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4-Hour Workweek: The End of Time Management

4-Hour Workweek: The End of Time Management

I’m re-reading Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek, a book that first caught my attention and imagination when I was in high school, over a decade ago. Now, I’m going through the book again at the age of 26– and trying to turn ideas into action. I’ve…

4-Hour Workweek: Dreamline Target Monthly Income & Next Steps

4-Hour Workweek: Dreamline Target Monthly Income & Next Steps

I’m re-reading Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek, a book that first caught my attention and imagination when I was in high school, over a decade ago. Now, I’m going through the book again at the age of 26– and trying to turn ideas into action. I’ve…

4-Hour Workweek: The Dreamline

4-Hour Workweek: The Dreamline

I’m re-reading Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek, a book that first caught my attention and imagination when I was in high school, over a decade ago. Now, I’m going through the book again at the age of 26– and trying to turn ideas into action. I’ve always been intrigued by the ideas in the 4-Hour Workweek. Here are my experiments with them, as I try to bring my dreams to life.

The Dreamline

In the 4-Hour Workweek, the Dreamline is presented as part wishlist, part timeline. It asks the question, If you could have, do, or be anything in the world, what would it be? It rules nothing out as impossible— anything is fair game in the Dreamline. That’s the wishlist part of it. The timeline part of it, is that you’re creating two lists. One list for everything that you can imagine in the next 6 months, and one list for everything in the next 12 months.

Tim’s instructions are simple. For your first dreamline, the 6 month one, make three lists. One list for “Having,” one list for “Doing,” and one list for “Being.” List your top five in each category— in 6 months, what do you want? What are your wildest dreams? What would make you happy?

Then, repeat the process for the 12-month dreamline.

For each dreamline, go back to the “Being” section, and convert each of those items into concrete actions.

Once you’ve got your lists, review them. Pick 4 items from the 6-month dreamline, and 4 from the 12-month. These are the things that are personally most important to you. The things that would transform your life the most.

You’ll also calculate costs for each of your 4 chosen dreamline items, and come up with next steps and action items for each of your 6-month goals. I’ll do these for my own dreamline in a separate blog post.

My 6-Month List

Having:

  1. Perfect travel gear – suitcase, ultra-light clothes, perfect toiletry setup.
  2. 🌟 Less stuff – a minimalist living space, with only useful or beautiful items.
  3. Great shelving and organization.
  4. A good wardrobe – handmade clothes, good bras, nice shoes.
  5. An interesting and unique wall art collection.


Being:

  1. Free of my skin problems. Healthy and confident in my body. —> Seeing a dermatologist, experimenting with OTC skincare products, using natural remedies for skin.
  2. An amateur ceramicist. —> Visit the ceramics studio every month and spend some time playing with clay.
  3. An experienced sewist – a craftsperson who can make outstanding quality dresses, shirts, pants, etc. —> Making my fall wardrobe by hand, with the materials I just bought.
  4. A full-time entrepreneur. —> Complete the 4-hour workweek. Learn to delegate and outsource quickly.
  5. 🌟 Healthy. More energetic, less in pain, recharged and ready to take on each day. —> Explore natural healing. Spend time every day relaxing and taking care of myself. Incorporate gentle movement into my routine.

Doing:

  1. Honing my sewing skills – sewing unique, interesting, classically made, well-constructed garments.
  2. 🌟 Reading books – read and examine great novels, both for enjoyment and for education.
  3. 🌟 Traveling to somewhere unique, inspiring, and possibly remote during a week-long trip with Matt.
  4. Spending more time with Reggie, especially playing with him.
  5. Writing a blog or instagram or some other way to share my adventures and learning.

My 12-Month List


Having:

  1. 🌟 A house – mine to live in, customize, and renovate.
  2. A pretty, clean, idyllic space to live and work.
  3. Appliances – dishwasher, robot vacuum, in-unit laundry – to do chores on our behalf.
  4. Massages, acupuncture, yoga, and other high-quality physical care every few weeks.
  5. A car – something rugged and efficient that can help me take road trips and be my travel companion.

Being:

  1. 🌟 A globetrotter – able to pick up and travel for new adventures and locations. —> Have 3 trips abroad to interesting destinations during the next 12 months.
  2. An accomplished reader – with an impressive knowledge of literature, history, and art. —> Pick a series of 12 books, related by a theme, to read closely. Read each one while learning more about the time period and artistic background.
  3. In great health – I don’t need to be a body builder, but I would love to be comfortable, energetic, limber, and feeling well. —> Eat food that makes me feel good. Incorporate gentle movement into every day/ week. Take care of emotional health by resting and relaxing. Find really good healthcare providers.
  4. A product designer – dreaming up and creating my own goods and clothes. —> Think hard about the tools and goods that would improve my life. As I create and tinker, make those. Especially making my own travel gear, home goods, or clothes.
  5. A content creator – an artist, craftswoman, blogger or writer, making creations and sharing with the world. —> A steady stream of thoughts and ideas put out into the world. A steady online presence or a published book would help me feel like a “real” creator.

Doing:

  1. Gardening, indoors and out. Would like to create a simple low-maintenance garden that can be a space for me to tinker and play with plants.
  2. 🌟 Always creating, building and tinkering in my home studio. Spending multiple hours a day just working on passion projects and craft, especially sewing.
  3. Making simple, healthy food and enjoying it. Cooking good bread, pasta, vegetables, etc. at home.
  4. Taking time to rest, recharge, take care of myself, and feel my feelings.
  5. 🌟 Connecting with the makers, creators, and writers I’ve admired from afar my whole life.

