Thursday, July 7, 2011

First day of the last day of my life...

Chips, peach salsa, avocado, & wine
I am on sabbatical. 

After three and a half years with www.tokii.com working at full tilt and writing for blog.tokii.com, life stepped up and let me know I need to take a break. And so I am.

I couldn't consider what to do with my time without accounting for who I am. I see myself not unlike the "recovering"people noted in the article Let's Hear It for B Players, which was the inspiration for my first foray into entrepreneurship with the concept launch of uncertainpath.com.

Some of the Tokii team. I'm on Skype, of course.
Taking an idea from concept to execution is not for the faint of heart. 

The hours are long, the deliverables never ending, and do-overs are enough to demoralize the strongest of minds. But that said, there are plenty of upsides. Giving birth to an idea. Shaping and molding it into something tangible and interesting to others. Watching it take on a life of its own. This is what has kept me going. Dreaming the impossible and banding together with other like-minded people to figure it out.

We had some false starts - a lot of them actually. It's not unlike what's described in this Fast Company article about the power of prototypes and failing. We were practiced in the art of rapid prototyping and design using an Agile approach to software development. And just when we thought we'd mastered what was developed so far, we found out we'd have to do it all over again. The wireframing, UI diagrams, arguments, and testing...the hashing and rehashing of content and copy.  It's never ending.

Reg & Alison in Kenora, Canada
So now what?

My thanks to Regina Miller for firmly pounding the above Socratic question into my vernacular. I've left my team for the next two months to continue to slay dragons while I sit here contemplating and waxing philosophical. Do I feel guilt? Yes. Do I understand sometimes one must step back in order to step up again? Of course. But it's not easy for someone like me to do.

So I'll write. I'll write daily here, and I'll write for a side project I have at Socialsexpert. Don't expect much there yet - it's just ramping up. I'll focus on sex and relationships, share erotic short stories I've written, and dole out a few bits of advice here and there. I'm a former therapist who had a private practice for several years. I worked with families, mental illness of all sorts, and addiction. I concentrated on relationships, anxiety, and depression mostly as a result of the type of clients MD's would throw my way so I feel fine about weighing in on the subject.

Me living online
What's in it for you?

Well, if you have an interest in what a recovering Internet entrepreneur is doing and thinking, it could be worth the five minutes and still leave you with 23 hours and 55 minutes in your day. We experience an avalanche of information daily so we constantly have to make choices about how to spend our time.

I admit this blog is for me. It's my journey that I'm willing to share with anyone who might find it interesting. If you decide to check in, feel free to challenge, share, and observe. Whatever works for you. Hope to see you here.

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