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Change.

 

A lot has happened in my personal and professional life these last couple of months and a lot has weighed on my mind these past couple of years. The weight of my professional career has been a heavy one to carry. I’ve been in the IT industry since the late 90’s. Specifically, the hosting industry for the last 11 years. I’ve held a wide range of positions throughout these years, all of which I enjoyed. Yet there was always this nagging thought I carried with me – “What would I do if I lost my job?”

Since 2010 I have held key roles for the companies I’ve worked for. These roles kept me managing the online face and voice of one company via Social Media, constantly traveling to conferences and representing the business, and the other had me managing online engagement and so much more.

“Sounds like awesome roles! What’s the problem here?!”

The problem – no…MY problem is that I’ve struggled trying to answer one question over and over: “What is my career path?” There isn’t one. Plain and simple. And if I lost my job, well..it’s a saturated market, the pay isn’t great, and again, there just isn’t a real career path for me. There is an even bigger problem with this and my questions became reality recently. I did in fact lose my job and my struggle became even bigger. Not financially, mentally. Because I was forced to answer one question that I’ve never been able to answer: “What do you WANT to do?” My response to that question every time? “I don’t know.”

I finally figured it out. Finally. I was asking myself the wrong question all this time. Instead of setting my brain on fire, getting hot flashes thinking about it, and wrecking my nervous system (okay, maybe it wasn’t THAT bad..but pretty darn close!), I changed the question and asked myself what is it that I’m good at. All of a sudden, the clouds went away and a lot of things became much clearer.

I’m good at helping people. Fixing broken things whether it be technology, animals, people (especially people), and so on. I see your eyebrow raised over there looking at me like that. I know…I know. There are many fields that I can go in to that covers that. A lot. I’m good at it. I enjoy it. But I don’t want to be paid for it. These are things that make me happy. Does that even make sense?

It’s been really nice being able to stay home recently. To relax, cook, bake, do whatever I want. It has given me time to think about my next career and really dedicate the time needed to figure it out. The skills that I have are not skills that I can take to any company and many companies aren’t even hiring for it or have those type of positions. Not to mention, honestly…I’m tired.

So I’ve decided to focus on a career track that is transferable anywhere. In any State. I’m going back to school. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. I’m completely changing the industry that I know like the back of my hand and moving on to the health field and pursuing a degree in Health Information Technology. I can help people. I can hold a regular 9-5 job and truly have a work-life balance. It’s so easy for those two to become one.

Next week I will be taking my first step outside of my comfort zone. My new life begins…

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I have been an iPhone user since the first iPhone came out. Until a few months ago. I made the leap over to Android and picked up a Nexus 5. I tried to use Android a few years ago, was pretty miserable with it, and quickly ran back to cuddle with my longtime buddy – Apple.

Over the last 10+ years my cell phones get heavy use for work related things and I’m accustomed to using my phone and not carrying around a laptop or a tablet. It’s convenient. Since I made the switch to Android this go-round, my work life has been much easier. Much. My e-mail client Nine is my new best friend, Google docs is my savior, and other apps I use for work along¬†withvthese two are just simple and work flawlessly together. Android has come a long way over the years and I’m loving it.

So what’s the dilemma?

I keep up with tech. I’m a gadget girl. I stalk technology 24/7/365. I dream technology. Okay..maybe I don’t go that far. Maybe. I sold my iPad (that I’ve also used continuously since the beginning, upgrading to the latest and greatest year after year), and purchased a Nexus 7. Love it. I use an Apple laptop for work. I use Android for personal everything.
I love both, but I feel like I get so much more with Android. Then here comes the iPhone 6 and now I find myself struggling. Being a techi-gadget-geek-girl, an Apple and Android lover, what is a girl to do? #firstworldproblems (yes, I did it.)

Now let me say that I am _not_ the techie who has to show off all my latest and greatest gadgets. I’m not the “ooooh…look at me! Look at the new coolness I have!” I research and buy my gadgets wisely based off of what will work best for me then keep them to myself and enjoy them. I mean, there have been times that I’ve researched for over a year and end up purchasing something that’s a little dated – and that’s okay because the latest model wasn’t a good choice.

