The Hidden Truth About How Blogging Can Change Your Life

Blogging Life

(The picture that changed my life. From Chad Howse’s “10 Awesome Things.”)

So this is my 100th post. I almost missed it. I was part way through a different article before I realized that it would be my 100th.  I don’t typically place much importance on numbers, but I figured I’d set it aside and lay down some different thoughts instead.

Thoughts about purpose. About opportunity.

About change.

 

A Little Backstory

I’m an unlikely blogger. It’s only through odd chance that A Call to Action even came about in the first place. In fact, it’s so fucking far outside my norm that I sometimes wonder if I made the decision, or if it was made for me.

Believe it or not, I’m actually a very private quiet guy. I don’t like talking about myself and I despise being the center of attention. Can you believe that shit?

And yet, some of my posts are intimately revealing. Not in the nudie shot kinda way (though I’ve done some of that) but in the deep seated emotional crapola way.

I hate emotional crapola.

Furthermore, I’m not much of a writer. Blogging is writing. Whether it comes natural to you or not, you’re gonna have to write. Well, I flunked out of high school English class and was tossed into the remedial course. “Stupid person English” as it was so kindly referred to.

Yet here I am, writing all the same.

And since I’m trying to convince you why it’s so unlikely that I should’ve ever taken up blogging, I might as well add that I live in a barn and had no internet access when I made the decision. I don’t even have a TV.

Convinced?

So how does a guy who lives in a barn and has no TV or internet access come to blogging?

To keep a long story short (or make a boring story more interesting), let’s just say that I stumbled upon the right picture at the right time. The picture at the top of this post.

At the time, I was struggling to find meaning. Meaning in my work, meaning in my actions . . . meaning in life.

I was struggling to find purpose.

When I happened upon that picture everything just clicked. I can’t really describe it, but it was pretty fucking amazing. That picture represented all that I was searching for.

Direction. Purpose. Freedom.

It represented a self-determined life as I’d never seen it before.

I knew what I had to do.

I grabbed my old dusty laptop and started writing. It would be two months before I managed to get internet access, but in those two months I wrote almost every night. By the time I was finally ready to go live, I had over 20 articles written and ready to publish.

I meant business.

And though I started this site as a health and fitness blog (as you can tell from my outdated “About” page), I quickly discovered that I had other shit to say. More important shit.

So I said it.

I’ve been saying it ever since . . .

 

Blogging as a Means to Opportunity

I started blogging because I was stuck. Even though I knew I should be happy – after all, I lived in a little red barn out in the country and had a great new job in the tech industry – I felt stuck all the same.

Stagnant.

Something just wasn’t right. The novelty of my new (and first ever) office job was wearing off and I was beginning to realize that I’m not an office kinda guy. I’ve always worked hard physical blue collar jobs. My previous job was as an artisan bread baker. It was my passion . . .

Until I became burnt out.

Burnt myself out, if I’m to be honest.

So there I was with my new cush office job, finally standing over on the grass I’d always looked at from afar. And sure enough, it wasn’t so green as I thought. There might’ve even been a turd underfoot.

Because I’m just not cut out for office life. And when I finally came to that realization it was too late . . . I was stuck. Lost.

Terrified.

What the hell am I gonna do now?

I could see the next 30 years of my life . . . every day of it exactly the same. Wake up early so I can do a few little things that I want to do (not many though — not enough time), go to the office, put on my cheery smile – pretend all is well – then sit there at my desk, eyes drying out from the climate controlled air, just staring at my dual monitor screen for the next 8 hours.

Doing work that meant nothing to me.

Just manipulating digital data all day long. Hands getting softer day by day. Ass melting away by the second.

Then finally, at the end of the day, dragging my weary self home to eat some dinner and maybe read a few pages from a book before I fell asleep on the couch. Another day wasted. Gone forever.

With nothing to show for it.

Yep, I was just another tamed chump, trading my soul for a paycheck. From here on out that was going to be my life . . .

Unless I made a change. A real change. Something drastic.

Because the only way out of a cage is to smash that fucker to pieces.

That’s when I happened upon that picture of Chad’s desk. It pointed the way. Blogging was so different, so alien, from anything I’d ever done . . . it was just what I was looking for.

