I haven’t had a blog in such a long time. I have been messing around with different ways to customize this site, so bear with me as I figure this all out again. Things will probably change often for a little while.
Some of you might know me, and I’m sure there are people viewing this who have no idea who I am. My name is Dustin Faulkner. I am a 24 year old creative from Southwest Wisconsin. I am currently a full-time Graphic Artist/Laser Engraving Operator, and I do photography on the side. For the last 5 years, I have primarily photographed cars (private shoots for owners, car show coverage, racing events, etc), but I live in a very rural area and I love spending time outdoors. I really enjoy hiking and photographing nature.
In the years I spent photographing cars, I also owned a few sports cars of my own that I modified for spirited driving and car shows. I would spend every last cent I had to get the parts I wanted, and I slowly started to realize that I wasn’t actually happy. All of the “new” would keep me satisfied for a period of time, but it would always wear off, and I would be forced to spend more money. I saw this happening over and over. I had possessions that I liked, but I long to travel and see the world, and I have bigger dreams, so recently, I sold the show car I had been working on for 4 years. I bought a more reliable daily driver to allow myself to start working off the debt that I have accumulated.
The last 4 months have been a bit of a struggle since I am transitioning from spending everything I earn and getting things in return, to spending it all and seeing nothing. During this time, I have also been searching for new jobs, as I have been extremely unhappy in my current work situation. This hasn’t been working out very well. Due to my financial needs, it is necessary that a new job would meet the same pay scale as my current work, and I just can’t find that right now. I don’t want to be stuck in another conventional job, paying for an expensive apartment, car, etc.. anyway. I don’t want to feel like I am giving away my life. I don’t want to work and be unhappy for 30 years, in hopes that I will have enough money saved away that I can retire comfortably. I am happy when I am traveling, exploring, and learning. So why shouldn’t I just be happy every day?
I am done with the conventional approach to living. “The American Dream” just doesn’t work for me. I am going to be happy, I am going to be free, and 2017 is the year that it will happen. No more excuses.
I will share more information about my plans in future posts, but I just felt like I needed to get this introduction off my chest. This blog will serve as an outlet for all the adventures I get in to throughout the journey that I plan to start very soon. I hope some of you will enjoy what I share here and maybe we will even get to meet somewhere along the way!
– Dustin Faulkner