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When Not Everything Goes as Planned, It Still Goes: A Story About Finding Your Passion

When Not Everything Goes as Planned, It Still Goes: A Story About Finding Your Passion

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes is sharing how people are living differently right now in the real world.

Enter Gen Pintel:

As a kid, I was told that I was lucky that I already knew what I wanted to do with my life. From age four, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian for pets and that I wanted to study at the University of Guelph.

By my sophomore year in college, I had second thoughts. The classes in my program were attractive, because they were about animals, but each physiology course soon bored me. I was frustrated, unhappy and no longer dreamt of owning my own clinic. It still wasn’t until my roommate at the time asked me, “Why are you even in this program?” that I realized I needed to find a new path. Continue reading →

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An Origin Story: How I Quit My Job, Saw America, and Became My Own Role Model

An Origin Story: How I Quit My Job, Saw America, and Became My Own Role Model

Every badass character has an interesting backstory. I started this blog to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a superhero, pirate, ninja, international spy, etc… so, here’s where it all began.


“We should just get out of here, you know?” I said, half jokingly. “Run away. Go on an adventure.” The steering wheel seemed to tingle beneath my fingers as I said it.

My girlfriend Rachel gazed wistfully out of the windshield in the darkness. She sighed in agreement. She was back at Subway after graduating college, I was working under poor management in an office job. I was under-appreciated and overworked. It always felt like management was suspicious of me – what of, I’m not sure.

It was no way to live, really.

But the seed was planted. The idea that I could live free from the shackles of a normal job an average life tugged at me. I hated normal. Normal really sucked these days. Continue reading →

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How to Reinvent Yourself and Finally Fulfill Your Wildest Childhood Dreams

How to Reinvent Yourself and Finally Fulfill Your Wildest Childhood Dreams

It’s hard to walk around in a haze, feeling like a semi-functional zombie. Work. Eat. Sleep. Work. Eat. Sl— when does it end? How did you get here? Is this all there is? Is this really your life now?

You’re not alone, and this is not a drill. You only get one life, time’s a wastin’. You want to reinvent yourself, but the trouble is knowing where to start. I invite you to talk a walk back through history with me. You need to remember who you really are. Continue reading →

Posted by Anne Dorko in Articles, Live Freely, Work Happily, 6 comments