Note: This is a post from Adam Baker, founder of Man Vs. Debt.
Hey guys, I was afraid to write this post before I sat down. But now that I have it’s flowing out much easier than I had thought.
The thing is…
I’m “officially” retiring from writing and running Man Vs. Debt.
Over the last four years, I’ve put a lot into this little blog.
I’ve brainstormed hundreds of posts, answered thousands of personal emails, and written millions of words around this chapter of my life.
It’s meant more to me than you’ll ever know. And I don’t say that lightly.
I always hated English. I never wrote for fun. I never kept a journal. I dreaded the thought of turning in a “paper” in college.
Somehow that man ended up writing for a living. For years. For you.
I remember the very first day I started pouring my heart into a blog editor just like the one I’m writing in now – and somehow you all emerged to follow along.
I had no idea what I was doing, no illusions that people would actually care or read, and no clue that I’d be able to be a part of so many lives through this website. But it happened, post by post.
This blog has been the most radical non-family experience of my whole life. It’s challenged me on a deep level, tested my marriage, made me question how I parent, and constantly made me reevaluate who I was and what I was doing.
It’s also introduced me to hundreds of people I call on if I needed help – and a dozen people I can call my closest friends.
All of this made me a better person. And without your support – none of that growth or connection would have happened.
Ultimately, I view life as a series of chapters – a sequence of common experiences followed by another (different) sequence of common experiences.
This year, I’ve been slowly, but surely moving into another chapter. A unique sequence for myself and my family.
I choose to walk away from writing for and running this community intentionally, thoughtfully, and purposefully. And maybe that’s finally why it’s not difficult to share with you.
For me, Man Vs. Debt always gave be a platform to grow as a man, a voice to share with the world, and a method of teaching others (which is at the heart of what I love).
While my involvement in Man Vs. Debt will be small moving forward, my commitment to growing, telling stories, and teaching is still just getting started.
Courtney, the girls and I moved to Portland, Oregon recently – where we plan to settle down and plant some roots. Many of the shifts I’m making are to have a few more nights without my laptop and a few more weekends spent camping away from technology and whiteboards.
Man Vs. Debt will be carried forward – by the two best people on the planet to do so.
Joan will continue to share her journey, continue to run the community here, and continue to lead the courses and training. She is in the trenches of her success story, she’s a wonderful writer and teacher, and having her join this community a year ago was one of the best decisions I made for the blog.
In addition, Courtney (my wife) is taking over the rest of the responsibility. While Courtney has written less, she’s influenced the website as much as I have over the years. She’s always led the charge on “selling our crap” and has fought to ensure we had the freedom and flexibility to share the important message of the blog.
Both Joan and Courtney have been running things for the last few months – and they will continue to do things – on an even bigger scale moving into the new year (seriously, I’ve seen some of their plans).
While a part of me is sad to officially move on – having Joan and Courtney dedicate themselves to keeping this message alive makes me excited for the future!
What about me? What the heck am I going to do?
I’m joining forces as a partner with an existing team.
That team is called Stillmotion.
For two months, I lived and worked in Stillmotion’s California studio as we edited I’m Fine, Thanks in an unreasonably short amount of time. I got to know the team, their amazing storytelling ability, and their passion for what they do.
We talked during late nights about their desire to tell more of their own original work (think movies, television show, web series) about topics that actually mattered to people. That changed lives.
We also talked about their need to better educate other storytellers and filmmakers on their blog, improve their live training, and build out resources for people armed with a DSLR camera and looking to make an impact (just like we were with the film).
The opportunity was obvious to everyone.
I had the skill set to quickly improve how they were sharing their talent with other filmmakers and storytellers (blogging and online education) – and I had the same passion they did for telling impactful stories in an engaging way (television and movies).
It almost made too much sense.
I thought about the right decision for months. Courtney and I talked every day about it for weeks. I called mentors.
It seemed to be a great fit, except we would want to move to Portland (to be with the team) and I would likely have to retire from this blog to ensure I had the freedom to make a real impact and still keep some resemblance of a family life.
Ultimately, Courtney and I decided this would be our next adventure.
We packed the van (Karl, the same one we used in the movie) and moved our family out to the Pacific Northwest.
And today, here I find myself sharing my retirement with all you.
I’m very happy.
I feel like the weight of a tough decision has been lifted off my chest (it wasn’t easy) – and I’m excited for my life and for the future of my creative work.
I want to thank you.
Thank you for supporting the ups and downs of my journey for all these years.
I sincerely hope our paths will continue to cross as we all go through the next chapters of our lives.
My eyes are watering, but I’m smiling.