It’s Not a Resolution

Sipping on my nightly mug of chamomile honey vanilla hot tea, I’m thinking of what lies ahead for 2018. I’m hoping to spend more time with my kids, doing things they want to do together and having fun quality time. I’m hoping to spend more time with my wife, treating her to nights out and surprising her with little gifts to brighten her day. I’m hoping to continue working both my jobs for at least a short period of time, before retiring from retail for a while and focusing on some personal time as well as my full-time job for the last 16 years. Most importantly, I’m hoping to dive back into Scripture and reading my Bible, strengthening my spiritual connections. But to do all of this, there’s going to have to be some sacrifices.

Facebook is, by far, the greatest waste of time among the population these days. I spend hours upon hours each year just scrolling through pointless posts of people commenting on sports, pet peeves, reposting memes. Sure, there’s a few inspirational and informative posts on there, but they’re far and few between. I can feel my already low IQ getting lower as the page loads and I start pouring over the daily posts from “liked” pages and “friends” that I don’t have any other connection to aside from the prying eyes of Facebook. So, Facebook, I bid you farewell. I’ll still keep my account, and can be contacted via Messenger, but I won’t be scrolling your pages of lurk-worthy material each day anymore.

Much of my free time, as it is, is taken up by my second job. I’ve been working a retail job seasonally for several months now for the extra money. Before that, I was working through a temp service at a warehouse repacking various computer accessory. So, since about September of 2017, I’ve had part-time employment. Of course, by “part time,” I mean I’ve been working 40+ hours a week at my second job and 40+ hours a week at my “full time” job. The checks have been nice, but the lack of sleep has affected my health several times. My body wears out quickly each week, though my mind has sort of adjusted to the time schedule. I’m just not as young as I once was, right? So, when either my 2nd employer decides my seasonal status is up, or come May of 2018, I plan on retiring. Whichever comes first, I suppose. If possible, I might ask if I can trim my hours back, if nothing else, but I definitely can’t keep up with the additional hours – not with my goals for the new year, especially. Trimming Facebook will only take me so far, trimming 40+ additional hours of work, now that’ll free up some time.

So, without really planning to make this post about “New Year Resolutions,” I guess I’ve actually made this post about a few New Year Resolutions. If it’s all the same to you, I’d prefer not to call them that. I hate “resolutions,” and I’ve attempted to break away from the generic mold of making a list only to toss it in the trash a week later. So take it for what it is. My plans for the 2018 are as I listed above. Basically, be a better man in all aspects of my family life, and trim out the time wasting “fat” of unnecessary clutter.

How will your 2018 unfold? Any plans? Any resolutions?

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Social Media New Years Resolutions

Hey, it’s tradition! that we tend to make those personal resolutions each year. Sure, it’s a proven fact that most resolutions don’t last more than 24 days, I heard somewhere. But what about your social media-related New Years Resolutions? What are they? Social media is pretty much an integrated part of our daily lives in 2016. Even grandparents can take to social media nowadays and relate pictures of cats. So what are we planning on setting as goals for that part of our lives this year?

I thought long and hard on the subject, and this is my 2016 Social Media New Years Resolutions:

  1. Post fewer meme’s, pointless media (celebrity-related junk) and just utterly pointless crap in an attempt to make my friend’s news feeds less crappy with garbage that only I probably find humorous or sarcastic commentary that serves no purpose whatsoever.
  2. Be more strict with the “Unfriend” or “Unfollow” buttons. Fact is that we all have folks that we probably haven’t even talked to since grade school on our Facebook pages. Twitter is pretty much a gallery of people we’ve never met and are likely never to meet. So, when folks start posting items that offend you in some way, or that go against your moral grain, don’t hesitate to cut them out of your social media life completely. You may be doing them a favor as well.
  3. Don’t spam contest posts/reposts/entry retweets, etc. I know I personally find this to be rude and I hate even having to thumb past it as I scroll my tiny little mobile screen. I can’t stop anyone else from doing it (aside from following #2 above), but I can stop myself from torturing others and polluting their streams.
  4. Interact more with the groups and communities I follow. Heck, the main reason I even joined Twitter was to communicate with a few podcast hosts I followed back in the day. This year, I resolve to be more interactive.
  5. Finally, I will not go on “posting sprees.” I tend to do this when I’m really bored. Or else, I’ll post something completely off the wall and pointless because I’m bored. My goal this year is to make at least a minimum of one post per day, with a point and purpose, but not to exceed 4 posts per day in a given 24-hour period.

Have you thought about your social media life? Are there any resolutions you might have going into 2016 as far as your online life is concerned? We are more connected now than ever before, and since there seems to be no plans of giving us less digital playground to enjoy, we might as well start planning accordingly.

-J

 

New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

I know the popular consensus these days is that New Years Resolutions are pointless. While I tend to agree, one can also say, “Hey, it’s tradition!” So, going into 2016, here’s the few Resolutions I’ve decided on this year.

