Tag: In-House

Now and Later

As I mentioned previously, I've been working a ton during these past few months, and the end seems far away. As a result, much of the COVID-19 pandemic to date has passed by in a blur. I've only vaguely registered that summer is ending and autumn is about to...

Work and Life: Blurred Lines

A colleague recently remarked that “we aren’t working from home, we are living at work.” Similarly, several articles have noted that during the COVID-19 era, workdays in the United States and several other countries, including France, Spain, and the United Kingdom, have increased by several hours a day. That’s...

A Place to Call My Own

After I wrote about enjoying my ongoing trial run of remote work, my company announced that employees can work remotely for the rest of the year. It's not a permanent switch to remote work like Twitter, Facebook and a few other companies (yet), but it's making me think more...

Silver Linings: Trial Run of Remote Work

Like everyone else in the world, my pre-COVID daily life and routine is gradually fading from memory. But, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted certain groups, so I’m very fortunate and privileged to be among those who still have our health and a steady job. And, while I wish it...

Otium in the Time of COVID-19: Initial Lessons and Observations

It's been nearly a month since my company proactively mandated that employees work from home. All businesses in my area, except for grocery stores and other essential places, have been shut down.

I'm still getting used to this new normal. But, this unexpected change has given me a new perspective...

Becoming Like Water

It used to annoy me endlessly to receive a work assignment during evenings or weekends. Often, as I was working, I would daydream about a hypothetical future where I had quit my job and off-hour obligations were a thing of the past. But, after the past weekend...

Avoiding Going the Wrong Way

I recently received an email from someone looking to hire the head attorney for an early-stage company. Normally, I wouldn't give headhunter emails much thought, but this email came from the experienced CEO of a fast-growing startup that's backed by an impressive list of investors....

What I Talk About When I Talk About Otium, Part 2

In Part 1, I previously wrote about self-explanatory, easily describable things that I want more, less and none of in life (such as more free time and less looking at a screen). In Part 2, I explore more abstract ideas, concepts and goals....

What I Talk About When I Talk About Otium, Part 1

I'm still figuring out what living my best life means. That said, I feel like I know enough to know that I'm not currently living it. That's because tomorrow, like today, I will go to work...

Below the Surface

When I started this blog, I often actively thought about quitting my job, although I continue to put off acting on that urge. However, occasionally -- like now -- the urge to quit subsides. Like a creature who lies below the surface of water, the desire to quit is...

Should I Quit Now or Later?

These days, I often think about how much longer I should (and can) stay at my current job. Staying would certainly help my goal of pursuing otium and financial independence. But at what cost? Is financial independence worth sticking it out for a few more years, or should I...

Hello FIRE, My Old Friend

I first heard about the term FIRE, in reference to the Financially Independent, Retiring Early (or Financial Independence, Retire Early) community, about one year ago. Discovering that community was like finding long-lost family that I hadn't known existed. ...