BestThings: Saturday Edition

Right now it's raining.  Yes.  That's right.  Rain. And it's kinda awesome.  We spend so much time complaining about the weather, I decided that is one thing I am not going to waste my time on.  Accept what is, and adjust accordingly.  So, I'm enjoying listening to the rain on the river and going to a movie a little later this afternoon.  

Weather.  Yesterday's weather was amazing!  I spent the evening out on the Willamette River with my brother and nephew, grilling up some brats and enjoying the beautiful sunshine.  Connor swam and we sat in Adirondack chairs watching the boats, kayaks, paddle boards and various other watercraft go by.  The sun blazed a golden path across the river, and once it dipped below the trees on the West bank, the weather got a little breezy and a little chilly.  I could spend every sunset just like that.  I did not see one single other person out on their deck.  If I lived in a houseboat, I would never get anything done because I could be out on the deck all the time.  It was an amazing gift, spending the evening on the river.

Wildlife.  I've seen a beaver two times now, just after sunset.  I wasn't sure if it was a nutria, or a beaver, but after looking at photos of both, I've determined it was a beaver.  And the heron.  Ever present on or near the docks closest to the river bank, below the ramp.  I took the dogs out for one last walk before bed and that's when I saw the beaver.  And of course, in addition to all the normal ducks, geese, swallows, and fish I always see.  I cannot help but feel alive with so much evidence of life around me.  

Driving. I sucked it up and signed up to drive with Uber yesterday.  Got my vehicle inspected and everything.  I found out after I am approved and have given 10 rides, I get a $100 bonus.  I was kind of bummed because I wasn't going to get to use my brother's referral code, for he and I to get a $300 bonus, but then they told me I would get a $500 bonus after 2o rides because I drove for Lyft also.  Awesome!!  So, once that comes through I'm going to kick back $300 to my brother because it was his prompting that sent me to get all set up with Uber.  I gave a few Lyft rides yesterday to some really nice people .  I am so very grateful to have a job where I can flex my schedule around to my liking.  And, why should I limit myself to one company?  I decided to maximize my earning potential.

I was thinking about what I was doing last summer.  Working my ass off, that's what.  Making tons of money, but no time.  The only day in July I half remember was my birthday, and then going to Harefest one night.  The interesting thing is that I am not making anywhere close to that amount of money, and I am just as happy.  I am having all these amazing experiences instead.  But, working that hard last summer put me in a position to be able to explore and figure out what I wanted to do this year.  I've applied for a bunch of different jobs, even tried some, but the doors were not opening. So, I got the message, loud and clear, that driving is what I need to do.   I make decent money, anywhere from $20-$25 for the hours I do drive.  And, if I can get away with working 15-20 hours a week to pay my expenses, why wouldn't I?  I'm not looking for a career.  I already know what that is.  I am a writer.  Until I monetize that, however, I do need a job that pays the bills.  And this is perfect for me.  Doors keep opening up for me for other options too, such as housesitting.  I've asked for adventures, and I've definitely got them.  

I am grateful.  For everything.  I did a meditation today explaining grace and gratitude have more to do with true success than the ego does, always trying to grasp and control.  I have found this to be so true. As I am grateful for what I have, though in the eyes of the ego world it does not seem like much, more abundance comes to me.  And in ways I do not expect.  As I expand, rather than constrict, the Universe or God, the Great Author or Creator breathes "Yes!" and gives me more.  And, I in turn can share that more with others.  It's so fun!  Life should be our greatest adventure, not a cage we construct for ourselves in order to create some false sense of safety.  The world is exquisite in all its' beauty and can be equally deadly.  But getting out in it is what gives us the knowledge to know how to navigate those potential dangers, not a reason to try to keep ourselves safe.  So get out there and do some adventuring.  Free your soul.  Trade things for experiences and really live, and then share that with others.  That's where the gold is.  Happy Adventuring!