a life-long journey...
I'm on a continuous quest to find that "life-work" balance. The more I travel, the more I want to explore. Work, save, travel. Repeat. The seasonality of working in the service industry and flexibility of freelance work has allowed me to pursue this lifestyle.
But I'm realizing I can't get all my fulfillment in life from exploring foreign landscapes. I need to be challenged at work. I want to think harder, use my creativity and know I am making a difference. When I was traveling in Ecuador last year, I met a guy from Utah with whom I had an existential conversation over beers. I was lamenting my feelings of frustration and hopelessness over our current political climate, and desire for change. I was questioning my place in this world; wondering how I would leave my mark. He told me something that will stick with me for the rest of my life: “Touch the part of the universe that you can reach.”
When I stumbled upon the listing for this position on Patagonia's website, it seemed fated. Patagonia is a company I've always wanted to work for. I want to support your environmental stewardship. I want to help educate the consumer. And I want to be a part of pioneering responsible practices in outdoor apparel manufacturing. Protecting our wild and free lands is something I hold close to my heart and Patagonia is at the forefront of this battle. If I can combine my creativity and passion for design and a career with an employer whose initiatives and ethics I align with, well, I might have the chance to reach just a bit more of the universe. As Confucius says: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
See you in Ventura!