For the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling quite stressed. I had papers to write and books to read for a class I took last April. Every time I’d sit down to work on this stuff, something more urgent would pop up. First there were some deaths, some destruction, and a couple of natural disasters – or so one would think.
When I finally made the choice to put my family before my tasks, a sense of freedom and serenity began to creep over me. Without much thought, I decided to take Tuesday off and spend it with the family. We went to Sauvies Island and picked peaches. 50 pounds of peaches to be exact! It was a great afternoon!
Then today, I planned to attend Lunch 2.0 in Portland. I asked my family if they wanted to go with me and they did – so I got to spend another couple of hours with my awesome wife and great kids! It was a good day!
Note: This was the first Lunch 2.0 event I’ve attended. I actually put it on my calendar and scheduled around it, but with the excitement of the schizzow.com launch on Monday, and the fact that Silicon Florist was hosting this lunch in celebration of their first anniversary (way to go @turoczy), it was a good day to show up! I got to meet some great people that I know through Twitter, and some others.
Portland is an amazingly creative, down-to-earth place to live. In the last 15 years I’ve lived near LA, Chicago, and Denver. All of them great cities in their own right. Seattle and San Francisco are also great cities, and they come the closest to having the feel that Portland has. However, nothing that I’ve found compares to what I’ve found here!