One day, I’ll tell my story.

One day, I’ll tell my story.

Until it’s time to tell my story, I’ve got several decisions to make.  One of the decisions I could make is to continue climbing the corporate ladder upon completion of the current project I’m working on.  Doing this could likely lead me down the road I’ve been on for the past 6 years with this company.

This particular service line of our company has been growing steadily for the past 10 years.  We are highly profitable and are not only respected within the company we work for and the industry that we work in.  Middle management could lead to upper management and beyond.  The sky is the limit.

This is a viable option and one that sounds very appealing at times.  The benefits have been good and would likely continue to get better as I put in additional time with the company.  I’d be issued an iPhone and an iPad in addition to the snazzy laptop I currently have.  The company car sure isn’t bad, either.

Another option would be to complete the current project I’m working on and quit my job.  I’ll likely be financially stable at the end of the project.  Debt free and with a minimum of three months in savings set aside, a la Dave Ramsey.  I might even have enough set aside to fix up my 17 year old Subaru.

After quitting my job, I could help my parents continue the work they’ve recently started on their own dream (starting a farm).  I could lease a parcel of their land and begin homesteading and implementing the Permaculture principles I’ve been learning about.  I could live a dream I’ve had since college.

These are tough decisions to make, but today I received an email from Jon Acuff challenging me “to think about where your story is leading. (Donald Miller writes a lot about that idea.) Is it one you’d like to tell? If not, how can you make better story decisions?”  One day, I’ll tell my story.  One day, I’ll tell it proudly.

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Dave Ramsey’s My Total Money Makeover: Beat Debt. Build Wealth.

Dave Ramsey’s My Total Money Makeover: Beat Debt. Build Wealth..

Spending a few pomodoros this weekend on budgeting and finances.

Setting goals and making progress thanks to help from Dave Ramsey!

Check out the site above.  Good stuff.

Stay tuned.

A rant transformed…

As I write these words at 8:53pm, I can only observe my own astonishment.  Approximately 3 hours ago, I sat down here at my “desk” to write and rant because…I was feeling “challenged.”  An unexpected phone call gave me the opportunity to verbalize much of what had been on my mind.  Direct communication with a like-minded individual typically helps me quickly find clarity during troubling times.  Tonight was no different.

I was expecting to spend much of this time this evening alternating pomodoros reading and writing.  I was going to spend time reading the latest article on economics.  Lots of reflecting was going to take place during the writing pomodoros tonight – as I felt a need to reflect and be honest with myself as I felt I was carrying a bit of negative attitude with me lately…culminating in some stresses today both occurring at work and in my personal life.

The reading will have to be postponed until a later date, because reflection on the recent series of events and patterns in life is more appropriate.  Perhaps two pomodoros of writing!  Yes, I am feeling it…fifteen minutes into the pomodoro – it is like running, I am feeling in “the groove” now…in the “zone.”  Where to begin…yes, the negative attitude.  In addition to fear, much of this negative attitude stems from my own inability to be honest with myself.

Lately, I have had an increased amount of correspondence with some people in my past.  It has been great catching up with old friends.  This period of transition and the subsequent “catching up” with people has been interesting, to say the least.  Effectively speaking, I have “culled” many of my friends and/or they have “culled” me.  In this process called life, I have spent time learning about what is truly important to me, my core values.  Often times I find myself writing about these things.  I refer to them as my “areas of importance / project list.”  The last time I spent time truly reflecting on this was about a month ago.  Where does the time go?

Temecula Half-Marathon, Long Weekend in Joshua Tree, Thanksgiving Holiday, 10k Trail Turkey Trot, Goat Butchering Processing / Cooking meetup, but I digress…I suppose I’ve been keeping busy!  At any rate, as of last month, the list was written as follows:

@GTD – Weekly Review; Areas of Importance / Project List.

Today, reflection during my “Weekly Review” shows the Areas of Importance in order of:

  1. Fitness
  2. Wellness
  3. Work / Career
  4. Community / Socializing
  5. GTD
  6. Volunteer Work
  7. Financial
  8. Vacation

With that, this pomodoro is up!

Stay tuned.