Where do we go from here?

Name that tune!

I have been thinking a LOT lately about where my life is going and who I want to be. Something that has apparently been going around with a lot of my friends!

It’s very exciting, but scary, to think about change. I am almost halfway done with my Master’s Program. I am developing a plan. It is, however, a secret plan that I haven’t shared with too many people. And then, I have a second, complementary, even more secret plan, that I haven’t shared with anyone.

Now, I am starting to figure out how to get there. And what steps will need to be taken. It’s going to be a lot of work, I think. I would like to be in my new place (career-wise, not house-wise) in about two years.

In the summer of 2012, I will have finished my Master’s. I will have my sustainability certification. I will have a good 18 months (I hope!) of relevant volunteer work under my belt. I will have the financial and project management experience I need to translate that into my goals (the current job is going to get a lot busier for the next two years, too). And, toast-willing, I will also be a competent public speaker.

One of the components of reaching my goals (both secret & SUPER secret) involve maintaining this blog and fulfilling the domestic goddess projects I talked about earlier this week.

That is a lot of stuff to happen in two years. When you think about adding in a couple of marathons, or a few triathlons, or a century ride, it gets pretty overwhelming. I am not sure what I will do about my training schedule. Or if I will really have a training schedule.

It’s possible that I may not run another marathon. Not because I can’t, but because, at least for now, that has to take a back seat to eleventy-hundred other things. I am not sure how I feel about that.

I am dedicated to maintaining my fitness (and seriously – doing a better job with it than I am right now) and health, so I won’t stop with the exercise. And it will be a priority in my life. I’m just not sure that anything last longer than 90 minutes can be a priority right now.

With all the big changes I want to make, I need to stay sane – and I need to figure out how to do that! I know that exercise is a big part of that. But so is having time for myself and my friends and architects.

Sidenote: I went to this great yoga class Monday night – and we got homework! At yoga! Part of the homework was to “bring the same kind of attention that you use to maintain balance in tree pose” to the other areas of your life (although, taken literally that would suck for me, because tree pose is one of the two HARDEST poses for me that I regularly encounter in yoga classes, and there is no balance) – but the message is right. We need to be “as present as possible” in even the most mundane aspects of life. When was the last time you were really and truly engaged in the moment. My mind is always in a dozen different places.  So, being present is part of my arsenal of sanity.

I love being busy, and am so much more productive when I have a lot going on – I just need to remember where the line between enough & too much is.

So – thanks for reading my navel gazing rambly post. It probably won’t be the last one I post.

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