It’s like coming home. I have no fear, and every kind of excitement. I can fly, and can swim, and I can fly. What’s next? Bring it! Last time I did this with my career, I made the analogy of jumping off of a cliff, and hoping to stitch together a parachute before I hit the ground, and that’s what it felt like I did. This time though, I feel like I’m just getting back into the air, where I belong. There may be more uncertainties with this lifestyle, but I navigate them better than monotony, and besides – I’ll take freedom over security any day ;)

 
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Posted by on 10/10/2014 in Action

 

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Austin Anniversary

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The good life, indeed – Austin is amazing. (I actually photographed that mural, myself.) I have been here for one whole year, today – it’s my Austin Anniversary! I’m even throwing a little party for myself to celebrate :)

It’s crazy how a year can simultaneously feel so brief and so vast. I suppose when it’s a year unlike any other – one in which I moved halfway across the country, with just my dog and what fit in my car, and I went through all the trials and tribulations of getting situated in a new town, stumbling along a new career path, and struggling to make new friends – such a year can seem like a good chunk of a lifetime. It’s interesting, though, how it can also feel like only yesterday that none of this had happened. Mostly, though, it seems nuts that it’s only been one year.

Sometimes I’m amazed at how much good fortune has befallen me – most notably, my remarkably ideal living situation. It can be challenging, though, as I am faced with the numerous defeats I’ve encountered on my various quests. Nevertheless, I am daily reminded of my blessings, and the beauty of Austin is a major factor in that attitude. There is bountiful natural beauty here, as well as a beauty of spirit among the inhabitants. Although I am still getting my life in order, I am just so tickled to be living here, and thoroughly excited to make the most of all that this splendid locale has to offer.

As for my latest developments:

I have been trying to find suitable alternatives to my less than desirable employment situation for many months, and have come up rather short. And yet, I have decided to leave, despite lacking a solid alternative. October 10th will be my one year mark at that job, and I find it a fitting date to make my last; I’ll be making the official announcement within the next week. I do have the dog training thing lined up, but it seems to be developing at a painfully slow pace, and I don’t know how long it will take to become fruitful. I’m thinking I will take on some side work with a delivery service, as well. In any case, I refuse to stay at that hotel, in such discontentment, any longer. In addition, I am going to try my hand another small business…

I hosted my first couchsurfer, who turned out to be an awesome chick, who shares much in common with myself, and is actually a new Austinite and friend. Her endeavors have inspired me to (among other things) pursue a passing fancy I had a while back, to make a small business out of my skills with whipping up websites and business cards. I would seek to encourage folks to take on solopreneurship, and hire me to help them do so. I had created a site for it previously, and recently embellished it a bit, and drafted business cards and promotional post-card flyers, which I just ordered today :) Check it out.

I’m also making greater strides toward establishing a good social network of friends and mentors. It feels good :) I am very anxious to have more time for more of this after the hotel. I’m finally feeling a sense of community with the meetup I’ve been attending most regularly (on the subject of Integral Theory), and there are some really amazing people in that group. I see positive things in my future :) Based on this experience, I would certainly advise anyone moving to a new city, to definitely give it at least a year before making a judgment call on its success or failure.

Mars in Austin = WIN!

 
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Posted by on 09/04/2014 in Musings, Plans

 

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1 year a Texan

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Posted by on 09/03/2014 in Musings

 

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1 year from Seattle


Well, it has been 1 year, today, since I left Seattle, to move to Texas. Can’t say I’ve looked back much. I am so pleased to live in a place I feel welcome. There is much to praise about Austin.

The few things that come to mind most frequently, that I wish I had here, are actually food spots. Namely, Rain City Burgers, Mr. Gyros, and El Chupacabra. (I’ve discovered another Chupacabra here; it’s wholly unrelated, but it’s on my list to try.) I also missed the Seamonster Lounge for a while, but there are a great number and variety of watering holes and music venues here to choose from, a few of which I am growing quite fond; many of which I still have to explore.

