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April 17, 2006
Live light enough to see the humour, and long enough to see some change

..and the change is what it's all about this summer.
After a lot of soul searching, arguing, number crunching and reflection, I have given my letter of resignation at the Fort Frances Times, as of June 15 of this year.
As a lot of my friends and family know, I've spent the last four-and-a-half years trying to complete my bachelorus interruptus, begun so many moons ago at the University of Victoria. I've managed thus far to complete a diploma in marketing, and am now transitioning my program to completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. But, at my current rate of completion, which is essentially 6 courses a year, it's going to take me almost four years to get it done. And I'm burning out.
In January, Frances and I started talking about what made the most sense; at the current completion rate, I'd be 37 by the time I was finished, which isn't an ideal age to be pursuing a new career or vocation. As well, while I have great staff and employers and the Fort Frances Times, I don't have a lot of growth opportunities in the future.
And I'm sick of doing web development.
Don't get me wrong; I'm still enjoying building online marketing collateral for customers, but I want to get strategic. Code jockey I can do, but I'd rather be a bigger picture guy, and I'm not gonna do that for my customers at $90 a month.
The personal side of this is really exciting, though. Frances has been incredibly brave to let me pursue this; financial stability is really important to her, and this is a vast departure from that for the next two years.
We're going to be traversing the country for my little sis's wedding in Whistler this summer, so I'll have a bit of a break before jumping in full-time. If you're a West Coaster, or an in-betweener, and we haven't talked yet, let me know if you want to hook up on this trip, and we'll see what's happening.

[From the 'Lincoln' Section]
Posted by Lincoln at 08:48 AM