Fast forward a month

My best intentions lapsed. And nearly a month later, I haven’t followed up on post number one.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my life to look like. And not just “I want a great guy. I want to be a [fill in the blank job title].” etc etc blah blah blah. But really what I want. When I think about the guy, what it is that I think that would bring to me. Or the job, not just the title or a role, but what I want it to bring to my life.

After the past week of thinking “what do I want to be doing?” I came across this article by Kate Sheehan: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/21/women-and-stress-life-change_n_3315016.html. When I read “It’s not, ‘What do I want to do?’ it’s, ‘What kind of life do I want to have?'” it resonated. I get it universe; it’s time to start living what I speak. For my job to truly provide for the life I want. I always say, “I work so I can afford the life I want when I’m not at the office.” But what more is there than just the pay cheque and benefits to it. How can my work truly afford me the life I want?

I was in Calgary for work on Tuesday and on the drive up there was a news item about physical inactivity in kids, specifically not walking to school anymore, instead always being driven there. It got me thinking. Both about how that whole topic is what I’m passionate about. Not just for kids, but about how movement should be a part of living. And how, should I have kids, I want a job that allows me to walk them to school. Later that day I was driving down Memorial Drive and noticed all the people out for a walk. Or bike ride. Or run. At 2 in the afternoon. And I thought, “I wish I got to just be outside to enjoy a beautiful afternoon instead of being cooped up in an office.”

For now, I’m not trying to have all the answers (completely counterintuitive for me). All in good time, I will figure out what I want to do by knowing what kind of life I want. But I think I have a few good clues to start. Clue 1: I want the flexibility to choose my own schedule. Clue 2: I am passionate about actually promoting an idea of living an active life (i.e. actually living).

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