As of today I am now 19 days unemployed. A contract that I have been working for the previous 4 years has finally come to a end.
I’m both sad and happy. Sad that I’m no longer around the people I considered friends but hella happy that I can now pursue the projects and technologies that I’m most passionate about.
My goal is to take sometime away from corporate america (at least 5 month). so that I can reboot. Maybe do some volunteer work.. who knows. Afterwards, say the 6th month I’ll start a soft search. I’ve always wanted to work in Silicon Valley even if it’s for a short period of time. I have no idea how I would make the transition. You rarely hear about companies paying relocation packages nowadays. I have some money saved but I know since things are sooo expensive over there that if I miss step I could blow through it all.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little bit scared of what the future holds.. but sometimes it’s good to shake it up, be uncomfortable.. and scared.
Hopefully when 2016 comes to a end I’m not somewhere regretting these decisions.
Things I would like to accomplish during my time away.
- Get in shape. Sitting at a desk for 4 years, 8/9 hours a day can put a toll on you.
- Conferences/Meetups. Technology moves fast and this is a great way to keep up with what’s current.
- Web projects. I have a few half done projects that I previously didn’t have time to complete.