What I’m Doing Now

If you ever want to know what I’m up to, this is the place. (This idea is based on the movement created by Derek Sivers.) 

Van tripping with a piano. Aw yeah!

What I’m Spending My Time On

Bend, Oregon is our home these days. Here’s the post (title: downshifting from van life) explaining why.

Writing my weekly newsletter and blogging (occasionally)

After years of consistent blogging, I added the newsletter at the start of 2019. It’s allowed me additional creative space  sharing things I care about that aren’t quite blog-worthy. I also continue to blog here and there, but far less than before. I keep threatening to get back to a weekly schedule, but there’s only so many hours in each day.

Garden projects

We finally built Chelsea the garden of her dreams – 11 large planter boxes – and she’s practically a full-time farmer these days. There’s always a trellis to build or some irrigation to run, so I’m wrenching away out there at least a few hours a week.

Learning to play piano

Chelsea surprised me with a digital keyboard for my birthday in 2020 and I’ve dived headfirst into piano land. I’ve played guitar for years, but something about piano was love at first sight. I can’t get enough of it! (Here’s my approach to learning to play.)

Getting my Italian citizenship and learning Italian

In 2020, I learned I’m eligible to become an Italian citizen via my great-grandfather. It’s a convoluted, time-consuming process, but by mid-2023, I could have a Italian passport! Just 12,236 more steps. (I’m doing it for my brother and mom as well.)

To complement the quest, I’m consistently studying Italian using Duolingo, Anki memorization decks, the Coffee Break Italian podcast, and weekly lessons with a native Italian speaker via iTalki.com.

Outdoor adventure

I bikepacked across Oregon on the Oregon Outback in May. I’m doing the Three Sisters Three Rivers bikepack in June and the Colorado Trail in August. Around that, some shorter van trips and the day-to-day rides around Bend.

Learning how to draw

Since the start of 2021, my college roommate and I have exchanged a daily drawing. I’ve had a T. Rex joke phase, flowers, bikes, animals, or whatever is going on that day in my life. My brain continues to struggle with perspective, but it’s tremendously rewarding. And a cool way to connect with a close friend.

Reading

Reading less to open up time for music and langague, but still fairly frequently. (Say hi on my Goodreads profile.)

Oh, and running my business!

Ha, almost forgot this one. Shows where my priorities are these days… Just me and four awesome employees.

That’s what I’m up to! As my focus changes, I’ll update this page. Last modified June 3, 2021

elkhorn crest mtb
Parting shot! Sunset on the sublime Elkhorn Crest trail in NE Oregon.