Even though these never-ending, frigid temperatures seem to be making everyone else crazy, I’ve got to admit that I’m enjoying life more fully than ever before. Instead of hibernating this winter, I’ve ventured out to experienced it fully.
I’ve been intentional about sucking out the marrow of life, if you will, and I haven’t worried so much about writing. I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks mostly because I’ve been dedicating more time to real-life people. That’s taken the form of new adventures with some bad ass friends and family members as well as some much needed self reflecting.
During the past few months, I’ve taken the time to go to funky dance clubs, to grunge rock concerts that reek of pot, and to breweries that have expanded my alcoholic horizons (in a good way). I’ve explored a zoo during a snow storm, a botanical garden with plants that move when you touch them, toured a few museums, played around in ice filled parks, and viewed Jupiter through one of the country’s oldest telescopes at a historic observatory. Every time I think I’m going to have a calm, relaxing weekend, a friend seems to invite me on an impromptu road trip to Colorado or a routy show.
Life’s been so exciting that my brain’s been way too spent at the end of each day to whip out the computer and actually compile a post about my life, finance, or anything else really*. I’ve been spending so much time pursuing other passions that I’ve neglected my love of blogging. And honestly, I’m not too worried about it.
I figured I’d just write a quick little post about some of the passions that have been consuming my time.
Activities & projects
My amazing new girlfriend – This one’s pretty self explanatory…
Juggling – Remember how I said I was going to learn to juggle? I wanted to prove that practice is more important than talent. I spent 10 minutes per day teaching myself how to juggle every day during the month of January. I went from being about to keep the balls in the air for about 2 seconds, to being able to juggle indefinitely. I can juggle pretty much anything now as long as it’s round-ish and the weights are similar. I’m even working on a few behind the back and under the leg tricks to wow my adoring crowds (like 3 of my friends).
Greening my church – It’s been an interesting experience working on a committee to make my church more energy efficient. This is what I do for a living at a larger company, so it’s interesting working in a more free-form, loosely organized group. Instead of convincing folks to spend money on energy efficiency, most of my job has been to convince them to not spend money on silly energy projects that don’t make sense. But the project has been coming along nicely. We’re saving money and improving the environment all at the same time.
Baking Bread – I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in my kitchen recently, trying out new recipes and exploring new ways to extract flavor from food. I’ve been inspired by Michael Pollan’s new book (Cooked). I should write a post all about the book. It’s all about the value to spending the time to prepare food, build community, and enjoy really good food made from real ingredients. The one recipe I’ve really been working on is baking bread. I’ve gone from just using a simple bread maker to kneading my own dough and cultivating my own yeast culture. It’s such a rewarding because even mediocre homemade bread is a crowd pleaser with my friends and family. My mind keeps wandering towards the idea of selling my baked goods… but that’s more of just a silly daydream.
Inventing – A couple of friends and I are working on building a prototype. It’s a silly little invention for the construction industry, but it’s been fun so far gathering all the parts to build it. I’m re-learning how to wire up an Arduino micro controller. It’s great to get my hands dirty again actually building something. At work, all I ever create are reports and power points. Making a physical thing where no thing formerly existed is a uniquely rewarding experience.
A Balanced Life
At the suggestion of a few other bloggers, I think I’m going to try to make sure I’ve got some time for blogging built in along with all of these other fun activities. I used to post 3 posts a week, which seemed doable a few months ago, but not now.
I should be able to come up with at least one or two good posts if I dedicate about 4 hours a week to blogging. It’s nothing to sneeze at, but it’s also fairly easy to fit into the rest of my life. And if I want to stick with this hobby for the long term, I really need to pace myself.
How much time do you spend writing? Do your other passions ever wear you out?
*I also have to admit that watching the entire second season of House of Cards has consumed 13 hours of my life over the last two weeks.