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Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Original Post - May 3, 2013 - 12:00am PT
One of my first Threads here on ST asked this question, "What Would Your Dream Job Be?"

I was trying to figure out a new path for life back then(Circa 2008/9)and wondering what others thought about their own life goals.

The Thread had many great responses and tonight I was wondering if anyone has made advances in the direction of their dreams?

Peace and Joy, lynnie





SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 3, 2013 - 12:08am PT
Hi Lynnie ... Hope to see you at TPR this summer, one of your dream jobs.
Yes, I did make progress, retired, got sick, but then better; consult when I feel like it. Play the rest of the time and especially having times for l-o-n-g sailing adventures.

I'm living my dream life.

Hugs to one of the most soulful person I know!
Susan


Edit: from the original thread
gettin' mine in about 3 days: sweet heart of early retirement incentive; son's college expenses are lookin' good (how did he go from 2 months to 19 years during the time I ran to the bathroom...note: young parents....do start that college fund if you haven't already) Now off to Yosemite and the East Side during mid week; climbing gym and yoga classes when it's virtually empty; sailing for many months at a time instead of six weeks; mid week skiing. Down side: the years to keep up this pace aren't stretched out like a long lazy summer...but hey, what's that new mantra: "50 is the new 30"?

So things have worked out the way I planned. What I didn't know is that I would have a run with ovarian cancer and chemo and beat it back...hopefully forever. My son is now 22 and nearly finished with college and off to Germany for some study. And yes, as you mentioned, adversity can change your perspective and really grasp what a wonderful thing each day is.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2013 - 12:41am PT
Thanks Susan,

Just want the word out that it can happen.....despite adversity. Actually it seems the big A, adversity, is a huge catalyst to make these dreams progress and attain fruition. Yo the Boss, Susan.

lynnie
QITNL

climber
May 3, 2013 - 12:49am PT
Hey LL - yeah, I made some progress this week, I made my first formal submission as a photographer. Did it through this site http://www.callforentry.org - there are some other interesting calls there. Did my artist statement, references, uploaded a bunch of my Yosemite shots, yadda dadda. If I'm lucky I'll get some stuff on the walls of my local hospital. They have some pretty good mountain photography there.

I made my living selling music for 20+ years which is a dream job to some (screw that). So while I don't know what I'm doing, I kinda know the drill. If I can wander around the mountains and take pictures (and show a little bit of income so I can write off my expenses) that wouldn't be a dream or a job, but that might qualify, I suppose.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2013 - 01:03am PT
QITNL,

Sounds like you are living your dreams.....as they present themselves. Hurray for Yo!

I don't think you "arrive" at your dream job, just progressing, like climbing from one pitch to another. And since it's never been done before you have to find the route and make it happen. (Hopefully clean, trad and beautiful)

I was so blessed to find my dream jobs after Dan died. Nomad Ventures and Tioga Pass Resort are miracles that made my life. Feel like more is coming....perhaps islands, Europe, who knows.

Dreams are powerful and keep us alive!

Love, lynnie
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
May 3, 2013 - 03:18am PT
Do you have a link to the original thread? I wanna see if I wrote something and what it might have been.

Great idea checking in several years down the road on this topic!

Eric
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
May 3, 2013 - 11:23am PT
khanom, I am with you man. I'd love to get some land and get back to the basics. Great food, plenty of exercise and lots more time with my family.

Can I come visit your farm?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 3, 2013 - 11:27am PT
Always thought farming is cool.. The calmness of looking over a crop- surrounded by growing life its all GUD!
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
May 3, 2013 - 11:40am PT
i want tired wings and a weary voice.
i want to distinguish my shout against a diligent discipline within the silence.
i want to toil towards higher and bluer skies.

i want a good dose of hardship in my heart;
thru which i'll sort to find the
blessing in the haystack.

i want a verve that chases the sleep
from my eyes.

i want to pretend that love doesn't have it's teeth into me.
i'll exercise a cold heart, most days.

i want a fleeting understanding,
often crushed by fear, sorrow and confusion.
i want to spend my whole life,
getting back up from my latest stumble.

this is the dream job at which i scratch away
each of these days, as they boldly cross paths with my
dejected journey.

Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
May 3, 2013 - 11:50am PT
I'd like to have a little leather shop on a side street in Venice, Italy selling my American style cowboy & Indian crafts to Euro tourists. I'd have espresso every morning at my favorite bar on St Marks and travel up to the Dolomiti & Sudtyrol all the time to climb and ski.
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
May 3, 2013 - 11:53am PT
Being so dependent on nature is sure to be stressful.
You have a campground area yet? Do a few hours of work on the farm to earn a spot and some dinner maybe?

I'd do a big aquaponic farm if I had my drothers about it. More control. Plus have a bunch of fish to sell.
10b4me

Ice climber
Happy Boulders
May 3, 2013 - 11:59am PT
Well back in 2008 I was working at my dream job. A few short years later, it was more of a nightmare.

The past ten months have seen me transistioning into a career in photography also.
I have met the woman of my dreams, and we will pursue our dream jobs together.
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
May 3, 2013 - 12:03pm PT
My dream job is to write books about Nepal and Sherpas in my retirement. If I ever get through the nightmare of moving from one side of the planet to the other, I should be able to commence the dream. Ask me this time next year.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 3, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
nightmare of moving from one side of the planet to the other

Too bad, no teleporting yet. Oh well....

Susan
bobinc

Trad climber
Portland, Or
May 3, 2013 - 01:28pm PT
Organic farming is indeed among the most honorable of occupations. But... make sure to not keep track of how much you earn per hour.
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
May 3, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
Astrologist to the stars. Hands down.

Either that, of chief medical examiner. With lots of paid leave.
troutbreath

climber
Kanada
May 3, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Cranky Sherpa.
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
May 3, 2013 - 02:22pm PT
I don't know; I've been trying to wake up from the dream.
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
May 3, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
we are always stuck
between here and where
we might be.

so make merry
of your own transitional disaster.

there is no dream,
there is only tolerated disappointment.
Barbarian

climber
May 3, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
Cranky Sherpa

Market seems to be pretty saturated at the moment.
Barbarian

climber
May 3, 2013 - 02:48pm PT
Looking to retirement and the dream jobs that come with it:

Photography and fine woodworking.
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
May 3, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
Dream job: senior partner/owner in a small law firm doing general civil law in a small, beautiful town in the central Sierra foothills (somewhere like, say, Sonora), working 25 to 30 hours per week and taking a week off every month...

Oh wait, that's not a dream...
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
May 3, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
Thanks for the link to the old thread Khanom! I guess I didn't post to that one.

Scanning it quickly, some dear old ST friends posted there who have since passed on.

JB

I want to make sick rock shoes.

There's no money in it, but I can't stop myself.

And dirtineye had the funniest reply!

I have had my dream job, full time dad going on nine years now (so it's no fluke!). It's not always a dream and there are times when things transform into nightmares! :-) But somehow we all recovery by healthy means. It suits me well and the result and benefits are immeasurable. That wins out in the end all the time. I've also long worked with an old friend part time (very part time) helping him support his software. That's a dream too, given the culture our company (and it's a very real company) is directly opposed to the culture of much of Silicon Valley from whence we came many moons ago. Can you say family friendly? Hahaha!

By the way, JB and I share the same sentiment about compensation!

Getting ready to take my three youngest for a late season JT camping trip. They are all super psyched to go, especially the youngest for whom this is her first camping trip ever. She is chomping at the bit! It's a boatload of work to get out the door, but once we are on the road, it's always worth it!

Cheers,
Eric
sullly

Trad climber
May 3, 2013 - 03:35pm PT
Can't wait to be a granny one day. That will be the dream job.




hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
May 3, 2013 - 04:28pm PT
dude's doin' my dream! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhiA5wMSOXY
darkmagus

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
May 3, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
I'm a Chiropractor, it is my dream job. ;-)
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
May 3, 2013 - 06:24pm PT
Can't wait to be a granny one day. That will be the dream job.

I'm with you there Sully...I look at little toddlers and I just want to play, play, play...I'm not in a hurry for my son to reproduce, but given my late start I'll be an old old granny. You'll be able to teach your grand kids to climb! Mine'll probably be pushing me!

