I’ve noticed this is my first post in almost 2 months. It’s not for a lack of “free” time but mostly a re-prioritization of other things I need to do in my life. Since the provision of time off, I’ve spent some much needed time with the family and with my future wife.
I realize it’s not financially justifiable for me to not push immediately for a new job but I’ve been working head down for almost 4 years. I’ve felt I’ve made a justifiable difference in the companies I’ve worked for, earned them millions of dollars in sales and yet my end result of it all is I’m now looking for a new company to start all over again with. For those that are employed these feelings of prioritizing self worth and focus may not be immediately apparent but I’m finding it exceptionally positive for me to get centered before jumping back into the career field.
In being so well organized and time focused in my career, I’ve left my personal life quite in disarray. I have over a decade of digital documents and history of work cluttered on multiple disk hard drives, CD’s and even floppies. I’ve consolidated, organized and triple backed up the important financial histories, address books, work projects and personal projects. I’ve spent some time upgrading the backed of most of my web sites (AV.com, GPC.com) and rebuilding my Shopping site (which still needs now the content). I’ve made the decision to consolidate and standardize my social profile by privatizing most of the non-work related content, and making my twitter, FB, stumbleupon, and other sites more accessible.
I’ve had additional time to refocus on photography again. I purchased a new lens and have also consolidated and cleaned up my galleries. Creating a Flickr site for the photography and using my smugmug site more for an online repository for all my pictures. There’s still more work to do here but it’s getting there.
With the added time I’ve had the opportunity to read more, finishing books on Johnny Cash, John Adams, and Savannah GA (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil). I’ve reviewed my paper subscriptions and moved much of my reading to online; consolidating everything into RSS readers or twitter feeds now. I’ve also evaluated my subscriptions and am keeping items that I’m most interested in (NY Local, Food, Photography, Travel, and Music for personal and Info Sec, Mobile, Cloud Computing, and many other IP tech solutions for career related reading). I’ve dropped periodicals that were not keeping my interest (Rolling Stone, Forbes and Travel & Leisure mag), not written well (NY Mag), or ?I just don’t have the time for them (ESPN).
I’ve been traveling a lot again and with the added time I’m still participating in industry events (Just completed the SC World Congress 2009 event).
All of this has not translated into work on my blogs, which I’ve just reciently committed to get back to. Unfortunately I’ll be doing some journalistic “No-Nos” in that you’ll see some old, historical posts pop up that are back dated. This is mostly for my own “Personal Journal” rather than to be periodically accurate, but I have over 40 started posts that need to be finished and I’ll try to keep them dated to when they were started – most are personal related for my own record. I’ve also started writing for Minor-Ripper which I’m committing to post every Wed and hopefully at one other time per week (twice a week) and keeping up with my local reviews on Yelp.
Last I’ve taken the time to reevaluate my time and study for the GMAT for future work on an MBA. This coincides with additional research I’m doing in my industry for consulting and future career work. More to come.
Cheers and best regards,