Podcasts and Twitter

I am about to head into my cave (well, the bedroom with the laptop and no distractions) to write some more. It’s funny. I started out with the basic outline of a book (well, Scrivener’s version of one). Got 9 chapters ready to be filled, found quotes I wanted to use to support my thinking, have written a good chunk of most of the chapters, and now I’m thinking the scope of it needs to be expanded (just a bit). It’s morphing into basically a multi-part lesson on changing and establishing habits, really. I didn’t envision that when I started this.

I just signed up for a Twitter account (https://twitter.com/brendanolen3) that is just me, not solely Atkins/Keto related or homemaking. Just me and all my tangents. Until now I have never been an active Twitter user but will do my best to be better at it.  I think I will have to take a Twitter for Dummies class.

I have always loved the spoken word. The first time I remember listening to an audio book was in my sophomore English class in high school. The teacher was fantastic! We had to read “Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare. Have you just sat and read Shakespeare (silently)? Ugh! Our teacher turned on an audio recording while we followed along in our books. THEN, we watched the movie version with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (to understand their relationship, you need to watch that movie and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. They were electrifying together). Since then, I have been hooked. It takes my attention-deficient brain a long time to sit and read a book. I cannot tell you how many times I have to re-read a page two or more times because my mind wandered while reading BUT if I listen I get it: I comprehend immediately. It’s a beautiful thing. That is why I enjoy podcasts so much. As long as I am not doing anything loud (running the vacuum or lawn mower) or something that requires all of my attention (like reading) I do not have to stop everything to be entertained or learn.

So, I wanted to give you a list of the podcasts I am currently listening to. It’s difficult for me to find someone I resonate with, so my initial list was much longer. I just started listening to Barbell Shrugged and The Fat Burning Man, so I don’t know how well I will ultimately like the shows. I am sure I will find others to listen to (and if you have any suggestions for me, fire away).

48 Days Podcast

Barbell Shrugged      Here’s the video version of a fantastic episode discussing how to not only change your eating habits but those of your family in a smart, sustainable way:

Darkness Radio

Hunt Gather Talk

Northern Runes Radio

RPCast (My Almost Baby Brother)

The Fat Burning Man

The Publishing Profits Podcast

The School of Greatness

The Tim Ferris Show     This episode was the last one that I had to share on Facebook: The Importance of Being Dirty: Lessons from Mike Rowe

Who Am I?

This is the purpose for a completely separate blog.  As too many people know, I have Attention Deficit Disorder.  I wear that like a badge of honor.  I love to learn.  Learn what?  Well, just about anything that catches my eye!  I also love to share what I learn.  That is why I have three You Tube Channels (well, 4 if you want to count the one that I have, for all intents and purposes, abandoned), three blogs, two Twitter accounts, two Facebook pages in addition to my main profile and one royally messed up website.  I know not everyone is like me (mentally scattered) so I do my best to compartmentalize the treasures I find online.  One cool little feature I discovered on here (WordPress) is a little widget for Goodreads!  So, pop over here (to this blog) if you are ever bored and want to take a gander at what I’ve been reading.  The list resembles a Jackson Pollock painting!  🙂

So, last month’s Winter Solstice.  That is really what this post (and blog) are about.  For the first time, it felt like that was the dawning of a new year/new phase in my life.  I can’t explain why.  As the night wore on, it felt as if the clouds were parting.  I cannot think of a better way to describe it but that is when I went a-searching online for some way to figure out who I really am and what I want to be when I grow up.

Explaining my search paths online is worse than trying to tell someone my train of thought when I blurt out a totally random observation. So, simply put, somehow I stumbled onto a tutorial on Lynda.com (I think it was somehow through Dave Conrey of Fresh Rag but don’t quote me). It is Personal Branding Basics with Lorrie Thomas Ross.  It is geared toward the career-minded professional but it got me thinking:  Who am I?  What is my role in this life?  How do I want to be portrayed to the world? Most importantly, how do I want to be remembered?

Do I really only want people to remember me for posting smart-assed memes and videos on Facebook?  Not really.  I have always wanted those who have known me to somehow feel enriched by the experience (well, except for those individuals who, if they magically dropped off the face of the earth I would not mourn) but feel like I have failed miserably.  This is why I strayed away from survivalist topics (for the most part) a few years ago.  It’s such doom and gloom.  You can only point out how corrupt the government is so often without it becoming oppressive (not to mention depressing and a bit fatalistic).

So, here I am having, what seems like a bit of a mid-life crisis (no, mid-life discovery).  This is where the entire journey begins and will be chronicled.  Are you ready for it?  🙂