Day Zero

Dear Friends,

Many of you already know that I recently received the opportunity to go through a real quarter life crisis, with the ending of the product line I was working on and closure of the manufacturing plant I was working at. I really loved and believed in the product I was working on, and thought the reasoning behind our closure was a bit dubious, but there isn’t much I can do about it now.

I received a very, very generous package from GE Healthcare and am now able to live the dream of funemployment, taking time off to complete some self exploration, work on some side projects, and travel before really worrying about the “real world”.

Although I technically have been funemployed for about 2 weeks now, I honestly felt like I was floating through limbo for a bit there. I left Boston this morning and it feels like a clean natural break, so I am really considering this Day Zero in the next part of my life. This may sound a bit cheesy, but I hope to use this blog mostly to help document my journey of self-discovery. Initially the content here will mostly be based on my summer travels, but I intend later to expand and write about bit more about my many seemingly random interests (cooking, design, technology, reading, drawing, etc.)–hence the name of the site Pitter Patters.

My itinerary for this summer is actually quite packed… I am currently writing this post from a cafe in Chicago:

    7/15: Boston → Chicago
    7/17-7/23: Belize (Scuba/Snorkel, Mayan Ruins, Cave Tubing, Rainforest, etc)
    7/25-7/27: Rockford, IL → New Harmony, IN (wedding)
    7/29-8/13: Peru (Solo backpacking trip, Machu Picchu, etc)
    8/15-8/17: Stanford Sib Family Reunion in Chicago (yea mine is better than yours ;P)
    8/20: Chicago → Boston (to help my cousin move into MIT)
    9/4-9/8: Chicago Half Marathon

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll tune in for more interesting posts later =P

Until next time,
–Andrew Pip

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