“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”
― Jessica Hische
I know only two things at this time, that I’m a lucky person and a curious person. I’ve decided to leave my day job to pursue some side projects and teach myself some new tricks. I’m lucky that I’ve saved enough to do so, and I’m curious enough that continuing to push on the bounds of what I already know is beckoning me with some great force.
The last year has been a bit of a whirlwind, with 17 speaking gigs, 5 podcasts, an article a month, and an O’Reilly book in the works- I’ve loved every minute of it. Balancing this plus my very-much-full-time job has reached a tipping point of activity for me, and I had to make a choice. I feel grateful that there’s even a choice available to me.
I fully intend to keep speaking and writing. I’ll travel to Germany, Portugal, Singapore, Amsterdam, and the UK, among other places this next year. This is fantastic because travel is a great passion of mine. For a little while, I’d like to dig in to some technologies I know just the surface of, learn some new languages (Swift and Elm have piqued my interest), and hoist some creative energy towards programming projects. I’ll also offer some more workshops in the future because I get a ton of joy from teaching those. I’m planning to be available for contract work, and have a couple tricks up my sleeve that I’ll be announcing soon.
I’m not sure how long I’ll work for myself, and it’s certainly a little disorienting to be heading towards independence. But it feels disorienting like the topmost point of a rollercoaster, or standing on a cliff before a sea dive. Exhilarating and exciting.