 

The Hidden Truth About Blogging

Let me tell you what blogging represents. It represents opportunity. I understood that intrinsically before I ever even began. Go back and read my “About” page if you haven’t read it before. Just skip to the last section, “Why I started this Blog” . . . it’s ok, I won’t take it personally.

As you can see, I was looking for change. Is it any surprise then that I soon began writing about change in addition to all the fitness stuff?

Blogging represented change and opportunity. And once I laid eyes on that opportunity, I began to see all the other opportunity out there as well. It was everywhere; I just couldn’t see it before. I didn’t have to follow the same path as everyone else. I didn’t have to be a tame little office pet for the rest of my days.

I could make my own fucking life.

So here’s the secret about blogging, the hidden truth: it changes you.

Writing forces you to reevaluate your thoughts and what it is that you actually value. What you hold dear. It makes you question your actions – put them to the test. Because if you’re not livin’ what you’re preaching, then you’re just another two-faced hypocrite.

I’ve railed against office life before. But I’ve never written about how to escape it. I couldn’t because I hadn’t.

Well now I have.

And it came as a direct result from blogging. But not in the way I anticipated.

I wrote a post a while back . . . “A Decade of Baking — and the 12 Lessons it Taught Me About Living with Extraordinary Passion.” It’s still one of my most popular articles. It chronicled both the glorious beginning of my bread baking career . . . and how I sadly ruined it by turning my back to the opportunities it presented me.

Yeah, there’s a good reason I write so much about opportunity – I’ve spent most of my life willfully blind to it.

Anyway, after I wrote that post it reawakened something in me. That passion . . . I could feel it again. Actually fucking FEEL it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I started having dreams about baking. Not just one here and there, but almost every damn night for a month straight.

It’s because writing that post reminded me of who I am. And who I am is a far fucking cry from what I’d been living.

From that point on, I knew I needed to return to baking. I just didn’t know how. I didn’t want to become stuck again in a dead-end job. I didn’t want to approach baking with the same mindset that I’d ruined it with previously.

So I approached it differently. I approached it as the changed person that I am. I realized that I needed one thing above all else to make it work this time . . . I needed a bakery where I could learn. A bakery that could fuel my passion . . . help it burn even brighter than it had once before.

A bakery run by a master.

And I found it.

 

So What’s Next?

Forgive me for omitting so many details from this post. They’ll be fleshed out in future posts. And you may notice a foray into some new themes.

How do we find meaning?

What is purpose?

Does our job represent who we are?

What’s the truth about opportunity?

Can we really “write our own story” as they say?

These are topics I’ve been thinking about practically non-stop ever since I decided to return to baking.

And as usual, I’ve got plenty to say on the matter.

Cheers!

And to everyone that’s been a part of this amazing blogging journey so far, I just want to shout a big “Thank You!” You’ve made this more fun and memorable than I could’ve ever imagined.

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Comments

  1. Trevor – this post will resonate with a lot of writers. Most of us do not even consider that we are writers – do you? I we can call bs on school sometimes….gives us more issues than it does lessons.

    But more importantly, Trevor….

    I wanna know what bakery you are working at ! Or if you indeed ARE working at a bakery or just using baking as a metaphor. And who this master is that is running the bakery. Is it you? AS YOU CAN SEE, I am not very good with intrigue !!!!!!!!

    • Hey Raz, I hope resonates like you say. Even though I write, I don’t consider myself a writer. Folks like the Hoombahs and Chris McCombs are great fucking writers. I just write how I speak . . . mostly. It keeps things conversational.

      To answer your questions . . . you’re just gonna have to wait. But I’ll grant you this . . . I DO mean baking as in baking, and the master(s) who I’ll be working for have been baking honest to god naturally risen breads longer than I’ve been alive. They trained in Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. Masters at their craft is putting it mildly.

      Sorry you’re not so great with intrigue Raz, but I’ll make sure it’s worth the wait. Believe me, when you see this place your mind will be fucking blown.

      Cheers!

  2. Interesting to see how one photo can change you or inspire so much, Trevor. Thanks for sharing this with us because I didn’t know a lot of this about you! No idea about the barn, lack of internet access, and a few other things. Hope your site stays around forever!

    • Thanks Vincent! That means a lot buddy. It is pretty fucking amazing that what seems like such a minor thing . . . like a photo . . . can have such a huge impact on someone when they catch it at the right moment. Had I seen that picture at any other time, it would’ve likely had zero impact. I’d have just glossed right over it.

