Laptops & Tablets & Smartphones, Oh My!

I spent nine years of my former life as a corporate drone working for a telecom company in Alaska. During that period, the company went on to become one of the first fully integrated telecom service providers in the country. Professionally, those were some of the best years of my career. Personally? Not so much.

I was wired to the hilt. Even back then when wireless technology was relatively new and still extremely limited in rural Alaska, I was virtually accessible to my employer around the clock. I worked from home. I worked from the office. I traveled to some of the most remote regions of the state, and I was always tethered to my job by technology.

To say my personal life suffered would be to imply that I actually had a personal life. I didn’t. I was married to my job, and not necessarily unhappily so. Not for the first seven or eight years, anyway; but as unbalanced marriages inevitably do, mine eventually crumbled. I was struck with the harsh realization on a redeye flight home to Alaska after visiting family in Colorado that, for someone so thoroughly connected through technology, I was woefully disconnected from the things that actually matter in life: friends, family, nature–the kinds of relationships that actually feed a spirit rather than isolate the spirit with the illusion of connectedness while slowly starving it to death.

That startling realization marked the beginning of the end of my marriage to my employer. I quit my job a few months later, and I spent most of the following year getting reacquainted with myself. I disconnected all but the most essential communication services, and I refocused all of my attention on things that actually mattered, like my hopes, dreams, and creative impulses. I also moved back to Colorado that year, and thank goodness I did because I’d have never met and married my husband had I not cut those cords.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of my return to Colorado. Ten years of being mostly unplugged from technology, and now I find myself being steadily reeled back into that tangled web. I suppose that’s a hazard of starting an online business–or any business, for that matter. This time, though, I’m determined to maintain a much healthier work/life balance because this time I do have a personal life. And a pretty wonderful one at that.




3 thoughts on “Laptops & Tablets & Smartphones, Oh My!

  1. You’ve led an interesting life! I’ve known folks in the military who were stationed in Alaska and I’ve met people who worked seasonally at Denali, but somehow I never think of the communications field (or corporate drones) when I think of Alaska. You must have seen some gorgeous scenery.

    Just finished a jewelry order and I know you’ve been busy too. I’m still visiting lots of Etsy shops, but when I visit yours I feel like I’m home again.

    More later!


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  2. Thanks, Rebecca!

    I have indeed led an interesting life. I was fortunate enough to see nearly every corner of Alaska from the northernmost point of Barrow to the rainforests of Ketchikan to the gorgeous little gems that are the islands of the Aleutian Chain. It’s a stunningly beautiful state, and it was there that I started to understand why I feel so powerfully drawn to northern coastal areas.

    I felt a deep connection to the ocean there. I always felt that something was missing while growing up in the landlocked state of Colorado, but I didn’t know what it was until I stood on the beach in Seward, AK the first time I visited that state. That was in March of 1995. I moved there in June that same year.

    Alaska felt very much like home to me for the eleven years I lived there, but I suspect that my true home is somewhere in your corner of the world. One of these days I’m going to travel to the northeast, and when I do, I won’t be at all surprised if I find myself trying to convince my husband that we need to move there.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It’s always a pleasure to hear from you.



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