It’s with great sadness today that I announce my resignation from Tenkara USA. Some of you might know that about two months ago, I joined the Tenkara USA team to help out with marketing and content development. It was a great opportunity and of course I jumped at the chance but after getting into it, I found that it wasn’t feasible due to one factor that I overlooked: time. I have a full time job and a three-month old daughter (Emma). Any of you who have kids know that it’s hard enough to balance a career and a baby, let alone a second job. Plus, my wife also works full time and is about to start college again. It just became too overwhelming. Basically, I worked all day at my 9-5, then came home and had to work the rest of the evening. I didn’t have any time to help take care of my daughter or spend quality time with her or my wife. Emma does something new every day and I don’t want to miss it. This is an important time in my life (one that will never be repeated) and I really want to savor it. I can’t do that with two jobs. So, it just made sense to quit.
I have to say it was a hard decision. I really like Tenkara USA as a company and it was great working directly with Daniel. Luckily, I will still be able to work with them in a part-time capacity that might include working trade shows or other projects from time to time.
On a more positive note, I will now be able to devote more time to the Tenkara Talk blog, which I’ve mostly ignored since taking the position. The nice thing is that I will now have the freedom to post when I want and still be able to spend time with my family. Hopefully, that will be a more healthful balance.