      But in that one moment it meant everything.

      I love that little things can have such a huge impact. It keeps life exciting and mysterious.

      Cheers!

  3. Awesome to hear you have re-ignited your passion for baking.

    I’ve actually just got into cooking like two months ago. At first I was so bad at cooking that I worried I may poison my family. But now I have seen genuine improvement and am really starting to enjoy it.

    I’m definitely loving the shift in your blog. It’s clear that as you evolve, so will the blog.

    That’s what I love about this world – we can’t hide. We have to bare our souls and live the way we write. It’s vulnerability 101 and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Enjoy your time in the bakery and away from the office man.

    • Thanks dude! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying it. And that you’re having fun with all the cooking too. I’m right there with you buddy. Cooking just plain rocks! But on to more serious matters . . .

      I absolutely fucking LOVE what you have to say here about baring our souls and living the way we write. It’s pure truth my friend.

      Pure. Fucking. Truth.

      It ain’t easy to expose yourself so openly to the world. Not many ever will . . . not truly. But it’s damn near a requirement if you’ve got something to say. Something worth saying, anyway. Without that honest vulnerability, your words will have no weight. No power.

      No effect.

      So anyone who’s serious about this blogging business take note of what Kevin says . . . bare your fucking soul and walk the walk. It’s the only way to make a REAL difference.

      Thanks for the awesome insight Kevin. You know how to rock a comment to its core.

      Cheers!

  4. Great post Trevor, I’m excited to see the details of your new venture unveil themselves in future posts! One part of your article that hit home with me was the ‘selling your soul for a paycheck’ bit. I graduated from University with a business degree a couple of months ago, and most of my friends now have boring, desk jobs that they hate, that they’re scared to leave because they have student loans (and now a decent paycheck). I decided to take a one-year break to follow my heart and write for a year (while seeing if I can make money from it), and presumably much like your venture, it’s not easy, but it’s so unbelievably worthwhile that I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

    Congrats on 100 posts!! In my eyes, this one’s a great one to finish up the first batch 🙂

    – Chris

    • Thanks Chris! I think you’ve got the right of it. The path you’re following may not be the traditional path, it may not be the safe path. And it sure as hell ain’t the easiest path. But if you can find your own way in this world, a world that conspires to put everyone in the same fucking box, then bravo. You’ve got my respect.

      So good luck with your break. I hope it turns into something much more for you.

      Cheers!

      • Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it! The project isn’t turning into “something more” without a lot of time and work, but I feel like it was a simple choice between trying to make something incredible and taking the easy route and doing something comfortable.

        Cheers mate!

  5. I love that: “it changes you.” Anything that’s observed is affected by the observer, right? So the act of laying everything out clears up your thinking and changes how you behave. Kickass post!

    • Thanks Kyle! That’s a pretty damn “quantum” way to look at it, but yes, I have to agree. Writing causes you to observe yourself in a completely new way . . . as an outsider. When you begin to see yourself as others see you, it can’t help but influence your behavior. And self-image by extension. It’s pretty fucking cool, actually.

      Cheers!

  6. Hi Trevor,

    Really, we need to say a big thank you to you, for letting us be a part of your wonderful community, sharing so much of yourself with us, so that we too may learn from your experiences and philosophy.

    Indeed, I’m on the same wavelength as you regarding blogging being an amazing opportunity. Just the other day when Razwana’s guest post went live, I considered how powerful blogging has been as a medium to connect with people all across the world.

    Regarding your writing, my friend, I have to tell you that you are a brilliant writer. Your articles are of a very high quality.

    Thank you.

    • Thanks Hiten! I appreciate it. It wouldn’t be the same without this community . . . so the thanks go both ways.

      It is pretty impressive how quickly one can connect with others these days. And blogging only enhances that connection even further. It’s like fucking steroids for your network. Even someone as reclusive as myself just can’t help but become connected through blogging. It’s just part of the business really . . . a pretty cool part at that.

      And thanks for your kind words regarding my writing Hiten. It’s good to know my words are appreciated.

      Cheers!

  7. Took me forever to read this post as I clicked on every single link and read, not only each blog, but each comment and answer (I love that you answer each and every post, by the way!)

