I was just looking at my calendar and realized that it’s a little less than two months until I start classes, and as fast as time seems to be going, I am pretty sure it will be here in practically a blink of an eye. I have an excel worksheet that lays down all the courses I need to take and when I plan to be taking them, and if all goes as planned, I should graduate in December of 2018. It really cannot come quickly enough…
That got me thinking of how I’ll be spending the next three years, outside of school and work. I already feel like a lot of that time will be spent writing. I have so many ideas spinning around in my head for books, including the one I am currently working on. Many of which I cannot actually start until I begin my travels. I also feel like I’ll be spending a LOT of time on photoshop, either experimenting with photo editing or experimenting with graphic design. Hopefully I’ll eventually get better with graphic design because right now, I feel like I kinda suck. Also, I am interested in it and can see myself being somewhat successful in that area. I recently designed a poster for a contest, which I kinda doubt I’ll win, but it’s experience!
All that inspired me to really think of all the other possible paths I can take that I can do while traveling full time, trying to expand my horizons, so to say. Photography and writing are two things I’ve always wanted to do professionally, but somehow I am just starting to really take in and realize how much is available on a freelance, work-where-you-want basis. Things such as graphic design, web design, SEO & Marketing, blogging, videography, and the list goes on.
One of the other options that I have been thinking about for a while, that I might end up launching into before I even graduate, is small business planning and startup. I am wanting to wait until I get my certificate in entrepreneurial ventures, but that won’t take long after I start and there is already something I’m wanting to do that will hopefully be put into motion by this time next year.
Videography is also something I am wanting to test the waters of. I actually have a little bit of experience with that, along with video editing, from like 7 years ago. Looking back at those creations, I am not particularly proud, but I would always get comments saying how awesome it was. I guess that’s something? I hope to experiment and improve my abilities in these areas.
And of course, graphic design. I might take a class or two for this at some point. I feel like, for a starter, I’m not terrible… but there are so many people who are better. It’s another area in which I hope to improve with within the following three years so I can do it professionally, with as much confidence as I have with photography and writing.