I’ve spent a lot of time lately reevaluating where I am and what I want out of life. What I want hasn’t changed much, but I have come to some conclusions. I fully realize how close I am to having and creating the life I want. I am so incredibly close.
So much revolves around my career. I still intend to be a teacher, business owner, and writer – just not all at once.
My focus at the moment is teaching. I am looking for a full-time teaching position for next year. I don’t care much if it is Spanish, social studies, or business. I already know how I’d set up my classroom and how I would organize, generally, my classes. That is half the battle, right?
I also plan to look into teaching online. While I don’t want to teach online my entire career, it might be a good way to get started. There are so many possibilities at the moment. I will land somewhere.
As for the canoe livery, I am hoping Dad finally retires – or at least loosens up a bit. I love the canoe livery – and it will always be a part of who I am. I like where we are going. I don’t know how much more we can change and grow until Dad retires.
I don’t want to lose sight of our primary business – rentals – and yet, I want to add to the experience. Ultimately, we are in a pretty good place. I am grateful that my brother Garrett (i.e. my future business partner) and I have similar ideas as to how we plan to expand the business.
Then we come to writing. My writing goals are long-term and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. The other day I had a phone conversation with a family friend I’ve known most, if not all, my life. It involved the donation of a river trip. She then told me how much she enjoys reading my blog. Next, she asked if I planned to write for publication.
The question itself caught me slightly off-guard. Yes, I do intend to pursue publication at some point, but not in the immediate future. It isn’t that I am completely putting my writing on hold – in fact, I’ve been writing every day, just not for public consumption – I am not making a career out of it at this point.
I need time and space to hone my skills and let my vision evolve. Over the years, it already has. There are many smaller projects to work on in the meantime. I have no shortage of inspiration – and that is a wonderful thing. I love the fact that I can use Google Drive for my planning and have access wherever I go.
This post, borne out of the idea that it might be helpful to explore what I’d like my life to look like over the next few years, is a good example of how my brain works when I write. One idea expands into something much larger. Instead of one simple blog post, I now have a series of posts on my hands.