My name is Blake Boles, and I’m honored to speak for this fine group of young adult homeschoolers today. Thank you to the California Homeschool Network for inviting me. Thank you to the parents who successfully fed, sheltered, nurtured, challenged, and supported these graduates who are now ready to launch into the world—if they haven’t already. And thank you, graduates, for waking up before 11am, changing out of sweatpants, closing Minecraft, and making other deep sacrifices to be here.
When answering the question “What do you do?”, I seem to pique people’s curiosity.
They’re curious about how I make time for work, travel, writing, and adventure. They’re curious about how, exactly, I make money. And more than anything else, they want to know why I chose this fairly alternative life path.
The first two questions are straightforward, and I share my answers below. The third question, however, has required a lot more contemplation. It wasn’t until I discovered an obscure essay by the famed economist John Maynard Keynes that I found an answer worth sharing.
I just finished moving back to the west coast—here are a few photos of the journey and the people who helped me make it.
Today I launched the Kickstarter campaign for my new book, The Art of Self-Directed Learning. Check it out!
This book is different from my previous ones (Better Than College and College Without High School): it’s a compilation of 23 stories and insights about giving yourself an unconventional education in a conventional world. Each chapter is accompanied by an original illustration, and it’s a book for all ages.
Two big ways you can help me bring The Art of Self-Directed Learning to life are:
The campaign is only 13 days long, so we have no time to waste.
Thank you for your help!
[Update 4/23: I found a place!]
I’m looking for temporary housing in the San Francisco Bay Area from June 1-30, 2014.
I am a clean, conscientious, and outdoorsy guy who would be happy in a room, house, cottage, apartment, or Airstream trailer—whatever works! While I prefer to have my own space, I have lots of experience living with housemates.
Please drop me a line if you know of something: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preferred areas: San Francisco, Marin County, Sonoma County
References available upon request.