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September Thoughts

It has been more than a month since I have written here.  No excuse other than lack of internet during the evenings!  It’s amazing how dependent we can become on something as simple as internet access!

Random thoughts from the past month:

1.  Moving 30 years of belongings from a 3500 square foot home is daunting.  Little did we realize how many Uhaul trucks and how many days it would actually take.  But it is done!

2.  Moving back to an area you have lived before has its pros and cons.  Not sure which outweigh which yet!

3.  Living a few blocks from the Gulf of Mexico is a plus.  Almost daily walks on beautiful beaches with my bride of 30 years is a huge plus.  The opportunity to take hundreds of photographs is nice.  Sunsets, birds, water, boats, moon rise, etc.

4.  Having full-time employment for the first time in almost two years is nice.  Missed the interaction.  Grateful for the opportunity and enjoy the faith my employer has in me.  Having group health insurance is awesome!  I welcome the opportunity to pay for Cyndi’s simply because it’s group and there are no pre-existing conditions!

5.  Driving through an U.S. Air Force base each day is daunting.  Having F-22 fighter jets fly over as they prepare to land can be both exciting and kinda scary.

6.  Despite what some people would have you believe, there are thousands of people who are unemployed that would like to work.  I see people every day that would rather have a paycheck than receive any type of public assistance – whether that is unemployment compensation, food stamps, social security disability, etc. – they want a job.  Problem – there are not enough jobs for them to have in today’s economy.

7.  I get the opportunity to serve beside some of the best people.  Each Sunday I’m amazed at the dedication and genuine concern for others these people display.  City Church Tallahassee.

8.  Catalyst 2012 will take place in three days and Cyndi and I won’t have the opportunity to be in Atlanta for it this year.  Catalyst 2010 was one of the most amazing experiences we’ve had and was certainly a defining point in our spiritual journey.  Not the event itself, but the opportunity we took advantage of while there.

9.  My wife is amazing!  She is my number one supporter and fan.  30 years ago I married so far out of my class!  Thankful for who she is, what she stands for and what she is willing to do to make our lives better together!

 

 

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Entrepreneurial Friends and Family

Excited for some friends and family who are/have become entrepreneurs with their online business recently!  While the economy may still be tanking and “normal” jobs hard to find, it’s amazing to be around some people who have the desire to follow some dreams!  In full disclosure and transparency, I am involved in one of them.  And in a small bit of promotion, I’m listing their sites here:

My good friend Terry Williams has had several online stores but his most recent and most successful is Tobacco Pipes.  He has some great gift items for you to check out!  Terry has his MBA and is a whiz at network administration and stuff like that.  I’m sorry we don’t work together any more – I could learn a ton from him!

Brent Kraus over at Ella Bing is another very talented friend.  Brent worked for me years ago and has since gone on to be an expert in data base languages and scripts and stuff I really know nothing about!  His entry into online businesses is with bow ties!  If you want to know about bow ties, check his site out!

Ryan Hachenberger is a friend and fellow blogger.  You’ve seen and read some of his stuff at Florida Fowler.  He has recently become a freelance writer as well and is developing a yet to be revealed new website!  Whatever it ends up being, I’m sure it will be worth your while!

As my kids began looking at the success of some of these friends and the success of others they know, they brainstormed for a few months about a new venture.  This past week they (we) launched All Tide Up, an online store for t-shirts, croakies, coastal prints, etc.  It’s still in the development stages but it’s live!