Some Big News

With less than two weeks to go until I am done with school forever,* there are a few things about my short-to-intermediate future that I am ready to announce here.

*I reserve the right to return to school at a later date, but only as an instructor or administrator.

First, as you may know from my previous posts on the subject, I am currently looking for a job in Salt Lake City. While I wish this was an announcement of me or Kim finding a full-time position which would hasten our departure from Illinois, it is sadly not the case. Despite my efforts to the contrary, I have been unable to locate a suitable position. Part of the reason it seems is that I live in Illinois and people don’t want to interview me and are instead focusing on local folks first. If that’s the case, then I guess I should just move my happy self to Utah already and get on with it…which is what will be happening. though not for a while.

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General Frustration With Things

I’ve been officially back from my deployment for four months today. I seriously thought by now that it would be different, that I would actually be moved on to the next phase of my life, that my little tax business would be a little successful, that I wouldn’t have to be working for the Army anymore. Granted, this is all partially my fault. I’m not really fully invested in the company as I probably should be, neglecting a lot of the free marketing or contacts that I could be doing. I don’t nearly take enough time focusing on the business as I should, but this is partly due to the fact that my job with the Army hasn’t ended yet.

I was hoping that being forced away from work would encourage me to get my act together, but I find myself falling into the same traps as before, relying on the paycheck from a job I don’t like to meet my obligations. Part of it is that it is easier for sure, and now that I may have received a temporary reprieve, I fear that I am going to work up to the end of my tenure here and then go off into the world without any future plans established.

I have thoughts and plans what I would like to do for sure, but right now I feel like I have no motivation for anything. I’ve been trying to keep this blog updated three times a week, and twice a week over at Eberhard Tax, but I have been finding it difficult to do so. It is not even due to a lack of things to write; tax blogs nearly write themselves, and I have a lot of stuff started for this blog here that I just need to finish. For someone that aspires to (maybe) be a writer someday, I don’t feel that I am writing enough to hone this as my craft.

Aside from the writing thing, life doesn’t feel like it is going that well right now. It’s a daily struggle to keep a positive outlook. I often feel like I am going through the motions, that what I do will have no effect on outcomes in the future. I do realize that my little corner of the world is not as nearly as bad as other parts of the world. I’m sure the people in other parts of the world would trade their current situation to live in my emo existence, but this is my blog.

Many of these posts talk about my trials and tribulations with the female of the species. I’m fairly passive when it comes to my interactions with women. Part of this is because I have never really dated anyone, so I have no “game.” Not that I want game necessarily; I try to be me all the time and just hope that a girl will make the first move. I don’t deal with rejection well, so I don’t put myself out there nearly as much as I probably should.

Again, purely my fault. It is still frustrating though. Combine that with my general malaise towards life right now and I just don’t really have any hope. Three weeks or so marks my three year “anniversary” from being divorced, and I thought I would be at a different point in my life by this point in all honesty. I would love to find a healthy relationship and hopefully get married again, but I also admit that, as of right now, I’m not a 100% ready for marriage. But in order to get married again, I would think that I would have to be dating at some point. I don’t know what the answer is at this point. Again, this is just general frustration with the way that I feel my life is going right now.

If you are still reading at this point, thanks. Ultimately, I am still optimistic for the future. Four months is a small sample size of what is about to come in my life. But it’s frustrating nonetheless. I hope that my future posts get a little more uplifting, so keep reading.

Until next time…

It’s Official

The day that I knew was coming finally came earlier this week. I have been issued my dreaded “30-day” letter, putting me on notice that since I am no longer in the Reserves that I will no longer have a job in 30 days. Even though I knew the day was coming, it was still something that is never fun, though after this week of doing everybody else’s work, I think I am ready to leave.

I do have a 15-day window in which I can submit documents and other stuff on my behalf to try and keep my job. I still think that I am going to request more time since I still have not found another job, and the US Code in which I was hired under says that I need to be removed “within a year of losing Reserve status.” It would at least allow for me to continue getting paid, though the sooner I get of the Army payroll, the sooner I can collect unemployment if need be. That plus my fancy Post-9/11 GI Bill should help me meet my expenses and whatnot for the time being, but who knows for how long.

I have applied for another job within the Army that I think I would do really well at. We’ll see if the Army feels the same way. Otherwise, I will continue to look for other jobs and hope for the best, while trying to find a way to really start what I think I can do. I really just need to finish up this accounting degree so I can at least get in the door somewhere and hopefully start accumulating some sort of accounting experience, though I really do not want to ever have a boss again. Until I get a large amount of money, however, it may be my only option. Becoming the next Warren Buffett may have to wait for a few more years. As always, we’ll see.

In the meantime, I’m going to get back to blogging more frequently. I really do want to finish my Germany leave blogs and put some stuff up that I wrote while deployed, and blogging over at Eberhard Tax has been lacking as well. Hopefully, you’ll see this in your little blog roll and click to read it, and I will continue to update enough to keep you interested.

Until next time…

Been a While…

Been a while since I put anything new up here. I thought I would give y’all a break from reading about teenage Robert and his various adventures, even though that little series is complete… well at least the stuff from the journal anyway.

I have been busy doing other stuff, and if you haven’t checked it out already, go here and read all about taxes! It’s so exciting! Maybe you’ll learn something. If you have any ideas or tax questions that you would like to see “discussed,” please let me know. And, as always, if you have a friend, acquaintance, or co-worker that needs to get their taxes done, feel free to send them my way. I’ll resume here next Monday with all sorts of great stuff I’m sure.

Until next time…