April 9, 2014 Leave a comment
These are projects I’m currently working on:
MY OWN HEALTH
This is something that I will focus on for the rest of my life. Being genetically predisposed to obesity, heart disease, cancer, stroke, etc. (Thanks Mom and Dad and their mom and dad and their mom and… you get it) means that if I don’t take care of myself, it’s much more likely that I’m going to suffer in my health and likely I will die young. I don’t want to die young. I’d like to be the first Flamm in generations to see 70, 80, dare I say 90 years old. Ultimately, it’s about being the best ME I can be. Lately, since deciding I want to help others with their own weight and health, though, it’s about more than that. It’s also about not feeling like a fraud, a fake, or a POS. I want to be able to look others in the eye(s) (hey, some people only have one) and feel good about the advice I give them or the way I train them, because I know something works and I’m able to do it myself. This purpose drives me to be a better me. If I can have a career that encourages me to be better AND help others be better versions of themselves, what more could I possibly ask for?
DEFINING WEIGHT LOSS AND NUTRITION PHILOSOPHY
It’s easy to read something and nod your head. It’s harder to take that information and store it and then teach it to others. Right now, I’m in the process of trying to accomplish just that. Luckily, I have people that believe in me enough to allow me to attempt this information-passing-on to them. I have to narrow down my own beliefs if I am to feel confident enough to pass them on. For example, would you expect a person who is Vegan to not share why they have chosen to be Vegan to you if you ask (or even if you don’t and never did ask?)? It’s about convictions. If I believe in a specific lifestyle I should, in the very least, have a strong opinion about why I believe in that lifestyle.
I am going to school full time. I have been for over a year now. I plan on getting my four year degree. Just over a year ago, this path looked daunting and LONG. I’m over a year (almost 4 semesters, actually) in and it still seems daunting, but not as much so. I have roughly four semesters left. I’m halfway there. I have finally (after going to school off and on for 14 years) picked my degree: Dietetics and Nutrition. I feel better about this than any I’ve ever picked before. It makes sense. It makes purpose. I’m 100% on board. Couldn’t have happened at a better time (maybe a little earlier in life, but whatever).
As previously mentioned, I have a career path now. It’s pretty specific. It can become more narrow and niche, but it’s further along than I’ve ever had one pathed (that’s not a word) for me before. The great thing about it is that I can now simply fill in the blanks and start checking things off. Have I mentioned how exciting this is?! Oh, I haven’t actually. Well, there ya go.
I haven’t done this since 2012. I have the itch again. I long to collaborate with people smarter and funnier than I am. Taking a creative writing course this semester has done this to me. Damn you school for actually inspiring me!
WRITING (IN GENERAL)
Blogging, ebooks, actual pen to paper, telling stories, writing poems… I love it all. It’s mostly for fun (like this post/blog), ego, and soul-searching, but it’s a thing nevertheless that is always worth pursuing for me. Fun secret about me: I own more notebooks than probably anyone you know. Fun fact #2: Most of those notebooks have about 5 pages worth of use out of them. I don’t care. When I go to Target (or anywhere that has notebooks) I think “hmm, do I need a notebook?” and the answer I come up with is “Yeah, I do.” Even though the answer SHOULD be “um, no idiot, you have a million. Use those.” I never listen to SHOULD statements.
This one I do less and less, it seems. But it’s still important to me and always a relaxing, enjoyable experience. It’s my version of fishing. Time at the pond soothes your soul. Like most things I challenge myself to, it can never be mastered and there in lies the reason I continue in it. I am sick in the head.
It’s weird calling this a project, but I take it just as seriously as some of my other ones, so it makes some sense. I don’t drink with a side of softball. In fact, we don’t drink at all when we play (some do the night before or right after). We tend to take it semi-serious and I spend time during the week working on my swing as well as my pitching and defense. I hope to play softball until I die at the age of 70, 80, or dare I say 90 years old.
I separate this from career. I think most people would agree. Right now, I’m doing my job in hopes of being able to work on my career and someday that career will become my job. My job is meaningless, but it does take up my time. It’s an unfortunate by product of having to pay bills. The goal for my job is to simply make me enough money to fund what I actually want to do in life. I look forward to the day when this particular project ends.
What’s the point of this post? Besides the reasons I mentioned earlier? I like categorizing things. I like small paragraphs. I also like collecting everything into one clean sheet of paper. Then I can move on to the next notebook (or blog post).
What are your projects in life?