16 Jan 2010

Do what you love. Do what you love. Do what you LOVE!

2010 began like every year of my life will from here onwards – living in complete harmony with my values of life. Not doing anything to undermine them or living by someone else’s values again. When that happens it can only end in sadness or take you down a long road of complete life-wasting. This is why it is so important to me to remain single and free, and have friends until I am sure I have found the person who shares my same values in life, so that we can grow boundlessly together. I know that with the right person I would be taken further than I would imagine on my own, be challenged and motivated every day. But I am far FAR happier on my own than with the wrong person. I’m happy all the time!

I made a very difficult decision a few days ago, to let go of a four year dream of mine to thru-hike the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail starting in March, to postpone it until 2011. It was a huge disappointment to me in a way because it was the one thing I held onto during the breakup, but I realised that it would only be right to do the trail when I’m not struggling at all odds to save up enough money in time and have a fully healed back by March. I still wake up with numb toes and left arm, and these are just some of the signs pointing to NO. I was trying to force this to all happen instead of letting it fall into place when its meant to happen. The AT used to be about flourishing, about happiness, then after the split it turned into a massive challenge. But I’m done with hardship now, I’m done trying to prove stupid things to myself, and the AT will happen only when its about happiness again. Now is not the time.

This decision has opened up this year in a massive way that has allowed me to be extremely free to follow my passions. I have six more months to play with. For two years now I have felt a strong calling to become a herbalist, to undergo full training, grow my own herbs, even have a herbothecary at some point. Seriously get into it. Have patients with Lyme Disease and other unusual, hard to treat ailments who I can work with and heal. But my RV lifestyle and my constant focus on my ex and his dreams meant it would never happen while we were together. This year I want to start moving in my souls direction in a big way, to finally fulfil my need to set up roots, a homebase to return home to for 4-6 months of the year, and also fulfil my constant need to travel, as well as the ability to raise the funds to travel without working. Currently I work and travel at the same time which isn’t ideal, and it ties me to the computer all the time. I’m so excited about my plan!! Here it is:

Figure out which incredible little town I want to live in for a few months of the year where I can join that state’s Medical Marijuana Program, find some patients, and grow about 6 plants to begin with while I’m still learning. I’m strongly leaning towards Portland Oregon but I have to find out more about restrictions on residency and taxes to be sure. This will give me a lot of experience growing and harvesting herbs, experience interacting with seriously ill patients, and allow me to save up huge amounts of money so that I can travel the rest of the year unhindered. I don’t even need that much money really but it would be good to not be restricted financially so I can afford transport fares to rarely visited, hard to reach places.

Growing marijuana should not be a means to an end and if it ever does become that I will have to change direction again and do something else. It will be a passion, and it should be something I feel in tune with ever day as I feel the leaves and check on my babies, learning every day from them. I’ll be tied down to the house I’m growing from for all those months while I save up money so it has to be a great little town with creative lovely people and lots of hiking trails nearby, and I need to love my job. I’ll have 6-8 months left each and every year to travel far and wide or continue my courses in herbalism or establish a client base.

I travel on a shoestring anyway, its the funnest way to go even if you have money, Craigslist rideshare for cross-country with a backpack and tent suits me fine, but I also have a strong STRONG calling to go to Peru and learn to build ecodomes there this year. And visit my family in Cape Town, South Africa. I haven’t been back home in over 10 years. I’ll also have the cash and freedom from anything that ties me down to finally do my herbalism courses that are very hands-on, intensive and require a lot of time away from home.

This plan rings true, resonates through my whole body as 100{a9f0d31f6175b3e4775e11a66c07db268fb74408d6095f6b46eeec420c0e9f62} aligned with who I am and what I am supposed to do. I am very exited about all of this! And today I found out I’m getting my first large tax refund that will propel me into the new year towards all of this. So to celebrate I am organising a ride-share to Colorado to visit my best friend and go snowboarding. The second of many soul-feasting adventures for this year, 2010.

I can’t stress it enough. Live the life you love. Wake up every day and love the life you live or change it. Don’t be afraid. An adventure even with messing up is still better than living a life that makes you miserable or is just blah. It’s never too late. Let it all go if you have to but don’t waste any more time. Be who you ARE, nomatter what anyone else thinks, don’t follow someone else, don’t become what someone else wants. LOVE who you are.

Comments

  • bird
    February 9, 2010 Reply

    Stephen I am quite a big fan of Tim’s. We have a similar life philosophy, though his makes him a lot more money than I’m all that concerned about. Aside from that I’m on the same wavelength.