6-Month Goals

  1. Have less stuff – a more minimalist living space, with only useful or beautiful items.
  2. Be healthy. More energetic, less in pain, recharged and ready to take on each day. —> Explore natural healing. Find good healthcare providers. Spend time every day relaxing and taking care of myself. Incorporate gentle movement into my routine.
  3. Read books – read and examine great novels, both for enjoyment and for education.
  4. Travel to somewhere unique, inspiring, and possibly remote during a week-long trip with Matt.

12-Month Goals

  1. Own a house – mine to live in, customize, and renovate.
  2. Be a globetrotter – able to pick up and travel for new adventures and locations. —> Have 3 trips abroad to interesting destinations during the next 12 months.
  3. Spend most of my time creating, building and tinkering in my home studio. Spending multiple hours a day just working on passion projects and crafts, especially sewing.
  4. Connect with the makers, creators, and writers I’ve admired from afar my whole life.
Cold Stratifying Peach, Nectarine and Cherry Seeds for Planting

Cold Stratifying Peach, Nectarine and Cherry Seeds for Planting

This summer we had some amazing stone fruit. U-pick peaches and nectarines we picked with Matt’s grandma, and cherries purchased from the store. I wanted to grow some fruit trees from the pits. Fruit trees start small and don’t produce for at least 3 or…

Better Vacation Choices

Better Vacation Choices

A weekend trip, or camping gear? I’ve been thinking hard about where to spend my recreation dollars this fall. I have a Southwest Companion Pass expiring this year, and Matt and I have been talking about taking a short trip somewhere in the US this…

Lavender Obsession

Lavender Obsession

Lavender is currently in full bloom in Berkeley. It’s on every other street, and if you walk by on a warm day you’ll catch a whiff of the sweet, floral perfume. Lavender is a perennial (planted once, it blooms year after year) and yet this is the first year that I’ve noticed it so frequently. I think the heavy spring rain must have helped it along.

In the mornings and evenings, I find myself walking around with an eye out for purple hedges. When I see a lavender plant, I stop to smell the flowers. Sometimes, if I’m feeling particularly brave, I’ll pluck a bloom off a large hedge and carry it with me to work. On Thursday, I pulled a flower off this plant and tucked it in my hair. Later in the day, I placed it on my desk, crushing the petals between my fingers every so often to release the heady perfume.

I’ve been gardening with a friend and she has a beautiful Spanish lavender bush in her yard. I can’t wait to collect some blooms to blend into homemade soap, or ice cream, or sachets for drawers.

A few days ago, I made a map of all the lavender on the side streets leading up to my apartment building. The further into the season it gets, the more often I smell the scent on the air, knowing that soon the flowers will be gone, the more my lavender obsession grows.

I have to admit, I’m planning on stopping by my favorite bushes in a few weeks to see if they’ve set seed. Maybe I’ll take a cutting. I’d never cut flowers from a plant in someone’s yard, but those bushes on sidewalk corners and in front of large apartment buildings? I might take some seeds to plant so I can have my own perfumey hedge next year. And who knows, maybe I’ll inspire another gardener in the neighborhood to do the same.

Shirt No. 1, Three Ways

Shirt No. 1, Three Ways

When I picked up sewing this past summer, I started simple. I decided to make Shirt No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing. I had a free CreativeBug trial, and I enrolled in pattern maker Sonya Philips’s class, which gave me a printable pattern and…

Grey & Yellow

Grey & Yellow

I’ve been meaning to post these pictures for a while now. They’re from early December. The one on the left was taken in Berkeley, the one on the right is from San Francisco. I love how the bay area finally got a few pops of…

Denim Repairs: Visible Mending with Embroidery Thread

Denim Repairs: Visible Mending with Embroidery Thread

visible mending - embroidered patch on jeans

I love the look of artful visible mending on clothes. The back pocket on an old pair of jeans got snagged a few months ago, leaving a quarter-inch hole that let underwear show through. Instead of tossing the pair (what I would have done in the past), I decided to fix it.

Initially, I was going to try a simple, invisible darn, like in this image.

However, the more I researched, the more I was inspired by visible mending from blogs like tomofholland (see this and this), and Japanese sashiko-style mends.

So, I decided to give it a try myself.

Steps of visible mending on jeans

Counter-clockwise from top left: (1) Project materials, including my denim patch. (2) Patch pinned under the hole, beginning stitching around the edge. (3) A full row of stitches in navy thread. (4) Borders of the patch fully sewn in. 

I already had some extra denim bought for another project. I cut a small rectangle, machine-sewed the border with a zig-zag stitch, and pinked the edges. I placed the patch under the hole, and hand-sewed around the edges with dark navy thread. The navy is almost (I think) invisible from the outside.

Once my patch was fastened in place, I sewed vertical rows of stitches in light blue embroidery thread– you’ll see this in the photo below. I worked over the entire patch, then secured my ends with a few carefully-placed knots.

 Finished mended jeans

When I started, I wanted my patch to be covered in little stitched crosses (++++). However, I found that I didn’t need to add the second layer of stitches to achieve a secure final product, and when I did attempt crosses they weren’t able to keep their distinct shape due to how short the first direction of stitches were.

I think the patch looks great as it is now. I can’t wait to keep wearing my jeans, and add more patches in different colors and textures as the jeans wear out.

Rothy’s: One Week In

Rothy’s: One Week In

I recently dropped some cash on a pair of Rothy’s flats. I never thought I’d spend $125 on a single pair of flats, but Rothy’s made some big promises– stylish, comfortable, durable, and made from recycled materials. I first heard about Rothy’s a couple of…