This morning, I’m thinking again about what I’d do if I had no need to earn money. It’s easy to give a fanciful answer involving charter jets, mansions, luxury goods, or endless cruise ship vacations. It’s easy to make some equally unlikely scenario involving sainthood: opening a homeless shelter or volunteering to save the rainforest.
In late 2013, I decided to quit my job at the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the US Department of Labor (DOL). I’m writing about my experience and my reasons for leaving because I think that doing so reveals some possibilities about what I might do in the future. In detailing my experience here, I think I’ve also explained what some of the advantages and disadvantages of Federal employment are.
This is my vision for my job and lifestyle, as of January 2014. Additional comments from August 2015 appear in italics. These represent ideals to aspire towards, not goals to arrive at.