I am a skilled IT-professional. Been working in the field for nearly 18 years. My main skills are as a : Software Developer/Engineer, IT-specialist, Web Designer/Developer, Database Developer & Administrator, Systems Developer & Administrator (Windows & Linux), etc, etc, just to mention a few.
Originally from Canada (born and raised in Toronto); been living in Finland for 11 years (since September 2004).
As a citizen of both countries, I can move about very easily. Traveling is my favorite hobby. I get on a plane at least twice or thrice every year. This year alone, I was in : South Korea, Thailand, The Netherlands, Germany, and Egypt.
I do travel for work, but very rarely. Don't really care for business trips :) I find them too boring and restrictive. When I travel, I prefer to have the freedom to choose my own schedule, do things at my own pace, etc.
I just joined WA about..............er..............7 minutes ago (lol). And, my reason for joining? Simple : I want to be my own boss. I'm currently working full-time as a Software Engineer. It's a good job, and the pay is great. But, I've gotten sick and tired of sitting at a desk, in an office, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. I want to be able to --- once again --- choose my own schedule, my own pace.
Add to that, the fact that: I'm on the verge of making a big life-change. After almost an entire lifetime of tolerating the cold weathers of the northern hemisphere, I've decided to pack it in. No more winters for me. I'm heading south; Panama, to be more precise. In fact, I leave in a couple of weeks.
I don't plan to quit my job; nope. I'll still be working, only remotely. As an I. T. professional, I can pretty much work from anywhere. All I need is a laptop, and solid internet connection. But, I'm hoping that WA will give me a way-in to another lifestyle --- one that gives me the freedom to be my own "jefe" :)
Stephenavae's Goals 3
In response to questions 1 and 2, I will say this : my life has taught me that money and happiness are not one and the same.
I'm a software engineer, currently working full-time. I make a lot of money. And, yet, pure happiness eludes me. The reasons are irrelevant. But, at least, I know the reason can't be found in the size of my bank account.