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This is a short follow up to my last post, Making a Life, in which I stated that it was time to start recognizing my priorities and values and begin taking the necessary actions to protect and achieve them.

Well, as I mentioned, one of my values and top priorities is writing, so you might have thought I’d have written a new post by now. But another, equally important value for me is reading and I am happy to report that I have been spending a decent amount of my free time lost in a pretty good book – The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain. (Over halfway through and really enjoying it!)

Another big value was control of my time. A little over a week ago I made a decision and enacted a plan to gain that control. I won’t get into the details now, but it involves *yet another* job change. I sincerely think it will be for the best insofar as my financial security, time management, and stress/emotional satisfaction are concerned. Of course we never really know how things will ultimately work out, do we? For now, I am very hopeful and excited for this change.

“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard

In addition to reading and job transitioning, I’m also doing my best to prepare for the upcoming holiday! Christmas is less than a week away and I am much less prepared than I would like to be. I usually put a great deal of effort into finding (what I imagine to be) the best gifts for the people in my life and then taking extra care to wrap them. I’m one of those people who really believes that the wrapping matters. “The presentation is half of the gift!” – I’ve actually said that before. A lot. But not this year. I couldn’t afford the best gifts and I just didn’t have the time to make the magic happen.

But all that circles back around to being in control of my time and feeling financially secure. *heavy sigh*

Next year will be better. Hell, next month should be better, though no one will be expecting much in the way of beautifully wrapped gifts from me then.

All in all, things are happening here. Good things. Progress is being made and ideas, they are a-brewin’. So stay tuned and thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your continued support and encouragement.

“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.”- Sabrina Bryan

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