My one and only tattoo

Thank you

Thanksgiving gives us time to reflect on our year and be grateful for our lives, families, and loved-ones… It’s important to do this from time-to-time, but I’ve been reflecting too much. I’ve been stuck wondering about my decisions over the last year, and playing the “what if” game.

Let me start by looking back at Thanksgiving, 2012.

I was working for a small advertising agency as a project manager. I was responsible for keeping website projects on-track, staff busy, and clients happy. I really enjoyed the working environment and my co-workers and bosses… But financially, it just wasn’t progressing,

Next was a brief stint as the marketing director for a group of law firms. The pay was amazing. Unfortunately after a few months I realized the environment was poison. I quit after three months, in February 2013 with no plan or new job lined-up (this is NOT recommended).

After two weeks of unemployment a friend suggested I take a solo cross-country motorcycle trip. I left March, 15th 2013. I visited 22 states totaling just shy of 13,000 miles. I learned more about myself in those 10 weeks than I had in years. I camped and couch-surfed along the route. Everyone I visited was fantastic and after meandering home from Key West, Florida I was ready to hit the ground running and get my career moving again.

My big motorcycle trip

My big motorcycle trip

90 miles to Cuba

90 miles to Cuba

Returning to Washington did not go how I’d hoped.

In late-summer of 2013 (while still getting my bearings career-wise) I had family visiting from Texas. An aunt, uncle, and their grand-kids. I had just visited them in Austin during the motorcycle trip and it was so much fun to hang out again.

Just before packing up their RV and road-tripping back home my aunt went into the hospital. She eventually passed away from advanced, undiagnosed cancer.

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My Aunt at Paul McCartney in Seattle

Questions of mortality, permanence, and meaning made my career seem so trivial… I had to workout what I really wanted to do with my life. After seven years as a creative working with all-kinds of clients in different businesses… it all just seemed pointless… What was a job well-done? How was I contributing to humanity? Who was I really helping with my craft?

I was rethinking everything.

My sister and I own a home together. We’ve been roommates for four and half years and (surprisingly) get along really well.

My sister and I

My sister and I

We’ve had each others backs at various times in our home-owning partnership… and I needed her during this time more than ever. She’s had my back. She’s supported the home while I’ve been struggling and I love her dearly. But we’ve both known that we weren’t going to stay in the home forever. So we’re dissolving our partnership in the house, and freeing us both to move on. Thank you Athena.

Now it’s almost Thanksgiving again. One year later from starting with the law firm.

I had “my big break” last year… but this year I’m happy to report than I’m having “my big breakthrough”.

My goal is to put together a life as a wanderer. To go from place to place chasing opportunity and experience. I will live minimally consuming as little as possible. I will be self-sufficient and work to earn my keep and pay my way. I hope to maintain remote relationships with clients I love working with and who love working with me and do my work from the nearest hotspot.

I’m not sure exactly how it’s all going to come together yet. But I know what I want out of life again and that makes me happy.

I am Paul Thomas, and I am curious about the people, and the world around me. I’ll be keeping this website as a place to document my life as I embark on this adventure.

My one and only tattoo

My one and only tattoo

 

8 thoughts on “Thank you”

  1. This was very nice to read! I know you are meant for an amazing journey through life! I love you so much you have taught me more then you even know or I let on. Xoxo

  2. Paul you have many special gifts. I am thankful for knowing you. I am so proud of the time you spend on creating the life you want. You are an inspiration to many. Best of everything to you!!! Keep in touch.

  3. I never got to tell you thank you for yours and athena’s help with the kids during that hard time on everyone. I think mom would be happy and of course worried as she always was in your new endeavours. We will always be here for you, and wishing you the best from our tiny corner of the US. You always have our love from Texas. Paul, Paul, Paul, Paul

    1. Thanks so much cuz! It was nice to pull-together like we did. That’s what family is all about 🙂

      WHAT?!?!?!

  4. What a year! A lot of things I can definitely relate to. I still feel like I am finding myself and often think my life is meant for something more meaningful. I quit my job in March and ended up taking a job that gave me the flexibility and fun that I was looking for, but I am still feeling like I need to find my grand adventure.
    I wish you the best of luck in all you do! Thanks for blogging! Oh and yeah, f**k cancer.

    1. I 100% recommend finding a grand adventure Kali!

      It’s good that you recognize what’s missing and are taking steps to find it. I think it’s important to examine one’s life on occasion, and check-in to make sure it’s where you’re wanting to go. If it’s not, change it! 🙂

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