Susan
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
May 3, 2013 - 06:30pm PT
Dream job? I'd build things that are intricate and require serious planning on Sketchup to implement. In other words, I'd keep doing what I do, at a higher level.

Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
May 3, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
Chiropractor is great! I have a great one myself and she really makes a difference for folks!

Eric
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
May 3, 2013 - 06:55pm PT
Right now I'd settle for any job with a paycheck that allowed me to pay my debts, share, restore my rocking chair funds and didn't necessitate medication.

Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
May 3, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
The past ten months have seen me transistioning into a career in photography also.
I have met the woman of my dreams, and we will pursue our dream jobs together.

That's awesome to hear 10b4me! Congrats and all the best to you!

Cheers,
Eric
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 3, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
I just got home from work not expecting too much from this Thread. What I just read was fantastic! Even brought tears to moi' eyes. :D

After I kick and watch the sunset I will read all your thoughts again.

Hi, starting to get warm days here and those sweet Cali Evenings. Enjo...
Hi, starting to get warm days here and those sweet Cali Evenings. Enjoyin' the Taco as I BBQ fresh veggies. Love yo. lynnie
Credit: LL LL

Guangzhou

Trad climber
Asia, Indonesia, East Java
May 3, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
Took some effort and I was a bit worried, but I've just returned to my dream job, International School teacher.

Live and travel overseas while someone else pays for the bills. Great work schedule, descent salary, and no taxes.

Cheers
Eman
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
May 3, 2013 - 11:35pm PT
...someone else pays for the bills. Great work schedule, descent salary, and no taxes...

You're proud of that?
hossjulia

climber
May 3, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
"Lynne, why Lodge waitress? why not TPR waitress, then you could climb/hang with HossJulia and be in the high country!"
from mimi in the original dream job thread.
This seems to be the first mention of Lynne and TPR.
All I did was put in a good word :D

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 4, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Oh No Julia,

You called me on my cell when I was on the way back from the Outdoor Retailers Event and said,"If you show up today the job will pro be yours."

I took a shower in Lee Vining, walked into TPR and for an unaccountable reason Joe was actually at the front desk. I told him my name and he said you're hired. Hate those LONG interviews....:DDD
moosedrool

climber
Stair climber, lost, far away from Poland
May 4, 2013 - 01:11am PT
I am a scientist. Can't complain!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
May 4, 2013 - 01:17am PT

HossJulia...Reread that post,that was me who said that to Lynne... and... I talked with her @ the first facelift about Tuolumne Lodge and TPR...
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
May 4, 2013 - 01:18am PT
Thanks Eric
Captain...or Skully

climber
May 4, 2013 - 10:50am PT
Don't even get ME started, If ya know what I mean......;-)
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 4, 2013 - 01:40pm PT
You did indeed plant the seed, Nita. I myself never would have thought of such a thing. You and others have opened whole new vista's for me. THANKS and Hugs. I am, as I write beginning to pack for TPR. Even that's fun! smiles, lynne
hossjulia

climber
May 4, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
oops, so sorry nita, from the time I read YOUR post to posting in this thread, I got the names wrong. I am SOOOO bad at names! 4 letters and an i, geesh. Back to taking notes i guess

So, if I meet any of you in person, don't be insulted if I have no idea who you are.........
tioga

Mountain climber
pac northwest
May 4, 2013 - 05:26pm PT
I was thinking of trying to work for NFS (forest service) somewhere outside California, after few years in tech field...or state park services up in North states, where the parks aren't broke...but wonder if this is a realistic goal, considering sequester and fed/state budgets looking only worse in the future, these jobs probably will be hard to land.
hossjulia

climber
May 4, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
I have a hard time with dream and job in the same sentence.

But for now, I'm pretty close. Moving all day cleaning has gotten me much fitter than I was, and dropped 15 pounds. Private luxury 2nd homes filled with beautiful and interesting artwork and artifacts. A sensual feast of color and texture everyday. I could happily sleep on the silk carpets.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 4, 2013 - 09:59pm PT
Julia, maybe occupation would be a better word than job.

