|View from Copper Mountain, Co.|
A 12,000-foot rock I snowboarded down at the start of the year.
Base camp comes before the peak
Here we are at year's end, and what a year it has been. This past summer's adventures on the lakes and rivers have been some of the most memorable I can recall, and they lead right into a busy fall, full of some very enjoyable weekends spent in the woods. I received this fresh take on life after moving back to the Northwoods in the early spring, but that wasn't possible until I decided to step up and take charge of where my life had been before then.
While working in marketing for an international company in Minnetonka, Minn., I realized I despised the person I was becoming - the person they wanted me to be. At my job, I disliked forcing products down people's throats, I was not profits oriented, and I had very little in common with the suburban drones I worked with. People who were more concerned with their next automobile purchase, or picking a restaurant to dine at according to which one they were least jaded to than they were with the colors and shapes in the sky (not to mention you hardly ever saw the sky).
In my personal life nothing felt real. I was told that a work/life balance is what I needed, and PTO was available for that. They told me to take my breaks and work only the minimum hours because I should maintain the separation of 9-5 and everything else. Not to mention, there was no connection with nature necessary in the city, and as time ticked by I began to feel my eyes, too, going dim...