I am building.
I am waking up early on weekdays and going into an office and doing a job I love — community management for a company that makes free, open websites for whoever on the planet wants to write and build and share.
I am taking hour-long lunches on a giant beanbag at the back of the office with my laptop, building a little at a time and answering emails from my other projects. And then I am closing down that mail program and not looking at it for the rest of the day while I go back to work.
I am blogging and thinking and maintaining and helping. I am learning.
I am working 40 hours a week.
I am scheming ideas on the train. I am brainstorming while I walk through Yerba Buena Park every morning. I am listening to audiobooks on management, on creativity, on mindfulness, and on how to be a ten year-old boy. I am dancing through the Martin Luther King memorial fountain in the rain on my walk home.
Once a week, I have a meeting at 7am with one of my organizing counterparts to plan more building.
I am spending evenings resting and playing and seeing people. I thought I would spend them building, but I was wrong. I am healthier this time around, and my body needs time to not build.
I am also getting eight hours of sleep a night. Usually. (Okay, seven.) And I eat breakfast every day.
I am building on weekends.
I am writing all over my whiteboard. I am writing all over my shower. I am writing on post-its and notebooks and the backs of envelopes all over my desk. There are wireframe sketches and lists everywhere.
I am forgetting to do my dishes.
I am tackling features and software and code. I am finding bugs and squishing them. I am testing things and researching and talking to myself out loud.
I am working 60 hours a week.
I am untangling the knot of how to build a sustainable community project on only lunchbreaks and weekends. I am cracking the nut of how to build a happy staff without revenue or major investment. I know these things are possible because I’ve done this before.
And this time around, I am healthier. I am in love with my entire day, every day. This is what I spent last year preparing for and making possible. It’s here. This is it. I get to build.
It won’t be done next week, but it’s happening.
The Genderplayful Marketplace is on its way.