Wow super exciting, my very first blog post! It seems so simple, powerful and vulnerable all at once! My name is Shannon and I live in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, it is a lovely little place with access to Georgian Bay, the Bruce Trail, numerous other hiking trails with great views from the Niagara escarpment. In the winter great past times include shovelling snow ;-), snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Spring, summer and fall bring great hiking, cycling, kayaking, fishing, I could really go on all day. I like the outdoors, my goal is to increase my hiking, I used to be a runner, but asthma made it too difficult. One day I want to hike the entire Bruce Trail from Niagara to Tobermory! For now I will settle with a weekend hike and camp overnight.
Hmm, excuse me while I pull myself back to reality, I just quit my job. I should probably focus on cash flow, as my dad would call it. How do I get cash flowing in without going out and getting a job? I am a public health inspector (PHI) by trade, I gave it up, I was good at it, but the saying that comes to mind is “you don’t quit your job, you quit your employer”. The thing is as a PHI I worked for the government, the next closest place where I can get a job doing something similar would be a minimum of an hour commute, not really something I want to spend my time doing.
So what are my plans? Well I started this blog I think there are many people out there like me with “golden handcuffs”, a well paying job with benefits, vacation, sick days that you hate, where people above you are incompetent and feel the need to exert any tiny ounce of power over you they can. Somehow I wrangled out of my golden handcuffs, with no real plan as to what I was going to do. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t and isn’t easy, I feel very vulnerable. I feel like my personality has divided, I see money as a security blanket, but another part of me refuses (picture heels dragging) to go out and get a job, to allow myself to be hurt again, to be at the mercy of people who only care about themselves.
For now I am going to allow myself to be inspired by the 30 day blog challenge, http://30dayblogchallenge.com and just take things one day at a time.