3/24/14

How I sold my BMWs, quit my job, and bought an Isuzu

One of our only photos from the Grand Opening
Many of you know me from Twitter, Bimmerfest, or from my days working for BMW and Porsche.  I spent many years grinding away learning everything I could about the vehicles that I love and was lucky enough to drive more fast cars than many people can achieve in their life time.  I was incredibly lucky.  But I wanted to do something different.

While my wife and I loved being near our friends and family, there was something about the pace of the Washington DC area that never really resonated with us.  We were working 60 - 80 hours a week to pay for a lot of things and were not taking the time to work on our own personal passions.  While I loved working with BMW and Porsche it was not my own thing.  After spending a week in Puerto Rico we fell in love with a little island off the coast of Puerto Rico that had a whole lot of charm and offered a more simple life.  On a whim (though admittedly with a lot of analysis and planning) we decided to sell our home in DC and move.  We wanted the opportunity to stop and smell the roses along with the chance to make our own way.  Luckily my wife was able to keep her job with her company and work remotely and I came down here with the hopes of getting this site running regularly.  Of course, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men.

So off we went.  Sold our beautiful cars, moved to this island, and bought a 98 Isuzu Rodeo.

I was lucky enough to have developed a set of skills that made me invaluable here on the island.  Given our penchant for home remodeling and DIY addiction, I was able to start a side job working on homes.  Shortly after my clients found out that I was building furniture for our home here, I started getting more and more requests for furniture.  This is how Woodstock VQS was started.  Brittany wrote up an in-depth origin story about the opening of our store over on the Woodstock blog so I won't go in depth with all of the details.  Suffice to say we are living our dream here in paradise.  And while we are working the same hours we were back in DC, we love the lifestyle and the opportunity to really build our own thing so much more.

As the store ramps up, I'm going to start writing about DIY, design, and advice over there.  And assuming I make time Six Speed and Caffeine will get back and full swing too.  Thank you again for all of you who have supported the site and continue to support the site.  I only hope that you give us a chance over on Woodstock too.  Stay tuned.  Great things are coming.

3 comments:

  1. While I have missed your updates, I am envious of your willingness to change and follow your respective passions!! Good for you both and good luck!!!!!

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  2. This is a dream I have had all my life but never had the cojones to do it. Congrats.

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