Sure, you’ve heard it before “I used to be that way, but I’m different now.” But seriously, I’ve been through some life-changing events that started in December of ’06. Not the kind of life-changing events one normally thinks of, like getting cancer, losing a loved one, or being publicly humiliated on national TV, but life-changing nonetheless. I guess you could say I’ve chosen to change my life, rather than waiting for something dire to happen.
So what’s a changin’? Well, there are some personal things I won’t share here. All good things. But here’s what I can share:
1. Growing up. For too long I’ve been “playing business” the way a 4-year old girl plays house and it’s time to grow up. That means cutting costs, scaling back, getting profitable, paying myself, not accruing new debts, paying off debts, working on what works, dropping what doesn’t, etc. I’m in command. I estimate I can cut about $14K worth of expenses within the next two months without damaging revenues. That should smooth out cash flow, allow us to meet our financial obligations, pay off debt faster, and after four years maybe I can start giving myself a paycheck.
2. Being positive. Over the past 2-3 years I’m afraid I’ve become bitter. But I don’t like being bitter, I like being positive, albeit realistic. But I’m trying to be less pessimistic, more optimistic, less apathetic and more proactive, etc.
3. Physical fitness. I’ve been overweight for…a really long time. And I think it has affected other areas of my life. I started going to the gym in January, have kept it up pretty well, and have lost 11 pounds since I started. I’m actually down over 20 lbs from my highest weight ever. Just 35 lbs to go.
4. Die hosting, die. No, that’s not German for “The hosting, the,” I mean MWI is finally getting rid of doing web hosting for our clients. It was hard, but necessary, and today I sent out emails to our hosting clients informing them that they need to make other arrangements before the end of May. Not only will this save us some money (since hosting is not profitable for us) but a lot of headache as well.
5. Writing less, doing more. The blog hasn’t slowed down because I’m bored or don’t want to write, I’m simply too busy with all the other changes right now. I promise I’ll catch up later.