Tag: In-House

Becoming Like Water

Teapot pouring hot water into a cup

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 where I had unexpected work calls and emails throughout, I realize I’ve entered a new phase of my career and perspective on life, for better or worse.

Avoiding Going the Wrong Way

Wrong Way Sign

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. I ended up politely declining the job opportunity, but it prompted a thought exercise to help clarify the direction I want to move toward.

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. These seem more subjective or harder to pin down, but get to the heart of what I’m looking for in life.

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 and spend most of my day thinking or doing things only because someone pays me to.

Don’t get me wrong — there’s a lot that I like and appreciate about my job, and I’m not always actively looking to quit. But, I’m pursuing otium, which is more than just a “tolerable” existence. To help, I’m writing down some thoughts about what living my best life and otium might look like in practice, so I can actually live it.

Below the Surface

Frog lies below the surface of water

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 the sun when it’s hidden behind clouds or a creature who lies below the surface of water, the desire to quit is still there, even if it’s not totally visible or I don’t feel its presence as strongly.

Should I Quit Now or Later?

Woman confidently walks down an office hallway, holding a box with her belongings, after she quits

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 embrace the unknown, to pursue my best life sooner?

Hello FIRE, My Old Friend

A group of people roasting marshmallows around a campfire

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.