In January 2017, I made a life-changing decision. I left my six-figure finance job in Los Angeles in pursuit of finding my own voice. Oh and by the way, I also chased the girl of my dreams halfway across the world.
My family was concerned. The career that took me nearly 20 years to build. The money that I left on the table. How would I feed myself and pay back those student loans that won't ever go away?
My friends were dumbfounded. Why would I throw away my entire social existence for someone not named Kate Beckinsale?
My standard response was that it was time for a change of scenery. But reality is a bit more complicated than that.
If you are reading this, a legitimate question that you might be asking is, why should you care? What's in it for you? You might even have come here searching for the coolest speakeasy in LA. Oops, wrong blog. But I'll tell you a secret: The Varnish. Trust me on this one.
Each of us gets one life to live. It sounds cliché, but it's true. The lucky ones live 'til 90 and pass away peacefully in their sleep. Others end up in the wrong place at the wrong time and don't even get to write their bucket list, let alone get a chance to check it off.
Most of us are somewhere in between.
What I hope to accomplish here, in what I'll call a travel blog that centers around lifestyle design (another cliché), is to share my journey as I go, doing things that I never thought was possible, while maintaining my work discipline and planning not only for my future but also for the future of my wife. Damn, it feels nice to write the word wife.
In turn, I hope to inspire you, or at least entertain you, with stories from the road. And maybe, just maybe, one day you'll consider booking that flight or taking that long train ride to someplace you've never been. Once there, you'll discover what I'm discovering now, that life is a gift we must never take for granted. It is a gift we have to protect with everything we've got.