Roost and Refuge™ began as a simple idea that seemed like an impossible dream. To engineer my personal and professional work lives into one allowing me to do those things I love and am passionate about in an environment conducive to my peace of mind and evolving temperament.
As a true introvert, I just want to stay home! While I love people, I wanted to limit my interactions to those more meaningful moments and I certainly wasn’t getting that in my professional life. I was tired of dealing with uncontrollable stresses, bosses and the general unhappiness prevalent in today’s society.
I found myself living for the weekends. The time spent working in my yard, landscaping, gardening or improving on my home were my happiest times. If I could combine my passions for graphic design, marketing, teaching and developing positive social messages with my home activities then that was what I wanted to do. I wanted to do it on my own time, in my own place and on my own terms and I knew I wasn’t alone.
I felt like a late-blooming wallflower at the age of 50 making such a dramatic lifestyle change but I found something intriguing in the millennial generation that I decided to embrace. This fundamental shift was daunting to say the least. I was a middle-aged man from the Appalachian Mountains with this distinctive accent that suddenly decided to put his life and work online and hope the world of social media would embrace him. I’m no stranger to social media as I’ve lived behind the scenes and not front and center as I coached others to do in my marketing career.
So here it is. This is me. The kinda-sorta-anti-social but in a happy and positive way guy! I’m a Recluse. Hermit. Introvert. Solitarian. And that is okay. This is my story. My journey. I’m the Homebody as a LifeStyle ™ Guy! Welcome to my front porch – the gateway into my home and safe place – my Roost + Refuge™.