I’ve had a hard time thinking of a way to introduce this post. It’s been sitting in my queue for a couple of days and I’ve read over it many times. I want to take some time to talk about some of my goals. I narrowed it down to five, but I feel so anxious limiting my goals to only these things. There are many more and as I continue to grow and get older I’m sure there will be many other things that will inspire me.
For now, these are the five things that I want to pursue and the five things I’m working toward. This isn’t much of an introduction, but here it goes!
As I’ve gotten older, I am realizing that I may be a little more country than rock n’ roll. Rural Ohio wasn’t exactly my dream place to live as a kid. Growing up, I felt stunted by the lack of culture and lack of things to do. But after five years in the city, I’m aching to get back to my country roots. I would like to find a way to have the best of both worlds. I would like to live in a city that would allow me to have more space to grow my own food, learn how to can my harvest, and maybe raise a couple of chickens. I would like to rely less on big agriculture and eat locally more often. What could be more local than your own back yard?
In order to start a homestead, it helps to know a little about farming. That is why I would like to do some WWOOFing. For those not in the know, WWOOF is an organization that allows people to volunteer on organic farms in exchange for food, accommodation, or the opportunity to learn about organic lifestyles. It’s a great way to travel to different places around the world, learn about farming, and meet others who are interested in agriculture. I think initially, I would like to volunteer on farms close to home and if that experience goes well then I would like to branch out.
When I was a kid, anywhere outside of the US seemed so exotic to me. We had an exchange student from the UK attend my high school and I thought he was the most fascinating kid in the world. From the time I was 14 I knew I wanted to travel and see the world. I was fortunate to have an Australian excursion the summer before I went to college, but that has been it. When you graduate from college and get a career, traveling becomes exotic again. I would love to spend a few months backpacking around Europe, camping in North America, exploring South America, tacking on a journey through Asia and rounding it out in the land down under.
My Dad claims that Real Estate is in our blood. He frequently laments about not getting up the day of his Real Estate License exam, thus never becoming a Real Estate Agent. Lucky for me, I received my license earlier this summer. But I have yet to put it to use. One of my goals is to own property and eventually I would like to have some income properties. I would love to be able to find a reasonably priced duplex in some nice city and work my way up from there. I’m still sussing out whether I want to try to sell homes or find another way to make a living through real estate.
Music is my passion. I don’t claim to be that great at it, but my guitar is where I can find solace after a long day. I simply would love to find more time to play music, write new songs, and perform for other people. I have always had a dream of simply driving across the country and playing my songs in little coffee shops along the way. I would also like to write more albums outside of the RPM Challenge each February.