I’m an adventurer at heart, an instigator, a conspirator, and a builder. My affliction started when I was young, born the fourth child in a family of five. My Oklahoma family was a pull yourself up by your bootstraps kind of people. If you wanted to do something, you just made it happen - usually in collaboration with one or more of your siblings. As a young child we even dug and built a full-sized family pool by hand (with shovels - no kidding). Although in fairness to my siblings, my job was limited given my age.
I always saw my life in terms of adventures… conquering a new frontier, defeating a fierce enemy, building something new. I found great teachers and co-conspirators in the technology world. From my first boss at Motorola (Mark M) to my last boss at ARM (Ian D), my creative and adventurous spirit received both guidance and nurturing. Over the course of 20 years, and together with talented teams, we broke ground with new products, conquered new markets, and battled competitive forces with the spirit of the Jedi.
Building new things outside the work arena became a passion early on. Working outside was a way to clear my head and gain clarity on the challenges I faced. I found inspiration in the design - and later redesign - of our home and garden in Austin. My children learned not to bother mom when she was painting a wall (sometimes for the third time) because she some deep thinking was in progress. These home projects might have been physically tiring, but they were were emotionally inspiring.
I suppose it surprises no one that after meeting my perfect co-conspirator Chaly (and finishing most of our Austin projects), we embarked on a grand Oregon adventure. Chaly is a man of patience and almost never wavers at embarking on our next home project - even the one that started with a father’s day present of seven pallets of brick pavers. Still not sorry, honey.
Chaly and I wanted both adventure and community. We left the our beloved Texas and the security of the tech industry, to build a new life together in Yamhilll County, Oregon. We are literally building our new life. After planting a small vineyard, we bought a very large “fixer-upper” and are designing and building our own home and small B&B. We have found our community within the Oregon wine industry and the large number of sub-contractors helping to bring our vision to life. The scale of this project is far beyond anything we have attempted before, and almost everyday I experience fear, excitement, frustration, and wonder.
As with my adventures in the tech world, I enjoy the collaboration these grand projects demand, and I find inspiration in the creativity of others. While I’m not sure if this particular adventure will end in success, I know for sure that we will end this adventure with many wonderful stories… most of which I would be happy to share over a glass of wine.
Hope to see you soon!