I’m keeping up with all the rumors and speculations of what’s to come with the iPhone 6 and I’m drooling. I’m seeing the pictures of its beauty. I’m glancing over at my not-so-fancy/kind-of-plain Nexus 5 and understanding that while it’s not sleek, nor fancy, it’s done everything I’ve wanted it to do, easily. But I’m a gadget girl! I want to play with everything new and cool! Everything! What if the iPhone 6 with the new iOS 8 can do everything that I need it to do with ease and grace?

I’m pretty sure I won’t go out and buy an iPhone 6 when it’s released. I’ll watch it. Read the reviews from real world users. And wear a bib…

I would love to hear others opinions on both Android and iOS, what you primarily use it for (work or personal), and why you’ve chosen it. You may offer reasoning that I haven’t thought of (for either) that will help make decisions easier in the future.

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Many people have an issue with purchasing “refurbished” items. I’ve never really understood why and I’ve never had a problem with it if the price is right. I’ve also learned that a lot of people have a misconception of what exactly “refurbished” means. Taken from wikipedia:

Refurbishment (restoration) is the process of major maintenance or minor repair of an item, either aesthetically or mechanically.

Now to me, that says that the item has been restored and repaired of all defects both aesthetically and mechanically so essentially – it’s back to it’s original, new-like condition. Not to mention, most if not all refurbished items always come with some type of warranty so what have you got to lose (especially if you’re saving a few dollars)?

I’ve discovered this morning that AT&T now has refurbished iPhones that they are selling; the 8GB iPhone for a very cheap price of $99.00 and the 16GB iPhone for $199.00.

According to the MacNN website, AT&T is offering an additional $50 discount, bringing iPhone prices to as low as $49 and $149 through December 31st. These iPhones come with a 3 month warranty and at this price, if you’ve been dying to get your hands on one, you just can’t beat the deal.

A few of us got together in the office last weekend and created this little video to wish you all Happy Holidays and a safe New Year! Oh and remember…Santa is _always_ watching…

(A big thanks to Travis, one of our developers for PEER1 and owner/operator of Dark Design Pictures. !)

My co-worker sent this to me this to me this afternoon via e-mail and I thought I’d share. I think she was trying to tell me something. How many of you can relate?

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. –

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first. But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke I’d been drinking. I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.
The Coke is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need water. I put the Coke on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I’ll be looking for the remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table,¬† so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

  • the car isn’t washed
  • the bills aren’t paid
  • there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter
  • the flowers don’t have enough water
  • there is still only 1 check in my check book
  • I can’t find the remote,
  • I can’t find my glasses,
  • I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I’m really tired. I realize this is a serious problem and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first I’ll check my e-mail….

Do me a favor – forward this message to everyone you know, because I don’t remember who the heck I’ve sent it to.

This weekend has probably been one of the most relaxing weekends I’ve had in ages. I’m sure much of it has to do with being sick, but hey it worked well for me. I’ve realized this weekend that I need to just slow down. Relax. Enjoy life. I’ve missed so much in life by doing the 9-5 thing (necessity of course) and after 5, constantly running errands or rushing around the house trying to do the cooking and laundry. Weekends? Never really knew what those things were. Hell, I’ve always heard people talking about this weekend-thing but just never got it as my weekends were spent…well…working, running errands, catching up on laundry, cleaning, cooking, screaming at my kids, you know, the typical mom-stuff. My life for the past several years has consisted of working (this includes the 9-5 + mom-thing) from around 5am – 1or2am. After this weekend, I have no idea how I’ve been able to do it for so long. I’m sure many of you out there can relate hey? What? We’re out of milk? You need new shoes? I have to bake how many cupcakes for your class TOMORROW, why didn’t you tell me this sooner – it’s 9pm. Oh and you need stuff for an Art project due tomorrow too?? This is where I think I’m going to race the clock and win.

