Video Updates

I’ve posted a couple of new videos lately that I haven’t posted here so here’s a couple of thing I’ve produced since I’ve been to Albuquerque. Enjoy!

Here’s a video I made of the Tax Day Tea Party in Albuquerque.

Here’s an interview with UnSchooling Legend, who will be a speaker at the upcoming UnConvention.

Give Up

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Two questions….

1) What are you willing to give up to get what you want? Be specific, honest and brave…

One my current journey from working a fulltime job to making movies and teaching, here’s a short list of what I’ve gotten rid of already in no particular order…

  • The security of a steady paycheck
  • Health insurance
  • An apartment (we’re living in a hotel still)
  • Being around my son Shane
  • A bunch of possessions – furniture, books, exercise stuff
  • Contributions to my retirement accounts
  • Living near my brother and his family and my father…

2) What are you giving up by slowly draining the remaining minutes of your life in a job doing work you don’t really care about and that could easily go on without you?

This one is hard to fully answer until you actually make the leap.

Here’s what  I can tell you for sure; I’ve been spending my time focused on doing the things that I care about and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Blood

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There was a Winter Storm Warning for parts of New Mexico on Sunday, so we took the kids up into the mountains to see snow for the first time on Sunday. You’ve never seen two more excited kids.

On the way, we stopped to see Brad and Andrea Carvey, Brad got to talking about living in the altitude of Albuquerque; elevation 5312 feet although I bet it’s higher up in the foothills of the Sandia where The Carveys live.

Brad was telling us that the altitude has all sorts of effects; for example you need to drink a lot more water, he said. He also said something really interesting….

“After six months, your blood totally changes. It takes that long for the old blood to run its way through your system but once it does, your blood oxygen level is totally different. When you go back down to a normal altitude, you can feel it when you breathe; it’s easier.”

And I’ll be damned if there isn’t a lesson in there.

I’m about two and a half weeks out of a full time job and I’m realizing that my blood hasn’t changed yet.

I’ve been staying busy, but to some extent I’m still mentally not where I need to be. It’s hard to explain, but in my head it’s more like I’m working while on vacation. I was freelance for a long time so I know the difference and my mindset isn’t exactly right. I think this is probably pretty common.

It’s easy to leave a job. It’s harder to adjust away from that mindset but it’s really crucial to long term success. You have to start to look at the world differently – you need to stop seeing hourly wages but start seeing dollar bills floating everywhere and sometimes giant piles of them that you can get all at once.

And after a while….it gets easier to breathe.

The Medium Term

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The illusion of time is the cause of most of our anxiety.

I’m not stressed about this exact moment. I’m in a warm Starbucks and pretty classical music is playing and I have a good idea what I’m going to type.

I’m not stressed about today. Today is fine. Everyone in my family has a roof over their heads and food and nobody is in the hospital. I have projects to work on.

I’m not stressed about a few months from now. I had some good meetings yesterday and I feel that moving to New Mexico was the right thing to do and that the timing was good. There’s a lot of opportunity here and it’s a good match for my skill set.

I AM a little stressed about two weeks from now. The money picture is really hazy then. Don’t see anything clearly.

So, it took a while…but sure enough I found something to be stressed about. But it’s not real, of course. Real is my fingers on the keyboard and the swirling sound of the flute and strings I hear.