It's been over three months since I was laid off from my corporate manufacturing engineering job. Currently, I'm propped up in my fluffy bed, two Border Collies lounging next to me, looking out my apartment window at a beautiful treeline. This could be any old Saturday, but today feels special. Today feels full of possibility. Because now, I'm making it.
This month, everything is coming together. This month, it is the best, most successful month yet. This month, I've proven to myself that this lifestyle is not only possible but achievable. To be able to live the way you want is often a dream. To do work that is your passion is often a dream. I know many of you hold this dream, and I want to share with you how I've made mine come true. It's not wishing on a shining star; it takes hard work and a very well-thought-out plan. But it is possible, and where there's hope and a drive to make things happen, dreams can come true.
If you're new to my story, I began this blog in September of 2016. Not so long ago! It was the vehicle of my passions - writing about adventuring with my dogs in the great outdoors. Sharing great trails and campsites with others. Empowering all readers to GO. DO. And bring your pup. I've shared stories and given advice.
One of those personal stories was of how miserable I was becoming in my profession. I had climbed the corporate ladder and risen to a place of prestige and competency. I had a skill set few others had, and it bought me a place in leadership. I was making very good money, had job security and excellent benefits, even had a few friends at this company. I got vacation time and flexibility to work from home from time to time. And I lived a mere 5 minutes from where I worked, so I could go home every day and see my pups. Sounds perfect, right?