Category Archives of : Former Grinders

Something’s Gotta Change-Me!

This is a guest submission by Christine from PictureThisPittsburgh The Answer To A Prayer I’d followed the same path for 20 years and I was in the same position as where I started.  Oh, I had a better title and more money, but I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to be […]

How I Escaped A Defined Life

This is a guest submission from CF at The Good If you had asked me two years ago what I would be doing in ten years, I would have been able to outline my career path in fairly good detail.  I was a few years out of school and worked in biomedical research as […]

A One Way Ticket To Freedom

This is a guest submission by Nicole from When Enough Is Enough, Move Abroad! Seven years ago I lived in Melbourne and led a pretty happy existence – great friends, nice flat, exciting social life, but I had absolutely no idea where my career or life was headed. I had gone through a few […]

Suddenly, Inspired

This is a guest submission by Dalene from It was becoming a routine. Our frequent emails for updates: “What are you doing this weekend?  Did you watch The Office last night?” were divulging into tirades about my boss, my work piling up, or about any number of people that were pushing my buttons in […]

Inception Nearly Defined Me

This is a guest post by Jeannie from When an Idea is Planted “You create the world of the dream, you bring the subject into that dream, and they fill it with their subconscious.” – Cobb I felt sick.  Shaking with anger. Kevin did it again.  Accused me of not printing reports that he […]

Finally Living For Me

This is a guest submission from Adrienne from I have to begin by thanking Steve for inviting me to write a guest post for his blog. I’m truly touched and honored to be sharing my story with you. I am much older than most people online today, I am a baby boomer. My career in corporate America […]

From Unfulfilled To Sunshine Filled

This is a guest post from Alison from My Mid-life Crisis – Age 28 and 51 weeks One week before my 29th birthday, my mid-life crisis began, prematurely. I was sitting at my desk in the large windowless room we mockingly referred to as “The Dungeon” for obvious reasons. My work colleagues were busy […]

Almost Happy Doesn’t Cut It

This is a guest submission from Ayngelina from People hate my story. I had a good paying job working as an Account Director at an ad agency. I spent my days working 9-5pm and often  took 2 hour lunch breaks to go to yoga. On weekends I went out with friends to great restaurants […]

My Shot At Freedom

This is a guest post from Stella at Everyone has one. Would you be able to recognize yours? I wish I had an amazing story to tell you about how I ended the grind. You know, one of those stories in which I just wake up one morning full of gusto and quit my […]

Leaving The Grind To Live My Dreams

This is a guest post from Kim at It was on an early spring hike with my husband Brian that I first remember discussing the idea of giving up everything to travel the world. It had been a long, gray winter, as Oregon winters are, and we were both in low spirits. Life was […]