Last year, in the midst of the middle age crisis, I promised myself that 2013 will be all about happiness. This btw sounds like a log line for Jude Apatow’s next movie 🙂 I have spent last 5 years in the high profile, high paced, intense corporate job which made me realise several things once I paused for a maternity leave: a) I hate matrix organisations, b) my life is spent on blackberry, in meaningless meetings and on tasks which make no difference in the broader scheme of things, c) I am unhealthy, stressed, unhappy and I miss writing.
So I quit. And I want to focus on happiness this year, not higher income or promotion or any other artificial goals. I want to be healthy, happy, fulfilled, I want to invest into myself and relationships with people who are close and precious to me.
Two months later, and I can report that I have moved from fast paced, always on London to a picturesque fishing village of Volendam in the Netherlands. I have started my first script based on my sci fi novel. I plan to find a job that makes a difference. And I am starting this blog. So far, so good.
In the last two months I’ve had a crash course on how to become a landlord and move to Europe. I plan to share high level learnings here because it took me a while to get all this info together. I will share my experience of getting to know the Dutch and their way of living. In fact, my next post will be on shopping in the Netherlands. In between, I will share some of the tips and tricks that make me happy. Finally, if you want to see what I’ve learned so far on the screenwriting front, find me on twitter.
And with that, let’s go…
Wow – what an ambitious and brave move! Good luck, and I look forward to reading about your pursuit of happiness.
thanks Chris! checked out your blog, like your writing and clever use of pics! good luck with the first deposit, i remember when i had to scrape mine together… btw Professor Macklemore’s Thrift Shop is one of my favourite manifesto songs, he looks awesome in that coat…