What’s in a name?

What’s with the blog title, you ask?

Well, I was very involved and tried every course and extracurricular I could at UW Madison and then did what graduates are supposed to do after graduation; started working in the Real World. But in between college and cube life, I spent about six weeks traversing the most beautiful country in the world, New Zealand. Between four glorious years’ worth of adventures in Mad Town and my life-changing-adrenaline-packed dream trip to NZ, I knew that sitting in an office staring at a computer all day was going to be difficult. Still, I was willing to accept that I should use my BS degree in a corporate setting because thatโ€™s what youโ€™re โ€˜supposedโ€™ to do.

It felt like I was waiting, but I have no idea what I was waiting for. Waiting to make my resume timeline look better? Waiting for some perfect job opportunity to fall from the sky? Why was I waiting for anything?

โ€œThe key question to keep asking is, are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. โ€ ย โ€• Randy Pausch

According to the worldโ€™s most reliable (and my personal favorite) online source, Wikipedia, being above water means, โ€œto survive or endure, especially in a situation in which one is struggling to avoid being overwhelmed by adverse financial circumstances.โ€ This summer, I hope to stay above water financially while also keeping myself and my lovely future rafters physically above the rushing waters of the Arkansas River. I am scared to no longer have a stable source of income, but I think I am spending my time very wisely.

Tent pitching practice in Minnesota before heading out West
Tent pitching practice in Minnesota before heading out West

**1 year post cubicle evacuation update**

Life is great! I only made about $23,000 in 2015 and it was probably the best year of my life. I was able to get creative with housing options and worked a variety of serving/bar tending jobs throughout the winter to get by. Sometimes it was rough, but my risks were totally worth taking. I couldn’t be happier with where my choices have taken me ๐Ÿ™‚

jack raft1
Giving my bro a face wash, June 2015
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