Day 11: Prompting Places

Today the task is using prompts and the one I have chosen is Places and this is very apposite as I ponder my next move both physically and metaphorically. So much life is spent in one place and for most of us we want that stability of having those roots. However for whatever reason change comes along and makes us move whether we like it or not and that might be moving out of home for the first time, a job requiring a relocation, or just events causing that movement. I am at the latter end of that spectrum but rather than looking at it as a stress, upheaval or negative experience I am looking forward to embracing a change of life and location and am starting to draw up a list of possible places to lay my hat (Cheesy 80’s Alert) But some of the places may or may not come off and I have to be realistic about the the opportunities open to me.

However the past helps form the future and having lived in a number of cities I look at where I want to be and if thats in a city or out in the countryside and I am struggling with this dichotomy. I get a buzz from the city and the energies that you get from opportunities and socialising but the having been brought up in the countryside I often feel the need for space and nature. I guess I am just a grass is always greener guy.

Free-beach-wallpaperI have thought about temporarily trying out different places both here and in different countries and there are many ideas an blogs promoting mini-micro breaks, but you never really get a feeling for a place if you are just passing through for a weekend or so and this is where the 4HWW comes in (I am still working through this slowly) The idea of dipping in to a place for a chunk of time has been growing on me and as a project I have some plans for expanding these this year and more to follow on the blog.

E is for..

ELIMINAeisforeliminateTE!! Slowly working through it. Keeping my attention focused is hard at the best of times but I set myself the goal of reading for 30 minutes of the day as this seems to be what I can manage at the moment. I have never been a huge reader and am constantly told that I should read more. Yes I can see the benefits but then I get my knowledge and enjoyment from discovering, adventuring and learning online. The downside is that it can take up sooo much time and take away from actually doing! But I have gained more than I have lost in my approach. There isn’t any walk of life or interest that you can’t find someone in the world that has posted up on Youtube or blogged about and to me that is amazing. Want to change a plug, learn to fly a kite, pour aluminium castings, learn an instrument to language, now is the time. Do something different. I am I started blogging.

And on that note at 06:55 I am going to get up and go for my morning walk that I stopped doing late last year but am restarting today in order to get to (a) goal.

Bedtime reading

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Bit of bedtime reading to get me started.

Sometime ago I was given this by a family member and it lay forlornly unread for quite some time. Starting this blog triggered off a memory of receiving it and thinking yeah another self help book my relative(s) like to give me sporadically, however this fits nicely into the current ethos and may have useful info in it. I have however been listening to Tim Ferriss’s podcast for a while where I for some reason didn’t equate the two and where I have heard much interesting, informative, bizarre and down right weird stuff that the book should be a good read and help get some ideas fermenting. As Satchmo said, “we have all the time in the world” well I do at the moment just need to find money making schemes to fund my new way of life without having to go back to the rat race. In the mean time it can help to dream can it? Now that the day draws to a close and I promised myself I would read at least one page before sleep descends time to sign off, however tomorrow should be interesting, with some DIY, rice pudding and a visit to a museum..