But the intent is that you do what you need to do in life to take care of yourself(and family if applicable)and enjoy what you do to make that happen......plus perhaps create at the same time. That would be a bonus.

and that's my definition of a job. :D

Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
May 4, 2013 - 10:05pm PT
I'da loved to have been a guard in the Garden....standing watch over the Tree of Good and Evil....telling Eve to GO AWAY!!!!
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
May 4, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
Blowin' up sh#t will have to do until I grow up.

Credit: pud
Credit: pud

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 5, 2013 - 12:00am PT
Oh Pud, Dan boy would have loved spending time with you. :D lynne
bajaandy

climber
Escondido, CA
May 5, 2013 - 10:37am PT
Hey Lynnie, know what I like about your posts? I can't just sit here and bang out a quick reply. Your questions always cause one to be just a little bit introspective, this one especially. I like that about you. And it certainly speaks to who I know you to be...

But dream job, eh? Hmmmmm.... I suppose some would say being a teacher would be a dream job, summers off and all. I won't deny that I do like it. But at this stage in my life, I don't know if I can put the words "dream" and "job" together without the outcome being a bit too realistic, and not enough dreamy.

For now, let's just leave it at this
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 5, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Oh, Baja, I'm (sha-boom) giggling like crazy. Thanks for early morning joy!
Cheers! lynnie
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
May 5, 2013 - 01:07pm PT
I would love to get paid for listening and asking people questions in their homes..
I'm very curious about people, how they live and what makes them tick.

..........

I would never want to be on T.V.....but as far as an easy living........

Vanna White ....." I touch letters"


ps..HossJulia...no biggie.....just wanted to clarify...
Hope to meet you @ the facelift (-; .............

locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
May 5, 2013 - 01:13pm PT

I actually got to live my "Dream Job" and for MANY years... (Pro Photographer)...

I loved it!!!...

Especially photographing all those beautiful WOMAN...

Talk about living the life...

It was HEAVEN while it lasted...

;-)

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 5, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
A chick named Gaia beat me to it.

Just as well, I'd have had too much fun with quakes and floods.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
May 5, 2013 - 07:55pm PT
OK, I dream of having a job as the guy who paints swim suits on super models. Where do I sign up?
Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
May 6, 2013 - 09:39am PT
Well back in 2008 I was working at my dream job. A few short years later, it was more of a nightmare.

The past ten months have seen me transistioning into a career in photography also.
I have met the woman of my dreams, and we will pursue our dream jobs together.


Most excellent, Mr. Bee!
NOW, get that website up ... your art should be more widely seen.

~Peace, Leggs

EDIT: If you need website development advice, hit me up ... it's what I do.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 6, 2013 - 10:09am PT
The past ten months have seen me transistioning into a career in photography also.


Goddammitt!

My dream job would be playing the government-sanctioned Grammar Nazi so I could catch all who use this NOUN, Transition, as a VERB!

The word you seek and overlook is To Transit, i.e., I am transitting, I transitted, I have transitted into a new career.

Because it's a common enough failing in corporate-speak America (and Canada, you are copy-cats, flat out, so this goes for you, too, eh?), I would choose to forgive you. We copy our bosses: even when we KNOW his grammar's 'teribble' and his spell-check is 'broke,' he's still the boss.

I wish I could be the boss. And planet Earth.
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
May 6, 2013 - 10:28am PT
People who live in glass houses, should not throw stones.
Jus' sayin'
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 6, 2013 - 10:46am PT
Touche my comma were appreciated, and, they have achieved full value!

I will retreat, now, to my humble job of transrationing of Engrish.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 6, 2013 - 10:49am PT
The best job in the world sucks by virtue of the fact that you have to do it.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 6, 2013 - 11:07am PT
The worst jobs all suck.
The best job still sucks.
If you work, you're a jerk.
If you're in school, a fool.
Work on your turns, fool.
--ski camp counseling

Pretty good stuff, Marlow down below. A Life, in four parts; but do you dream in four parts? No. It just happens. That's the way I like my lives.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 6, 2013 - 04:27pm PT
Randisi, really, you don't have to do anything.

Work, job can be fun, should be fun. Accomplishing, taking pride in your craft, helping others, if you work for someone....helping them succeed. Some create beauty in art form or music. If you don't like working for others we are blessed in this country. If you work hard you can make your own dream come true.

