I have been an avid reader of Tynan.com, and the community posts, for quite some time now. I have stopped reading other blogs, but have remained reading books - diversity is important. My confidence in Tynan's ideas and theories, his way of living, is huge.
Therefore I am now starting the "love work" change, and hoping that I will thrive during the process. The action of keeping a (b)log comes after reading Florian's post on the matter. I was going to keep a detailed paper format journal, but this will be better. It will offer an insight for other people, hopefully spur some action like Florian's blog did me, and for me I hope there will be some feedback - any constructive kind is welcome.
I am off to family gathering, but will be back with some actionable thoughts by tonight.
Nice! I love seeing this kind of stuff here. We will all bug you if you don't stick with it, so don't let us down.
What happened - Where did I go?
I twisted my ankle one unfortunate night involving too much alcohol. The twist resulted in partial tears, or at least severely strained ankle ligaments. Honestly, I was very depressed having to spend over two weeks in my bed.
I spent until medio March learning how to walk, then until May building up to a 1k walk. I have now completed what I set out for at the start: The Couch 2 5k program.
Prior to all this I had just quit my job to focus on my studies and other endeavours - that went out of the window when my ankle got ripped apart.
What is going on now?
As soon as I could do a 1k walk, I applied for another day job. I have not established a way to sustain myself in the way Tynan and others are doing - therefore a day job offers a good way of getting some funds in the door for me.
Besides my 40 hour/week dayjob, I am again studying math. I am certain that I want to help bring this world forward - leave it a better place. I am getting more and more into the idea of living a sustainable life - but I will do more.
I am aiming for research, and aspire to be an astronaut. To become an astronaut, one can either have a shitload of money, or have a degree or two / a lot of experience from research projects. I am aiming for a degree and experience. Going to space will be our next frontier(appropriate word!).
I am taking my second to last "prep"-exam before uni in November. My last will be in May. After that I am going to spend May, June and Juli selling most of my belongings and working my day job untill I drop. I will travel our beautiful planet just shy of a year, before attending Uni. in 2014.
While things change - because change is the only constant - I have faith and conviction in the fact that I will want to help the world taking the next step. I do not aim for glory, only to do my part, and do as much as I can.
I'm setting up a blog - this is new since I last wrote here - Congratulations on launching SETT, Tynan.
I have a job in which I often need to work after hours, so at times, there will be lots of work that needs to be done before I can leave for home. This needs a work-around.
To work around this in my schedule I'll extend every shift with 2 1/2 hours in my plans, and plan from there. I'll need to include my workouts, bulks of time for making and consuming food, time for study, and time for reading. If I get out of work on time or before the 2 1/2 hours are up, I'll simply start earlier on planned tasks, and fill any time left with my studies.
My shifts change every month, so I'll give a real life example in a future post, but I won't give a fully detail of every day for you guys – I need that time for my studies.
I did some thinking regarding time consumption, at it'll look roughly like;
Out of 168 hours:
56 hours are spent sleeping
38 hours are spent at my regular job
21 hours are spent studying
12 hours are spent working out
7 hours are spent commuting
14 hours are spent making and consuming food
4 hours are spent cleaning my home, showering; stuff like that
2 hours are spent on bank/budget and stuff like that
7 hours are spent reading before going to sleep
That leaves 7 hours. They will act as a buffer. I might need them for work, study, or I will use them for movies or time with friends. I'm also allowing myself «pull» 4 hours out of my sleep schedule every week. I'll just mention the opposite gender, and not explain in further detail.
Now this is a regular week. I do love traveling. I do love hiking. I do celebrate the holidays with family. So this is an outline. This timetable is possible 90% of my time.
I am currently doing two programs. One for strength, and one for endurance. After I got out of the army I became a couch potato. So I chose a program with a fitting name, to get back into running shape: Couch to 5k. For strength I am doing stronglifts 5x5.
Went to the gym, and for a run, yesterday. A kick start.
I will be posting on my progress.
