Living a Life of One’s Own

outloud quoteWelcome, if you are new here…let me introduce myself.

Each day I meet new people, I travel to new places, I live my life out loud. It’s an interesting way to exist. No “home” to speak of, just 280 rambling square feet. No “community” to live in, just random people sharing their lives with us. No “job” to report to, just providing events to those who share our passions. We (my husband and I) are not the norm, we’ve broken free of the script written by our parents and peers to live the life that we imagined.

Now what we do isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I don’t sit on a beach with my laptop staring at the ocean all day, although I wouldn’t mind that some days. I don’t get five-star service with staff around the clock, can’t even imagine what that would be like. I don’t live a life of luxury, nor do I want to. What I do have is freedom. Freedom to choose where I am going to be, the schedule I’m going to be on and the people I’m going to be with. I have the freedom to say no, to reach out when I choose, to hermit when it’s necessary. My life is my own.

I think that’s what each of us strive for, to live the life that we create, to own it, everyday. My life is filled with happy people, with adventurers, with difference makers. With artists and craftsman, with dreamers and doers. Will you find me on Wall Street? No. Will you find me on Main Street? Sometimes. Will you find me online? Definitely. Will you find me at events where people are living their passions. Absolutely!

I blog to reach others, to share my beliefs in the world and the positivity that we witness. We are the fortunate ones, I’d love for you to join me in my adventures and views on the world. Sometimes we are “arting”, sometimes, we are “adulting”, but every day we are living. That to me, is the greatest freedom available.


How do measure a Year in the Life?

How precious to you is one second?  We waste them all the time, we stare in to space, we stare at our phones, how much more could we do if we recognized the importance of a single second in our life.  What would we do with it, it doesn’t seem like much?  I challenge you to film one second of your day, then film another second tomorrow.  And the next day.  Now put them together.  That second suddenly seems longer, more fulfilling, more, just more.

Now look at the morning you just completed, how many seconds did you waste.  Time is the great equalizer, we all have the same amount every day.  Use if for good, use it to be, use it to see the world around you, if only for one second.

Check out this TED talk from Cesar Kuriyama, the man behind the app, One Second Everyday.

I am not a visual person, I rarely watch videos, my movie education is severely lacking, I am a written word person, a tactile person, I want to hold a book, touch a quilt, learn through my eyes, but not with recorded information, so this is really a big deal for me.  I don’t garner information with video. I need text.

I know so many others who love video, SnapChat and YouTube are where they spend all their time. Still others in my life are audiophiles, you know the ones, always with an earbud in, music is their life.  I’m branching out, I’m trying this video thing, I’m capturing one second of each day.

Here’s some practical information for you, One Second Everyday is a free app.  It uses your phone’s camera to record.  Once you have recorded, it allows you to auto-trim the recording to one second.  You can also set up separate timelines within the app, so if you have more than one second you want to record, you can do that, separate your life into chunks.

I thought hard about what my life looks like consistently and what I want to be able to remember about it.  The most consistent thing about my life is that I am outdoors daily, so that is my main timeline.  I expect a quick video of outdoors daily will help to remind me of where I’ve been. I also set one up for our racing/rockcrawling, for family and for fun.  This will help me to capture quick moments to remember.

How do you measure a Year in a Life?

In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, a year in the life?

What will you capture in your year?

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