My plans, as they have a tendency to do, have taken numerous detours, but my hostel goal remains the same. I do believe Austin is the place to do it, and I don’t know that I could find a more personally suitable location to call home.

 
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Posted by on 08/28/2014 in Musings

 

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Course correction

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Switching tracks again.

I am returning to canine education. Which means I’M LEAVING THE BLOODY HOTEL!

Part of the reason I abandoned this course previously, involved the belief that certification would be necessary for full-time work as a dog trainer, and another issue was a considerable amount of intimidation from the level of involvement demanded by said certification. As it turns out, I just got offered full time work as a dog trainer without that particular credential, after all!

I still intend to get me a hostel, and although I’m departing the hospitality biz, this new path will be more enjoyable, more flexible, and more lucrative, which means that I may end up more likely to acquire a mortgage with which to procure the requisite real estate to get that communal lodging venture started.

So… Yay :D Pretty excited. Transition sucks a little. I am not sure how long it will take for me to reach full-time status; somewhere between a few weeks and a couple months. Turns out, when you have plans to leave your current job that you dislike, it becomes even more intolerable. That and the indefinite time-frame is a tad frustrating, but the bright future of bold possibilities is pretty thrilling.

Looking forward to another new twist in my grand adventure!

 
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Posted by on 08/15/2014 in Plans

 

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Birthday retreat

I took my dog, and we went and met the Gulf :)

She LOVED it!

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Cin at Padre

I found peace in the experience, but I’ve confirmed my suspicion that I’m just not one of those people who thrive on interaction with the beach / ocean / seashore. I do, however, find comfort in a relatively close proximity to a coast. Austin satisfies that, and this trip solidified it for me, as well as my drive to greet certain geographic features.

This was my first use of airbnb, and it treated me quite well.

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Blew Pony Bunkhouse

The Gulf Coast is very patchy, and there are many water ways in between land ways. To get from Aransas Pass, where we lodged, to the end-of-the-line true coast, we crossed by one of many little ferries that run a short little jaunt over to Port Aransas, or “Port A”.

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Port A ferries

First things first: we greeted the Gulf waters. Hello Gulf.

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Next, we hit the beach and enjoyed the Gulf’s warm waters and cool breezes (both in the 80s) for a spell, then headed further south, to check out the beach at Padre before returning to the bunkhouse after much time on the road.

Sadly, I had only the one night’s stay in my budget, but it served my purpose, nonetheless. I awoke in the morning, having completed another trip around the sun since birth, and we packed up to head home, but not without a final farewell to the Gulf at Portland.

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Portland, TX

Cin frolicked some more, and we hit the road.

My favorite pic was the first I snapped, when Cin first ran the shore. It’s a fitting finale :)

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Port A Cin

 

 
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Posted by on 08/07/2014 in Action

 

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Adventure returns!

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Port Aransas and Aransas Pass

I’m going to the Gulf! :D

I was very pleased to have met the Med (aka the Mediterranean Sea), and now I get to greet the Gulf (the Gulf of Mexico, that is), by way of Aransas Pass, Texas. I just booked a night through Airbnb, for me and my dog to stay at a beautifully rustic ranch near the beach – as a birthday treat to myself :) I actually got four days off from work next week, and I’ll use the first day to relax, maybe run some errands; day 2 I’ll drive down to the coast, check into my digs, go get acquainted with the 80 degree waters, and explore the town a bit; day 3 I’ll awake to warm sea breezes for my bday, have a nice breakfast, and drive back to Austin, then probably hit up a favorite dive or maybe a new watering hole; and day 4 will be a bonus day of ease. Ahhh, I do enjoy a leisurely pace ;)

I am stoked to be exploring again! I will try to get a couple good photos, and I’ll be sure to share the adventure – stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on 07/28/2014 in Plans

 

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