Here’s to a Full Life

Here's to a Full Life
Welcome! At this point, February 20th 2015, I’ve been at this for four and a half years. I just posted/published my 205th post. Although I’ve settled into what I want to say and do here, life changes. Since I started this blog in 2010, I’ve gotten married, bought a house, and become a grandfather. With changes to my life have come changes to the blog. A couple of years ago I added a new category for Weekend Projects. Last year I added a new category for short fiction. This blog is likely to continue to evolve as my life does. My posting goal has gone down from a post a week to 3 posts per month. I’d love to have more time to write, but with work, a large and growing family, and a busy life writing more would take away instead of adding to my life. Over the last 4.5 years this blog has kept me focused on planning and living a full life, so I have no intention of giving it up.

Without a doubt writing this blog has changed my life. I simply did not live this way before, and now I cannot imagine approaching life in any other way. Life is short and most people tend to drift through it. There are many things that can distract us, drain our energy, cause us to put off living life. Most people haven’t even sat down to think about what they consider to be a full life. For too much of my life I had not thought about it beyond knowing that family and friends were very important to me. I unconsciously knew there were things I enjoyed but I didn’t actively plan to do these things, I didn’t think about how to get the most out of life, I drifted. Life happens, it takes very little planning to meander through it. Regardless of what you are doing, time passes, there is no way to slow it down. So grab life by the horns instead of by the tail. Take charge of what your life will be. Decide what is important to you. Decide what you want to look back on at the end of your life. Will it be a full life? If it is, I’m sure you will be able to look back without regret.

A lot of my posts fall into at least one of these five categories:

Full Life. Actually doing it, living! Most fun to read and some great pictures!
Planning. Need these to “take the bull by the horns”.
Deep Thoughts. These posts are some of the most personal ones. They let me vent, share my thoughts and feelings, and sometimes just share a little of who I am.
Weekend Project – A fairly recent addition to the blog. Plenty of projects to do around the house. Blogging about the will help motivate me to do them!
Short Fiction – The Newest addition to the blog. My creative side wants a chance to add to the blog. I’ve got a few short stories in the works…

In addition to this homepage I have a page for my Bucket List, tracking my goal to hike every trail in the book Afoot and Afield in San Diego, and my latest posts. There are links at the top of every page.

  1. Sister Erin says:

    how very, very true love the pics, love the attitude, time for me to get going. Love you.

  2. Ryan Johnson says:

    Love the collage above, how fun! I also like your post about marathon music. Aerosmith is definitely a must! It may be a little too hard for your taste, but Linkin Park did an orchestral album, and it’s fantastic to run to. They are normally too hard for me, but their orchestra stuff is perfect and epic.

    Example below…

    Good luck on your marathon!!

    • eric.rial says:

      Thanks Ryan. The Linkin Park music could work.. this version is inspiring, I checked out their other stuff too and like it. I really like Somewhere I belong.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I like your ideas here about living a full life. Nothing could be more important! Time moves fast. I look forward to seeing your posts in the future. Thanks!

    • eric.rial says:

      Thanks. I enjoy writing about things I want to do, things I’m planning to do, and love writing about things I’ve done and sharing pictures. I also like seeing the humor in daily living. That is what I liked about your blog. Hope you stay with it.

  4. Hi! I nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. Best wishes!!

  5. brickthomas says:

    I’ve enjoyed you’re blog and just passed on the “Versatile Blogge Award” onto you. You can check it out here:

  6. Alyssa says:

    I enjoy reading your blog so I nominated you for the Vintage Reel Blog Award. 🙂

    • eric.rial says:

      Alyssa, Thanks, I appreciate the recognition. I will try to come up with a good picture and story, so many good memories to choose from. I will also pass the award on. – Happy Blogging!

  7. Michael Ford says:

    Hi Eric,
    You got a lust for life!

    Two weeks to go here in the UK and I just tweeted a version of your photo via ‘@MCSarum’.
    We’re asking people to submit ideas for a new Magna Carta. We’ll share the follow-up work with Salisbury Cathedral.

    Any chance of some publicity at your end?

    Facebook gallery:
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