Starting a New Career
Hello, and welcome to my site! I’ve just been laid off from a job I didn’t want. A job that taught me that there must be something better in life. A job that gave me the motivation to build something for myself. So here I am, unemployed, trying to figure out how to build a life from my passions.
Some more background about me; I started my adult life as a ski instructor, and a winemaker. I used to work a winter in Lake Tahoe, CA then go to New Zealand and work a harvest and another winter, then back to California for another harvest. I’ve mixed in a winter in Japan and a harvest in Australia with some travel to South East Asia and Europe during the shoulder seasons. I was finally convinced by a winery that I was working for that getting serious and taking a permanent job with a corporate company was the next best step for my career and success. So I moved to California for an undefined period of time and began to work incredibly hard for someone else.
I’ve spent the majority of my 20s traveling the world and working in different countries. Most employers consider it a useless, indulgent, millennial mistake that can’t help your career. Traveling has taught me more in life than any other experience I’ve ever had. It seems insane to me that my 4 year degree, much of which I spent playing soccer and socializing, holds extremely more weight to an employer than my 5 years of living in different countries with only a suitcase and enough money to get to the next place. I’ve learned unequivocally more skills from travelling than anything else I’ve ever done.
I’ve also been interested in just about everything at some point in time and have too many hobbies. When asked “what do you like to do” the only real answer I have is “be good (not great) at things”. I’ll try anything and everything, and I like to work at it until I am sufficiently good at it. Then I need a new challenge. That’s given me a lot of experience with a lot of things. I’ve perfected my own mustard, guacamole and macaron recipes. I’ve created a cocktail recepe book. I’m a professional ski instructor. I have a certification for: negotiating, wine and spirits, project management, avalanche safety, CPR/first aid, Zumba, coaching. The sporting equipment that I own is as follows: Skis (4 pairs of skis and two pairs of boots), climbing equipment, SUP, backcountry skiing set up, ultra-light backpacking set up, slackline, soccer ball, trampoline, mountain bike, disc golf, 4 yoga mats, indo board, weights, lots of sizes of backpacks…. the list goes on (please don’t find my house and rob me).
What does all this make me qualified on paper to do? Definitely not get a traditional job with a well established employer. What does it make me competent to do? Hundreds of different high level jobs.
I don’t fit into what people want and I like that about myself, so I’m going to find a way to give back to society with what I am good at. I’m here to offer some tips on a little bit of everything. I want to share what I learn from always trying new things and offer some tips to anyone who needs a little change in life!
My first journey towards starting my own business (I’m skipping ahead to where I’ve figured out what I want it to be, for now.) is to go get certified! Yoga has always been a great source of joy, health and centering for me, throughout all of my periods of re-invention. I want to figure out a way to bring yoga to the people that don’t get it. People that climb mountains but can’t touch their toes. So I’m off to Peru to gain the knowledge and skills I need. Yes, Peru, because why would I do something like that in a place that is easy…
Stay tuned to see what comes out of this journey and how I can help you get un-stuck!