One Year of a Serial Life

What a Difference a Year Makes

 

A Serial Life is a year old!  Happy blogaversary to me! Thanks for those of you who read it, comment, retweet, and share.

I had a lot of help setting this site up.  A big thank you to Kristin Wong over at www.thewildwong.com who was a great teacher and held my hand through the whole process.  I am a fan of her writing and she continues to inspire me every day.  Please check her out, I’m pretty sure you’ll like her too.

A lot has happened to me over the year like almost dying, working on my fabulous list (bucket list), and working on some pretty great projects.  I feel a little more confident with all this blog stuff but also am still working on that learning curve. Some of what happened over the past year is a direct result of this blog.  I was able to do more writing for others and even managed to get a post featured at lifehacker.com.

Most of this was good stuff or had a happy ending. It all makes me smile in the end.  I feel blessed.

One of the best parts has been hearing from the readers.  I’ve gotten some questions via email and I thought perhaps everyone might want to hear the answers.

You say that you are a multipotentialite and live a serial life.  What does that actually look like for you?

To start with, if you look at the various careers I have had, there are a few.  Since the time I was 18 I have been an Orthodontic Assistant, Medical Assistant, Apprentice Tapestry Weaver, Day Care Provider, Pastry Chef and Sugar Artist, Teacher, and Writer.  That doesn’t include a lot of the side jobs I’ve had or the jobs that I had as a kid (started at 12 with a paper route).  Now, most times, I was doing two at a time, transitioning from one career to another. These were never “fly by night” vocations.  I think the shortest time I did any of these jobs was the 4 years as a tapestry weaver.

I also tend to diversify and find variety in what I am currently doing.  For example, I have been a Pastry Chef and Sugar Artist for 18 years.  In that time, I have used that experience to create beautiful wedding cakes, dessert buffets, compete in sugar art competitions, participate in edible fashion shows, create and run a cake decorating convention, become a college professor (baking and pastry, of course), participate in product research and development, write course curriculum, and write copy for industry professionals.

Outside of my job I have a lot of other interests as well that include my family, volunteer work, art, reading, DIY projects, and Reiki.  Subjects that pique my interest are personal finance, psychology of personality, meditation, and spirituality.  Even my music playlists are very diversified- American Authors, Bruce Springsteen, Walk the Moon, Owl City, The Black-eyed Peas, Panic at the Disco, Green Day, Tchaikovsky, Twenty-one Pilots and even the sound track for Les Miserables and Rent (ok, I pretty much listen to anything except country).

So, in a nutshell, it looks complicated or crazy depending on your view point.  It is, however, never boring.

Isn’t living a serial life really just relevant to a few on the fringe?

I am going to say that there is more of us than you would think.  While the term multipotentialite is new(link), the concept is not new.  My favorite historical example is Leonardo Davinci.  He had art and science and math and engineering all wrapped up in one tortilla.  He didn’t stick with one thing and he came up with some pretty brilliant stuff.

I think there is a certain population of us who have been finally been given permission to believe it is ok to be curious and fascinated with the world and live our lives accordingly.  In fact, for many young people it has become a necessity in order to make a living.  So maybe I am closer to being like a millennial than a middle aged old fart.

Many people are embracing their different interests and how they go about using them.  In fact, there is a whole website dedicated to those of us who like to branch out like this.  It is www.puttylike.com.  If you are still curious about others living a serial life, or think you may be a multipotentialite yourself, this is a good resource.

How do you manage to do all the things you do and keep all your balls in the air?

I do my best.  And sometimes that just doesn’t work. Sometimes those balls bounce all over the place, sometimes with a direct hit to my head.  I have set up all kinds of systems that are personal to what I do (productivity hacks are a personal thing).  On good days when things are running smoothly it is well planned out and most of the important work is done during my most productive time (6am-10am) and I check things off my to-do list.  Then there are the days when I have overscheduled myself, unexpected obligations get put on me, and my house and/or myself starts falling apart.

When the balls do come crashing down, I take a break for a small meditation and then get my butt up off the floor and work with what I’ve got. There may or may not be a lot of cussing and pity parties and more cussing before that meditation part.  Just sayin’.

Why do you feel the need to have a whole site dedicated to personal development?

I believe we are never done growing and improving.  I can never imagine being at the point in my life where I can say I am perfect or that I have nothing left to learn.  Ironically, the more I learn the more I feel that I need to grow and improve.

I also know that in my sphere of influence most of them feel the same.  So there must be others out there who feel the same and this is the world wide web and I am just hoping to attract those that agree with me and those that just might need to take that next step on their own journey.

Thanks again for being here!

Photo Credit: Bob Maquire

Now it’s your turn: Do you live a serial life and what does yours look like? Anything you’d like to see discussed in the next year?

2 thoughts on “What a Difference a Year Makes

  1. Kristin

    Congratulations on a successful year, Anna! And thank you for the kind words, you continue to be an inspiration for me, too. I loved this line: “I think there is a certain population of us who have been finally been given permission to believe it is ok to be curious and fascinated with the world and live our lives accordingly.” I feel this way, too, and I think that’s why it helps for people to share their stories of vulnerability, learning, and growth. Kudos on the blog!

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  2. Ami Higbee

    Congratulations Anna! What an incredible exploration you’ve taken us on. You’re tenacity to consistently share thoughtful writing for an entire year is really quite something! Cheers to you!

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