For a change to happen there has to be something to stretch for. There is always more to be done. None the less it is good to have a goal or three.
Come June 2014, two defined changes will have happened:
; I will love work. I kind of do already, but I have a lot more to go on, and I can get even more focused. This will mean that I will be done with my exams in the subjects I need to get into uni. I may not go to uni, but I will have the possibility. It also means I will have gotten some wealth - I am looking into buying some real estate.
; I will have gotten back to my "good place" regarding fitness/health. My preference, my default, will be exercise and a healthy diet. This will probably happen sooner than later, but still; it's one of my goals.
So the personal changes will be loving work and prefering what is good for my body.
The more measureable things wil be my exams, my wealth and my body.
Next up is my workout schedule, and some thoughts on my work schedule.
Till now I have been living from day to day with no set schedule, except for the obligation that my occupation is. I am able to support myself trough my occupation, but no more. I'm not quite sure what to make of myself. I spent some time in the army, and loved/hated every moment of it, but I'm not quite sure that is what I want to do.
For the time being I am doing a single subject, so I at least have the possibility of getting back into the educational system; and I have three more to go, so for the sign-up in January I'll do two more. I cannot stay stuck in this zone for ever.
I will still take on one day at the time, but will plan a rough outline on a weekly basis, and plan my days on a daily basis - the evening before.
Next up is my goals untill summer 2014.
My body need proper nutrition to handle a large number of work hours in an optimal way. My first cue will be a diet plan, and I am definitly going to make it as easy as possible.
Couple of guidelines will be:
1. Flour gtfo.
2. processed sugar gtfo.
3. berries, fruit, fresh pressed juice, hello.
4. whole rice, real bread made with the real healthy stuff (clearly need to expand my english vocabulary, and do some research on nutrition), hello.
5. Find some healthy snacks (berries, fruit, nuts...), any ideas?
6. Eat the same thing every day, except for a cheat day. And by that I mean one day a week where I still eat healthy, but can eat more, and different food, than in the diet plan.
Drinking is out, at least untill christmas eve. And sleeping is in. Eight hours of shut-eye, getting up at nine every morning. Which means one thing: Nightynight!PS: will be back tomorrow morning with some more actionable thoughts.
As you may have guessed from the title, I am no longer going to be doing Life Nomadic. I'm in the Dominican Republic now, and will leave as soon as I can find a decent ticket back to Austin. I might go to Haiti first, since I'm already over here, but I'm not sure yet.
There are a bunch of little reasons, but the biggest one is that I feel like it's time for me to settle down. Not completely, with a wife and kids and all that, but I'll at least be staying in one place for a few years. I miss having a house, a car, my own bed and furniture, and maybe most of all: a kitchen that I can keep stocked constantly.
People have been telling me for a while that I should develop some responsibility, and that's probably right. Doing whatever I want all the time is definitely fun, but at some point I have to ask where it will lead in the future. I love kids and know I'll have some eventually. If I keep traveling I may never be in a position to raise them properly.
Did this ever happen to you? One day, everything is going according to the plan, everything is flowing smoothly, the work is going fine, your relationships are excellent, you feel very energectic and next day you are sitting alone in a closed room worrying "what am I doing with my life?".
Anxiety is obviously not a very good mental state to be in, and of course, we all know that we should snap out of it, look at the silver lining, think positive, avoid negative and all that. But I feel that having a concrete set of rules, a standard operating procedure and a specific set of actions to take, goes a long way in helping us deal with anxiety.
Some of the worries and anxieties are very simple: Did I lock the car ? Sh*t! where is my watch? Did I feed the cat ? ...Some are not: What is the purpose of my life, am I living in alignment with it ? What if my soul mate is in a different continent ? What if my passion lies in a field which I haven't tried at all ? so on and so forth ...
It is never about an Immediate consequence. It is not similar to its more palpable cousin : Fear. It is not about losing your job, rather it is about reading somewhere that the economy is not very good and the outlook for the future is not very positive?
We can all agree that worrying is a huge time sink and that it is really bad for emotional well being.