Employment Criteria and New Business Ideas

Continuing off of last week’s post about what I perceive to be my value in the job market, I thought I would share my thought process regarding rejoining the workforce, including my criteria for finding new employment and my thoughts on a possible new business. Money Isn’t the Big Factor The whole point of selling my house was to give myself Read More …

Finishing the Last Big Step – Home Sold

This morning, I accepted an offer to purchase my home, signaling completion of the final obstacle (apart from closing) I had to overcome before I reach Independence Day. My home is sold! Owning Real Estate is a Pain in the Ass Four years ago, I had a very different outlook than I do today. I believed in the American Dream. Read More …

The Winona Trip and Personal Struggles

In recent weeks, I’ve made two major payments on my final student loan. I’m poised to make the last big payment to get the balance down to zero in just a few days. I’ve made steady progress on all of the logistical work I have to do to sell my home and prepare for this trip. Despite this progress, the last six Read More …

Travel Companions or Solo Travel?

I have had a recurring fantasy of meeting some foreign couple during my trip, and running off with them to visit their home country. No doubt, this fantasy has been conjured in my imagination from a scene in some movie. It may be fun to experience adventures with fellow travelers. But at least in the beginning, I will be embarking Read More …

My Old Life – Part 1 – What I Will Miss

As I write this, I’m neck-deep in the water. I’m trying to get the affairs of my old life in order before I leave and hammer out the details of my retirement and transition out of practicing law. The process is mammoth in scale and overwhelming. There is so much work to do, not very much time to do it, and Read More …

Nicolet National Forest

Remy and I went on a camping trip this weekend. I realize that’s a strange thing to say on a Saturday. We got a head start by leaving very early yesterday morning and we stayed for over 24 hours. But I decided to end the trip early on account of a few issues. Camping Woes The first problem was the rain – Read More …

Badlands National Park

This past weekend, I visited Badlands National Park in South Dakota. This was – by far – my least-planned trip ever. I had been feeling pretty restless – the combined result of the usual stresses of my day job and frustrations regarding my haunt. As a result, I was feeling restless and decided to go away for the weekend. First Crack at “Roughing Read More …