The Back Story

The Back Story

(for new readers regarding the events of late 2013)

 

In late September 2013, I went on a camping trip in the Utah backcountry with one of my best friends.  Upon our return to civilization, I suffered from some “breakthrough” seizures and was taken to the emergency room at a Denver hospital.

The seizures were intense enough that I entered into a life-threatening condition called status epilepticus , in which the brain is in a state of persistent seizure.  I was sedated, placed on a ventilator and subsequently admitted into the hospital.  I spent several days in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit.

Prior to the event and hospitalization, I had been working as a Project Coordinator on a temporary assignment based out of Austin, since August 2013.  The project was to last approximately 6-8 months.  Taking this position and working on this project was the first of many steps towards the next phase of my life.  I had a plan, I was meeting goals, I was making things happen.

Then…I regained consciousness in the emergency room of a Denver hospital.

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After being discharged from the hospital in Denver, I returned “home” to live with my parents, recover and try and figure out what the next step was.  For three weeks following this incident, I was able to work remotely from their house and actively managing my accounts remotely – while working on determining the next step with my current supervisor.

The next step for me was to begin a medical leave of absence.  This would give me the time and the opportunity to get my life back in order.  At this time, I had possessions in three different states and no home.

In a matter of a few days and weeks, I went from feeling like a successful Project Coordinator with my life in order to living in my parent’s spare room with nothing but the possessions I had taken with me to Utah.

I could not drive.  I could not work.  I quickly realized that life is truly lived on life’s terms.  Regardless of the plans that we make, we must always prepare for those plans to be changed by a power higher than ourselves.

Over the next few months, I began working with the Human Resources Department with the company I work for.  The people within the HR department have been very helpful in assisting me with gaining a better understanding of the situation that I am in and the options that I have.

(end of backstory – written on 01/01/14)

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Episode 0011 – Disconnecting to Reconnect – Part 2 of 2

11/15/13 – Episode 0011 – [21:26] – The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Episode 0010 – Disconnecting to Reconnect – Part 2 of 2

Join us today as we discuss:

  • Feeling Grounded
  • Life throwing the proverbial curveball
  • Playing “catch up” and “getting things done”
  • Procrastination vs. Action
  • FacebookProcrastination_flagOrganization:  An organizational system is only as good as the execution of the content contained within the system.
  • Community
    • Planning to work with local farm here in Medina County, OH
  • Relationships
  • Fear
  • Patience / Impatience
  • Changing our environment
  • Finding balance
  • The “System” and change
  • Personal Tracking & Productivity
    • Spreadsheet?
    • Pomodoro app on phone?
    • What is the overall objective?
    • How can this tie into my job/resume/etc?
      • Should this tie into my job?
  • Music / blog
    • Where am I going with this?
    • What is the purpose of this blog?
    • “The First Day of Rest of Your Life” title is very appropriate – but needs direction

Resources for today’s show:

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The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Episode 0010 – Disconnecting to Reconnect – Part 1 of 2

11/15/13 – Episode 0011 – [24:12] – The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Episode 0010 – Disconnecting to Reconnect – Part 1 of 2

Join us today as we discuss:

  • Disconnect to Reconnect
    • We stay “connected” but at what expense?
  • Stability / Instability in life
    • Go through life challenges with others
    • Preparing for instability
    • Community
  • “Waking up”
    • Feeling overwhelmed
    • Ignoring the realities right in front of our eyes
    • “Living deliberately” (making this more a part of what I’m doing)
    • Waking up:
      • To chronic medical conditions
      • To social-political and economic realities
        • How these parallels can affect ourselves and society (21:50)
  • Inspiring and Motivating others
  • “Back to Disconnecting and Reconnecting…” – show cuts out (memory card full)
    • See Part 2 of 2

Resources for today’s show:

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The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Episode 0010 – “Picking up the pieces”

Yesterday was a challenging day.  Almost 24 hours after the fact, it is even more challenging to recall the specifics of “why” the day was so challenging – but that’s another story.  Given the fact that I have little certainty about the future of my job and my career, the inability to drive, the need to take drugs that impair my mental state – my life is good.  I am happy, healthy and I have family that is supporting me through these troubled times. However, some days are incredibly frustrating and we don’t perform up to the capacity that we think we can and should.  Yesterday was most certainly one of those days.  When we feel like that, it is important to realize that we must keep putting one foot in front of the other and simply carry on.  Regardless of what we do (or don’t do), the sun will still rise in the East tomorrow.  It is important to try and remain grateful during these troubled times and focus on the good that surrounds us.

