Tom Trimbath - Writer
I fell into writing by trying to lose weight. That's not an obvious career path. I decided to lose weight by bicycling, and figured it would take so much bicycling that I'd be able to cross the continent. So I did. By the time I was done, I'd sent out 15,000 words of emails, which a friend pointed out was more notes than most writers have when they start a book. So I wrote Just Keep Pedaling. The emails tell one story. The rest of the book gets into what really happened each day.
After the first book I realized that I could do a better job and decided to chronicle the life of the natural world in Washington's Cascade mountains. I'd hiked there for a couple of decades and was surprised to find that, despite the excellent writer and adventurers in the area, no one had taken on the simple task of describing a year's worth of visits to the mountains. And so the Twelve Month series swept into my life.
But people asked where I found the time to delve into these adventures. When they find out that I retired at 38 they want to know about how I did that. So I wrote one book on personal finance (Dream. Invest. Live.) and helped on another (Your Money or Your Life - revised and updated edition).
That's what happens when I relax and follow the path the universe lays out for me.