Edit: raining today, so awesome....a May rain in So Cal. And it forces me to stay indoors and pack for TPR. :D
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
May 6, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
3 months a year - having my present job.
3 months a year - climbing trips.
3 months a year - doing whatever I chose.
3 months a year - playing in this band:


Mouse:

To comparte-ment-alize life isn't all bad.
I leave one room and get into the next.
When there's many rooms or compartments, my illusion is that I'm better off than when there's only one room.
Actively making choices, including daring to walk where angels dare not walk, is giving me a chance to form my life - bring the results or outcomes of my life closer to my intentions. Staying away from pain isn't a priority as isn't searching for pain. Searching appy-ness isn't a priority as isn't staying away from appy.
And I have no full control, cannot fully control the outcomes of my life. And that makes life all the more interesting.
This could also be an answer to what makes me a climber, an answer to Donini's thread.

Pretentious isn't it? And over-analyzed? Mostly I dream while awake. And there's always a hidden door, a hole in the fence...
tioga

Mountain climber
pac northwest
May 6, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
I'd like to be a "wildlife technician" aka "bear-chasing ranger"... chasing bears all day....can't get any better.
I think the view that we are free to make own reality in this country, sort of, "American dream", applies to less and less people...it probably was more true a few years ago...but in this economy (a bubble situation right now and exploding debt, manufacturing gone, outsourced tech, dependency on cheap Chinese stuff, etc), this window of opportunity gets narrower by the month...right now tons of Liberal arts, Humanities, Fine art, Pol. science grads are either jobless or "serving fries"...US engineers in many fields are in a deep pit...the only ones who seem to still be doing well is medical personnel and certain subset of business/management...
Clearing trails in the forest or "bear watch" seems like one of the few jobs that are still "worth it" in terms of moral satisfaction, at least...hope these jobs survive future cuts. Organic farming mentioned here is cool...but it's HARD to survive as organic smaller US farmer now...it's more of a "hobby farm" when you have lots of money thing.
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
May 9, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
Home Base
Home Base
Credit: TMJesse

The Office
The Office
Credit: TMJesse

West Face of Bath Mt. on the left
West Face of Bath Mt. on the left
Credit: TMJesse

The Trail
The Trail
Credit: TMJesse

I tell people "I retired first, then got a job."
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2013 - 12:02am PT
TMjesse,

Mayhap I can figure out a way to get promoted. Your job clearly ROCKS. Although I am pondering ...... Perhaps lynnie needs to broaden her horizons. Thinking about backpacking Europe next summer. Jess thinking, but thinking hard. Smiles and Cheers and thanks for the pictures. Inspiring!!!

Edit: A real dream is to play in a band like Marlowe. percussion or harmonica. :D
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
May 10, 2013 - 12:14am PT
played piano at the mustang ranch for 20 years,

big tippers, freebie once in a while,
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - May 10, 2013 - 12:18am PT
No way, really Dr. Sprock? I've heard about the Ranch. Don't know if what I heard had an ounce of truth in it. Sounds like an interesting place. Does it still exist? lynne
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2013 - 02:40am PT
"Your Dreams Are Not Big Enough If They Don't Scare You." A phrase wri...
"Your Dreams Are Not Big Enough If They Don't Scare You." A phrase written on my grand daughters closet mirror. The sentence challenged me the entire summer.
Credit: LL LL


It took Aspen 3 attempts for the perfect pose. She slipped off the rock and fell into the frigid Lake Tahoe water but tried again. What a parable to me.

Time to up the "Dream" anty. Time again for another transition. Time to tap into the next Dream Job. The thing is Dream Jobs may not be easy jobs, like Aspen falling into frigid water. But, the end result, the accomplishment, can and will make it worth the the effort. (I hope)
So, I'm going for it. High up on the slack line with no saftey net, cause life is to short to live a "Cubicle Life". lynnie



Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Oct 12, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Can I get paid for the seven hours a day I sleep?
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 12, 2013 - 01:45pm PT

You mean the one that says I'm retired?????


hee hee hee. . .
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Oct 12, 2013 - 02:07pm PT
I didn't know this occupation existed until this morning and pg.498 of John McPhee's Annals of The Former World, in Book 4. Assembling California.

Ophiolitologist.

