April 27, 2010 § 2 Comments
To help foster trust and build-up to my travel e-book due to be released by Indie Travel Podcast next month, they’ve suggested that I record a video for my potential audience and buyers. As an extremely un-video/photo-genic person, the very thought of being in a video immediately sent my sweat glands into overproduction. I protested, and to support my valid reasoning I pointed out that the guy who is releasing the 1000 Awesome Things book is promoting it without actually being seen or heard. Doesn’t NOT being seen or heard add to my aura of mystery?
However as the site is named Indie Travel Podcast, I suggested that perhaps audio might suffice to insinuate that a real human being is indeed behind the book. So tonight, I attempted to record my first podcast. In preparation, I wrote myself a script. Naturally. I opened my Quicktime player and read from my well-thought out script so that the recording would have no mistakes.
Conclusion. I sound stupid. I sound like my dog just died. I sound like someone’s got their finger up my nose. Obviously I write a lot better than I talk. Gee, do I really sound this awful? I am hesitant about recording the next few podcasts I’ve promised in 10 days time. Very. Hesitant.
April 15, 2010 § Leave a comment
Ever since I stopped going to work for an employer, I have been experiencing rare bursts of inspiration. Because I never have to wake up at 7am anymore, I wake up late, so often stay up late at night, doing whatever I want. As my body adjusts to its new cycle, I have noticed that I have been having lots of ideas. Not just any old idea, but good ideas. Due to my late nights, it appears that all the creativity stored in my head decides to spew forth between the hours of 11pm and 1am. This new phenomena explains why I never usually experience these bursts as by that time I normally would be in bed. So what use are ideas when one’s too busy sleeping to do anything about them? Since last week, between these precious couple of hours nightly, I’ve designed a house in record time and begun to plan a new business venture. Last night, I came up with two new designs for my latest project. And right this moment, I’ve just thought of another one. I’ve visited a factory. I’ve dreamed up names. I’ve consulted various people. I won’t reveal too much since there’s still a long road ahead, but I’m really excited. Losing my job has been the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
April 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
I always feel guilty when I don’t have to wake up at 7am on a weekday to go to work. In the beginning it felt like I was back in high school, hoping not to get caught cutting class. After 2 weeks of joyful unemployment I’m getting used to staying up late and waking up the next morning not knowing exactly which day of the week it is or care what time it is. It feels pretty damn good. Despite my apparent sloth-like activities, I have been mentally productive at least. As promised in my last post, I finally have some answers for myself. Two things have transpired this week.
First, my travel e-book has finally taken virtual form! There is a cover, and the pages are being designed and laid out as I type these words. If everything goes according to plan, we should be rolling it out early May.
Secondly, the birth of a new business idea. It’s an idea which combines a few things I love – design, textile, typography, graphics. It also involves travel – another favourite thing of mine. So it’s safe to say I’ll be working on this for a while, and I don’t plan to go back to the rat-race anytime soon so I have time to develop this.
Exciting things are happening. Wish me luck!
April 6, 2010 § 2 Comments
Much to the dismay of my bank account, I have left the rat-race sooner than expected. For months now the tension had already been building up, and one fine day last week, I was pushed into a corner I could not get out of. Finally I could take no more and walked out of that hell-hole after what I could only describe as an almost-criminal interrogation session. There was only bad cop, and the blame game was played for a good 30 minutes, of which I was the clear loser. In the end, I chose to surrender to the losing battle, and volunteered to leave then and there.
I lasted less than 6 months, my shortest ever in my history of employment. I later learned that there were so many others in the position before me who left in the exact same manner due to the exact same circumstances. Some people lasted 6 months, one guy only lasted 1 week. I was told stories of people being bullied to quit. I felt happy that it wasn’t me, it was them.
Now that I’ve rejoined the jobless club, once again I find myself re-evaluating my life and my goals. Whatever I was doing for the last 6 months, was not me. Who am I? What is my purpose? I’m still clueless. I have fragments of ideas, small windows into the future I could build for myself, but they are fleeting and do not last. All I know is I need to find something, pronto. I struggle not to fall into the same trap I set up for myself, but at last rent does not pay itself. What shall I do? How do I find something that I love doing yet not end up in the poorhouse? Is that a paradox in itself? So many questions. I hope to have some answers in the next post.