We are still in the ideation phase of this course. Coming up, we have a few more lessons about how you can bring abstract ideas into reality using things like mood boards and goal writing. But after that, we're going to transition into the planning phase. For now, let's just talk about some of your favorite people online. Three years after I read "Do cool shit," I was introduced to yet another bad-ass by the name of "Adventurous Kate." Immediately, I became enamored with her story.
Kate traveled the world for a living and wrote reviews of the fanciest hotels, airlines, and experiences that you could imagine. She got all the stuff for free and sometimes the hotels and airlines even paid her to come there. It's an understatement to say that I became obsessed with her. I already liked writing. But after reading about how she used her writing skills to fund her treks around the globe, I wanted a piece of that too myself. I wanted her life.
If I could get it, I wouldn't just be happy. I felt like I would be the luckiest person alive. I want to start right there today with the influencers and vloggers and people that we follow on a day-to-day basis. A really great resource to use if you're nowhere near a bookstore is medium.com. It's basically Facebook for writers. Instead of posting pictures or videos, you post full-on blog posts.
It's actually the website where I made a name for myself. Just go to medium.com, click "Create profile" on the top-right, and go through all the necessary steps to get that started. Then you'll eventually see a screen that has quite an extensive list of topics that you can pick and choose to follow. Go right ahead and get started on that if you can. Write down all the topics you're interested in on the attached worksheet. Then, if you can rank, your top five favorite topics. More on that later.
Part two of this lesson is to make a list of all of your favorite websites and social media influencers. For me, that's Reddit, IGN, Casey Neistat, Tucker Gott, and Shannon Ashley, just to name a few as well as Adventurous Kate, you know that already. Tucker Gott recently caught my attention a few weeks ago when I saw a paramotoring video on YouTube. The dude went to McDonald's on a paramotor just to go get a burger. I guess cars aren't quite his style.
I was so fascinated with this video that it inspired me to actually start paramotoring myself and I'm looking into buying my own paramotor so that I can do that here in the Philippines. One person inspired me to live just like him. You see, sometimes, it's not enough to know our personality type or the kinds of topics that we'd like, or the books that we like to read. Sometimes, it's best to base your life off of what somebody else has already done and mimic the steps that they took to get to where they are. Sure, I mean, it's copying a little bit. But after you do the initial legwork, you can tweak your lifestyle to fit however you want.
I copied my favorite travel blogger, Adventurous Kate, but she lives in New York City and I live in Manila. You can make small changes. It's good to list down your favorite influencers because it will sort of give you like a baseline idea of topics, work, hobbies that you might be interested in for later. I also want you to research the authors of the books that you picked out at the bookstore earlier in this course. For instance, my favorite author, Miki Agrawal started her very own gluten-free pizza restaurant in New York City.
Maybe I would want to do something similar to that. It's sort of like downloading a template when you're taking a look at how other people have created their own dream life. I have created sections in the attached worksheet where you can both list your favorite influencers and authors as well as journal about why you liked those particular influencers. This can uncover what you admire in a person and how you may want to incorporate their honorable traits into your own life. So far, we have unpacked a lot about ourselves.
We're not just understanding ourselves, though. We're understanding what we admire in a person. We have journaled a lot. We've read a lot. We've taken some tests and we've turned up a lot of really amazing information and that's good. Now, we're going to transition into starting to make these abstract ideas concrete. We're going to start creating mood boards. We're going to start creating a list of a hundred goals, and we're going to start to make this tangible. Over the next few lessons, we're going to figure out what our goals actually are.
We're getting close to the planning stage. Great work. Let's get into how to create a mood board.