The Choice

I was nearing a nervous breakdown.  My business, A Mountain Top, was losing steam despite the extra effort I was putting into it in a vain attempt to gain altitude.  I hadn’t taken a day off in almost two years and the recent arrival of my second daughter was making sleep a precious commodity.

It wasn’t working.

On top of all of that, I was unable to shake a growing realization that I was in the wrong business.  My efforts to build a small consulting company around my favorite web technologies wasn’t producing the results I was aiming for and a new opportunity lay at my feet, the opportunity to start the first company solely focused on the little known (at the time) JavaScript library, jQuery.

I was faced with a choice.

It is a familiar choice, one we all face many times in our life.  Do I act, or do I sit.  Do I accept my current reality or summon the courage to change it.  Do I cling to the status quo or do I dare to dream that it could be different.

I had to choose.

Either decision was a choice.  Inaction is a choice but as you get to know me better, you’ll see that I’m a sucker for adventure.  I took two weeks off over the holidays to clear my head, re-engage with my family and allow myself the mental space to make a decision that I knew I could stand upon.

I chose to jump.

Taking this leap was one of the biggest choices I’ve personally had to make in my life.  However, I am eternally grateful that the foundation of appendTo and that my current circumstances are based off of a conscious choice.  Knowing that fate has not dealt me a short hand nor am I the victim of external forces such as market conditions or bad customers is empowering; it helps me to temper the inevitable peaks and valleys of being an entrepreneur.

We all face choices every day. Choosing to make an intentional choice takes courage, but makes all the difference.  What are you going to choose?

Relocated to Chicago area

After spending the last two years living in western Wisconsin, I’m excited to share that my family and I have relocated to the Chicago area.

One of the major benefits of appendTo is the fact that we’re a virtual company.  Before the company was formed, the decision was made that we wanted to build appendTo to be 100% virtual.  The literal goal was to be able to put a bullet through our laptop and be back up and running in less then 2 hours.  This was one of those crazy late night thoughts that we’ve stuck to for 3 years now and it’s worked out rather well.

appendTo now has employees or contractors spread across 12 states.  Our community is tight knit and I feel that the lack of a central office has really demonstrated that this model can work.

I’m really looking forward to getting plugged into the local tech community and supporting the Chicago area JavaScript and Web Development communities.

If you’re local to the Chicago area, please drop a note in the comments to say Hi and suggest any local meetups to get plugged into, I’d love to hear from you!