Usually I write on One More Cup of Coffee from the perspective of a teacher and adviser But today I just want to write from the perspective of a friend.
The past 8 months have been crazy – I moved back to the US, leaving China – probably forever. I finally started paying into the US tax system (boohoo), got my motorcycle license, BOUGHT a motorcycle (see below), built a stock portfolio, set up my IRA, and planned my next move (to L.A. in August).
I also brewed my first batch of beer about two weeks ago. That's been fermenting in my laundry room, and I'll bottle it in 2 days. After bottling, it'll need to carbonate for another two week, perfecting timing for my return in the middle of June.
And in 3 days I leave for Santa Cruz to take a sailing course. Sailing! I know absolutely nothing about boats, nor have I spend a lot of time on the sea. But I want to learn the ins and outs, and eventually sail around the world. Now, when I say, “sail around the world”, you may think it means that I just want to go to a couple different countries on my boat.
I want to actually go from Point A, around the world, back to point A.
As of now it's all just a pipe dreams of pirates, secret islands, 13 foot waves, vicious storms, and an island lifestyle of foreign beer plus exotic women. In fact, I can't even remember the difference between port and starboard!
But a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.
And my eight day course getting my sailing certifications is Step 1.
Work VS Play
Part of me wants to keep working on One More Cup of Coffee and postpone sailing till next year. What can I say? I'm a bit of a workaholic.
But I need to be strict with myself and go out there and have some fun!
Usually I work 7 days a week, from morning until the evening, doing little else but work on an d think about my marketing campaigns, as well as creating content for followers of One More Cup of Coffee. And although this means I get a lot done, it also means that I can sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture.
One thing I've learned about my own working style is that when I focus on the details, the framework becomes a bit fuzzy.
So, in typical, obsessive, workaholic style, I've put a ‘productive spin' on my vacation. The spin is that though I'll be resting, at the same time I'll also be recharging my creative batteries. I'll be stepping back from the details and letting the broader picture come into focus.
In fact, I've already got some ideas kicking around in my head of where I want to take the site. But we'll let them stew for a while and see what survives to the middle of June.
All of this awesome stuff is possible because of internet marketing. Becoming a full time internet marketer has given me the time, money, and energy to live the life that I want. I know it sounds corny – “living the life that you want”, but there's really no other way to explain it. In June it'll be three years since I started learning the basic of internet marketing, and I'll be about 6 months since I've been doing it full time.
It's days like these, when I really put things in perspective, that just think to myself how happy I am to do what I do.