Thirty-Two: Happy Birthday, Casey Palmer β€” Here’s to the Hustle!

July 2015Β β€” I’ve just turned 32 years old, and I’m trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

I’ve built this #BloggerLife for myselfΒ β€” a little digital space withΒ promise, letting me share thoughts and ideas withΒ thousands, evolving around me as I learn to massage them into something more…Β spectacular.

Happy Birthday, Casey Palmer β€” Here's to the Hustle! β€” Am I a Blogger-I don’t know whether I’d call myself a blogger anymore β€” things have grownΒ much bigger than that. My site’s more than a blog template, my stories more than a handful of images and subtitles… I look at my #BloggerLife and my other lives running alongside it, knowing what I have to offer is far more than I could achieve by sticking toΒ expectations set by other people.

Don’t get me wrong β€” so much has happened: a surprise press trip to one of my favourite cities so I could explore; a fantastic Twitter chat that helped open my eyes to other opportunities… 2015’s hit me with so much that’s asked me to step my game up, grinding away at the things IΒ believe in if I want to grow them into anythingΒ real. I’ve walked so many paths to this point. I’ve tried collaborating with others to create written works of art. Tried following blogging rules and best practices to catch as many eyeballs as possible. But the journey’s taught me that I can’t accomplish everything I’m going for if I just stayΒ one thing.

I can’t do things like everyone else does and expect to findΒ my answers β€” I need to carve a path from the bedrock of my life; one that’ll let me do everything I must as a husband and father, but still let me create what IΒ want to without sacrificing precious sleep and sanity.

And for that, a little over three decades deep into my life, I look at everything I’ve built so far and ask myself the simplest of questions:

What now?