Welcome to my World
Hi, I am Janet – a writer, storyteller, and speaker, and I am Irish.
In 2009 I was well on my way in climbing up the corporate ladder. I had it all – great husband and kids, great job, big house, all I needed and more. But inside I felt like something was missing. I felt guilty for wanting more when I had so much already. However, the “more” I wanted was not to be found in things. It was a deep thirst in my soul for a life with purpose and meaning. For years, I had felt as if everything was strangling me inside. I longed to be creative, to dream and hope, to leave a legacy. I longed to stop living life on autopilot.
Finding My Why
Early in the summer of 2009 my husband and I agreed to embark on a quest, a great adventure. We would simplify our lives. We knew it would mean leaving the “golden handcuffs” of our jobs, but we were committed. We went through a year of exploration, sold our home, and prepared for our adventure. In 2010 I quit my corporate job, my husband quit his consulting business, and we bought a boutique inn on 14 acres in Southwest Virginia, overlooking the New River. We wanted to do something completely different, something to shake us out of our complacency. We successfully grew the business, won numerous awards, and delighted guests. We worked really well together as a team and had the opportunity to stretch ourselves and use our creative sides.
It was also 24/7, and even with outside help, we found ourselves becoming exhausted. What we thought would create a simpler life turned out to being not so simplified. Did we make a mistake? Absolutely not! We made a decision which was right at the time, and when we realized it was not quite what we were aiming for, we adjusted course. We found a good buyer, and in the summer of 2014 moved back to the Pacific Northwest, to Bend, Oregon.
Questioning our Why, What, and How
It is hard when you are faced with finding out your “dream” was not really your dream. We told ourselves we would just get “regular” jobs until we figured out our next steps, but found ourselves back to the crazy schedule of long work weeks, no down time, no time for thinking or enjoying life. We were just existing again.
In May of this year, 2016, I reached my tipping point. I was flatlining inside. I had to decide. My inner self – was screaming to be released – to pursue my passion, my potential, possibilities. I had to choose the fork in the road – stay doing what I was doing and slowly die inside, or choose the path that let me explore opportunities fully, even though I didn’t quite know what they were at that point.
A New Journey
I knew I didn’t want a boss, didn’t want to work 40-60 hours a week and didn’t want to work in an office. I did want freedom – freedom to do work I loved and was passionate about, freedom to work the hours I wanted to work and freedom to work from where I wanted to. I wanted to write and I wanted to inspire others to go after their passions and dreams. That was the only framework I started with. My husband and I created a mission statement for our lives:
We commit to building a life of freedom, supported by our passions, skills, and talents while building deep meaningful relationships with those who matter most to us.
Now we measure our work and activities against this mission statement. It helps us eliminate a lot of things!
Join Us in The Journey
In November of 2016, after quitting my job, Dynamic by Design was born. Dynamic by Design is a home for people who are seeking to live a dynamic and intentional life. It is a home for those who are on a quest to find meaning and purpose in life, for those who want to live life on their own terms, for those who have a big hairy audacious dream.
I write a weekly blog on aspects of dynamic and intentional living, including finding your passion, finding work you love and can get paid for, being more productive in your personal and work life, and creatively managing your resources.
I plan to showcase the stories of others who have pursued a dynamic and intentional life in upcoming podcasts. Hearing other’s stories can help us see the commonality of our quest, but also the uniqueness of where they came from, the path their journey took, and the challenges and victories along the way.
If you want to join in and find your own journey and be inspired by others’ stories, sign up for my weekly blog and I will send you a free 5-part mini course to get you started on your dynamic and intentional journey. Enter your email below and we will take care of the rest!