Seventeen years working in The City. Eleven Years I’ve been drinking wine.
There’s a connection here. Honestly.
Two years ago I took a sabbatical and travelled around Malaysia and Borneo. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I had lots of good intentions when I returned – namely to resign and go and do my own thing, but hey things happen and before I knew it I was 15 months on and still working – in The City. I say it like that because I’ve never known anything else apart from communicating in huge financial services companies.
I’ve generally always enjoyed it – I felt like I was making a difference. I had a pretty big life changing experience three years ago; as I started to come out the other side I realised there had to be more than putting my efforts into someone else’s bottom line. And not just a person’s – numerous big FTSE 100 companies who I know deep down will replace me and within a few weeks I’ll just be an ex-employee. There just has to be more.
Around two years’ ago I started doing some wine qualifications. Started off at a basic level and then as I did more and more I just grew more and more fascinated by the geography, the climate, the vineyard and the winery techniques, the producers’ passion. The more I learned the more I truly enjoyed wine.
So I took the decision. To leave corporate life and find me a career in wine.
I leave work as a ‘corporate employee’ for the final time in just under two weeks. I’m heading off to France for the summer with my dog Rex and we’re going to immerse ourselves in the land of wine. Clearly he won’t be tasting!
When I come back I literally have no idea what I’m going to do. But I’ve decided to jump feet first; network my backside off and see what happens. And that’s what this blog is about. Come join me as I start a new adventure, I’m pretty sure there will be highs and lows but ultimately I’m doing something purely for me and him; we’re off to uncork the finer things of life.