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Leaving Your Job

On The Constance Chronicles

Here's the scenario: I would wake at 7am, be at work by 8am, have an hour for lunch, then get home around 5pm.  I would lounge at home for about an hour before starting dinner. Dinner would  be ready by 6:30pm.  I would be finished with dinner and and the kitchen would be cleaned by 7pm.  I tried to be in bed by 11pm. That means I had a total of 4 hours to myself.  Out of 24 hours, I had allotted 4 of those for me.  That is under the assumption that between the hours of 7-11 I would not get a parent phone call, have to answer emails, or grade papers. About 83% of the day was centered around work and sleep.  No matter how enjoyable I might find teaching to be, I could always find something else better to do with my time. 

However, the thought of leaving my job simply to have more time to spend reading, watching movies, playing outside or traveling brought on a lot of anxiety. I felt naive and almost silly for thinking of resigning from my teaching  position.  For a couple months, I could not shake the thought of 83%.  Bottom line, it doesn't matter how much you like your job.  For me, it was still a job.  It served as a means to an end.  Ultimately, it kept me tied to a location and a routine, which at times made it impossible to explore the possibilities of my life.  

Currently, I am living in South Korea.  Granted, I have a steady job, health insurance, and a loft.  You may be wondering what has actually changed aside from residing in another country.  Well, at my current teaching position, I work the afternoon shift.  Three days out of the week I work from 2:30-8:30 and the other two days I work from 5:40-8:00.  Where I was working 200+ hours a month in the US, I am now working only 88 hours.  I managed to cut my work time by more than a half, which also means that I spend less than half of my day doing work related activities. I went from 83% to about 33%.  My loft is paid for and everything here, food, clothes, and entertainment is about 25% cheaper than in the US.  I'm also constantly updated on upcoming travel opportunities.  I visited Bali, Jiri Mountain (in Korea), Muui Island, and this winter I will be spending New Years in Tokyo, Japan. This is the beginning of how I half assed the life nomadic.

Mitch Dobrowner - Photo Talk #13

On photoBlog

This week\'s interview is with Mitch Dobrowner. I first looked at Mitch\'s work in Lenswork #69. I spent quite a while poring over those photographs. His lovely Black and Whites are almost surreal - like places in a fantasy, but real at the same time. Fast forward to now, and Mitch graciously agreed to be interviewed for this series.

Mitch\'s photos have been published in another round of Lenswork #79, and in other magazines. For a complete list of his publications you can check this page in his website. Here is a list of his exhibitions.

You can look at more of his work at his website: www.mitchdobrowner.com.

Here is the interview.

Moonrise Trona, Photograph by Mitch Dobrowner, All Rights Reserved Click on image to see larger version.

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