I have to find something new to do as a career. My health has nosedived in the last 12 months. It’s much harder for me to do the kind of work I used to do — the kind that involves focus and concentration and the ability to sit upright for more than 30 minutes at a time.
I have to figure out what I can do now that works with my new circumstances. Lots of different ideas have been swirling around but nothing has clicked as the ideal perfect solution yet. (Except for winning the lottery which would be a great solution financially even if it wouldn’t make much difference to my health.)
Whatever I end up doing it will almost certainly be online. Something I can do remotely at home when I’m feeling really bad, or out in the world on days that I’m feeling a bit better. I need hours that are flexible, not too long, but still enough to get things done.
Since I know that I’m going to be doing something online, even if I don’t know exactly what it is yet, it seems like a good idea to start establishing some habits that are going to help me in my transition. Whatever I do, I’ll be communicating with others online, promoting myself, sharing news about projects or products, maybe publishing original content.
By getting myself into a habit of blogging regularly, I can help myself prepare for whatever career path I end up choosing. I can use this blog as a way to explore ideas of what I might do. Maybe I’ll write some random blog posts on topics that interest me. Or maybe I’ll just blog through the experience and the exploration of trying to work out what’s going on with me and what I’m going to do next.
I know it’s going to make for a somewhat disjointed and disorganised blog to start with, but I’m hoping that eventually some form will emerge from the chaos that I can refine and improve upon.
For the first time I’m also trying to use Android speech to text feature to write a blog post. It’s a bit weird. Punctuation and corrections are especially challenging. I guess I’ll get used to it after a while. Hey I I just thought of a blog post that I can write: how to use Android speech to text to write a blog post. Wahey. The content mill is open.
After years of dreaming about it, I’ve finally made up my mind that I’m going to live in a tiny house after Eris leaves home. (Might be 3 years or 10 years – who knows? – but I’m sure it will happen sooner or later.)
I think I want it to be on wheels (so that I can move it to a new location if needed) but not necessarily lightweight (because I won’t want to move that often). Or possibly built into the framework of a shipping container so that it could be transported to a new location fairly easily on the back of a truck.
So over the next couple of years I’ll start designing how it will look, the materials, the timelines, the budget, and all those logistics.
Then I’ll need to start thinking about where to locate it. Ideally I’d like to find a small piece of land somewhere near a train station, between Williamstown and Lara. With an owner who’d be happy to receive a bit of rent in return for space, and perhaps hook-ups to power, water, and sewage or septic. Securely fenced or at least owned by someone who doesn’t mind me constructing a fence, so my dogs can live there too.
If I can save money and materials and get started on this project within the next 3 to 5 years, it’ll be pretty sweet.
If my long-term goal of eventually joining an intentional community in this region ever happens, then I can pick up my tiny house and relocate it to be part of that community. But if the community I want never materialises (and I’ve come to realise that I’m not the sort of person who can lead a project like that), then I’ll be content on my own I think.
A few weeks ago I started learning about permaculture.
It made sense of so many things that have caught my attention over the last 20 years. There is a framework for thinking about the world and my place in it, and what I can do to make a meaningful contribution to the world.
I have absorbed a lot of information in the last few weeks and started to move my life towards actions that align with my values.
So much more to do. This journey is just starting. Lots of ideas to translate into actions and realities. Lots of mistakes to make and things to learn.
If you are looking for my original knitting patterns, previously available through yarnomat.com.au, please go to my Ravelry designer page.
La la la. I’m not very good at keeping my website active.
The very.net domain name is not for sale.