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What do I want to be when I grow up

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You might think that this is an odd title for a blog post.  Especially seeing as though I am in my 40’s now.  Where did the time go?!  But I have thought a lot recently about what I want to be when I grow up.  How do people figure out what they want to do with their lives – what they’re “meant” to do?  Sometimes I feel like I just throw things at the wall to see what will stick.  I discuss struggles with finding my passion in my previous blog post Another day, another butterfly.  If you haven’t watched the link in there to Cass Phillipps TedX talk, I highly suggest watching it.

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Another day, another butterfly

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Do you sometimes you feel like you get distracted by every pretty butterfly?  So I started out looking into product reviews, then it turned into looking at things to do with a blog, then in the process of looking at a blog came the big question.  What is my passion in life? What can I not do?  And the answer is… I don’t freakin’ know!  No clue.  Are there things I enjoy doing? Sure!  But do I jump back and forth between things I enjoy doing? All the time!  For example, I went through a cleaning phase.  I was going to get the house cleaned and organized.  I was really motivated.  And then, I wasn’t.  I don’t remember what I moved on to… typically for me my focuses tend to fall into the following categories: 1) Bettering myself or my house (cleaning, organizing, decluttering, working on personal issues, finding what I want to do with my life); 2) research (genealogy mostly,  but also stuff I need to buy or places I’m interested in… or anything I’m interested in)  3) gaming (LOTRO, D&D).  But I bounce between them… every few days.  When I’m into something, I’m all in… hours and hours and hours of being involved in it.  And then the switch turns off and I move back to something else.  But… I don’t really consider any of them passions.  How do you know what is an interest and what is a passion?  Maybe I just don’t know what passion is.  The dictionary (M-W online) has a few definitions – the applicable ones being

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Scattered Focus

I tend to be a bit scattered in my focus as I hop from around different things.  Lately I’ve been interested in ways to make money on the internet.  I played around with some transcriptions.. I type fast, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to speedy transcriptions I’m finding. I think you really  need the foot pedal thing.  I’ve done some Mturk things via Amazon.  I’ve found a couple blogs that talk about different places you can join – opinion surveys, bzzzagent, one space, user testing..  nothing is really feeling that worthwhile at this point.  Part of me wants to just get a job in the real world, but with the girls only in school three half-days a week it just isn’t really feasible.  I’ll continue to poke around online to see if I find anything that seems to fit me.  Maybe what I really need to do is focus on one at a time.  Spend 2-3 days working with just one website to see if it’s a good fit for me vs jumping around like I am today (see, scattered)!

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