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When it comes to free time, I certainly enjoy my weekends and vacation time. But, there's something particularly wonderful about being free (not working) in the middle of a workday that makes me positively giddy. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I count my lucky stars. The post The Joys of Being Free On a Workday appeared first on Otium Goals. ...
Posted: Jan 25 2020 @ 10:42 PM
As the calendar flips to 2020, I'm jotting down some thoughts on the past decade and the one ahead. The past ten years were quite eventful, with more ups than downs, but I'm still not quite living my best life as I write this. Fortunately, my plans to do so are taking shape, and there's reason to be optimistic that the upcoming decade will be even better. And hopefully that ...
Posted: Dec 31 2019 @ 10:27 PM
A hammer exists to hammer things. When it's not being used, it just sits there, available for someone to pick it up. To the extent anyone gives it a second thought at all, a hammer is generally viewed through the perspective of how well it performs a limited set of functions. If a hammer has an "off day," it gets replaced. No one cares about how a hammer feels. The post ...
Posted: Nov 30 2019 @ 9:23 PM
I recently wrote about how I’ve gotten better at adapting to my circumstances and found a degree of work-life balance. But, the flip side of that is that it’s hard to know exactly when to leave my job and move onto the next chapter of my life. In the absence of a sudden, precipitating cause … The post Tug-o-War appeared first on Otium Goals. ...
Posted: Oct 31 2019 @ 2:18 AM
It used to annoy me endlessly to receive a work-related request during evenings or weekends that required me to do something immediately. Often, as I was working, I would daydream about a hypothetical future where I’ve quit my job and off-hour obligations are a thing of the past. But, after the past weekend where I … The post Becoming Like Water appeared first on Otium Goals. ...
Posted: Oct 01 2019 @ 2:25 AM
I'm still in the phase of life where I'm working a full-time job. However, even now, from time to time I experience moments that call to mind my ideal life. Not coincidentally, these moments tend to occur in the interstices of life, during evenings or weekends when I'm not doing work related to my office job. Yet, although these moments are infrequent and not yet a regular part of my ...
Posted: Aug 26 2019 @ 1:12 AM
I recently received an email from someone looking to hire the head attorney for an early-stage company. Normally, I wouldn't give headhunter emails much thought, but this email came from the experienced CEO of a fast-growing startup that's backed by an impressive list of investors. I ended up politely declining the job opportunity, but it prompted a thought exercise to help clarify the direction I want to move toward. The post ...
Posted: Jul 29 2019 @ 2:13 AM
In Part 1, I previously wrote about self-explanatory, easily describable things that I want more, less and none of in life (such as more free time and less looking at a screen). In Part 2, I explore more abstract ideas, concepts and goals. These seem more subjective or harder to pin down, but get to the heart of what I’m looking for in life. The post What I Talk About When ...
Posted: Jul 07 2019 @ 1:06 PM
I'm still figuring out what living my best life means. That said, I feel like I know enough to know that I'm not currently living it. That's because tomorrow, like today, I will go to work and spend most of my day thinking or doing things only because someone pays me to. Don't get me wrong -- there's a lot that I like and appreciate about my job, and I'm ...
Posted: Jul 02 2019 @ 2:15 AM
When I started this blog, I often actively thought about quitting my job, although I continue to put off acting on that urge. However, occasionally -- like now -- the urge to quit subsides. Like the sun when it's hidden behind clouds or a frog who lies below the surface of water, the desire to quit is still there, even if it's not very visible or I don't feel its ...
Posted: Jun 09 2019 @ 10:30 PM


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