How It’s All Coming Together

TSW is a goal-oriented program. Each blog is pivoted around a goal(s) to help users identify the things they want to accomplish in their lives to build out their list.

I haven’t had a chance to wrap my mind around this week’s blog until I stopped and realized I was about to accomplish two big goals (of the 50) I had for 2017.

The Big Challenge

In early July, I attended a SXSW (SX) meeting in which I happened to learn the process to submit material to present at the 2018 conference. SX seeks relevant and novel topics, but to my surprise, I learned it can come from anyone, say,  a college student, mother or an author. Creative, forward-thinking content is their priority. Overly exposed or aged work is not.

One of my goals was to engage in a challenge or contest. I didn’t know what this would be, but by noting it as a goal, it would keep my eyes and ears open.

So, I submitted my topic late last week.

Not too far from my story, it’s centered around the cultural shift of longer term singles. Many are not getting the white picket fence (WPF) they had assumed their lives would evolve to. As a result, there’s a void. What’s plan B? Today, it’s about recreating our own version of purpose and fulfillment. Many don’t know where or how to start. The discussion would talk about letting go and redefining yourself along with my story including concepts and practices I’ve learned along the way.

I’m excited and nervous. Will the SX community and staff approve my work? I don’t know. If they don’t, I tried and I’m ready to try again the next year. If they do, I have work ahead of me and have every intent to knock it out of the park. I would be a busy bee until March 2018.

SX will be posting my proposal on their site in August to allow the public to comment and vote on the topics they would like to see. You don’t need to have a badge to do this.

Trust, that I will call for my readers’ support. Oh, the excitement.

The Big Trip

As some of you may know, I went through a major eye surgery that was extremely invasive and traumatic physically and emotionally. I didn’t expect my body to break down on me, at least not yet. I was just exploring a redefined life. It’s been hard as every morning and evening I’m reminded of my reshaped eye when I’m handling my contacts. I found myself weeping ever so often. To this day, my eye still doesn’t feel 100%.

I realized soon after I needed to reset myself, focus on a new adventure and live today as tomorrow is not promised. My goal to commit to a big trip overseas was calling me. Traveling to Europe again, even if it meant for a limited two weeks, would be the ideal solution. For years, I kept holding off from visiting because I wanted to do this with a partner and/or go for an extended period. I want to immerse myself in the culture again, not be a tourist.

Well, by this Saturday, I’m headed for four weeks to Sicily – the largest Mediterranean island just off the “toe” of Italy’s boot. I have an apartment, office space and wi-fi set up and ready to go. I will be with a group of remote workers that are building their own respective opportunities whether it’s for a hobby or business. The program fosters a culture of creativity, development and networking among the 30+ members and within the local Palermo community.

Yes, I’m meeting people I’ve never met. Yes, I’m spending more money than what I would have expected. Yes, I’m testing my comfort zone. I am growing.

My eye surgery became the catalyst of this remote work trip to Sicily and it’s the best decision I made this year.

I also couldn’t ask for a more perfect environment to develop my SX TSW work. #itallcametogether

My 2017 Vision

The featured image of this blog is the vision board I created at the beginning of 2017. Ironically, it has a lot to do with taking risks, traveling big and making things happen.

Vision Board 1
I recall I was a little discouraged that our board clip outs were limited to lifestyle magazines.
Funny how the universe comes together when you open up and put yourself out there. Building a list of goals will transform your life.

Sign up to follow my blog and my Instagram!  You can bet you will see a lot of Sicily and my discoveries.

‘Til Next, Elisa
IG: Elisaut
#thespinningwheel #itallcametogether #goals

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