  1. Health. Get healthy. Lose weight. Gain a little muscle. Eat better. Take better care of myself, right to the point.
  2. Write. Every other night, no matter what, spend at least 30-minutes writing. Either blog posts, short fiction, jotting down ideas. Trash them afterwards, post them, make something out of it, either way, write and write and write. If you love it, spend more time doing it!
  3. Movies. Finally clear out that Netflix queue. Clean those movies off the dvr. Maybe on the off nights of writing, sit back and watch a movie or take in a couple episodes of a television series.
  4. Christ. Continue to expand my growth as a Christian. A follower of Christ. Consume my spiritual nourishment by studying The Bible. Pray daily for my family, friends, coworkers and those in need. Try to make a difference in others by letting my light shine in the darkness for the glory of God.
  5. Enjoy. Life, family, even work. Do it all for the greater glory, enjoy it because it’s there and because I’m blessed enough to have what others hope and pray for each day.

 

The End of 2015 In Review

Hello, Friends! I’ve been away for awhile, it seems, popping up briefly, here and there, to publish a blog or two, then vanishing again. So, in this post, I thought I’d give a quick run down of just what it is that I’ve been up to in this last quarter of 2015. It’s nothing exciting, mind you, but I figure it’s a heck of a way to resume my blogging.

First and foremost, I suppose, is the fact that in September, I professed that Jesus Christ is my savior, the Son of the Living God. I repented, confessed my sins and was baptized. That’s a big step for me. I’m 39 years old – will be 40 in February. But I couldn’t deny it or fight it any longer. Too much had imageshappened to me over the months leading up to the moment I stood up and walked down that long aisle to our pastor and told him I was ready. Things that I feel happened just might be looked upon as coincidence, or even craziness by some, but I tell you that the signs were undeniable to me. And for those that feel the need to say, “Well, I’m glad you found what works for you.” Oh, brothers and sisters, I didn’t just find what works for me, I found the only way. There is not a doubt in my mind about where I stand in the presence of Jesus, God and The Holy Spirit. There is testimony with words and descriptions that my simple mind can’t begin to properly express, and even my wife looks at me with an odd expression when I try to relate them to her. But hear me, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

Secondly, our company finally found buyers. For over a year our parent company has had us up for sale. The rumors of being put on the market precede the actual announcement by about a year and a half, but in January of 2015, we were officially told that our parent company was removing their claws and putting us out into the wild. After being left in the dark, sweating, worrying, stressing out, wondering what would Parthenon-Duskbecome of our jobs, our families, our insurance, or very method of surviving – we finally received word that we were being sold/bought on December 22, 2015. Just a few days before Christmas, our new owners signed the paperwork and took control. Now, as of this blog post, we still aren’t 100% sure how good of a thing that is, but I have as positive an outlook on it as most. I believe we’ll be okay. Will there be some changes? Yes. Will there be some changes we don’t like? Probably. If those changes affect our way of life too deeply, like, say, a pay cut, then we’ll just have to deal with that when we’re able. But I’d rather have a job, receive a pay cut, and be getting paid while I’m looking for something better than to just up and quit or be fired and do without.

Thirdly, I sold my Playstation 4. That’s part of a larger story I may tell in the near future that is closely connected to my first point above. But, going into the Christmas season, all of these video game deals began popping up. Consoles were going for under $299 with games packaged in. My mom agreed (yes, I said my mom,) to let me use her Amazon credit account to pick up an Xbox One. I know, right? Going from 6156KIdNMQL._SL1004_a PS4 to an Xbox One actually wasn’t a huge deal, aside from throwing away all the great games my son and I had put time and energy into. Here we are, though, Xbox One owners, and I have to say that Microsoft just knows how to take care of their gaming community. From the new announcement of backward compatible titles, to Game Hubs, to their excellent Live! service. Oh, and Games with Gold! Can’t forget Games with Gold and the fact that all their 360 released games going forward will all be backward compatible with Xbox One. We’ve had the console less than a month, and already our 500GB hard drive is nearly full and we’ve got so many games it’s ridiculous. Our selected bundle, by the way, was the Gears of War Ultimate Edition set. It also came with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 packed in, and we added Fallout 4 to the deal. More on all of these titles in the weeks to come.

On the television and movie front – no, no I haven’t seen Star Wars, Episode 7: The Force Awakens yet. At Supergirl_1920x1080_586896_640x360least, not at the writing of this blog post. I have watched a few movies and television shows, though, and I’ll go into much more detail about that over the next few weeks. Among the things I’ve watched are Lucy, Neighbors, Heroes Reborn, Doctor Who, The Flash, Supergirl, Powers, AND I finally finished watching Daredevil after all this time!

Finally, there’s all the business with being sick – as I usually am twice a year. The annoying cough that won’t go away, the sinus infections. The medicine that never works the first time they give it to me, etc. I’m glad that’s over with for the moment. I don’t know how things work in your family, but at least one of us is always sick some a holiday or special event. This year, it’s a close race between all four of us.

Like I said in the beginning, nothing exciting as been going on, but that’s my end of 2015 review. I look forward to an even better 2016.

– J