It’s been three months, so I feel like it’s an appropriate time to revisit the goals I set for 2013.
Climb. Travel. Simple. Less.
This mantra has burrowed into my mind and I hear it in my thoughts every day. What am I aspiring to? Where can I go? How can I make all of this easier for myself, and what else can I leave behind?
My life isn’t simpler yet, but I’m starting to see how I can make it simpler eventually. I’m feeling a little bit less angry or irritated all the time, and I know it’s because I’m trying to preserve my energy and empathy and compassion and positivity, and not waste my emotion on things I can’t change. That’s a lot simpler.
I’m also enjoying the challenge of doing more with less, having less, and wanting less. I don’t buy clothes anymore (except for the requisite “work pieces” from Hello Holiday that I wear for events), I carry a very small purse with just the essentials inside, and I’ve successfully traveled with just one bag. I cleaned all the crap out of my car. I cleaned my house so we could start hosting airbnb guests and hosting events and meetups, which has been incredibly fun and personally rewarding. Those things would be worth a blog post of their own.
The climb to be better, the climb to everything I aspire to professionally, the ascent toward mental peace is consciously underway as well. I went to a yoga class for the first time (maybe only time, but I did like it), I tried coffee (no thanks), I made a huge ad buy for Hello Holiday that helped us gain tons of new customers, and I have some new ideas about how to promote and grow Princess Lasertron now as a side business. I pitched a few DIY ideas to some companies I’ve always wanted to work with that would be really amazing partnerships for me. Also book.
Finally, Travel with a capital T. All of my work and goal-setting that has me so busy (I’m writing this after doing an all-nighter) has been for the freedom to get out and see the places I want to see and have the experiences I want to have. I made tentative plans to travel with two friends this year, and this month I’m going to Chicago for a few days to be alone and finish the rest of my book. I will also eat at Pick-Me-Up Cafe and meet a few friends from the internet. It’s one of my first totally impulsive travel experiences–I saw the tickets on sale and just bought ‘em. I can’t wait to be able to do that more.
I’m very inspired right now by many of my friends who have decided to move out of Omaha recently. I’m not contemplating a move, but seeing their excitement about transplanting to a new city, and watching them tie up all their loose ends here and just enjoy the rest of their time before they leave has me seeing Omaha in a new way, and seeing my potential to travel in a new way. My friends Mark and Joey are moving just outside of Manhattan, and they’ve been hamming it up at the mall all the time, going to museums more, and instigating social advancement a lot more aggressively than they did when they saw themselves as permanent residents here. Things like that make me wonder what I’m taking for granted in my community, and what I might be a little bit too comfortable with.
It’s easy to fall into a trap of feeling blindly loyal to a city for no reason. My biggest hangup is feeling like I have a responsibility to Omaha to change and develop our culture here for entrepreneurs, for women, for marginalized groups–that’s always been my passion and I always felt, deep down, that leaving would be irresponsible to my community. I think one major factor in so many of my friends’ relocations is activist fatigue, the sort of throwing-up-of-hands and longing to live somewhere more accepting of and receptive to different lifestyles and individual goals. Somewhere where you aren’t always a dissenter. Sometimes I long for that too.
Climb, travel, simple, less.