I’m really stoked that you’re here…really! This blog is all about my journey from working for “the man” as a wildlife biologist, to quitting a job six months into it, to learning how to be an online entrepreneur….oh, and about how I wrote a fiction novel…and started two businesses, too. Am I doing too much?
Open the notebook and find out.
A little back story:
In February 2015, my husband Ricky and I packed up and made a cross-country move from Virginia to California. It was the biggest adventure we ever took a risk on! I had been offered a job, and we decided to jump on it, despite the San Francisco Bay Area being the most expensive in the country, and despite Ricky not having a job, and us not even having a place to live yet. But we did it anyway, and everything started to click into place. Nevertheless, I found myself really unhappy. It wasn’t homesickness. I was unfulfilled and unchallenged at work, and I had this sinking feeling that I was on the wrong path in life. I craved passion and purpose at work, I wanted freedom to experience more of life, and I was full of creative energy that never got to be utilized. I decided I actually have a choice in that matter, and so I have embarked on a journey of self-discovery to find my passion, and to turn it into a career.
But then I finally learned something else about myself: I’m not meant to have just one career path or just one “calling”. This is simply impossible for some of us. And you know what? That’s ok, and I am NOT alone! Discovering that I don’t have to just pick ONE of my passions was so liberating. I’ve settled on a couple career ideas to try, with the intention that one thing will continue to lead to another throughout my life, and that I never have to just “be” one thing. I can be me, with all my many sides!
Why “Blue Spiral Notebook”?
I was sitting at my desk trying to think of a good name for my blog. Something that wasn’t too specific, but that had meaning. I realized I was staring at something right in front of me…something that is almost always in front of me or nearby…and it’s this darned little blue girly-looking Five Star spiral notebook that I’ve had for about 7 years now. It has always been my “interesting” notebook. It’s never been used for work, or general notes, or anything serious or routine. It’s always been the one I grab when I want to take notes on an exciting idea, or for an online class I’m taking for fun, or notes for a job I’m interested in, and plenty of other personal development uses. It’s sort of been my “book of possibilities”. And so I associate it with positive thinking, with excitement and innovation, creativity, and self-honesty. This blog is turning out to be an extension of my sweet little blue spiral notebook, and so that’s how it got its name!