Happy New Year, What’s Your Resolution?

Happy New Year, What’s Your Resolution?

It is a New Year and like most people I make a New Year’s resolution.

The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates back to the time of ancient Babylon and the Roman Empire.  It has continued through the ages.

I have never been a big celebrator of the New Year.  Through most of my younger days I was always working.

Anyone who has ever played in a working band, full or part time, knows that New Year’s Eve is your biggest night of the year.  You usually get paid twice your normal rate if not more, sometimes much more.

So from teenager and into my late twenties I was always working New Years Eve. Continue reading

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie!

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie!

Everyone has heard the phrase “Let sleeping dogs lie.”

I don’t know what it means to you but to me it means if there is no cause to start trouble, stir up a situation or excite someone then just let it go.  Let those dogs sleep.

Hopefully you have read my post about the world class bullshitter we have in our office.  I’m sure everyone has one in their work place.

But do you have one of the types I am going to write about? Continue reading

Who’s In Control Of Your Life?

Who’s In Control Of Your Life?

The other night I had a long conversation with a good friend of mine.  He had recently relocated to a new area of the country after making a decision to down size his life in terms of material items and stress.

My friend is sixty two and is not ready mentally or financially for retirement but circumstances pushed him into the decision to move some place warm and relaxing.  He now finds himself having to find a new way to make a living until his full retirement benefits kick in.

As we talked he mentioned how he and his wife are still in the process of finding all the places you need to survive. They are still looking for the basic places and businesses you use every day and take for granted when you lived in the same place for 20, 30, 40 years or all of your life.

He told me it’s kind of fun discovering these new places every day.

But what keeps him up at night is wondering what he will do with the rest of his life.

At this point I interjected, “at least now you are in control of your life or should feel in control.”

I followed up with this story. Continue reading

Why I Don’t Want To Be A Manager

Why I Don’t Want To Be A Manager

Why I don’t want to manage people.  That is what I decided to write about today.

I was a manager for 17 years and It’s been about three years since I elected to step down from my management position.  The upside of that decision has heavily outweighed the downside.  The only real downside was the cut in pay and not having an office (which I’ll discuss in a later post), but the reduction of stress, frustration, anxiety and anger far exceeds the monetary difference.

It’s been interesting working beside the same people I use to manage.  Some of them I managed for over 15 years.

The old manager in me still wants to come out and teach but I try to just sit back and keep my mouth shut.

I often think to myself that maybe I’d still be a manager if I had another me to count on. Continue reading

My Affirmation

My Affirmation

I wrote this piece in my journal about three months before I started this blog and wanted to share it today.

Today I had a bit of clarity about wanting to start a blog and share my experience with anyone who cares to listen.

The more I researched about blogging and becoming a blogger the more I became confused and apprehensive.  I found things like SEO, keywords, links, back links and on and on, somewhat intimidating.

I was worrying about writing and at the same time making sure I am using keywords, and optimizing my SEO and getting others to like my blog and link to my blog.

More and more every day as I did more research I felt like I was moving further away from writing and towards marketing.

It just felt like I was getting away from what I wanted to do which was telling my stories and sharing my ideas.

It didn’t feel honest.  I didn’t feel like I was being honest with myself and I wasn’t. Continue reading