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I'm from the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. I was a woodworker for about 12 years. Well, up until I had the rug pulled out from under my feet, and I was laid off. I got back into photography in 2008 and decided to give that a try professionally, but haven't made any money so far because rednecks, white trash, and hicks are cheap. So, I'm working in a local grocery store where some days I hear and see the craziest stuff. I tend to complain a lot about things, but I'm too poor to afford a good therapist. So, I decided to make a blog and complain online to all of you instead. But I digress. I really just wanted to do the blog to share ideas and stories with the interwebz. =D
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Changes In Motion...

I've been in a funk since 2009...

Every year, around my birthday, I do a bit of introspection. I look at where I am now and where I've been over the last few years, and I always try to add in where I want to be in the next few years. This year, I found myself stuck in the same holding pattern that I've been in for the last couple of years. It seems like it's been a slow moving, downward spiral that was leading to a place that I wasn't sure I wanted to go. Yeah, I could have held on for a couple more years. Maybe my luck would have changed. Maybe not.

My wife and I made a five year plan when we got married. So far, none of what we planned on doing has happened. It's been all my fault too. I've been sitting back, waiting on a career in photography to take off. I've had the technical skills, all the gear needed, and I've had lots of practice. I've even had the endorsement of some pretty hefty names in the business. At the end of the day though, if you're not making money with it, you might as well have been bagging groceries the whole time.

So, after some thought, I decided to give it up. I've already sold the bulk of my gear, with what's left going up on e-bay very soon. I've decided to go back to work doing whatever will pay well, and will give me at least a 40 hour work week.

Does punching a clock and working for someone else suck? Yes. Does having a talent for photography and not making a dime suck even more? Yes. Yes, it does.

Along with these changes, I've decided to take back my life. I've decided to get outside more, and spend less time on social media. I bought a mountain bike, and I've decided to start riding more. I'm going to start eating right and getting in bed at a decent hour too. Baby steps... But at least it's a start.

Changes to this blog are coming as well. In fact, it's probably going away entirely. The whole idea of me being an insolent man was because I complained about so much for so long. Not anymore. I'd rather try and take back control and be in a much better mental as well as physical state than where I've been over the last few years.

As soon as I can, I'd like to get another, more inviting blog up. One that charts my progress and covers my hikes, travels, and rides... things that are far more important than me whining and complaining. As soon as it's up and running, I'll post a link here.

In the meantime. It's late. I'm going to bed. Work in the morning, riding in the afternoon/evening. Y'all take care.



Tammy said...

You're an artist with a passion!! I dig that you're onto photography! I have a couple of kiddies that live for the camera! lol Maybe you should try to work freelance? There are lots of sites like Guru.com, Elance.com...I'm sure there are others, but these are the one that came to mind. I've had a lot of success with Guru, to the point that I have my own client base now (I do graphic design). Hang in there! You'll get a break sooner or later! always- Tammy

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