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What Have I Done Since Quitting My Job?

by Scott on August 2, 2015

Sunset Pier in Key West, Florida

Sunset Pier in Key West, Florida

Ok, let’s take a moment and recap. I decided that “I Don’t Want to Do This Forever” which caused me to quit my six-figure a year job in April (2015) and led me to ask, “What Do I Do Next?

Ok, so you may be wondering, what have I done since quitting my job. Well here you go!


For the second straight year, myself and my sister-from-another-mister, Melsha Shea spent 35 days doing burpees and raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta. The basic concept is that I complete an insane amount of burpees (7,525) over the course of 35 days and ask people to sponsor my insanity by donating $1 per burpee.

Over the course of 13 months, and 2 rounds of Buck-A-Burpee, with the help of so many supporters, Melsha and I were able to raise almost $35,000 for RMHCNA!

Learn about The Birth of Buck A Burpee.

West Coast Road Trip

I finished up with Buck-A-Burpee on May 9 and on May 12, I set out on a road trip that drove through BC, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana and back through Alberta.

I brought Jax along with me and we staying in hotels, campgrounds and even stayed in a tiny cabin one night. I went to a couple baseball games, saw Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals and visited a plethora of dog parks along the way.

The best part of the trip, was when we arrived in San Diego and spent Memorial Day weekend with my Aunt and Uncle.

Since My Last Moments with Mom, I really wanted to focus on my relationships with family, especially the family south of the border. Since I wasn’t working and my calendar was wide open, this was the perfect time for me to go spend some time with them in one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen!

36 for 36

Originally, I wasn’t going to do 36 for 36. I had decided that I just wanted to let the year come to me this year instead of planning it all out like I did with my 35 for 35.

But then, a funny thing happened. While on my West Coast Road Trip, I spent a lot of time with just me and my thoughts, and I decided that I missed having those clear goals that I was pointed towards.

So, when I arrived home, I started building my 36 for 36 list. The best part about it, is that a few others decided they wanted to build their own lists too. We started a Facebook Group to support one another and share ideas as we all work through our own lists in an effort to make this “the best year yet.”

If you’re interested in joining our group, send us a request to join the Facebook Group by clicking here!


My friend and I flew to Florida to watch the NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, FL at the end of June. I had never been to Florida before, so we made the most of our time there.

We went to a Marlins game and watched it from a nightclub that has been built into left field (highly recommended). We swam in the ridiculously warm Miami Beach water. We watch the sunset while sitting on Sunset Pier and then celebrated my friend’s 36 birthday on Duvall Street in Key West and we finished off the trip by relaxing in Key Largo!

I now understand why all the Snowbirds head to Florida!

My Why

I think that the greatest thing that I’ve done during this time since my last day of work, is reconnect to what’s really and truly important to me. The things that make my heart feel warm. The things that make me feel alive.

What I love about the last 3 months are:

  • The ability to pick up and go where I want when I want to go.
  • Taking Jax on an hour long adventure in the river valley, everyday.
  • Spending time with my family whenever I want.
  • Sitting down at the computer and writing when I feel inspired to do so, like I am doing at this very moment.

There are more things that compose My Why and I’m sure it will be the topic of future posts.

If I think back to “I Don’t Want to Do This Forever” and “What Do I Do Next?” I think that I got lost along the way because I didn’t know My Why. I didn’t know why I was doing what I was doing. I hadn’t made a connection to a purpose that meant something to me!

The greatest thing that I have done in the last 3 months since I left my job, is that I have discovered “My Why!!”

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