11/12/13 – Episode 0010 – [28:08] – Picking up the pieces

Join us today as we discuss:

  • Recent hospitalization / leave of absence
  • Epilepsy and chronic medical conditions
  • Breakdown of the past 6 weeks
  • Show preparation and/or lack thereof (for today’s show)
    • Part of what’s on my mind is not represented in this blog.”
  • Feeling overwhelmed
    • Procrastination and things building up exponentially
    • We are our own biggest critic
    • We never satisfy ourselves
  • Reflections on my hospitalization, personal disaster and disaster preparedness
    • Recently wrote an article for Brink of Freedom regarding chronic medical conditions (such as epilepsy)
    • Chronic medical conditions from a preparedness standpoint and what we can do to live accordingly

Resources for today’s show:

Stay tuned.

The Distractions of Life and Curve Balls

Sometimes…life throws us a curve ball.

Many of us are in the business world and speak of being proactive.  However, when we are faced with the curve balls, or the distractions of life, we often rely on how we react to them.  Life happens on life’s terms – this is reality.   However, if we spend less time thinking about how life happens to us and how much control over life we actually do have – we begin to change our perception.

A lifestyle of living deliberately as frequently as possible ensures that when these curve balls are thrown at us (and trust me, they get thrown) that we have already begun to prepare how we will react.

Grasshopper and his disciple in Kung Fu

Deliberate living is not easy.  Throughout our childhood and adolescence we lose the innocence we had as a baby.  These years and into adulthood, we also become corrupted – subject to the various propaganda, media and people (among other things) that keep us distracted.

While we are born with the ability to ebb and flow with what life throws at us, we are also unprepared to deal with what life throws at us.  We are physically weak when we are first born and while perhaps not mentally “strong” in the way that we may commonly think of strong, we are all born with the ability to live this way and live deliberately.

Embracing simplicity in order to live deliberately helps me react in the most efficient way possible at this time when life throws me the proverbial curve ball.  The curve balls will never stop…but I can change the way that I attempt to hit them – or if I attempt to hit them at all.

Stay tuned.

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Episode 0009 – “Reflections While Driving (Part 2 of 2)”

09/18/13 – Episode 0009 – [41:25] – Reflections While Driving (Part 2 of 2)

Join us today as we discuss:

  • Tornado Alley
    • FEMA
    • Culture of dependence
  • Disaster Preparedness
    • What is a disaster?
      • Loss of job
      • Death in family
      • Vehicle failure
      • “Disaster” probablility
    • Importance of personal life inventory
    • Analyze potential scenarios
  • Realize that you do have control
  • Personal responsibility and accountability

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  • Incorporating Permaculture principles into our own lives
  • Inspiration and Motivation
    • Encouraging others
    • Change on a personal level –> Facilitate change on a bigger scale –> Community
  • What is a homestead?
    • Do I need land for a homestead?
    • Taking control
    • Independence
    • “The homestead mentality”
  • Exceeding your own expectations
  • Truly *living*
  • Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life…

Resources for today’s show:

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The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Episode 0008 – “Reflections While Driving (Part 1)”

09/15/13 – Episode 0008 – [1:05:14] – Reflections While Driving (Part 1)

Join us today as we discuss:

  • Leadership
    • “Doing things you don’t necessarily want to do at times you don’t necessarily want to do them.”
    • Personal Responsibility, Accountability and Ownership
  • Beauty of Nature
    • Gratitude and Reflection
  • Doom & Gloom vs. Acknowledgement of Reality
    • Shifting focus from problems to solutions
  • strike the rootNature of our political duopoly
  • A Return to Normalcy
  • My journey towards debt freedom and our society’s culture of debt
  • Living beyond our means – living according to our “wants” rather than living according to our “needs”

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  • Police Checkpoints
  • Understanding and asserting our rights
  • Conspiracy Theorist vs Conspiracy Analysis
  • Nutrition

Resources for today’s show:

Stay tuned.