I regret taking my weekends for granted. Using these two days out of the week that I get, where I just don’t have to do a damn thing if I don’t want to. I have done absolutely nothing this weekend. NADA. And it felt fantastic. I went out to the San Antonio Raceway Friday night with Kevin and that was pretty much it. I stayed home all day yesterday and didn’t do anything! Nothing! Well, I cooked dinner – and a fabulous one at that!

So, here it is Sunday and I no longer look or feel like this or this as I’m in the healing phase now and I’m sure my family feels like their lives can be restored, back to normal and I have turned back into the ATM mother that they know and love. I woke up this morning and cooked breakfast. Something I haven’t done in ages. Corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, tortillas, with apple juice. After breakfast, I cleaned up the kitchen, my daughter helps dry them and put the dishes away and I’m back to a clean kitchen. I made a pot of coffee. Something I haven’t done in ages. Typically the first thing I do when I wake up EVERY morning is run to StarBucks.

I actually found myself making a comment aloud to my cat “Rex” in the kitchen earlier today while baking Swedish bread rolls.

It’s funny how the oven seems to work when the kitchen is clean.

Rex just lays down with a quiet meow and waits for me to finish. He knows the routine. So I wait for him to look back up at me and I continue while sipping my coffee.

You know Rex, the oven never seems to work during the week. I miss the open space of a clean and uncluttered kitchen. I enjoy cooking, baking, and feeding the family good home-cooked meals. You know they’re much more healthy than eating out right?

Rex rolls his eyes, lets out another meow only this time a little bit longer with different tones as if he’s trying to hold this conversation with me and tell me, “yes, I know. I enjoy it too.” He always gets table snacks.

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Image of Rex taken by Kevin at http://kevinblalock.com

Then it dawned on me and I look down at Rex and blurt out – “Oh my God! So this is how it works Rex!”

This time he quickly lets me know he’s not in the mood, rolls his eyes, let’s out a grunt, and walks into the bedroom. Needless to say, I could get used to this.

I got bored for a brief moment today but quickly snapped myself out of it by chatting for a bit on Twitter with some newfound friends. While chatting, someone posted a link to a hilarious YouTube video by Demitri Martin called Flip Chart and Art. I needed this laugh. I need to learn how to laugh more often while slowing down my life, enjoying it, and not taking it so seriously. At my age, I’d rather slow down on my own and enjoy life and all of it’s offerings instead of being forced to due to …. my old age.

I will be traveling to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks to attend Blog World & New Media Expo (we’ll have a booth there – #411 so be sure to stop by and say hi!), but I will make certain that I enjoy my time outside of the event too while trying not to break the bank. *smile*

Well, my little 13.3″ MacBook finally gave up on me. Generally, I upgrade my laptops once every 12-15 months but I enjoyed my MacBook so much I kept it until it finally gave up on me. I am by no means an Apple fan girl at all but I will give credit where it is due whether it be Apple and Mac OS X, Dell, Windows (ok, that wasn’t fair – I have much respect for this OS :)), various other names, or Linux.

I primarily used my MacBook for work, carrying it back and forth to the office every day, traveling across North America with it, and of course using it at home. After about a year, the case began to crack (along the front left and right side by the trackpad) and the battery stopped holding it’s charge (to the point where I couldn’t use it without charging it for longer than 20 minutes) – the well known problems. Here I am 19 months later and I finally had to retire my little 13.3″ friend. Yes, I could’ve replaced the battery and probably will eventually.

Now I sit here and type this post from my new MacBook Pro. Because I have tiny hands and I’m just really not a very big person in general….this is going to take a lot of getting used to. Almost half of my forearm rests on the wrist pad and my hands look incredibly little on the keyboard. I look like a child using it and I’m finding myself making typos more often than before. Aside from having to get used to the size, the weight is hardly noticeable and I’m loving it, along with Leopard.

There are quite a few new things to learn in Leopard, but so far I’m liking it all.


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