A few things have changed for me since my return home from the PNW last summer... mostly good things.
I returned to Lifetouch, was promoted to a team lead position, and then, later, chose to leave (for reasons I will leave for in-person discussion), all by mid-September. I was fortunate to learn an interesting array of skills while there - in lighting, portraiture, and sport candid work. However, it was definitely time to move on...
Concurrently with Lifetouch, I had become very active in local/regional sports photography with a couple of different companies. The work I continue to do for both organizations has been a wonderful addition to my skillset... in addition to it being a really fun way to earn a paycheck. It involves everything from high school after-school sports, hockey leagues, 5k/10k/foot races and mud & obstacle races. I'm excited to continue with this path and see where else it leads - while it continues to be a good learning environment with a ton of potential for growth.
Recently, I went back into a small office environment for 'day work.' While it pays well, and I don't dislike what I do or the people I spend the day with, I'm already becoming uneasy with the office confines. I realize this position will severely limit my ability to get out and explore as I have the last 3 summers... and I'm not sure, yet, what I intend to do about that. I do intend to do something.
So, much of my time now is spent working... some good (photography), and some less so (office). I don't spend a lot of downtime home, and I spend even less and less time with friends and family. I have mixed feelings about that.
I've undergone a lot of personal development within the last couple years. I've updated my outlook in many areas. I've learned valuable life lessons. I've simplified my life. And now I'm in a position where I'm not certain how I relate to others. I know what I don't relate to anymore - and it seems to be so much of what others do. I feel as if most times I'm on the opposite side of the fence. The difference now is, I'm not really looking in anymore. I don't feel compelled to be one with the group like I used to. I'm perfectly fine doing my own thing, often times on my own. All of that said, I do miss the people I used to be really close with. But now it's hard to find something that helps me connect... and I'm not sure how to fix it.
So I suppose that's one of the next steps. That, and the pursuit of photographic development that can keep me out of the office confines.
Ever a part of the continuous life and learning journey we're all on...