Writing this blog has been cathartic for me, albeit a little risky. Scattering my thoughts out into the infinite universe of cyberspace to be forever accessible is, quite frankly, terrifying! But isn’t that what every writer does regardless of the medium they choose? And of course, without risk, there can be no success.
When I began this project nine months ago, I had a clear goal in mind – to document my progress in attaining the unconventional lifestyle of my dreams, and join the ranks of those who encourage others throughout the process. Instead, it took on a life of its own and morphed into a journal of my frustrations. This was actually a positive development, as I was prompted to research and learn everything I could about the social, economical, and political issues plaguing us today. And believe it or not, they are all intertwined with each other and my goal.
Analyzing the trend of responses from all of you in conjunction with the various types of posts, I have decided to branch out into several different blogs:
- Economical: Featuring credit repair, frugal living tips, as well as commentary on current economic issues. Special note: My frugal living book is currently being edited and the target date for release is mid October. Also, a simple “how to” book on credit repair is in the works with details coming soon. In addition to the how to books, my daughter, Aryell, and I are in the beginning stages of research for a more scholarly book about the growing trend of poor/homeless with college degrees in the US. Aryell’s photographs will be introduced in this work.
- Political: Including commentary on local, state, national, and global issues through a slightly different lens. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting new development.
- Inspirational: This will document my journey towards achieving that unconventional lifestyle of my dreams that this blog was meant to achieve.
The postings will occur weekly rather than monthly. There will be a featured guest writer once a month, as well as several helpful links that correspond with each subject. I will continue to use http://www.carlagrist.com as the sounding board/diary it has become. Please continue to comment both privately and publicly – whether or not you agree. Beginning a discourse is one of the first steps in resolving any issue. Of course, as the additional blogs become available, I will post the links to them here.
REMEMBER TO TAKE RISKS AND LIVE BIG!