The transition to Jackson Hole has been very easy for me. There have been some minor challenges though: going from being the best athlete on a basketball or soccer team to just blending into the mix in Jackson Hole ? … there are some freak athletes here!
But, the biggest change I’ve experienced is the quality time I’ve been able to spend with my wife. In New York, to dedicate such time was impossible.
My daily routine back East was exhausting. If I had wanted to go to the gym, I’d have to wake up at 4am otherwise my normal alarm was set for 5am. I’d commute at least an hour each way and arrive at my desk at 6:45am. I’d be tied to that desk for the majority of the day totaling only about 15 to 20 minutes away from it. I’d leave work between 5pm and 6pm to eventually arrive home between 6:30pm and 7:30pm.
It would be one thing if I was passionate about what I did, but I wasn’t. And that made it more of a struggle.
Needless to say, I was absolutely exhausted. I remember counting down the days until I was finally able to sleep in on the weekends, because luckily, I never had to work weekends – well rarely.
I wasn’t really mentally there in New York. I don’t mean crazy, but rather just exhausted at all hours of every day. But that’s just how it is there. You just need to grind it out.
That wasn’t fair to Jane.
I’m much more energetic and settled out here in Jackson Hole and she sees it. And, as such, the time we now spend together is more fun and cheerful. We traded boozy-brunches and lazy weekends for ski filled adventures and walks in and around town.
We’re both excited for our time here as we continue to build towards a better future for not only the two of us but also, someday, a family.