This could be a pretty extensive list. Be sure to clear your schedule prior committing to reading this post.
On the other hand, (you have different fingers) I could just focus on a couple really glaring weak spots. Yeah, that's the route I am going to take. Why point out many things at which I am mediocre when I can really dig into two which are mega fails?!?
First and foremost, this blog. It was going to be different this time. I had given myself permission to not hold myself to a standard of writing everyday, or every week even. Once a month was the goal. Have I managed that? Click here to see for yourself...my last post. I love writing. It is a good way to keep in touch with my friends and family, has some therapeutic benefits, and helps keep me mentally sharp....I think.
Unfortunately, it seems to have fallen victim to an unforeseen side effect of my new job. I spend a lot of my day in front of a computer writing e-mails, researching prospective students in our database, etc... When I get home the last thing I want to do is sit in front of my laptop and write. Sorry. Sorry to my family for not keeping you up to date on the happenings of the Robinsons. Sorry to my friends...I am a riot and am depriving you of my humor. Sorry to The Ocho, I miss you guys. Sorry to me. I really miss doing this.
Any suggestions? I really want to make this work. Does anyone else have a similar issue? What did you do to overcome it, or did you?
My second massive failing is a connected to the first in a way. I am not good at maintaining friendships. I used to blame this on my career in the restaurant business. I was at work when everyone else was out socializing...weekends and holidays. I have been out of the direct running of restaurants for over 7 years. Let the good times roll! Not so fast. The first job I took upon leaving the restaurants was managing a warehouse. I worked strange hours (very early in the morning), and therefore was too tired to go out with friends. Then, of course, came school. Going back to finish my degree was a massive undertaking which consumed nearly two years of my life. Oooh, this is a good one...many of my good friends live out of state or at the very least are several hours away.
These are all great reasons, right? Not so much. It is easier than ever, thanks to the internet, to stay in touch with people. Just write a quick note saying hi and giving a short account of life....oops, see above. I work bankers hours these days, and have my nights, weekends, and holidays relatively free. I sleep well, and have finished school. Several of my out-of-town friends have extended open ended invites for us to come visit. What gives?
Am I anti-social?
Am I lazy?
Am I powerless against the call of the couch?
I don't have the answers. All I do know is my lack of communicating has weighed on me as of late. Hopefully writing it down and broadcasting it publicly will help.(Ahh...therapeutic benefits sneaking in here!)
"Nuff of this depressing crap. Now for some things at which I excel.
I rock a killer beard. It makes me hot not only in the summer, but year round.
I married well. Have you seen Robin? She was pretty kick a$$ before, but now she is learning how to truly kick butt!
I have awesome kids. They are doing the Couch to 5k with me.
I can run.
I'm killing it on the PLP 61 day challenge.
I have an awesome job.
I am pretty sure I make a positive difference.
Alright, I feel better. I hope you do too.