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Giving More Than A Little Heart And Soul

It’s been awhile since I poured my heart and soul into something. That’s not to say that I haven’t been giving it my all as a mother. But when it comes to my life and my role outside of motherhood, it’s been awhile since I’ve felt that sense of accomplishment.

I can’t believe it has been seven years since AJ and me upped and moved to a new state at the end of January 2011 to begin the first all-digital triathlon magazine from the ground up with little to no resources. It made us proud, and I’m still flabbergasted at how much we were able to accomplish just the two of us. I was sad that the magazine folded when we decided to come back to Colorado to raise Emma. 

One of my cover shots for the March 2012 issue of tri

When I started as a teacher in 2005, I was starting a new career opening my wings and jumping right in. Taking on this book project, I am starting to feel that sense of accomplishment. You can even say that starting to see my blog as a viable income option is an achievement as well.  

Things I have learned:

  • Book writers are most likely not in it for the money (at least guidebook writers)
  • Never compare the time spent to the money made (a few book writing friends have mentioned this)
  • Seeing the progress has been a huge motivator
  • Visualization (like seeing my book on the shelves at Barnes and Noble in my mind) has made getting up at 5 AM to get writing done worth it
  • The many colors and shapes the clouds can take during a sunrise (my office window faces east)
  • It feels good to make a long time dream come true
  • I’ve changed myself into a night and morning person (this is out of necessity with the workload and having to juggle Emma as well)

Wolrd headquarters during a sunrise

This brings me back to a TED Talk by Adam Baker about doing what you love. I am definitely doing more of that in my life now working on me, exploring the world with my two adventure mates (AJ and Emma), writing a book and sharing my families love of the outdoors with others on my blog. I still need to work on the “selling the crap part”, but I’m getting the financial parts worked out. I am doing what I love within my means. And that feels pretty good!

 

Do What You Love and Adventure On,

Courtney

Written by Courtney in February 5, 2018
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Do What You Love

Love this TED talk from Adam Baker…… This is my focus this week as I look at the piles on our basement landing of things to sell and donate. I made a pick up date and had the Vietnam Veterans pick up numerous boxes this week.

Let’s face it…. the idea of selling everything and traveling the world sounds amazing to many me included. But, it’s not reality and not conceivable for the majority of the population. That’s not to say that you can’t live minimally and spend money on moments and not things.

Adam Baker keeps it real and keeps it at a place where anyone can succeed by following what he has to say. I want my identity to not be based on my stuff but based on my experiences. That’s where I am headed. I want to do what I love!

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What I learned in week 4:

  • Having a friend come over and destroy the playroom with your little one is actually a blessing. As Emma spent the morning after cleaning up, she mentioned that she had too much stuff and doesn’t want to have to clean it all up anymore. Jackpot…… We purged as she cleaned and were able to get rid of another box full of toys etc.
  • When having to purge a difficult personal area, wait till you have the right mindset. When having to purge a difficult thing for your kiddo like stuffed animals, wait for your child to have the right mindset. I knew Emma’s stuffed animals would be a source of contention, so I had her go through them after she cleaned out the playroom and was in the get rid of them as I’m sick of cleaning them up mindset.
  • Go back over the heavy hitters (playroom, closet etc.) again. After it’s been a week or so, go back over those areas and see if you can find anymore things to repurpose, sell, donate or as a last resort throw away. I was able to find another twelve pieces of clothes to donate when I went through my closet two weeks later. We got another box to donate from the playroom by revisiting it.

 

We are spending the weekend at home soaking up the nice weather. We are planning to do a little backcountry ski romp near Brainard Lake on Sunday.

I’ve sent off more pitches to new and old outlets just waiting for an assignment or two. Fingers crossed that I get assigned something soon!

Adventure On,

Courtney

 

Written by courtthesport in January 27, 2017
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