Archive | March, 2013

Freedom to Pursue the Pursuit of Freedom

23 Mar

Life after resignation is good!  If you would have asked me last Sunday what I had planned for the week, I’m almost certain that taking a road trip to Nebraska would not have come out of my mouth.

The gentleman who owns the bar asked if I would haul a horse trailer down to Grand Island, Nebraska.  Of course I said yes.  It’s not like I have a day job to fill my time and I’m waiting on my LLC to get set up before I can order business cards and keep putting my business together so I decided to take the work.

Four days and 1500 miles later I made it back with a new found sense of freedom and a pretty good paycheck.  But while I was on the road alone I had a lot of time to think about my life and the direction it is heading.  Although I am technically homeless and unemployed at the moment, I couldn’t be any happier.  I also received a brief education on the life of horse racing while I was in Grand Island.

I can’t say I agree with it on moral grounds and my sensitivity to animals rights came into play as well but it is what it is.  I think overall, horses were meant to run and I’m not condemning the sport, I just think it’s what takes in between the races that I’m not a huge fan of.

I walked into the stable and there were three rows of twenty stalls all filled with race horses.  They all pop their head out and stare when you walk by, some reaching out to bite you!  Most were agitated with waiting for their feed and hay and were kicking the metal stall doors.  It reminded me more of a factory than a farm.   I had a brief and odd moment where I felt like I was walking through the cubicle offices at my last job.

I realized on this trip that people, much like race horses, are used as a sort of currency.  Our worth is judged not by what’s inside; our integrity, ambitions, passions but what we can do for the owner or the person writing the paychecks.  All they care about is how fast we can run, that they keep us in functional condition, and their bottom line.

By resigning I now have my days free to pursue opportunities that I would not have had the chance with banker’s hours and corporate blinders on. Nothing rapes me of my creativity like being stuck in a cubicle next to all the other race horses in their stalls.  Each race horse penned up and to be let out only when it’s most advantageous to the owner.

There are millions of people who find solace in this type of career and could not be happier that this as their lifestyle. They love being a part of the race. That’s all well and good; it takes all kinds of people to build a bridge, but this trip just reaffirmed my decision to strike out on my own.  If you’re looking for a race horse, I’m probably not your man.  I prefer running in the open air, enjoying life with reckless abandon and judging my own worth and taking the reigns on my own future.  I will always seek the freedom to pursue to pursuit of freedom.

Words to Live By

12 Mar

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

-Steve Jobs

This quote means something very special to me.  This quote was brought to my attention by my good friend and partner in crime, Michelle.  I just loved it.  And then later I realized that it was from Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford University.  When I watched a recording of this speech I broke down into tears, got goosebumps, and had a mental, spiritual, and physical breakdown.  To see what I mean, watch it here.  His words rang so true that they could not be ignored.

This quote has inspired one of the scariest life decisions I’ve ever made.  I gave up my life in Michigan and moved 1300 miles away based on my gut, intuition, and faith.  Well, this quote has helped me yet again to stay the course.  Last week I resigned from my job as Office Manager for a multi-million dollar corporation with this quote in mind.  It was also a scary decision, as most involving money and security are, but I know that this is the right move for me.  It’s time for me to strike out on my own.

I’ve got so many noteworthy and marketable qualities based on my work ethic, experiences, and formal education and training.  There are so many businesses out here in the Bakken that need some help!  That’s what I’m here for.  I’m a passionate go-getter with a positive, can do attitude.  The Bakken needs someone like me.  This community can be so many great things instead of just a Boom Town!  I’ve already gotten three potential clients and a flood of inspiration.

I’m bound and determined to live my life based on what I truly want and not what the world thinks I should do.  As Steve says, sometimes you have to drop out to drop in on life.  It may not always be the path you expect, but there is a roadmap within each person’s heart and if you slow down and listen very closely, I promise, it will not lead you astray.    My wish for each and every one of you is to mapquest your soul, appreciate the detours, take in every bit of the scenery, but most of all, enjoy the ride!

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It’s Raining Men!

4 Mar

It’s Raining Men!

My second article for Simply Hers magazine.  Pg. 34-35.  Enjoy!