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This is a post that starts with nothing

I’m writing this post because it’s my goal to write a post a week. I’ve already missed one week so it’s time to get started again and not miss another one. But I literally have nothing to write about. It’s been a slow week prepping for a company trip to Vegas (yay Vegas! Boom company trip!), so that’s been exciting. Beyond that, it’s been busy at work, busy with rehearsals for a show that I’m in, and just generally being busy.
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Goals for 2013

As I sit back and realize that 2012 is quickly coming to an end, I start to dream about what 2013 holds for my family and I. Normally when I think about these things, I get a vague idea of where I’d like to be and then I just leave it at that. No plan of action; No specific dreams or goals; Nothing to motivate me towards the future I want to have.

So this year I decided to do something different: I’m writing my goals down and posting them here for the whole Internet to see. By putting them out on the Internet, I’m making myself more accountable because it’s now public. While this hasn’t exactly helped in the past, I’m hoping that this year will be different.
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Does anyone use iTunes for music anymore?

I’ve found that I have less and less reason to open iTunes anymore. Since I first heard about them, I’ve started using cloud based music players when they were announced awhile ago. I started out using Amazon Cloud Player which was a great introduction to streaming cloud music. It was nice but the thing that made it difficult was that it had a size limit to how much space my music could take up. At the time I started using Cloud music players, I had almost 100GB of music.

Then along came Google Play Music. It was a cloud based music player tied directly to my Google account. If you’ve known me for very long you know that I will willingly bow to my Google Overlords when the time comes. The other big thing I like about Google Play Music is that it had a track limit and not a space limit. Google says that you can upload up to 20,000 songs onto their cloud player, regardless of size. Which is awesome! That nearly 100GB music collection came out to 18,000ish songs. It was great!

Then I realized how long it would take to upload 18k songs. Then I started realizing how much of the music I own I don’t actually listen to. So I started paring down my music collection. I have now about 8,800 tracks uploaded to Google Play Music and I couldn’t be happier. I can take my music with me anywhere (on my new phone) which is nice because not all of those tracks would fit on the phone. Anywhere I have 4G service or a wifi connection, I can listen to my music. It’s pretty awesome.

I got a new toy!

After about 18 months, I finally got myself a new phone. At the time that I upgraded to a smart phone it was the Droid Incredible which was listed as one of the BEST Android phones out at the time. I was sorely disappointed after a few months however with the phones performace. But that has all changed.

I got myself one if the newest/more awesome phones: The Samsung Galaxy S3. This is the first time I’ve ever been able to get a “top of the line” device. Ever. Whether that be a phone, computer part or what have you. It’s nice to be on the cutting edge of technology for once :).
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Sure is quiet around here

So… Another long spell with no posts. Yep. It happens. I haven’t been ignoring this blog. To be honest, I’ve been thinking about it a TON the last few weeks. I’m realizing that this blog is not doing what I wanted it to do. So, there are some MAJOR changes coming. It will be a process that happens over time but there are changes coming. Thanks for being awesome!

Speaking of writing

Why hello little corner of the Internet I call my own. It’s been awhile. (Cue “It’s been awhile” by that one band I can’t remember at the moment)…

I’m very tired but excited to be writing. Tonight marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), literally in about 10 minutes. I’m pledging to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s about to start so I’ll be writing more later!

Can’t sleep

For some reason tonight, my mind will not be quiet. I keep thinking about all the things that need to get done. Theresa and I decided to move into a different apartment on campus. While the cost is about the same, the school is paying for both Internet and heating. Removing those two things will cut about $75-$100/month from our budget.

The savings are AWESOME. No complaints there, but being on campus Internet means I lose access to one of the most consistent things in my life for almost five years: World of Warcraft. Yes… I know. It’s a game. Not that big of a deal. And you’re right, in a lot of ways it is just a game; but at the same time there is more to it than that. Whenever I’ve played WoW, I’ve always been able to interact w/ people. Having fun conversations and getting to know them and their lives. I’ve built relationships and have made friends through WoW. How deep those friendships go depends on the friend but there have definitely been several connections made through WoW over the years and it’s going to be hard to lose those. It’s a tough but necessary sacrifice. Besides, there are plenty of other games still out there for me to play like KotOR, KotOR II, Zelda: Twilight Princess, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy IX, and Final Fantasy VIII just to name a few. I’m sure there’ll be more coming out that I’m gonna wanna play but those should hold me over for the rest of summer I think.

I think this decision has also been prompted by the book I’ve started reading. I picked up Dave Ramsey’s “The Total Money Makeover” awhile ago but never got around to seriously reading it. It took too much time and I was too busy w/ school/work to worry about it. But now that summer’s here and I have a lot of free time on my hands, I decided I needed to get serious about reading it.

I start reading through it this morning and I’ve read through the first three chapters. So far the book is very slow. It’s right now explaining about how I need to make an attitude change and change my belief’s regarding debt. I think Dave’s absolutely right when he says the biggest hurdle to financial freedom is me. I really need to put my big boy pants on and put in the time and effort it takes to start building wealth. Theresa and I can thrive on our incomes, if we manage them well. Most of his points about debt make sense to me. I’ve been trying to avoid going into debt as long as I can but things like school, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to pay for without taking out student loans… C’est la vie.

Hopefully we can get our collective butts in gear and start getting ourselves more financially stable. It’d be really nice to start being able to start putting money away for the future; for things like a house, a new car, baby products, a vacation, etc. This is going to be hard but the motto from the book is really awesome:


So here’s to hoping things go well w/ this. I pray that Theresa and I can get our butts in gear and stay in gear and move forward w/ our lives.

Making some changes/updates

Just a quick note to say I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. I’ve been keeping busy w/ work and friends. Also getting ready to move into a different apartment in married student housing. The space is smaller which means I need to get rid of more crap!

Anyways, the site’s changed a little bit. Recently upgraded to WordPress 3.0 and I’m working on getting the site modified to exactly the way I want it. Don’t be surprised if things change around several times during the next few days.

Off to bed for now cause I’m tired!

Free time?

I have nothing to do today… This is a really odd feeling. There is nothing that has to get done today. I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself… Maybe I’ll watch a movie or play a game. Heh, I might just take a nap. That would be awesome. Anyways, I’m going to stop spending my time in front of the computer and find something enjoyable to do with the rest of my night.