Could be good outoor work in California studying Cordilleran ophiolites;)
ron gomez

Trad climber
fallbrook,ca
Oct 12, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Workin my dream job right now. Working with wounded, injured and ill Marines and sailors trying to help them get to a better point in their lives. Without too many details, 25 years in the field of sports medicine has lead to this job and it is the dream job for me!
Also had the dream job of getting to take care of my wife Kelly, or better said, taking care of each other for the last 40 years, 33 years of it in marriage.
Peace
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Oct 12, 2013 - 05:06pm PT
I'll participate with a twist on it... more focusing on dream hobbies than dream job.

I don't feel a burning passion for my job or any career that I can imagine, but I am very grateful and content and satisfied with my job. Tons of autonomy, I can focus on solving problems that I think are interesting and important problems to solve (not in the change the world kinda way, but doing my piece as a useful cog in the machine), financially it pays very well compared to most "follow your dream" type jobs, and I have tons of flexibility to control my schedule, go through phases of not working much if I need it and can make it up later if I want. In my present circumstances, I don't think I could imagine a better job for me.

I am super excited and looking forward to a new development in one of my two major hobbies (climbing and music). After moving to southern California in January, I've been looking for folks to make music with. It's really hard to find people who have similar musical skill level, similar taste and style preference, similar levels of ambition (e.g. "we're gonna be #1 and go on world tour! vs. jamming in the basement vs. play out once in a while), and then having good personal chemistry and reliability of the people and no financial or job or family dramas or other things that get in the way of making a commitment to get together reliably.

Well, it seems like I've hit the jackpot. About a month ago I came together with 3 other dudes on a 4-way musical blind date. We had a great first session, a week late another great session, 3rd week one of the guys was excited about bringing a lady singer in, and then he says he's never heard her sing but wanted to show us pictures. I'm thinking "oh boy looks like the sausage is doing all the thinking, is this going to be a problem?" Well she showed up and she has an awesome voice and skill to control it and stylistically a perfect fit. So now we're cruisin' with 5 good musicians that are compatible in every way that matters for a band. We practice at my house, so I don't even have to go anywhere when we're done. That's my dream coming true!

I haven't prioritized much time for climbing this year. I accept that as a phase while I'm focusing on other stuff. Cleaning up old an old mess in my life continues to be time consuming, but aside from that I'm right where I want to be with the balance of stuff in my life that I like, and more excited about my future than any point in a long time.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
Nice to hear from you all. It's encouraging to all of us :D
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Oct 12, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
Marlow ... I hear you.

Sing...
I would write and sing... all the time.

At Congress <br/>
with R. Lopez <br/>
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Photo by M. Aurelio
At Congress
with R. Lopez

Photo by M. Aurelio
Credit: Leggs

I currently work and have worked for a non-profit the last 4+ years, one of 4 staff members... among 40+ RN's (awesome, great, family like combo... no lie) and we help low income individuals become C.N.A.'s, a nice stepping stone to Nursing.

I love my job, stress and all...
I'm kind of helping men and women make their dreams come true ...

but it's the singing that gets me, every time ... the best release.

~peace
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Oct 12, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
I think I might have my DreamJob right now. . . I'm not sure. . . I'm kinda conflicted.

I own and maintain a 20 acre estate located on the side and the summit of a glacial drumlin just shy of the Canadian border in NW Montana. Most of it is deep boreal forest with the exception of 4 acres which is high mountain meadow, festooned in knee to butt deep wildflowers. It's never been livestocked or agged to death and such land is rare, these days. I take the responsibility pretty seriously, but it kinda weirds me out. I've never worked so hard for just myself. I've always been the kind of person who dedicates such intense devotion to the benefit of others. So, every once in a while, I ask myself just exactly what I think I'm doing.

For now, I guess I need to be happy knowing the place is well loved.

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hossjulia

climber
Oct 12, 2013 - 06:49pm PT
"cubicles kill"

God I hope not, I think my dream job is going to involve cubicles, with beer, a tiki head, table laden with yummy snacks, paper airplanes, guys saying "Hey dude, whatup?" and all other manner of assorted zanniness.

Just wish Ammon was still there.

Seriously, After a week at Patagonia U, I feel like I'm dreaming. So it must be a dream job.

