With the end of the year upon us, I wanted to update you all about some of the life changes I set in motion a few months ago when I took a 3 month leave of absence from work.
I won't leave you in suspense. I resigned, amicably, from my job working for a well known search engine company, at the end of my leave.
New Work-Life Balance
I decided to hike-my-own-hike in order to radically redefine my work-life balance. I just couldn't do it as a full time employee within the context of my former position. Here's where I'm headed.
I want to give myself some time to really enjoy my life while I'm still young enough. I don't want to work until I'm 65 or 70 only to be too feeble to enjoy the outdoors and the active life that I have today. In other words, when there's snow in the mountains, I'm going to be breaking trail and climbing peaks, not dreaming about the weekend in my cubicle.
I want to spend more time with my wife and partner. Although we've been married going on twenty years, we've been closer in the past 4 months that I can remember. Having more time together, being able to pay attention and listen without interruptions or time limits, and doing things together every day, has made all the difference in our relationship.
I want to have a livelihood that helps people be happier. When you work in the fast-paced internet or software world, it's easy to lose sight of the value that your work provides towards the greater good. I want to be more spiritually vested in my work, where income or material possessions are NOT the primary objective.
I want to run my own business. I'm very entrepreneurial and have been involved with start-up companies most of my working life. I have some business ideas that involve outdoor recreation, helping people, and that I believe can generate enough income to live on with some lifestyle changes. I'm excited again. I making things happen and it feels great.
None of these changes could have been possible without sectionhiker.com. This blog and the community that's formed around are the foundation of the new path that I've embarked on. It would be difficult to catalog the number of technical skills I've developed by running this site, becoming a better writer and photographer, and by engaging in a continuous dialog with all of you.
One of my yoga and meditation teachers always ends class by saying, "Thank you for your attention." He says this because he wants us to realize that concentrated, mindful awareness is the key to happiness.
Thank you for your attention, have a safe and happy New Year, and I look forward to being with you again next year.