White Sands

About a week ago, I unpinned the pictures of my kids that used to adorn the dull-grey canvas wall that loomed over me for forty hours a week. I packed them in my bag, said some goodbyes, and drove out of the parking lot with mixed feelings of elation and fear.

Step 1: Escapte from Cubicle. Check!

So now what?

I did not leave this cubicle to go occupy another one.

I did not win the lottery.

I did not go crazy and walk out without thinking things through.

It was simply time to do something different.

This all kind of started back in November. I was asked to take on a temporary part-time roll at my church to help coordinate the weekend services. The temporary role has turned permanent, although still part-time. Adding those hours on top of my full-time job has proved to be a great challenge. After discussing things with Faith, it became very clear that something had to change.

So we set a date and now I am free.

My new primary job is a stay at home dad. This allows Faith to get a lot more sleep and much of the housework is now my responsibility.

Yeah, its kinda weird.

But I now have time to do things with my family. When I was working, I dropped the kids off at school and got home in time to tuck them into bed at night. The weird hours at my job  were not helpful. (10AM – 7PM)

Now I make my own hours.

I will continue to work at LifePoint as the Web, Social Media, and Celebrations Coordinator part-time and do the kind of work that I like to do. And the best part is that there are no cubicles.

Step 2: A whole lot of change.

There are a lot of adjustments to be made. The decrease in income means that budgets have to be tightened. I have a lot to learn about taking care of things at home. I think the biggest challenge will be leading myself. There isn’t anyone else to blame if the chores are not completed.

I am grateful that I have the support of those closest to me. I was worried going into this that many people would think it was a bad idea. I was surprised to find the opposite response. Thank you to those of you who have been encouraging. You know who you are.

Step 3: What is next?

I hope that once things are settled, that will allow for more blogging. I have a few ideas that could develop into something bigger in the online community, but I must take care of my transition first.

So there is my overdue update and first blog post in a really long time.

If you are still reading this, I thank you and hope to bring you more in the coming days. Please leave a comment to let me know you are still alive. It is no easy task to resurrect a dormant blog.

 

Playing with Pressgram again. Here is a picture from Saturday when Ephriam met Chris Heisey from the Cincinnati Reds.

There is a new trend in the world of technology. Wearable Tech.

It isn’t enough to have my phone in my pocket any more. I might accidentally leave it somewhere.(Not likely. I feel naked without my phone.)

I have become very attached to my phone. I take it with me everywhere. I am always just a touch away from the Internet. But what if I could wear my technology and not have to worry about carrying my phone with me?

Google Glass, Samsung Galaxy Gear, FitBit, and now Android is jumping into the wearable tech market.

Will the future be all hands free technology? Will my grandchildren laugh at me when I tell them about actually having to touch a screen? It is fun to dream about what the future holds.

The only wearable tech that I currently use is the FitBit Force. I am lucky that the FitBit rash has not affected me. The FitBit Force tracks my activity while sleeping and awake and periodically syncs the data to my phone through a wireless connection. I don’t think about it at all. I just wear it and go about my day. I can then see reports on my phone or computer about my activity. I love it.

I believe that wearable tech is something we should definitely pay attention to. The wireless networks are already in place to support this kind of constant connectedness. The tech giants of the world seem to be getting on board although I have yet to hear anything from Apple about any wearable products.

With technology getting smaller in size every day, the possibilities for wearable tech are endless.

What do you think about wearable tech?

That New Year Feeling

January 1, 2014 — 2 Comments

With each New Year, I always get excited about having a blank page to work with. I feel like I have permission to hit reset on everything and start fresh.

I find motivation to set goals and dream about what the new year will bring. I even have a day off of work to get started.

Sadly, I, like most people, abandon my resolutions at some point early in the new year. I make excuses and promise myself to start over again right away. Sometimes I do and other times I continue to procrastinate until the next year when I get motivated again.

I told myself this morning that I don’t want to give up on my goals this year. I don’t want to repeat the same pattern as before. As I stood there strategizing how to stay on track this year, I realized this might be worth sharing with you.

So here is my New Year Tip for sticking with your goals or resolutions this year.

If you have that fresh start feeling of motivation right now, I want you to capture that feeling. Write yourself a note or video tape a message to yourself that will remind you what you are feeling right now.

If you can capture why you want to reach these goals, that will be a huge help as well.

Once you have this captured, keep it somewhere accessible because you will hit a moment soon where you want to quit. When you start feeling that way, go to your reminder and remember what you are feeling right now.

Maybe that reminder will be exactly what you need to stay on track this year. I hope that helps.

I hope that 2014 brings many blessings to your life.

Happy New Year!

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30 Days of November

November 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

I know that @ragtagmama is happy that this is going on the charger tonight.

No Shave November Week 3

November 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

3 weeks of not shaving and @ragtagmama is beyond ready to shave it off.

We may be a little early and weird with this, but it beats putting them up when it’s cold outside.

2 Weeks

November 15, 2013 — Leave a comment

It has been 2 weeks of no shave. Not too shabby.

Fun in the Leaves

November 10, 2013 — Leave a comment

Fun times playing in the leaves today.