Many people day-dream about leaving dreary, unfulfilled lives but few people have the courage to do so.
Michael had the courage to seek that life and this is his remarkable story:
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In 1989, Michael was an attorney for the ATF [The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] in Washington, DC with intense 80 hour workweeks, and all the income and perks that can bring.
But Michael was unfulfilled and wanted something different, although he didn't know what that would be.
Then one day, with his artist wife Pam Wells' encouragement, he quit his job.
After an exploratory trip to California, they drove across the U.S. three thousand miles to the San Diego area community of La Jolla, and eventually settled in nearby Encinitas.
When they arrived in La Jolla, for the first time in his life, Michael had no job, no paycheck and no plans.
Instead, he took up surfing, as he became more spiritual in the beauty that surrounded him.
But while surfing and riding his standup paddle board, Michael developed a sore right shoulder.
To heal this shoulder, he began learning yoga from several gifted teachers, and found his calling.
Today, 54-year-old Michael looks nothing like the suit and tie attorney he had been. He has long black hair, a muscular body and dresses comfortably.
He is a popular yoga teacher, doing what he loves, and he finds fulfillment in helping his students to become healthier and happier and to find their calling as he has.
Michael's law practice now consists of senior level research, which he does largely from home for 10 Federal Appeals Judges.
From home, he has the view, scent and sounds of the ocean just 200 yards away and he works at his own pace, as he stops to play with his three dogs.
"I feel blessed to be here," Michael said, "as this is where I was able to learn from yogis, philosophers, meditators, artists, and other masters."
"While I have fond memories of DC, I do not regret making the move for one moment. The decision was based solely from my heart."