Sitting at my desk in the office. Its a brisk Wednesday morning. Listening to Metric's song "Risk" and working on my second round of coffee. It is quiet, and I like that. My mind is now on autopilot again.
I spent the better part of the morning on another round of training for my relief. Yes, you heard that right... I finally have relief. For those of you who know, it’s time to rejoice! Hallelujah! For those of you who do not know, let me briefly explain my employment position for you.
I am the office manager of a self storage company in Willits. For the past several years, I have been the sole employee, not counting a part-time, contracted maintenance person. I don't mind working. I like making money. I’ve been collecting paychecks and paying taxes in one form or another since I was 14.
Yet, there comes a point where one needs to remove oneself from the job. Otherwise, the burn out becomes very real and makes for internally irritable situations.
Outwardly, I've come to put on a "happy" face. After all, I am a consummate professional. How long before that begins to break down as well?
Anyway, this past summer I told my boss that I am going to start taking some time off here and there throughout autumn and winter. I feel as though I've earned that right.
And I was candid with him; my time was going to be spent focusing more on my surf photography venture, and I might not know for certain on the days I would take. Of course though, I'd give at least 24 hours notice before.
Now I have relief who I am training to at least be able do the basics of what I do.
And me, I'm excited by the prospects to come!
Last year was the first time in quite a while where I was able to go out and shoot photos on a regular basis. Leaps and bounds; leaps and bounds! I learned a lot, not only about what I could do with the craft, but about myself too.
And in my pursuit of surf photography, I grew exponentially! I saw the fruits of my labor during the September sessions (I will write about those few days some other time). My gosh, that quickly became addictive!
Now that autumn is here, my attention has shifted to watching surf and weather forecasts like a hawk! Every opportunity I can muster, I want to take advantage of.
I have goals in mind again and it's going to take a lot of work to achieve. I am undaunted in my desire to accomplish them! I feel as though the time is now. The signs are there.
Venture onward, Eric!