Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mondo beyondo

I recently learned about the concept of "mondo beyondo."  Making one is simple: write a list of the wildest, craziest dreams you have for your life.  It can include items that may not happen for five, ten, or fifteen years.  The point is to dream big about your future and not hold back on account of what others may consider "reasonable" or "practical."

I, of course, loved the concept.  In my world, lists + dreams + (over)analyzing my life = happiness.

There is a class by the same name, which I briefly considered taking.  But let's be honest: I cannot justify spending a hundred dollars for an online course.  The idea of meeting other interesting, thoughtful, and engaging folks was tempting, but when I read the description, I knew that I already had the answers to the questions the course asks.  I know what I want and I know how to get there. I need to start doing, not spend more time (and money) talking about it.

Here's my Mondo Beyondo list:
  • Live in a decluttered, organized, major-project-free house
  • Create a productive garden that meets (most) of our produce needs
  • Have backyard chickens or ducks
  • Regularly can items from the garden so we have a well-stocked pantry
  • More crafting--collages, knitting, sewing, etc.
  • Become a freelance writer
  • Become an active member of a UU church
  • Find a way to regularly use my French
  • Move to a medium sized university town (preferably the one where I am from, but if not, then in Oregon or Washington)
  • Create a comfortable balance between time online and other pursuits
  • Travel to Alaska and Maine (two separate trips, obviously)

I feel like I should have more on my list if I am truly dreaming my "wildest dreams."  Turns out, I pretty much like the life I am living.  Most of other points of the list are expanding on things I already do (gardening, canning, crafting, working on the house).  In so many ways, I am living my version of "the dream." And for that, I am thankful.

The scariest / least developed / most difficult to share item of the list is becoming a freelance writer.  When I look to the future, I want to see writing becoming a more prominent part of my life.  I know that.  But saying it out loud feels ... terrifying.  The act of identifying what I want is powerful, but it also opens the door to self-doubt and plays on my fear of failure.  

But what's the absolute worst that can happen?  I'll fail.  The world will keep turning, the sun will still rise in the east, and my life will move forward.

So I am giving it a try.

In an effort to move this dream from the list to reality, I joined an online writing group. So far, so good.  Through the group I have been able to connect with other people and receive helpful, honest, and constructive feedback on my work.  In the next month, I plan to submit the piece for publication that I have been working on in the group.

It feels good to be living the life I outlined at the beginning of the year.

5 comments:

  1. Some of our items are similar:

    Live in a decluttered, organized, major-project-free house
    Create a productive garden that meets (most) of our produce needs
    Have backyard chickens (I also want to get a goat and a cow--husband says NO)
    Regularly can items from the garden so we have a well-stocked pantry
    Move to a medium sized university town (I used to live in Logan, Utah, a city that would drop in population by about half I think when summer hit and all the students went home)
    I'll add one more to the list: Move to Portland. I love that city.

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    1. We visited Logan on our way to grad school in Oregon. Such a beautiful place! We did some exceptional hikes in the area while there.

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  2. I was a freelance writer for a long time. Mostly web content and SEO internet marketing articles. Nothing glamorous and never anything I got to sign my own name to, but it was fun and turns out, writing can pay the bills!

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    1. Writing paying the bills... that's the dream!

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  3. Your blog is a really fantastic, you are a good writer, I am sure you may work at a freelance writing jobs online from home it may help you to have not bad money every month. I think this will help you, for sure.

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