I recently shared this post on Facebook, and thought I’d share it here, too…
So, I’ve recently witnessed some alarming incidents that really impacted my thinking:
We don’t know how much time we have, the clock is always ticking, and I’m not getting any younger (don’t worry, I’m okay—at least for now—the incidents to which I refer involved others that I know)…
Along these lines, a few years ago, a friend (unfortunately, I don’t recall precisely who) commented on a similar post, after losing someone dear to her:
“There will always be more money; there won’t always be more time.”
This, too, greatly impacted my thinking at the time.
And, I happen to be in the final stages of finishing a big 10-month-long project (which I hope to announce here soon), and coincidentally also recently once again achieved debtlessness, and so had begun to consider what’s next…when these sudden, unexpected incidents gave me pause…
So I’ve decided I’m tired of waiting. Tired of waiting for conditions/circumstances to be more favorable, tired of waiting until I have more money saved up, tired of waiting until I feel healthier & more energetic, tired of waiting until I meet that special someone to build a life with, tired of wishing I could do the things I’ve always dreamed of doing, instead of the things I HAVE to do because of—well, you know: that pesky food, clothing, & shelter thing…
I’ve also more recently come to understand, and believe, that if I send positive energy out into the Universe, the Universe will respond in kind. Or, in the words of Emerson:
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
For those of you who subscribe to this blog, you know that I’ve also come to believe that God is Truth (or more accurately, in concurrence with Gandhi: Truth Is God, and that God is also a verb, i.e., living & doing.
And that we don’t attract into our lives what we want, we attract what we are—as well as, I’ve determined, what we do.
All that said, I’ve come to believe that if I live in Truth, and take positive action in good faith, I’ll be okay; my basic needs will be provided, in ways I cannot perceive at the outset.
I truly believe this.
The result: I’ve decided to take the winter off my job to work full-time on two big book projects, first finishing my extensive novel Primeval, the second (potentially) a compilation of profound non-fiction by a renowned historical author, ideally along with annotations, interpretations, and cross-references, that I’ve determined that for some reason as of yet has not been done—a project that I’ve not shared with anyone, but which I’ve been contemplating for a couple years now and really like the idea.
So as it stands I’ll be working through November on the job, and as we move into the slower winter season, taking at minimum Dec off, most likely Dec & Jan, and probably February as well. So 3 months. The business begins picking back up in March, at which time I’ll look at returning—if that’s the best course of action for me then, we’ll see.
What’s more, as intrepidating as it is, the more I consider doing it, the more excited I’m feeling about it! I truly believe it’s the exact right decision for me at this juncture in my life.
Anyway, the possibility has been weighing heavily on my mind, and now that I’ve decided, I wanted to share it with my friends, perhaps lighten the load a bit.
Y’all have a great weekend, and fantastic coming week!
UPDATE: I crossed a huge milestone this weekend…! After over a year contemplating it, then 6 months of research, 10 months of design work, and 4 months setting it up…my aforementioned “big project” might actually be done and ready to launch! Sorry so vague, but I’m not really at liberty to disclose details just yet, I have some test runs to do over the next week…but if all goes well (I’m fairly confident it will), I’ll be able to let y’all in on the big, secret project!
ANOTHER UPDATE: Well, it’s official: I broke the news of my decision to take the winter off to my partner today (Monday 9/25), and he was good with it (well, as good as he can be, I suppose…but he didn’t seem upset at all, which surprised me considerably).
I’ve never been more confident that a big decision like this was so right for me…everything is just falling into place!
So will in fact be taking 3 months off the job (Dec – Feb) to work on my own stuff, the stuff I keep saying is so important but I never have (make?) time to work on it. Primarily, I’m hoping to finally finish my novel Primeval, plus work on a few other projects (including the big one I’m finishing up right now, hope to share it with y’all soon), plus I’m eager to get back into the gym more regularly…
As I mentioned, I have another big book project in mind, but at this point I can’t imagine having time to get to that, it’ll likely take the full 3 months just to finish the novel (if I can even finish it by then)…but we’ll see.
(On the other hand, I think there’s a slight chance I may not go back to the job at all, if things go well with everything else meantime…but again, we’ll see.)
Thanks for taking the time to read this update, and I’ll post updates here as things progress.
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