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Unfinished Drafts

January 11, 2017 2 comments

What is and what might never be. My unfinished blog post drafts (and most will probably remain in stasis) includes titles and topics such as:

  • “Return to HTML & CSS”
  • “A Simple Prayer”
  • “LinkedIn Bad habits” (I almost certainly was going to bitch about random people that want to connect and use the generic greeting).
  • “Random thoughts” (surprisingly there is only one such post like this).
  • “Untitled”….ooh I bet that will capture reader attention!

Similar to life, this blog has a lot of incomplete, half-done, and works-in-progress. Perhaps in both areas it is time to close the proverbial loop and complete those blog posts and things we allow to remain unfinished for whatever reason.

Time to work on “Untitled.”

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Deep Winter Blues!

January 10, 2017 Leave a comment

Lately, I have been in a “winter funk” combined with the busyness of the holidays and all the post election media, I just haven’t felt like writing (or doing anything for that matter).

But, it is now a new  year! So, a few professional New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Professionally re-position myself and pivot towards my passion and away from the things that drain my energy, leave me mentally exhausted, and unfulfilled. This is my fancy way of saying, I am going to pursue new employment adventures!
  2. Write more. Here and else where. Personally and professionally.
  3. Make it a point to reach-out and network more and increase my social media presence.

Like most, 2016 has professionally and personally have left me feeling drained, mentally exhausted, and yearning for a new year and new opportunities.

For some real soulful “Deep Winter Blues” By Chris Rea. Enjoy.

Transition Manifesto

Sometimes when I want to find clarification of my clear clarity, I find it easiest to write. I think this is the case with many people. Currently, I am looking to transition away from my current position as an Assistant Property Manager. There are a variety of reasons I am pursuing this transition such as it feels like the right time in my life (other changes are occurring too),  challenging residents and property site, and the occasional internal frustration. I have come to grips with residents yelling at me and killing roaches in my office for the last few years, no doubt it has gotten very tiring. Regardless there are multitude of other things going on and it feels like the right time. Excited and embracing change.

My plan is to land a position that will allow me to eventually switch into more  of a technology role. To facilitate this transition, I am looking at a variety of position inside and outside of my industry. I am less concerned about the position or industry as long as it meets my qualifications, which are:

  • Reduced commute time
  • Equal or greater compensation
  • Opportunity to grow/transition into IT/Technology role

I am flexible with the above. Of course the ideal would be to make a $100,000 year watching NETFLIX at home.  All three qualifications met.

To get from “here” to “there,” I am currently:

  • Working through tutorials at Treehouse, Code Academy, Cybrary, and other sites.
  • Checking out local resources meet-ups, lectures, events, books at the library
  • Looking into taking courses at local community college or even a second MS degree
  • Continued positive web and social media presence in general and areas of interest

In general to put as many lines in the water as I can.

 

Stalled Career? The pit.

December 22, 2015 Leave a comment

We have all been there at some point. The feeling that your sweet gig has become just another career dead end. Lifehacker offers four tips to tell when this is happening.

All good pieces of advice. However, I can’t help but to think they forgot a key one. That is the “pit.” The “pit of doom” (PoD) that lives in your stomach day everyday you go in and sometimes the day before. the PoD makes you say things, “like I would rather stick my hand in a bag of poisonous snakes than go into work today” or “I hope I get hit by bus, so I can get out of it.” Extreme, yes, but we have all been there.

The PoD kind of looks like Sarlaac from the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Sarlacc-Pit

From time-to-time, we have the PoD, but it matters how often and how intense. Sure it could be the burrito from the food cart or the dread that you will spend the next few decades toiling on this unfulfilled venture.

Its sometimes difficult to tell if it is the PoD or just a little bit of anxiety. A few questions can help.

  1. How intense is the PoD?
  2. How frequent do I feel this way?
  3. Is there a particular thing (performance reviews, missed project deadline) that is making me feel this way?  Will it go away?

Remember to answer honestly. You know yourself…..kinda. It is sort of like being the “One” you just know.

 

Back on Track!

December 16, 2015 Leave a comment

I got off-track with my courses at University of the People (UofP). Not hard to do. A few things happened – without consistent internet over Thanksgiving, 2 birthdays, and the beginning transition of another life changing event (Not ready to provide details).

Easy to get off-track. Got back on and recommitted myself. I think it is very important to continually recommit. I spent a few hours working on posts and writing last night and intend to do so tonight again.

Learning is not too hard, life getting in the way doesn’t make it too easy though. If something is easy, then everyone would do it.

So, I am recommitting to my coursework and pursuit of programming, technology, and information technology. Done.

Time to work on posts.

Submitted!

February 7, 2014 Leave a comment

My MS degree project was completed, submitted, and approved. Two more steps register for Psychology 590 and design a training.

For the training, I am going to use Udemy. Udemy is online program (free) that allows a person to design, develop, and administer training. I have a few ideas for the training. I need to complete my outline, objective, and the learning template (I love templates).

It is finally going to happen. No more nightmares about not completing it! I am exciting to begin pursuing other endeavors.

Writing Template

January 15, 2014 Leave a comment

In order to help me produce more posts and I have designed a several templates, which allow for a different style posts.  Example below:

Topics/Keywords:

Title:

Introduction: Introduce article, provide, author name, link, political persuasion, bias, etc.

Summary: Provide a brief 1 to 2 paragraph synopsis of the article

So What? Or the Takeaway: What is it that you want your readers to take from the article. Why is it important? Why does the article matter?

I have constructed the template as table (tables are a great way to structure documents and forms).

 On the the left hand side,  I have what I call my “map.” I use the map to help me structure my thoughts and the article.  On the right side of the table is where I write my post using the left column as my guide. Then I simply paste over to WordPress and quickly format, preview, and post.
So far,  I have found it a helpful and efficient way to write.  My next step will be to integrate a more links and media to my writing. Ironically for this post, I did not use the template!