2014 in review: What a blog looks like when you work 60-80h a week in a kitchen for 50 weeks straight…BAD

I was so consumed with my role last year that my blogging fell by the wayside. Fortunately the quest for Renaissance did not. I was able to do somethings outside of my large work commitment. Blogging however was not able to find it’s place among fitness and photography as my two main primary outlets for stress and creativity last year. 4 Spartan Races in 11 months and many other happenings of 2014 will be summarized in the coming weeks with their lessons distilled into any insights for the reader.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 480 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

What am I about…? & Who Am I?

So what am I about?

In one word, Success. Had to pick that word, cliche as it is, and with all the ambiguity. Success is, or at least should be, a unique word for everybody who reads it. However, this is often far from what the collective of humanity thinks when they read, hear, or ponder this word. It’s so much more then the material things in life. Please define what it means to you. Actually not the easiest thing to do, and it’s taken me a long time, but I want to share what it is for me, and why I push for it day in and day out. My definition may be far from yours, it may contain parts of yours. But, I hope seeing someones personal definition of success and the perpetual quest that it is will help you define yours, and hopefully charge up some inspired action somewhere in the world. Those are the places I eventually want to reach–the reasons you should read or care about any content here.

Who am I?

To share a little about myself I’ll start with my name–Brendan. I’m 24 years old at the time of publication and residing in America, specifically Texas. But, don’t jump to conclusions, I am a dual citizen and my mother country is Canada. I think this is a great blessing, and the first I’ll mention about how lucky I am. I’ve got crazy good luck! Listing hobbies and passions has a pre-requisite; namely that I explain what I want to be in life, and where the name of this blog arose. Allow me to illustrate where this all began:

At a young age, perhaps 12, but maybe 14, I was often asked what I wanted to do with my life. I could never answer in a way that was fully truthful or left me feeling satisfied with my response. What adolescent could? They’re rare but they’re out there. But, I think it’s not often clear if those answers are really their own or some conglomerate of parental pressures and societal conventions. Either way nothing I ever said was fully the true expression of what I subconsciously felt was my calling. That’s because I don’t have just one thing calling me; really I want to be and do as much as possible, and as much that’s impossible as possible. In these young years I was asked a very valuable question by my mother: “Brendan, do you know what a Renaissance Man is?” I responded with the characteristic false omniscience of youth, “Of course I do. It’s someone who lived in the Renaissance period.” I was indeed misinformed, or rather under-informed. My mother went on to essentially summarize the definition as “A Master of many things.”

It didn’t stick right then, but as I grew older I knew this was the only “calling” calling me. That’s partly why success has been a real illusive and challenging word to define in my life. I want to succeed in so many things, and this overall mastery is the most simplified definition of my personal success in life.