Yup, I am one happy camper, cubicle and all.


NICE eKat, princess of the north woods, tis an important job you have there, enjoy.
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Oct 12, 2013 - 07:28pm PT
don't think I could go back to a cubicle. maybe, if it was worth it.
spent most of my vocational career glued to a computer as a mechanical designer. Lots of stress.
my dream job is: 1)my avocation, photography, 2)not in California
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 12, 2013 - 07:47pm PT
Dream job 1 was seeing my son get "launched"
Dream job 2 is watching him take on the world. I'd like to hang on long enough to be a Grandma. But he's young (22) so I think he should take his time.
Other than that, retirement, and some consulting gigs allow me to spend a lot of time road trippin' , sailing and doing the things I love. So I think I'm living my dream, too!
Susan

barry ohm

Trad climber
escondido, ca
Oct 12, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
My dream job would be Trustafarian! but since I'm a construction bum I'm looking at retiring in 2 years at 55 moving to a mountain town and becoming a ski lift mechanic.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
Barry, an Escondidoite. Have I ever met you at Nomad Ventures where I have worked? Lynne
MisterE

climber
Oct 12, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
I don't know what my dream job is, but I got my dream girl and we got an exit strategy to fairer lands.

That's something, huh?
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 12, 2013 - 11:50pm PT
Mister E, that's awesome....what are the fairer lands, if I might ask?
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Oct 13, 2013 - 08:09am PT
NICE eKat, princess of the north woods, tis an important job you have there, enjoy.

Thanks, Hoss. . . and it's VERY COOL that you're lovin' the Patagonia thing.

YAY!

:-)
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Oct 13, 2013 - 08:39am PT
@Nut- I'm kinda in your camp. I like a job that isn't stressful and allows time for hobbies. I actually really enjoy my health-food store job (which unfortunately I'll have to quit in a year). I work with nice people and I get 3 days off a week to work on stained glass and go climbing. They are flexible about time off. My main passion is climbing these days so I'm generally fine with any job that pays the bills and doesn't eat up all my time trying to make ends meet.

Nut:
I can focus on solving problems that I think are interesting and important problems to solve (not in the change the world kinda way, but doing my piece as a useful cog in the machine),


I'm also someone who gets a lot of satisfaction out of solving problems. I actually wouldn't mind going to work for the Access Fund and/or ASCA. Not sure if any of those people even get paid.

@Lynne- E and I have started our exit-LA plan. If all goes as planned we will be living in Bishop this time next year.

@Ekat-- that's a pretty special place you are custodian of. Looks amazing.


So I guess in reality, I'd like to win the lottery so I can climb and do volunteer work for the climbing community all the time.:)

Edit: Did this just boil down to, "I want to be Ken Yager"?
Ryan Tetz

Trad climber
Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 13, 2013 - 11:06am PT
I'm a nurse too. It works out most of the time to work hard and play hard. Good lifestyle for single people imo. Hard to get longer amounts of time off for long trips if you want to work a regular job. I haven't tried the travel nurse thing, but job oppurtunities are tighter lately. New grad nurses are waiting a year for employment. Who knows where it will go in the next few years with health care changes and economy?

There's not a lot of concrete answers in this thread? Maybe that has to do with the economy too. Lots of the usual teacher/firefighter/government jobs I suppose.

I'd love to work more seasonal somehow!
Tan Slacks

climber
Joshua Tree
Oct 13, 2013 - 11:41am PT
I was lucky enough to fall into Para-medicine over twenty years ago. I have always enjoyed the idea that I am going to work and giving rather than taking, it makes getting up in the morning easier for me.

17 years ago I was lucky enough to start flying air rescue. Years and years of flying have been rewarding, scary and down right fun. In the last six years, I'm still flying in the back of a Huey, but now I am contracted on a Marine base, flying all the Air Medevac's on a very large Marine training range AND even more exciting is the training with all these young men and women in calling in Medevac's, treating and triage in the field. Keeping themselves and their partners safe. Besides, the work schedule is the best. I am more rewarded now than ever and I have discovered an incredible admiration for our United States Marines. I hope I can continue to do this job for quite a bit longer.

