I am happy to get back to sharing information on my website after an extended hiatus. So much has happened in the past year.
Since my last post, I spent September, October and November of 2013 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India; working with my colleagues at the Xerox Research Center India. During that time I also designed and supervised the development of a brand new ecommerce website at hedonistchocolates.com which launched just before the holidays. I spent my weekends exploring South India, visiting beautiful places like Hampi, Kerala and Goa. When I returned home to Rochester in late November 2013, it became apparent that it was time for a change.
After much heartache, I decided to end my marriage and relationship of over 17 years. It was one of the hardest things that I have ever done but it eventually became the best thing for both of us. This led to a series of other changes which included getting out of the chocolate and ice cream business (my partner and I started and owned Hedonist Artisan Chocolates and Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream together), moving home to California and eventually leaving my job at Xerox. In March 2014 I embarked on a epic travel adventure that took me to North India and all over South Thailand.
In June I came home and eventually settled in Junction City, a tiny town along the Trinity River in North Western California. My mother’s family has lived in this area for generations. I decided to take the rest of the year off to rest and reflect on the past year. I’m enjoying the solitude and beauty of this place, as well as the freedom. I love being able to see my parents, sister and myriad of cousins who live nearby. I’m well aware that this self-imposed sabbatical is a rare privilege, but it is the result of years of hard work. This time has been truly healing for me as I move forward into the next phase of my life.