If you have this type of job, are you thinking about switching careers?
For example, towards something that involves movement and social interaction, with minimal Microsoft and Adobe products?
I figure that eating paleo is just one bite from the big ol' paleo cookie. Living an interesting and varied life would be much easier without sitting (or standing) in front of a computer all day. If it's economically and logistically feasible, of course. My career may end up being interesting in comparison to other computer-bound jobs, but it's slowly sinking in that it is still, in the end, a desk-jockey job that will take up most of the waking hours in my life.
Essentially, I'm having cob house envy. How cool would it be to work out of your naturally built house doing something engaging with access to air and light? It's like going from conventionally-raised human to pastured free-range human!
What you're describing is what I've come to understand as true integrity - the integration of our inner and outer worlds so that contradictions between what we value and how we live are dissolved.
I've come in and out of livelihoods and lifestyles that have been integrated to varying degrees, and I still dream of living with full integrity. None of my jobs would have ever been considered paleo, but I'm trying to make decisions that reflect the way I think about the world.
Examples? I recently moved from the urban core to a pretty extreme (strikingly beautiful) coastal village where I chop and carry wood, hike, and live a more "free-range" life. Right now, I do economic consulting work, but have managed to make it paleoesque by specializing in very targeted sectors - I've done work in organic food production, grass-fed beef, green energy, etc. I spend my work days talking with people and writing - I use a standing desk in the office and am trying to transition to working from my seaside home. I go to meetings dressed in a loin cloth made from the fur of animals I've killed...OK...that's not true, but fun to think about.
By the way, I love the natural house idea and took a straw bale / cob building course that I hope to use to build my own cave one day.
I realize none of this makes me very "caveman", but that's never my goal. Unless the wooly mammoth hunting industry sees a resurgence, I'm stuck having to use my neolithic brain to put bacon on the table.
Yes, yes I do.
I work in a steel service center in the office doing various jobs and a lot of it is on the computer. I wore a pedometer for a gym challenge and was seriously shocked at how little I actually move! The job fits into my life pretty well though. I work 7am-3:30pm and can be at all of my daughter's sporting and school events. I can wear what I want, I show up in gym clothes three days a week and then change later. Sadly, it doesn't use much of my brain either.
I have thought about going back to school to do something that I would LOVE, but it's just not really feasible time and money-wise for my family.
In the meantime, I help out at my gym with presentations and nutrition stuff and setting up challenges. Also, my workplace just declared this WELLNESS MONTH and asked me to book a nutritionist to come in and do a Lunch & Learn and I talked them into letting me give the talk! (Expect a topic on this soon!) So I get my nutrition geek on when I can, but I wish it could be more.
I skipped out on the corporate office job 6 years ago, way before going paleo. It was killing my spirit and I was tired of the treadmill of inanity, blandness, and mediocrity. So I took a chance and I went back to school for my doctorate in applied math. It was a dream I didn't want to let slip away. I gave up a job as a software developer that paid quite well. It's been a long and challenging road to travel for myself and my family, but I'm almost done! I'll defend my thesis and graduate at the end of this coming summer.
So what comes after graduation? I'm sure teaching math at the college level will be a part of my future. I enjoy teaching because of the social interaction and the variety. There are new students each semester and new ways to think about presenting material. I feel that I'm doing something very useful. However, I don't want to travel the usual high-pressure academic path, which would be post-doc for a few years, followed by a tenure track job and the pursuit of full professorship, all under the publish or perish mantra. That really isn't for me; to me it's just another type of treadmill I don't want to be confined on. I imagine I'll land at a community college or a small liberal arts school that focuses on teaching.
If there's one thing I've learned about myself, it's that I require a lot of freedom while working and I need to keep that foremost in my mind at all times. I like the way I work now. Yeah, I sit in an office to do my thesis work, bit it's not the least bit boring. I can also go work out in the middle of the day if I feel like it, or I can take Tuesday off and work on Saturday if I want to. If something's puzzling me, I can go for a walk to think about it without some busybody or timeline flunky wondering where I'm going. If I'm feeling a bit burnt out, I can go to the art museum or go stare at the clouds for the afternoon and catch up later.
I am a fiction writer and a college prof as my 'day job' (bradbarkley.com if you're curious). Time has always been more valuable to me than money. This job(s) allows me to have the summer off, from early May until Sept. 1, and a winter break that runs from Dec. 15 to Jan. 31 or so. Yes, I use a lot of that time off for writing, but less so in that last few years. Last summer my wife and I became hang glider pilots, and will continue that training this summer. We also like to be outdoors, hiking, walking our dogs, or even just taking a long drive in the country. Becoming paleo has happened at a time when my life is changing in other ways, when writing books is less important to me, and playing, having fun, spending time doing things I love (though that also does include writing as well), being with people I love take top priority. I'm not sure if the change happened and then led me to to paleo, or vice-versa, but it doesn't matter...I'm happier.
I have never worked in an office other than installing cabinets and other woodwork. I couldn't do it. I don't care about money that much. I lived years without any and it's not that bad. I have no kids to worry about so that helps. I work as a carpenter through the union for a few months to a year and yes it gets boring. Then get laid off until I find myself another job. I love it I get to Hunt, Fish, wild craft herbs, mushrooms, and berries to sell. Do side carpentry work. Follow my hobbies of making furniture and traditional archery bows( I'm steaming one for a bend right now!). I save money on meat by hunting, fishing, and picking up road kills. When I'm not working I stay on land I bought with some friends. When I am working I stay at my house in town that I rent out to friends. It wasn't always like this I spent 8 years working full time as a carpenter saving money and planning for the future with friends. Some day I hope to give up the union job altogether and just do side work and maybe furniture. But I can make the most money the fastest of anyone on the land so I'm sticking with it for now. I try not to stress about the what-ifs much. I hope to find future comfort in community rather then money.
PS I have built with cob a lot from benches and stoves to homes it's slow but beautiful
I work in a boring office job for a heartless global corporation. The only saving grace is the hours aren't crazy, there's not a lot of travel and it pays well. I've always wanted to go into business for myself but can't come up with what I would actually want to do and be able to support my family doing it. I'm willing to take the risk to go out on my own, but it needs to be something worthwhile personally as well.
I'm self employed, I have an ebay business selling retro computer games and consoles, baby clothes, retro board games and anything I think is going to make money basically. Hopefully kicking off a paleo website in a couple of weeks too. I love the freedom, have always been a free spirit, I just don't do well in 9-5 jobs. Not very good at being told what to do either..... :/
I am a contractor working on a Navy base, doing admin-type work. I work 7-4 with every other Friday off, which is wonderful! I definitely sit way too much, and should look into rigging things up so I can stand at my desk sometimes. On the plus side, my job is low-stress, and my building even has a small gym on the bottom floor with a couple treadmills, a decent pullup bar, and dumbbells; sometimes I take a lunch break and do a quick workout. We also have a decent cafeteria; sometimes I bring some leafy greens and dressing from home and add some stuff from the salad bar.
I work in support at a wellness company, and am surrounded by very nice people who are all very invested in the Food Pyramid. It's a little difficult some days to see the constant barrage of low-fat, low calorie recommendations for anyone with a BMI of 25 or higher. (or lower, for that matter.) Some phone support, some clerical stuff.
I enjoy having a job, but I come home and argue (loudly) with the statin commercials.
(ETA thank goodness I don't have to talk to anyone about food or diet, it wouldn't fit in well with the party line!)
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