Living in my time

What if you didn’t have to work just to make a living? What would you chose to do? I faced this reality in 2001. After spending my entire adult life focused on my career as a designer, creative director, writer, strategist working to fulfill my client’s needs, working 60 hour weeks, I was suddenly free to rethink how to spend my time.

No, I didn’t win the Lottery: I had an epiphany that having more money would not make me happier nor would that make me more useful or fulfilled. Probably the opposite. So I got rid of my cute little VW Beetle and bought a bicycle. I got rid of my Manhattan firm. Said good bye to my employees and my business partner. I started to focus on how I could (in an admittedly small way) with my talents and expertise have a positive affect on the human condition.

It’s a rewarding but precarious process. It’s an intriguing experiment that I continue to this day.

DK during a taping of a kindergarten class for Citizen:Me at PS 20 in Brooklyn where she volunteers (2011).

DK during a taping of a kindergarten class for Citizen:Me at PS 20 in Brooklyn

 

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