March 2017: What Am I Doing Now? #ADayWithoutTed and mini-retirement

Note: I’ve decided to join the ‘now’ page movement. For more information: about nownownow.com. These posts will mirror updates to the /now page on this blog. Comments welcome.

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2017.03.21 Tagg Magazine 2017 Enterprising Women, Washington, DC USA 3904 (View on Flickr.com)

Greetings from Washington, DC (of course) and welcome to my first now update.

I am currently in the middle of a mini-retirement (I’m calling it #ADayWithoutTed).

Just 5 days. Because life is amazing, and because I can.

I’m using the time to

  • Brush up a little on my photography (always doing some of that)
  • Tidy up this blog and begin coding for a new theme (it’s time)
  • Set up email newsletters to my liking (I’m using Feedburner, which has limitations, any suggestions let me know)
  • Creating this now page (based on a movement created by Derek Sivers)

I’ll be continuing with the activities above after mini-retirement, albeit in a more time-managed sort of way.

Other things I’m doing

I recently enjoyed meeting 2017’s Enterprising Women, from which the photograph on the right is taken. One thing that’s a constant is my enjoyment of the future and Washington, DC, where both seem to happen in tandem 🙂 .

That’s it for now (and this first now page). Seems like a lot. Good to take stock. I therefore like the concept.

Is there anything I should be doing that I’m not? Let me know in the comments below. 

Updated 2017.03.27 – Based on a movement created by Derek Sivers


What’s a mini-retirement?

Timothy Ferriss argues that instead of deferring retirement to the end of our careers, we would be happier, more fulfilled, and more productive if we instead took “mini-retirements” throughout our lives.”

Because I realize I haven’t posted the story of the Mexican Fisherman elsewhere on this blog, I’m doing it here. It will help explain the concept. The story, by the way is based on on this one: Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral – Wikipedia

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.” The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.”

“But what then?” Asked the Mexican.

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!”

“Millions – then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

Photo Friday: With the Spirits and Ancestors, Washington, DC USA

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future*. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” (probably misattributed to Lao Tzu, I got it from Tim Ferriss)

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Vietnam War Memorial – 2017.03.04 DC People and Places 00400 (View on Flickr.com)
Washington, DC, USA has a natural release valve for the times when people need to be in the present – you don’t have to walk very far to spend time with the spirits and the ancestors.

And then, reliably, you can walk back toward the city to see the future being born. Pretty much every day 🙂 .

*Regarding the quote above. Anxiety is not always a bad thing; it’s related to its cousin eagerness, driven by the embrace of curiosity. Glass 3/4 full always.

Rest of the series here + a few virtual reality shots. We’ll see if photography embraces this trend or not. In the meantime… living in the future.