Drawing my Dream Map

Publicly Working Towards My Dreams in Real-Time


I don’t presume to know how to get the most out of life better than anyone else. However, I do believe myself to be uniquely qualified to figure out my own life (because it’s my own ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ).

I’m publishing this series for a few reasons

a) doing so will help me be more accountable for organizing my thoughts and

b) this approach I’m taking is something I’ve been developing myself for myself. I didn’t get it from a book. It came from my own head, synthesized from my experiences and learnings. I want to work on the details in real-time here so that you may follow along and, on the off chance that you see any parallels with your own life, perhaps my perspective may serve you (even if it’s just a sense of camaraderie, knowing you’re not alone).

Thanks for stopping by. โœŒ & ๐Ÿ’œ.

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