This blog begins on a sunny day on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA in the summer of 2009. I was fortunate enough to have been given a house for 10 days in Oak Bluffs, one of the towns on the island, by a dear friend. She obviously has done very well for herself being able to purchase a home as beautiful as this one and has a wonderful life spending her time with family and friends and in her home on this quaint island.
I had been to the Vineyard many times in my life but this is the first time I was able to actually really spend the time exploring and getting to know the type of people that live and work here. We were fortunate to be able to visit the various Farmer’s Markets where fresh fruits, vegetables, and freshly baked goods were sold in the open air at different locations on the island. There are also many craft fairs and flea markets where islanders are able to display and sell their handcrafted wares. It is at events like these where you really can talk to and get to know some of the people who have taken that chance and tried to make a “unique life” of their own. These are hard-working people who are not content with the status quo, or the “static quo” as I refer to in my site subtitle. They have decided to step up and create the life that they want to live rather than pursuing the typical mode of employment and working for a large company away from the beautiful surroundings that they have on the island.
It is people like these that I want to highlight in this blog. Whether it be tools or techniques that they have used so that they can be successful on their own or simply their stories. Maybe I could focus on who these people looked up to and why they chose to go the route that they did rather than following the crowd. There are so many inspirational stories and speakers out there who can help you find your course so that maybe you too can follow your dream. There are thousands of books and courses out there that can be tools that we can use to help us pursue our dreams. Maybe you are an avid bicyclist and always dreamed of owning your own bike store, or at least working in one rather than slaving behind a desk crunching numbers. Maybe you are a woodworking hobbyist and have dreams of some day opening your own shop and building furniture for your life’s work. And maybe you have ideas that you want to put down in a blog and want to make a “unique life” of your own in this pursuit. There are many stories out there of people who have followed their dreams and turned their dreams into success.
I work for corporate America and one of the largest companies in the world. I have a dream to be independent and to not have to work at a job where I have to answer to others. It isn’t a bad gig, believe me, but it isn’t my dream. Maybe through this blog we can work toward our common goals and discover that maybe with enough belief, creativity, and passion we can all realize our dreams or at least most of them…
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