Personal Compass

In the fall of 2016, I left my flexible, full-time virtual job at a language learning startup. Not for another job, but to take a personal sabbatical of sorts. I'm so grateful that I was born in a place, time, and family that eventually made this possible.

But knowing that I'd now have total control over how I spend all of my time each day, I needed some new structure to measure my progress.

How does one measure personal growth? I'd been moving closer and closer to a living a life based on my values, so I created a personal compass to guide this next chapter of my life. I expect that it will develop and change as I grow and change, too.

Personal Compass Directions

Here are the directions I'm heading towards, per the inequalities below:

act > think

create > consume

curiosity > fear

done > perfect

experiences > things

growth > comfort

I Believe...

People are incredibly complex, and there are always multiple stories going on—most of which we aren't aware.

We are all humans, and thus equals.

We must thank the people who impact and shape us—whether it's via a handwritten letter, a phone call, or a quick tweet.

We can thrive on so few physical items. Less is more, and sharing is great.

All humans are creative, and this creativity should be continuously encouraged and fed.

More mindfulness and self-awareness can solve many world problems.

How to Make Your Own Personal Compass

If you want to make your own personal compass, here's a free printable zine (PDF) I made to help you get started.

Here's how to assemble (fold and a single cut) the booklet.


Compass-Directed Moments

After using my compass for over a year, I wrote the ebook Compass-Directed Moments. In it, I share a collection of stories—each of a moment in which either my compass helped me to stretch the edge of my comfort zone out a centimeter further or illuminated an area where I had room for growth.

The moments took place all over—from a zero-waste household in Minnesota to a small farm in Italy—but were instances you'd find in any given day: waiting outside of a gas station, talking to a taxi driver, dealing with personal conflicts at work, etc.

I'm sharing this writing without a paywall so that it may more easily reach anyone who is curious about this journey. In exchange for this creation, you can pay what feels right. Rather than having you pay upfront before you know what's inside, go ahead and read the wholebook first. Then on page 50 you'll find a link where you can pay what feels good.
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