Sunday, January 18, 2015

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

A long time ago, someone I worked for told me I would never make more than a $XX an hour in the town where we currently live. In my heart, I believe it was his way of telling me I would never amount to much of anything. I was not planning on being a major superstar or anything, but I did want to do a good job in my chosen profession of office administration. That was a pretty shitty thing to do for someone who had just moved to California looking for a better life.

I remembered being heartbroken and for a lack of better words, empty inside. Who would say such a thing to someone? Way to go to motivate your employee! Yeah, I want to continue working for you! Not! I made the first move I could and got another job. Albeit it only lasted a year, but I had a plan and I had to work it. And work it I did!

From that point forward, I made it my personal goal to not only make that allusive number, but surpass it and more. Now for those of you that know me, money is not that big of a deal to me. I may have grown up in a comfortable lifestyle, but I came from a blue collar background where we worked for what we wanted. I've kept that mentality growing up, and as an adult, I continued with that mindset.

So I worked my way around this job and that, sometimes taking a step forward and others taking a step back. I made a lot of sacrifices and put some of my personal goals on the back burner. But eventually, after 20 something years of hard work, not only did I surpass that allusive and ridiculous amount my former boss said I would never earn more than, but I doubled it and more! 

I am grateful for my upbringing because it has taught me how to be strong. That strength has helped me to weather the years where no opportunities and nothing but adversity came my way. And while I watched myself fall further behind in my goals, I had to learned to be happy with what I had and fight for what I wanted. It was tough sometimes, and more than once, I had people who tried to knock me down. I never gave up. 

This last year really does show me that hard work does pay off. While I had to put some of my personal goals on the back burner for another year, I finally feel like good things are coming to me after waiting and waiting...and waiting. The start of this year saw me working long hours, but it looks like things are beginning to settle. I will be able to get back to a normal work week, although I don't know what "normal" is at this point. One thing I know for sure, those back burner items are going to go to the top of the list again. 

Perhaps I should have entitled this "What Goes Around, Comes Around", but what would be the point. I have nothing to prove anyone. The truth is, "Good Things Come To Those Who Wait".

Wishing you moments to find your strength & patience to wait for good things to come your way!

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year - Welcome 2015

As I sit here this morning reflecting on the last year and welcoming 2015, I realize how many positive things have come my way, especially towards the end of 2014. While I may have started out the year down, I ended the year on an up note. More news on that to come!

For me, 2014 brought me many lessons to learn.  I'd like to share a few of those with you.

Things never stay the same. Life is about change and once you embrace it, the world is your oyster. But with change comes choice, and sometimes those choices are hard. While you may want to second guess yourself, you must always trust your gut because it will never fail you.

Sometimes you have to give up a few things in order to make a dream happen. When one part of your life takes off, the other parts slow down. It makes sense when you have too many "irons in the fire" that one or more need to be removed and cool off for awhile. Don't be afraid to let them sit there because the time to pick them up will come back around again.

You cannot be all things to all people. The only person you can be is yourself. Which means, you need to care of yourself so that you will be around for a long time to come. Your health is the only thing that you can control. When it goes south, it is a long road to back. I am on that journey now. 

I have made great strides this past year to turning a few aspects of my life around. While it did come with a few sacrifices, I feel better about where I am at with my life. 2014 was a milestone year for me and I want 2015 to be a year of moving forward and taking charge. I am tired of being afraid of everything and will do more than just sit around waiting for things to happen.

So my wish for all you, is to look at 2015 as the year to take charge! Whatever aspect of your life you want to turn around, use this new year to make it happen.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year's Day and remember, Take Charge!


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