A Quick Update

Third attempt…

Now that I am settled in Alexandria (for the most part), I thought I would give a quick update as to what has been going on. After moving down here last Thursday, I started work at The Motley Fool on Tuesday in their Writer Development Program. And while I have only been there for three days, I can already tell that this is by far the best job that I have ever had. I hope that my relationship with The Fool extends long beyond the six months of the program.

For those of you wondering when you might see some “Foolish” writing from me, we have been told that we will probably start writing AND BE PUBLISHED by the end of the month. Won’t be a whole ton at first, but as soon as I get something up on the site, I’ll be sure to share the link here, on Twitter, and on Facebook. While I appreciate the readership here, they have a bit more reach and readers which will hopefully expose me to the masses in a good way.

As for non-work related things, I hope to go on various adventures throughout the capital region over the next six months, most of which will be shared here. Also, beginning next week, I will begin anew on a weight loss journey. I will provide more details on Sunday, but I will be using the guidelines espoused in “The 4-Hour Body” by Timothy Ferriss. I hope that I will see some results, and all my faithful readers will be along for the ride.

 Until next time…

Attempt at a Dream – Follow-up

It’s been a while since I applied for this fancy Writer’s Development Program thing at The Motley Fool. You can read the writing sample I submitted here. It has been so long, in fact, that I kind of figured that I wasn’t selected and started to make other plans for myself beginning in July. I decided to move on and try to find something better to do. I was hoping that they would eventually let me know one way or the other about the program. Today, they did.

I received a call from the lovely folks at The Motley Fool inviting me to join in their Writer’s Development Program today! I am about 95% sure that I will be taking them up on their offer. The only thing that I need to figure out is a place to live down in super cool Arlington, VA for six months beginning July 1st. If anyone happens to know of a place that won’t be terribly expensive, please let me know. I don’t need much, and since it will be a temporary move, I will probably not be moving completely down there.

However, as for my aforementioned plans for myself in July, which was going to be revealed in a post kicking off the return of “A Blog a Day for 30 Days” on or around June 1st, do not fret. The big announcement will probably still happen then. Execution is just going to be delayed by this wonderful opportunity by six months.

Until next time…

Part One: Changes a-Comin’

Before answering the question posed here, I am going to discuss a bit more on this subject first. That will give y’all more time to answer my hypothetical about winning the lottery, which, by the way, I did not win last week. Somebody did win Mega Millions though, so that jackpot is back down to only $25 million.

Today was an important day as I move into the next phase of my life. After waiting for a response from the powers that be on how long they were going to let me keep working here, I decided to stop waiting for them and retake ownership over my life. I complained previously how I felt that this job is sapping my creative vibe and just making me feel miserable in general with my life.

I almost left on Thursday last week, never to return. The Army is not a very efficient organization, and I have known this for the 10 1/2 years I was in, as well as the 6 1/2 years that I have worked here. But Thursday was a special lesson in how stupid things can be here some time. I won’t bore you with all the particulars, but the main gist was that something I had done a week prior needed to be done differently for no good reason. After days of struggles trying to get something accomplished, the Army says that things change at teir whim, counter to previous guidance.

That was the tipping point, but it has been growing for some time. I know longer feel the need to waste my time here jumping through hoops. I’d rather spend my time elsewhere being creative and trying to move on. There are some things that I want to do in the near future; some of these things will probably never make me any money, but I am trying to be happy. I feel like I am entitled to at least a few months of unemployment after working non-stop for over ten years. Having a bit more time will allow me to do other things, perhaps even find a new job if that is the route I decide to take.

I am leaving on my terms, for the most part. I could have just left earlier, but by giving myself another few weeks, it will help set me up to be able to walk away. I fully anticipate that my notice today will finally create some sort of communication in regards to my situation. whatever. I am leaving with my head held high, getting away from this toxic environment. The people that I care about will still be in my life, but I think it will be better to get away from some of these people that I don’t like. I am excited for what is happening next, and I hope that you will follow along as I reveal over the next few weeks what is next in my life.

Until next time…

Prologue: Changes a-Comin’

After feeling particularly sorry for myself over the past week or so, I have decided that I am going to stop complaining and actually make some changes in my life. I am going to start doing the things that will make me happy and stop worrying about everything. I have a lot of exciting plans and thoughts in the upcoming couple of weeks, so stay tuned for the next things coming up. I have alluded to one of my plans a few times over the past week, and as things fall more into place, I’ll put them up here, and you will hopefully see them on Twitter and Facebook and possibly elsewhere.

In the meantime, thank you everyone for the kind words of encouragement and just generally being around to deal with me over the past week or so. Your support is very much appreciated and will be needed as I further continue on with some of my plans. I truly do hope that many changes are in store over the rest of this year and beyond.

Until next time…