  • Stephen
    February 8, 2010 Reply

    P.S. Just saw he had a meet-up in – of all places – Cape Town – is this a crazy universe we live in or what??
    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2RCZq5/timferriss.posterous.com//r:t

  • Stephen
    February 8, 2010 Reply

    Livvy, just checking in and happy to hear you’ve found you!

    Check out this book:http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/

    And Blog: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/category/mini-retirements/

    Ferris’ tips might help you with your “lifestyle design”, travel, mini-retirements etc.,

    Just trying to help.

    XO

  • bird
    January 19, 2010 Reply

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA Kenny! I love you.

  • ken
    January 19, 2010 Reply

    what the hell lol…. growing marijuana???
    😀

    seriously lol why couldnt you have done this 10years ago when i was in college and hitting bongs 😛

  • Olivia Meiring
    January 18, 2010 Reply

    Yayness!

  • Maria C. Philips
    January 18, 2010 Reply

    great..would love if you came! watch your mailbox 🙂

  • Olivia Meiring
    January 18, 2010 Reply

    I have been thinking of NM actually…. how long were you there for? what do you like about the place?

  • Olivia Meiring
    January 18, 2010 Reply

    YAY! Yes Christo told me about it! Im not sure what this year will bring, where I will be then, but I would LOVE to! Oh I would love to see you and everyone. My addy is on my fb profile under info.

  • Margaret O’Neill
    January 18, 2010 Reply

    New Mexico is definitely nice…you would love Santa Fe!!

  • Maria C. Philips
    January 18, 2010 Reply

    I was there for a weekend when I lived in lubbock tx. Its high up so u smell the pines andits beautiful. Its artys yet modern. And the people were just amazing. If u go i'll hook u up with the most fabulous amazing woman/ artist/ chef / professor/ person. Also will u consider coming to our big weding? Give me ur address so I can mail invite. Big hugs

  • Margaret O’Neill
    January 17, 2010 Reply

    Have you thought about California too? I don't know much about the medical marijuana business, but I know it is HUGE in California. And Cali has so many beautiful areas to live in.

  • bird
    January 17, 2010 Reply

    Niq? Ummmm… Now I wish I knew what you were thinking!

  • Niq
    January 17, 2010 Reply

    Oh, Happy Day! it all makes so much more sense now Olive.

  • dragon
    January 17, 2010 Reply

    Hang in there little tomato by Pink Martini check it out!!!!!!!!!!!! i love pink martinis FLY FREE BIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maria C. Philips
    January 17, 2010 Reply

    liv you must check out http://www.ruidosonewmexico.com/. i was there once and it's awesome….

  • bird
    January 17, 2010 Reply

    Hahahahahah! Did I state that? I don’t see where…

  • Niq
    January 16, 2010 Reply

    wait a minute… is he from SA???

  • Niq
    January 16, 2010 Reply

    Um… ok… so you’ve stated it isn’t that one guy who we knew to be in CO… is it even a guy at all? is it someone famous?? oh good grief woman, what a way to leave the evening… I’m off to watch Deadwood now, if the suspense doesn’t kill me first ~;)

  • bird
    January 16, 2010 Reply

    hehehe nobody does. When you find out it will BLOW YOUR MIND. hahaha

  • Niq
    January 16, 2010 Reply

    me too!!! …and why do I not know who this mystery man is???

  • bird
    January 16, 2010 Reply

    hehe yep. All good stuff huh!! Everyone seems very concerned with me right now because my admiration and respect for my best friend has grown into more than that, I’m in love and I can’t deny it, but my head is screwed on straight. I am stronger than anyone realises. I know exactly what I want out of life, exactly who I deserve to be with, and I know exactly how to live my life in happiness.

    I can’t wait to see you again Niq.

  • Niq
    January 16, 2010 Reply

    yes, esp the Portland part, or perhaps, esp the MM part 😉 actually, I have high hopes for legalization for adults in the near future but would love to know a good grower who isn’t part of the problems related to it. And, I just think it is a good idea for you to travel but keep a home ground to return to.

  • bird
    January 16, 2010 Reply

    I love that my biggest client loves this plan. Living a life lead by love for what you do leads to beautiful people like you.

  • bird
    January 16, 2010 Reply

    Especially the Portland part right? hehe

  • Niq
    January 16, 2010 Reply

    YIPPEEE!!!! I saw part of this in my email on phone earlier today (only see partial messages and haven’t opened up my laptop all day)… I think this is a FAB plan! ~xoxo~

  • Olivia Meiring
    January 16, 2010 Reply

    I love Tahoe.

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