    And, um, sorry, but you are so a writer! (I have a friend who “speaks” like you and says he’s not a writer… I beg to differ, he can’t spell for shit but man, can he get his point across and oft times, very eloquently (big word!))

    That said, you have inspired me to stop thinking about it and DO it. I have many a story in my head that I’ve been composing and just need to put to paper.

    So for the 3rd of 4th time today, thanks Trevor!

    • That’s what I like to hear Dale! I’m glad you dug around today and found some meaning in what you read. It’s like me and that photo . . . if you happen upon the right thing at the right time, the inspiration can be truly fucking monumental. Life changing.

      I’m glad that, today, I was that inspiration.

      And I hope it carries forward ’til tomorrow. And the next day. And every damn day after that. Because once you decide to stand up and take charge, once you decide to own your life, there’s no going back. Shit’s gonna change . . . ain’t nothin’ you can do to stop it.

      So just roll with it.

      Cheers!

  8. I definitely agree about writing changing you. When you try to put your thoughts together in a way that others will understand, it forces you to understand it better yourself (i.e. the greatest way to learn is to teach). I’ve seen huge strides in my life as I’ve sought answers to try to help others in their lives.

    I didn’t realize you were at 100 posts already! That’s great.

    Blogging is awesome. The end.

    • Ha!

      “Blogging is awesome. The end.”

      Love it!

      And true to boot. Like you say, putting your thoughts down as written words coalesces those swirling flashes of insight and understanding into actionable ideas. It creates rhyme and reason.

      It helps you solidify who you are and what you stand for.

      That’s some pretty powerful shit. Best not take it lightly.

      Cheers!

  9. Hey Trevor,

    Congrats on your 100th post, that’s a lot of words right there! Anyway, you said some things here that really resonated with me because I got into blogging for many of the same reasons – except, I quit the office job before I started blogging in order to start freelance writing instead. While it’s still work to write for others, it sure as hell beats working the standard 9-5.

    And yes, writing does change you – or should I say blogging specifically, because what makes this different from just jotting stuff down in a diary where no one will ever see it is that you’ve got people interacting with what you have to say. It makes you realize that anyone, even a guy who lives in a barn in the middle of nowhere, can have an impact on people’s lives.

    It’s interesting that you brought this up now because I’ve actually got a new project in the works myself… hmmm, must be something in the water.

    Anyway, can’t wait to see what you’ve got baking – I’m sure it will be awesome!

    • Thanks Hermine!

      It’s interesting how we each differed in our approach. I took up blogging as a means of escape from office life. . . you took it up after your escape. And now here we both are . . . blogging our damn hearts out.

      Pretty cool, huh?

      And you bring up a great point . . . blogging breeds interaction. You write, people respond. That kind of interaction can’t help but influence your thinking. Even influence how you begin to see yourself. It truly can change your life.

      But now you’ve got me curious . . . what’s this mysterious new project you’ve got in the works? I just gotta know . . .

      Cheers!

  10. Thanks for writing such an awesome post Trevor,
    I think out of everything blogging does. The most valuable thing it can do is to help you vent your feelings on a computer screen and to share it with the world so that it’s no longer trapped inside of you.
    For me, it’s acted as a therapy tool for me, which is helped tremendously.
    The second I hit the publish button, suddenly all of my worries and anxieties disappear and uploaded on my blog for all to see.
    I’m glad your blog has helped give you clarity Trev. And i’m eagerly looking forward to seeing what the next 100 post bring. 🙂

    • I appreciate it Onder! Blogging IS a form of therapy. I discovered that myself when I wrote my first revealing post.

      Let’s just say I had a moment.

      And then . . . I felt so much fucking better. I had clarity. Insight. I’d made a turn and I could feel it. I never even knew that shit was in me, but once it was out I never looked back. I’ve been on a different course ever since.

      So I know exactly what you mean. It’s a form of release. And it can even be a form of self-reinvention. So long as your words ring true.

      Cheers!

  11. Hi Trevor, I can’t imagine you being a tame little office pet for the rest of your days! Congratulations on your 100th post. Life seems to be working for you and your writing is great.
    well done

    • Thanks Karen! Life IS working out pretty well these days . . . and it seems to get better and better with each passing moment.

