The Beginning

I have been a workaholic for most of my life and now at 50 with the support of my wife Nichol, I’m starting over. I have Covid of all things to thank for this life reset. In December of 2021 I caught Covid and RSV at the same time and it did a number on my lungs. I’m thankful that I never had to be hospitalized and I know I am much more fortunate than many. It was enough to wake me up and make me start reevaluating how I’m living, or more accurately not living my life.

Like many Gen Xers I was raised believing that once you are of age you start working and you work until you die or retire. Job satisfaction was cashing your paycheck, and that’s all that should matter. Once I met Nichol and started a family, I quickly became a workaholic. Some jobs it was a 6-day work weeks, some it was 50-60 hours but no matter what work always came first and family and personal time were a distant second.

What does starting over look like? With the help of Nichol and some changes in our lives I quit the all consuming toxic job that I have had for almost 10 years. I am now looking for a job that I will enjoy, and that I can stop thinking about when the day is done. With that job no longer living rent free in my head I can now explore the hobbies and things that bring me joy.

That’s what this site it all about. It’s about me rediscovering the things I love and sharing them here. Some of you already know me (not my first or even second attempt at blogging here) and know that I have a love for photography. I am embarrassed about the amount of dust that has settled on my camera case. I will be sharing old and new photography projects, and I will also be sharing my new love of digital art. There will also be the occasional blog about me, my family, my journey or whatever is on my mind.

Thanks for reading.

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16 thoughts on “The Beginning

      1. pam@ichoosethis says:

        I’ll be looking forward to your watching your life reset unfold. Did you work in public accounting by chance? Your work story sounds eerily familiar. I too was a workaholic for a long time. Finally had to put boundaries around my life so I didn’t die young. But, still work in very high stress situations that create a lot of PTSD! Ready to be done.

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      2. thequackingdog says:

        I was an account manager in the residential construction field. I was trying to balance the wants and needs of builders, foreman, homeowners, my coworkers, and bosses along the way the needs of my family and myself got buried. Good luck to you in getting out.

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  1. Miriam says:

    Hi Steve, isn’t it amazing what Covid brought us. On top of the worry, fear and angst it awakened so many of us to what’s really important. Doug, my hubby, was the same, he gave up his job and we got out in time, hence our long road trip that we’re still on. I’m so happy to hear you have a new perspective on life. And I’m truly excited for you. Much love and good wishes to you and Nichol and enjoy this next chapter of your life. 💙❤️

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      1. Miriam says:

        You’re very welcome! Enjoy dusting off that camera. You’ve got a lot to capture! 🙂 BTW did you send me a FB request recently that then disappeared?

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