Thursday, October 24, 2013

Giving Back

Sometimes a hard day's work is something we all have a breath of, and when it is done we're left out of air.  That feeling of exhausted and satisfied is almost addicting and it causes some to become "work-a-holics" and just push for the next goal.

Being a small business owner I get to write my paycheck, at the will of my clients.  The more I work, the more I get paid.  I don't have someone who is disallowing me to work overtime or taxing my efforts with what I feel are foolish hoops to jump through.  What point do I stop and say enough?  When are my clients happy with my quantity and quality of work?

I have taken the time to set a few goals with my wife and I plan to keep them.  Goals are good for both the over-achievers and under-achievers of this world.  They help you strive to do more, or less, than you are currently doing.  If you set a measurable goal with a time frame and you fail then you have learned a lesson.  If you succeed then you know if it's worth tweaking or repeating.  I had a goal when I started my business January 20th of 2010: provide for my family without compromising my values.  You can almost make that the mission statement of my business.

It took me, and my family, four years to get here but this year we have made it to a point of comfort.  It hasn't come without sacrifice.  I have spent five months of the year putting in 70+ hour weeks and the rest of the time I've clocked in 50+ hours.  Time is something you cannot get back and there is something to be said about spending it wisely.  So where are my values?  What is it I want to invest into?

My family is my primary focus; my country is my secondary.  I am a Christian with a James based lifestyle.  The challenge that I have at hand, as a citizen of a free country, is how and when.  How, and when, do I give back?  Not forgetting this does not free me of duty "My Fellow Americans".  It is interesting how the addiction of success can cause people to forget one another.  I have the ability and I will continue to remember what I can do for my Country.

My summa: God, Family, Country.  Being a Christian is a lifestyle, it is an essence.  Having a Family is a responsibility and a blessing, as is being the citizen of this great Country.

Don't forget that inaction is disregarding the greatest liberty we have been given.  I would like to issue the challenge that you do not live with inaction and take a stand against free and work more toward honoring the freedom to Give Back.

Friday, October 18, 2013

I'm Here!

In the world wide web it seems ever more common to have a website, social profile, and blog.  Although, I avoid many things at the hope life will be simpler I have finally decided to embrace sharing my thoughts on manners via the short and timely tweets and the more detailed and delayed blogs.  Simply put: I'm here.

Look forward to the future ramblings and ambitions of a Christian, a Husband & Father, and a Proud American.  Topics can include things related to me, my interests, and my family.  Hopefully you can find some of the things I go through inspirational and entertaining enough to brighten your day.

I find it only fitting to make the first post with some information about who I am.  I am Joe.  I was born in San Francisco, CA in 1984.  I moved to Las Vegas, NV where I met my wife, D'Lainie "Duh Lane Ee", and married in July 2009.  I have three children: Daina Jo "Daina" (5), Joseph Paul Jr "Joseph" (2), and Jason Daniel "Jase" (to be born in the next few weeks).

I started school to be a programmer and software designer due to my desire to create things.  I went through college excelling at programming and was offered a job in Las Vegas with a website and software design firm.  I took the job pre-graduation and found that a cubicle job was not my speed.  I then pursued hardware and networking for small businesses and found that the relationships and work was a nice fit and the technical demand still fulfilled my analytical mind and desire to "make something and make it work".  I was given a job leading a tech bench at a national retailer due to my certifications and learned to dislike the politics of retail.  I have now opened my own shop and provide services in a small town here in the mid-west.

Here we are in Bucyrus, Ohio.  It's Friday the 18th of October and I'm awake early so I thought it would be an opportune time to say hello, I'm here, and I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts on some matters in life.  I will not be fit to a schedule for these posts as they're more designed to be me sharing things I feel are both public matter and important.  I do not plan on forcing these blogs and making them a boring, political, or shallow read.

Feel free to say hello or ask a question and as I have time I will reply.  If you're reading this, you are likely one of the first visitors or you have dug into the archives.  Don't be afraid of the first.  Making a mistake is more likely with the first; however, our mistakes are the stepping stones to our successes.  I look forward to a successful blog with many insightful readers.

Finding me online is easy:

Have a wonderful morning and however long until my next post.  I look forward to finding something worth sharing and sharing something worth reading.