      And I couldn’t really imagine myself as a tame little office pet either. That was the problem . . . and why I had to get out. It’s not that I worked for a bunch of assholes. I actually love the company and the culture they’ve created. They’re a rare breed in the corporate world.

      But it’s just not for me.

      Each day I’d walk into that building and I’d slip on my leash and go about doing other people’s business. I couldn’t take it anymore. I guess “tame” just isn’t in my nature.

      Cheers!

  12. We have some common ground, Trevor…

    I’ve also worked in bakeries for over a decade. In Connecticut mostly. I worked with and learned from a lot of what i call ‘old school bakers’. I mostly focused on cakes and pastries, but I would help them with bread as well. I also look back and think about missed opportunities and I have a real passion for that trade. I always felt I was lucky to have learned a skill I love. Writing is the only other thing that I’ve been passionate about since then. I hope to return to working in a bakery when I move back up north.

    • There’s a bit of magic in baking. Those “old school bakers” you speak of are the one’s that know it best. It’s great that you had the opportunity to learn from them. I’ll be working under a pair of old schoolers at my new gig and I can’t wait to see what I’ll learn. They’ve been baking since before I was born!

      Cheers!

  13. Congratulations on your 100th post. Blogging opens up so many opportunities. Keep at it my friend.

  14. You should be baking! That is completely and utterly fantastic. Funny how we have to do all this crazy shit in life just to learn and grow enough to do what we loved all along. The what is just there, but the how and why we have to grow into.

    I think it is something in the water. These projects from the heart are springing up all over the place! New blogs, new books, new magazines, new businesses… I’m finding my way home too. Maybe it’s the fault of those world domination summit folk all meditating on passionate work or something. Lol. Ah life. So bizarre.

    • You said it Morgan! It’s weird how we sometimes come full circle. First we find our way, only to lose it down the road. Then, if we’re paying attention, we find it again and pick right back up where we left off.

      Well, maybe not exactly right where we left off.

      I lost my way because I lost sight of all the opportunities around me. But not anymore. I see it everywhere I look. And now that I’m returning to baking, I can see all those old opportunities . . . and many new ones. I have a feeling things are gonna get interesting from here on out.

      Cheers!

  15. It’s cool that you’ve come so far. It’s crazy where you end up after 100 posts. You’re right that blogging can change you. I’ve noticed my own thoughts and opinions changing through my writing and blogging experiences. When you write every day, you’re forced to coordinate your thoughts and organize ideas. You also are pressed to come up with new stuff all the time which just means working out your creativity. Plus, when you’re actually writing things down, you start to brainstorm over the ideas and think new things up. You start to realize things you never did before about the subjects you’re talking about. That makes you think about things in new ways.

    Oh and speaking of outdated About sections, I should change mine. I still have it listed that I’m in grad school and I don’t mention many of the things I’ve done over the past year. Crap, I don’t mention some important stuff.

    • Ha! Glad I’m not the only one that has problems keeping up to date with their “About” page. Now I don’t feel so bad.

      And another great thing about blogging is how it builds on itself. You start off with a few lame posts then you start to hone in on what matters. As you write about it, your thoughts become more “real”, they start to coalesce. Like you say, new thoughts spring from the old, and so you organize ’em and lay them down as well.

      What’s happening is that you’re building a foundation of ideas. They stack up on each other and create something truly unique to yourself . . . so long as you’re not blatantly and mindlessly recycling other peoples ideas, that is. Sadly, many do. They miss out on what blogging truly is . . . a means of creating value.

      Cheers!

  16. You’re right. Blogging changes us. I was already a songwriter when I started, but blogging led me into writing books and poems as well as songs. As a communication student/teacher I’ve written a lot of journalistic writing, essays, theses, etc., but blogging taught me to write short concise articles that motivate, inspire and help others take action. It’s a great thing.

    I’m glad to hear you’re returning to baking and look forward to updates on that.

    • Thanks Dan! I’m pretty damn thrilled about baking again myself.

      It’s pretty cool how blogging has led you to expressing yourself in so many new ways. No mean feat considering you were already a song writer and communications teacher. Blogging is definitely a different form of communication, but it’s communication all the same. Maybe one of these days, I’ll learn to write those short and concise articles too. But truth be told, I’m not that hopeful . . . I’m just a blabbering fool when it comes to writing these posts. I just can’t seem to help myself. It’s pretty sad that I consider 1000 words a short article . . . this one clocked in at over 1500.

