I realized today that you know a lot about me. A whole lot about me, to be truthful! But I know very little about you. And what’s more, for whatever reason, we never really talk about what we do all day.
So what do you do? Do you stay at home most of the day? Do you spend most of your day at work? If you go to work, what is it that you do for a living?
What I Do
What I do is rapidly changing and becoming something new…
Working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles sounds glamourous to most people – I’ve met and worked with many stars, I’ve been a part of at least 50 different films and television shows. But film work is very life-consuming. I worked 6 to 7 days a week, 16-18 hours a day! It’s too much. And talk about resources – whew – that’s another conversation, but the amount of resources my job consumed was not in line with my growing belief that we should live and tread lightly.
So I took a year off. We moved to the country. I spent my days pondering the simplest of things, the most basic elements of life: I learned to grow food, cook, bake, and make things, and to conserve our several precious resources. Matt and I thought we might stay in the country for the rest of our lives! But as many of you know, that didn’t work out for a number of reasons. At the same time, our year in the country was very useful in giving us life perspective and re-evaluate what we wanted to do next.
When I first moved to Seattle last May, I was unemployed. I needed a new career, one that held true to my ideals more, one that would allow me to help others live sustainably. I began writing this blog, and found you all. I truly love writing. I wish I could make a living at it! Boy do I. But it doesn’t seem to work that way, unfortunately, so I’ve been searching for the next best thing….
Do you remember when we had the local Bloggers Meetup in the summer? There I met Gabriel and Jill, who have since become good friends. Not long after I met him, Gabriel asked me to go into business with him. He was starting a company by pulling together a group of people from different backgrounds, who all wanted to change the world in big ways. Wow, huh? Talk about being at the right place at the right time!
It took a while to bring the group together, and then meet regularly while most of us still had full-time jobs. But five months later, we are writing proposals, we are meeting all sorts of potential clients, and we are refining our world changing devices.
The company is called Re-Vision Labs, and we are working on community building, on making community building really work. That means taking the system that we’ve known for so long – the one that has led us to the environmental, agricultural, and societal destruction we currently face – and turning it on its end. We are redefining community!
Here I am using my degree in Cultural Anthropology, experience in strategic planning for city and state community development programs, many years working with children, my design and art background (and degree), and my film experience – all for good, old-fashioned community building, from the ground up. It goes without saying that the community building we have discussed here at One Green Generation has most definitely informed my work already. Thank you all for that!
As it unfolds, I will keep you apprised – we’re set to launch at the end of February.
Ok, now you know about what I do. Please – tell me what you do all day! I would really, truly love to know. As would others here, I’m very sure. Thank you!!