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The BIG Reason

Music, opinions, and portfolio of Mark Eagleton, musician and web developer in Northern CA.

Key ring with keys
My keyring has always been the gauge for how simply I’m living.

I Totally Quit My Job

About a month ago, I tendered my resignation at ground(ctrl). The experience has been surreal. I contributed a good portion of my life to the cause there. While I’m extremely proud of the team we assembled and what we were able to accomplish in five short years, it has been a relief to have a few weeks off to reflect and decompress without the pressure of what has to be done when I get back.

To up and leave a major part of one’s way of life like this is a jarring thing, but this change is the culmination of a major goal for me.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve dreamt of riding my bike to work. Not just the physical act, but the simple lifestyle that goes along with it; living in a small town, being close to the place where you work, having the things that make you happy in close proximity, and not needing a whole lot to get you by. I think I have finally made this happen.

I start my new gig next week, and it is blocks from my house (among those blocks is even my children’s school). More importantly, however, is that the new gig is with my only remaining freelance client. This means I am able to finally shut down the freelance business, and consolidate my professional life. This perfectly compliments my goal of simplicity.

Getting to this point took lots of planning, sacrifice and some difficult decisions. None of it would have been possible without the help and support of some very good friends I met along the way.

I’m excited to give the continuing projects I started as freelance the attention they deserve. I also can’t wait to get back to graphic design, marketing plans, and expand into photography and videography. Then there is also the not-so-small deal of having my life back.

So here’s to no more all-nighters! 40 hours less time spent on the bus every month! One family car! My keyring has always been the gauge for how simply I’m living. I don’t think it’s been this lean since high school.