About Hayden

Hi there. My name’s Hayden.

 

After graduating from college with a business degree, I spent a few years working in technology sales for startups and large corporations. These were incredible opportunities to learn and meet new people but I eventually realized that I wasn’t happy. I was on a trajectory that many people dreamed about, but it felt empty, unfulfilling. With time and introspection, I began to more thoroughly understand that I’d been making decisions for the wrong reasons, aiming to please other people instead of doing what I wanted to do.

 

I realized I needed to be in more direct service of others, helping them live more authentic, fulfilling, and happy lives. And I realized I needed to be working for myself. It was a dream that I always had, but never felt I was ready for.

 

Making the leap was scary at the time, but has turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m now able to focus on my passions and explore projects in speaking, writing, and photography.

 

Why a blog?

 

I’ve always been a pretty quiet person. This may surprise people who knew me in college or know me today, but left to my own devices, I tend to be an observer rather than the director in groups and in conversation.

 

This has gotten me into trouble in the past, mostly in a reluctance to share vulnerably or speak up, but it’s also allowed me to understand how and why people behave the way that they do. And, even more importantly, why I think and act the way that I do.

 

Over the past few years, I’ve had a lot of different life experiences. I’ve lived in Ohio, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Europe. I’ve moved across the country where I knew no-one to take a job at a startup, jumped ship less than a year later into one of the top tech companies in the world, then quit said job with little to no plan.

 

These experiences, while turbulent at times, have brought me to an incredibly rich understanding of how to celebrate change, build lasting relationships, and live by my own playbook.

 

I started this blog to talk about these kinds of topics. My hope is that what I share will help you see things in a new perspective, or at the very least reassure you that you’re not alone in what you’re going through.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Hayden

 

Main picture by Kelly Compton Photography.