      C’est la vie!

  17. Well, I damn love it, Trevor. Congrats to you for going where you wanted to be – that is why I read you! I felt so happy when I read that you are baking instead of just sitting in an office where you didn’t want to be. I don’t know what to say except, You are for real.

    Blogging has changed us, that is for sure. We feel the same way you do – you are forced to face your fears and think about who you really are. At first, it was really hard. We are very private people also. You might think, What?! Those two wackadoos? Yeah, right, but it’s true. We keep very much to ourselves most of the time. It is just that we really feel passionately about our relationship and how it evolved over the years. Once we stopped settling and put forth a ton of effort, we realized we had something we wanted to share. Our blog came after we started our book, totally against what the “experts” say, but we could care less what “they” say. We have met some of the best people since we started getting out and about. It’s even helped our “in the flesh” lives.

    You are an inspiration, Trevor.

    • Thank you Tammy! That’s one helluva a compliment.

      It’s pretty damn impressive how something like blogging can truly affect who we are. You take a part of yourself (small on its own), put it down in type, and then the words become reinforcing. That little part of you that you originally drew from grows. It becomes greater. Then you do the same with another small part of you and it becomes greater as well. Soon enough, you don’t even recognize yourself anymore, but everything you are is just a magnified version of what you were. You’re changed. Better.

      I’m sure all the writing you two have done about your relationship has only strengthened it even further. How can it not? And it shows through as “real” too . . . after all, not everyone would make you a straw mustache.

      Cheers!

  18. Trevor! Congrats on a mofo of a post! Bravo! And I’ll eat your fucking bread and dip it in bacon grease too, damn it.

    Tammy and I have grown closer as a result of blogging together. And it smacked us in the face because we really did not think that was possible. We found more friendship than we thought possible through blogging. We learned more about the world, other cultures, life styles and the like and more quickly than through any other medium. And it’s been very entertaining like over here at A Call to Action. Blogging has changed us is quick order. I’d venture to say it has made me a better person, a more open person, and certainly more of a pirate.

    We have a home online and it has been marvelously eye-opening to visit the online homes of others and learn about them, cheer for them and enjoy them. Words and kindness have served us very well in the blogosphere.

    • Have I got a treat for you CJ. Take a couple slices of your favorite bread, cook up a pack of bacon, then fry the bread in the bacon grease afterwards (and some eggs to the side). Now use the fried bread to make an egg and bacon sandwich. Unfucking believable. Just don’t tell your doctor what you did. I learned this from a backpacking buddy of mine and it’s one of the heartiest breakfasts you’ll ever eat. It’s worth doing at least once in your life . . . and might just be the last meal you ever eat.

      And it’s interesting what you say about “online homes,” because that seems to be exactly what they are. You carve out your own little corner of the blogosphere and make it your home. It’s all so warm and fuzzy. It’s pretty cool to see the homes that other bloggers make — they’re pure self-expression.

      Cheers!

      • Holy crap! That is indeed a treat, a treat from which not even my doctor can scare me! And she’s mean! Gotta live, right?

        Your brand of raw and powerful pure self-expression is addictive, Trevor. Can’t wait to see what’s next and I will be damned not to get up to Vermont and try me some of that bread of yours. I don’t eat much bread, but when I do I want it to be tip-effing-top.

        Off to dream of fried bacon sandwiches with a side of eggs;)

  19. Finding your own passion in life and being able to follow it is the best thing you can do for yourself. A lot of people don’t have courage to do it or simply cannot afford it when they have a family, children to feed and no time to look for something else. Only some of us are lucky enough, and persistent and motivated enough to say: “Screw it! I want each day of my life to count and I will do whatever it takes”. You, Trevor, are the lucky one to be able pursue your goal and being successful at it! Cheers to you, man!

    • Thanks Elena! I do feel pretty damn fortunate. You’re right that a lot of people never take the chance and follow their passions, for whatever reason they choose to stay put and follow the “safe” path. But “safe” doesn’t mean healthy. Spending 40 hours of your waking life each week doing work that you hate is the biggest waste of life . . . and it kills you in many ways, both subtle and not so subtle.

      I just can’t imagine 30+ years of misery at your job. I can’t fathom it. I think I’d rather be homeless. Or dead. But there are millions of people that have done just that. I don’t know how, but they’ve done it.

