Pencils down. This is really just about my life outside of work.
A lot of times, I catch myself thinking about work way after hours. It’s especially tough with a media tour approaching on my calendar — that Outlook to-do item creeping higher and higher on my list.
As important as your job is, it’s equally important to be able to find an off switch. I’ve discovered a few:
- Sports (surprise, surprise) — I had to get Mr. Obvious out of the way. Sports have been in my life for as long as I can remember. I don’t consider myself a guru of any one sport, but I pride myself on knowing quite a bit about most sports. Most recently (about three years ago), I developed a big passion for mixed martial arts (MMA). People laugh, as this doesn’t really reflect my personality, but I got caught in the craze when I realized the athletes were everyday people. Watching with a trained eye, you see technique, not just brutality. I had the chance to meet Dana White (President / Owner of the UFC). He gave me four tickets to see the show here in Charlotte earlier this year.
- My new puppy — Yeah, I got a puppy about a month ago with my girlfriend, Allison. We adopted a three-month-old shelter dog, and we named her Happy. She really fits the bill. It’s been easier for me to flip the switch with a 12-pound rascal prancing around the house. She’s been a barrel of fun to come home to.
- Chess — The ultimate mind game, there’s nothing that will get your mind off a media tour faster than an intense game of chess with a worthy opponent. I played sore winner after this beat down of my old roommate, Jon. I knew this photo would come in handy!
- Books on tape — Yeah, I do enough reading during the day, so when it comes to fiction, I tend to stick to audio books. They’re great in the car, especially after a long day in the office. I’m about to finish my first Harlan Coben novel, “Deal Breaker.” The lead character, Myron Bolitar, is a sports agent who gets caught up in all sorts of crime mysteries.
- Mad Men / Breaking Bad — I can’t get enough of my AMC. I first got into “Mad Men” during the second season, and I discovered “Breaking Bad” earlier this year. Both series are smart, compelling and hilarious. It doesn’t hurt that they have some of the best actors / writers in television. I’ve never been one to follow a show too closely, but I’m absolutely hooked on these two. Click the links above for trailers.