Turning 32 In The Northwest Passage

Where has the year gone!

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This will be the second year I spend my birthday aboard the Resolution sailing through the Northwest Passage. Time is wild. A year has passed, and I realize I only made it a week before giving up on my birthday goal. On my 31st birthday, I set out to post a daily blog. I made it a week before I fell off. I spent the next 11 days unpacking the LA container and getting the Gallery ready for my coworker to take over. I planned to pick up where I had left off once I disembarked in Tahiti. But while sailing with a co-worker for two weeks around Society Islands, I never started. So in total, I only published ten blog posts in 2022.

In February, I started again and would randomly start and stop. I didn’t want to start posting while switching my website from Squarespace to WordPress, which I still need to finish. And working on the ship made it difficult to keep up. But the truth is I have an execution problem. I have only completed six blog posts so far this year. I have no issues traveling and keeping a journal, but posting online is my biggest challenge. Even though my goal has always been to run a blog and become a published writer, I need to gain the skill to follow through.

But I am determined to change this year. I have handed in my resignation letter and given myself six months to focus solely on my writing. I know it is a risky endeavor, but without risk, there is no reward. However, the risk is low for me. If the worst thing that happens to me after these six months is that I have to stay with one of my parents or siblings, I am blessed, and it would be a shame not to go after my dreams.

In a Hail Mary attempt to devise a plan to figure out how to fix my execution problem. I have turned to others doing what I want to be doing because telling myself “just to do the work” was not helping. This led me to Kaelyn Grace Apple’s video on How I Transformed My Life And Earnings $ in 12 Weeks | Wellness, Productivity, Finance. I admire Kaelyn because she is an Art Historian living out my Rory Gilmore dreams of not only attending Yale but she is currently a Ph.D. student at Oxford. She also has a YouTube channel and founded Accepted Consulting – an academic consulting business. Though not all of her advice pertains to me, a significant takeaway from the video was the book The 12-Week Year that she recommended, as it helped her organize her daily and weekly schedule for a more productive lifestyle.

I am a type-A person who obsesses over the bigger picture and tends to miss the details. My ADHD doesn’t help as it makes me what to do everything at once, and my anxiety gives me FOMO the second I miss an opportunity or don’t complete a goal. I always thought my issue was a lack of time and money, but I am starting to realize that maybe my issue is that I am not allocating the time to build the foundation for the lifestyle I want and the goals I set for myself. I constantly bit off more than I could chew, and I realized my system was no longer working and that it was time to try something different.

Though I finished the book today, I know I will have to read it a few more times in order to make it part of my habits. I plan to use these next 12 weeks to reframe my lifestyle and bring this system into effect. I know there are many benefits to this job, but I also know that it will not fulfill my long-term goals. This is why I have decided to leave a sure thing and deconstruct my old way of living to build the foundation for my new life. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it, and I am excited about the challenge.

Thank you for reading!

I hope I have inspired you to pursue your dreams and you will stick around to see how my journey turns out!

So, tell me, fellow reader, what dreams have you been putting on hold because of your execution problems, and what are your plans to get back on track? Comment Below!

2 Comments

  1. August 14, 2023 / 3:19 pm

    This is a refreshing honest introspection, and it is a positive reminder that we all have our ups and downs. I commend your dedication to learning from the past and forging a more fruitful path forward. I’m sure you will do great things, Good luck!!

    • August 18, 2023 / 1:29 am

      Thank you, Sarah! I am glad you enjoyed the post, and I appreciate your support.

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