The Long And Winding Road

15 months ago I left the U.S. and headed out with my fiancee to Stockholm, Sweden to join NodeOne and experience life in Scandinavia. Since then a lot has happened. In those 15 months, in addition to acclimating to a new job and culture I became an initiative owner for Drupal 8, lost the fiancee, moved four times, traveled back to the US five times, visited six foreign countries (and saw Fucked Up play in three of them), gave over a dozen talks on Drupal, and overall lived a pretty goddamned amazing and incredible life. It taught me a lot about the things I value and what is important to me and those lessons could (and probably should) fill several volumes of blog posts.

One of the things I have learned is that I love building things, and I love making the things I build grow. Doing client consulting is cool because you get a lot of variety and it is endlessly fascinating learning about new businesses, but at the end of the day you give up the thing you built to someone else to play with, and that always bugged me. Additionally, once I started work on the Configuration Management project for Drupal 8, it really whet my appetite for taking on big challenges and helping to make them happen. Another thing came out of working on the Drupal 8 initiative - I realized how closely my professional life is coupled with the US. I found myself constantly feeling the need to travel back for code sprints and evangelizing opportunities, as well as struggling with far too many late nights due to time zone difficulties.

Also I met a girl.

Weighing all this (and some other stuff which I'll outline in detail another post) in my brain over a number of months, I finally came to the decision that I needed to go back. So sometime in mid-to-late February I will be returning to the US, landing in Portland to work on an idea for a product I've had in the back of my head for a number of years. It's funny how on the one hand doing a startup seems like such a risk, but on the other hand I have a good amount of savings, no kids, no house, and the Drupal market is unlikely to crash in that period. The more I thought about it the more it seemed silly not to take advantage of this opportunity.

I would like to thank everyone at NodeOne for making me feel welcome and affording me this absolutely amazing opportunity. They have built an amazing business and their commitment to Drupal is demonstrated by the fact that they were willing to give up 50% of my billable time to work on Drupal 8, culminating in the first core patch submitted just last weekend. I could not have done it without their help.

So now its back to planning and arranging yet another international move, and maybe just maybe some downtime. Not until after DrupalCon though :) See you all in Denver!

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Stoked that you're coming back to the PNW! I'm sure you'er going to be busy getting settled and working out details and stuff, but it would be great to see you when you get back. Let me know if there is anything I can to do help out.

Also awesome to hear that the girl landed a job at AppFog - they're a cool company. Let me know if you want to grab a beer, need some work space, or whatever when you get here. You can feel free to come by any time. We're over the the Leftbank building and it would be great to catch up.

Hey rocker!
I wish you good luck with your project and the move back to US.
It has been great to work with you, so I'm sad that your leaving NodeOne, but hey I see you in the Drupal community.
Best regards/
David

Might I just say again... YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is all. HUGZ!

Wow - that's a lot to take in! I look forward to seeing more of you when you return to the PNW :-D

Welcome back to the Great Northwest and good luck with your new project.

It's been inspiring working together with you. Good luck with your project and I'll see you in the issue queues.

We'll be thrilled to have you back here, and looking forward to your new project.

Sad to hear you won't be in Sweden when I come back next time. It's been a pleasure to work with you. But I'm glad we'll continue to stay in touch and work through the community :)
I'm also very glad to hear about all the exciting stuff that is going on in your life right now. Just go for it! :)

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