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Sean's story

The World is His Oyster

It starts with an itch. Grains of sand get under your shell. Traffic. Crowds. Pollution. They irritate. 

What to do? Here's a plan:

Quit your job. Strap everything to the roof of your car and start driving. And driving. And driving…  2,500 miles. You'll know when you reach Homer, Alaska because it's the end of the road. Literally. 

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But you're just getting started. Borrow a small boat and head across Kachemak Bay. Yep, that place where they film "Deadliest Catch." 

There's the cove. Unload your stuff and lug it a mile up to the top of the hill.  Wrestle an Alder sapling to the ground and strap a tarp over it. Try and stay dry. Keep an ear out for bears.

Home Sweet Home.

Make some coffee over your campfire and savor the view. Now get your hands dirty. Hack, hack, hack away all the underbrush. Clear a trail. Tired yet? Start building. And building. And building. The good news: Summer means 20-hours of sunlight each day. The bad news: winter is coming. Biting winds. Bitter cold. Darkness. Better step it up.


This was Sean's plan. Sort of. He likes to fly by the seat of his pants. He's a true jack-of-all-trades – a generalist's generalissimo. Sometimes that's what it takes to get the job done. He built a house on that hill. And it's beautiful.

Now he's an oyster farmer, raising giant, succulent, melt-in-your-mouth shellfish in the purest water on earth. You should really try some. 

It takes a special person – someone with the courage of a grizzly and the patience of a rock – to live a dream this big. To act on life's irritants and sculpt them into something better.

To create a pearl.

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