Training exercise
Training exercise
Credit: Tan Slacks
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Oct 13, 2013 - 11:58am PT
Skip,
The Access Fund just posted an opening for their Conservation team. It's a two person gig that travels to various climbing areas promoting conservation. It's a paying gig, and they supply the rig(jeep Cherokee). Runs from January to November.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Oct 13, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
^^BaDOOM! That's awesome!!
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Oct 13, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
Thanks for the catch Steve...I just checked the website. It says they are only taking pre-paired teams with "proven trail-building expertise" (which I don't have). The timing is horrible too with us moving next year. I'll keep an eye on the website for 2015 though.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 13, 2013 - 07:34pm PT
I want that Coors Light delivery gig.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
The best part of this thread is the wonderful variety of answers. You are all the best and I treasure this community, the people and your amazing resourcefulness and I hope to hear more of your stories.

I am not in a situation where I feel I have achieved all I can. Pushing on into frontiers never entered before is not quite so scary anymore. (Think frozen like a deer in headlights before:) ) But it takes a lot of thinking, discipline, humbleness and the ability to re evaluate when things aren't working to pursue a dream.

It's wonderful to have encouragement like some of you provided this summer.

I've never had a dream job that was easy.....but challenge keeps you rolling.

Cheers, lynne
Chugach

Trad climber
Vermont
Oct 13, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
I love my work. I specialize in corporate turnarounds. The really nasty ones where a company is on the verge of liquidation and everyone is about to get wiped out in their own unique way.

It's super challenging, low odds, scary as hell, intellectual, chaotic, draining, rewarding and crazy amounts of fun for an adrenaline junky.

It's a nice break from my bucolic but boring Vermont ski town.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
Chugach, wish I'd have known you last May.......
Chugach

Trad climber
Vermont
Oct 13, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
LL if you have any lingering corporate debts I can help you chase them away.
JOEY.F

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Oct 13, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
cubicles kill.
commuting kills.
exit strategy.
door # 3
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Oct 13, 2013 - 09:53pm PT
Jeez Sandman.. you turned into a smart guy, saving companies?? Too cool. That's like hearing Sweeny turned into a successful writer..Now the Toad is starting a business in Denver..WTH is going on with the climbing bums from AK getting all uppity..

:)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Oct 13, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Seems to me this depends on if you are independently wealthy, trust funded or actually have to support yourself. It's all well and fine to be hypothetical; for most of us it is not that easy.

edit: this is something I have been struggling a lot with lately. I hate my job. I make decent $. Just feel trapped economically.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2013 - 11:37pm PT
OR....Joey's pickles. Dude, make it happen. We'll help. I'll rep them here. Have you read the book, The Barefoot Spirit ? But it would take a ton of energy to start a new product. But, we have our Salsa man that could give marketing input.

Choices....life is all about the how we spend our time and the decisions we make.

Love Ya Dude, lynnie.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
johntp, you are the one this thread was created for. I worked for 20 years at a job I didn't love. I did it, and did it well, because my wonderful husband needed (maybe, maybe not now that I look back) me.

No human should work at a job (if possible of course) that they do not like. People were created with certain gifts. To often we are pushed by parents, educators and even spouses to pursue careers that do not fit our skills and talents.

My theory....people abuse substances because they are not happy with what they do. They are not happy with what they do because they were made/created to do and be something else.
MisterE

climber
Oct 13, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
I have this book on my shelf, but it seems kind of silly...

10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Oct 13, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
No human should work at a job (if possible of course) that they do not like.

I agree wth you 100%, Lynne. Unfortunately, the materialistic attitude of most people forces them to do just that.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 14, 2013 - 12:05am PT
10b4me,

When you share a life with someone else and share it with love and intimacy you have to do just that....share. Two dynamic people have to bend and stretch with each others goals to create a life together. Dan and I did. But now I'm alone and I have a new life and the dynamic has changed.

I, the accumulator, am working hard to divest myself of stuff and live. Live simply on the planet and love my family and create beauty.
KabalaArch

Trad climber
Starlite, California
Oct 14, 2013 - 12:32am PT
played piano at the mustang ranch for 20 years,

Sounds like you're qualified to open up a place of your own...until you get some girls, you could run it by hand...
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