      No thank you.

      I just won’t accept that. And I’ll happily face whatever “hardships” come my way as a result of following my passion. It’s a far better alternative to a lifetime of cubicle hell.

      Cheers!

  20. I agree that writing certainly re-evaluates your thoughts. It has certainly done that for me. It has made me question my explanations of things I thought I knew and it has increased the thinking process when I am having conversations.

    Blogging has also made me more productive. I write my articles a month in advance and made the commitment to do that at the beginning of the year. Luckily it has continued!

    Congratulations on your 100th post Trevor!

    Aaron Morton
    The Confidence Lounge

    • Thanks Aaron! I wish I had your productive mindset. I usually just get my articles finished in the nick of time. Sometimes I even have to wake up a few hours earlier than usual to finish ’em up and get ’em published (and when you consider that I typically wake from 4-5am anyway, I think that’s saying something). I’d love to be a month ahead of the game . . . might take some of the pressure off.

      But then, I’d probably just get too comfortable, slack off, and fall behind again. Sometimes, some of my best posts are written in the spur of the moment. I’ve even scrapped posts that I was half-way done with because I knew I wouldn’t finish them in time — all just a couple days before I need to publish something. Then I scramble to throw something together . . . that’s how my 6 Self-Help Mistakes post came about — one of my most popular posts to date.

      I guess it’s a mixed blessing.

      Cheers!

  21. Some of us are more “off the cuff” and others are more meditative and organised. I think we need both in the world!

    • I have to agree with you there Dale. A healthy mix of personality is just what we need in this world. Too bad so many cage their true selves in order to blend with the crowd. What a waste.

      • I absolutely agree with you, Trevor. Way too many – I like that – cage their true selves. There are so many wonderful things/people/experiences out there… we don’t need only vanilla! Bring on the chocolate, the pralines ‘n cream, the mint-chocolate-chip!

        • And the Cherry Garcia and the Phish Food. Shit, I’ve been living in Vermont so long I can only think in Ben & Jerry’s flavors.

          Actually, that’d be a cool discussion post: “Your Favorite Ice Cream . . . What Does It Say About Your Personality?

          It’s probably already been done, but I could spice it up a bit methinks. Hmmmm . . .

          Cheers!

          • How did I miss this reply? I love that idea… Methinks you should definitely spice it up and post!

            Ciao for now!

  22. “Believe it or not, I’m actually a very private quiet guy. I don’t like talking about myself and I despise being the center of attention. Can you believe that shit?”

    Do, are you serious?
    Nooo wayyy!!
    I honestly would have lost a $1,000 on that bet 😉
    Seriously.

    It’s funny, because a blog is the best accountability partner that I know.
    So you tell us you’re getting hard core into baking.
    Well now you better do that shit!
    Or else you let us down.
    You lied.
    It’s kind of scary but pretty dang awesome at the same time.

    Best accountability partner I think I’ve ever found…

    • Go figure, eh? Who knew this loud mouth blogger was just another quiet introvert hanging out in his isolated little barn.

      But you’re sooooo damn right — blogging is the ULTIMATE accountability tool. Once you’ve declared something to the world at large, you better live the fuck up to the expectations you’ve set.

      No worries though, I’m doing my baking thing and I’ll be writing about it soon. Just wait ’til you see where I work . . . it’s gonna live up to all the expectations in the world. I have no doubt.

      Cheers!

  23. Blogging does change your life! I am passionate about my blog, for so many reasons! It’s an outlet for emotions (free therapy!) as well as for creativity, it helps put my ideas in order, it puts me in contact with wonderful, interesting people, and it opens doors to more!

  24. I do agree that blogging helps to reevaluate one’s thoughts, I think all writing does.

    Something that I’ve noticed is that it serves a great trick to become more productive and resourceful than you have to be minimally – because that’s a mindset I think a lot of people in our society is stuck in.

    But really, they’re missing out because it is when you feel creative and resource that you have the most fun and feel on top of things.

    • You’re right Ludvig. It does help you become more productive. Because you’re forced to be proactive. You have to create posts. You have to promote posts. You have go out and get those connections. It takes work.

      If you can’t be productive as a blogger then you can’t be successful as one.

      That’s just how this shit goes.

      Cheers!

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