I Can Go The Distance, If I Only Knew The Way!!

Lately I have been in a quandary as to where my journey is going. I just don’t feel like I am doing what I need to be doing, but I don’t know how to get started going to where I need to be going and doing what I feel I need to be doing. I guess this blog is a good start in the right direction, but how can I turn blogging into a career? I have been at my current job for 3.5 years. Recently, there has been talk about my moving on from my job, not by my choice, but it is what it is. We will cross that bridge when we get to it. But, when the journey ends its direction without our say so, where do we go from there? How do we get to where we want to be, or more importantly, where we NEED to be?!

I know I can go the distance. I know every mile will be worth my while, but I need to find the right path first, don’t I? I can’t just keep wandering aimlessly looking for that next thing to do. Up to now, everything I have done, aside from marrying my best friend, has been something to do. Struggles arise and I move to the next thing. Have any of you ever felt like you just don’t know where you are going with your journey? I know beyond the shadow of a doubt I want to be a writer! I want to be paid handsomely to sit at my computer and churn out words after words after words, whether it be for businesses, or books, or journals, or e-commerce, or research or God Willing even this blog THAT is what I want my life to be! I want to be able to take my lap top to a coffee shop, sit and write and people watch ALL. DAY. LONG! But, I have no idea how to begin that journey or how to get there.

I know that my journey will end where it is supposed to end. I just wish all the pieces would fit together at one time. Piece by piece they fall into place in the great puzzle that is my life. I have a great marriage (finally!) I get to baby sit my little niece (not nearly often enough, but I do), I make people happy every single day. I have a great faith that I know I can venture into the unseen and know all will be for good, and yet… Something feels unfinished. Something feels misguided. I often wonder will I ever truly belong where I am? Maybe I am just a misfit on planet earth and God has ordained me for a higher purpose that will not be realized until I am in His Kingdom. I would love to hear from anyone else who has encountered these feelings or anyone who has become a paid blogger and seriously give me some steps to work towards becoming a paid writer. I truly feel THAT is where I belong and I would go most anywhere to make sure that that happens because even though I can’t see the end of the journey, I have faith that that is where I belong. I Love You All! Thank you for reading my late night ramblings. Let’s converse. Let’s chat. I would love to get to know more people in the Word Press Universe. Don’t forget… I.M.P.A.C.T. Tomorrow!! You DO make positive actions come true!

Institutionalized Society.

I am hoping we have all seen the classic film The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King by now. If not, it is a film about a man convicted of killing his wife and her lover when he discovers them together. Sadly, he claims throughout the film that he never did it, but he is sent away for life to a prison.

Within this prison he discovers some new friends, one of whom has been in the prison for more than fifty years when he is finally paroled into a world he has never seen and definitely does not understand. When you have been used to a way of life for fifty years and all of a sudden it changes, that is being institutionalized. I have been thinking of that the past day or so and I have been wondering, are we raised to become institutionalized ourselves? All of us, no one is immune. Think about it.

We are born and we are told go to school for thirteen years and get used to working hard. Then we are told if we go to college we will succeed further than if we do not go to a college. Many people have proven this way of thinking to be false. I wish I was one of them, but I am under a big wave of college debt myself. More institutionalism. Strap yourself into a school for four years to get a degree, more if you want to be really successful and become a doctor of your area. And all of this, if you are lucky will lead to a career that can span forty to fifty years! Can that not be considered institutionalized? Working day in and day out in the same job, doing the same things every single day, five days a week for forty years until we are finally given the go ahead to start living the life we should have been living all along? Who wants to do that?! NOT ME!

I am on the verge of a career change myself. In my current position I took it three and a half years ago knowing that it was not where I wanted my career to stay. I didn’t go to college to do what I currently do that even a high schooler can do. No offense to any of my high schooler coworkers, but it is true. If you are in high school and you do my job, tell yourself that once high school is done you need to move on to college and or another profession. Yes, my job needs people of all ages, but I am slowly becoming institutionalized in it. I have been there for three and a half years and in the beginning I said no more than two years! Here I am! It is a scary prospect now to leave what I have known for three and a half years, but do it I must.

Writing. Sitting at my computer and being paid to write, I could definitely get behind that career for the next fifty years! I am thirty-eight years old and I could definitely spend the next fifty years becoming a paid writer.  If I am paid enough to give my wife the life she wants and be able to write from anywhere in the world and I can take her on vacations anywhere we want to go, that is the life I am shooting for. But, you see, THAT is not an institutionalized life! Being free to go anywhere we want and see things that we haven’t seen is the opposite of institutionalized. That is being free!

I urge you if you are reading this, spread your wings and soar on the winds of change! Do not become complacent in a career that will keep you tied down to a desk for fifty years. There was a time for that generation, but that generation is now working towards retirement. I want to be a part of the generation that doesn’t retire because we are doing such amazing, changing and awesome things that we laugh at retirement! Our career should be like a view of retirement, the only difference being that we don’t have to take our laptops with us any longer, unless we want to!

Do not become so engrained in one thing that you make it your whole life and at the end of fifty years all you have to show for it may be some trinkets and some extra change in your pocket. Work towards more than that! Work to change the world around you! I am! That is the point of this blog. I want the world to realize that they can make a difference in the lives of others. All we have to do is live my acronym I.M.P.A.C.T.  I Make Positive Actions Come True! If you can do this in your own life and not become institutionalized, that is a great thing! But, I urge you today to take this phrase, this acronym and make it alive for others! That will be the greatest gift you can give yourself or others. Life a life of impact and change the world so no one in it has to become institutionalized and scared when they are finally let out of the box.

Rolling Blogger Fan Page.

I will never tire of promotions. I will never tire of promoting things I stand for, things of which I approve and things I would like to see succeed. That includes all of you. However, for this post, the thing I would like to promote is the beginning of my new page on Facebook, The Rolling Blogger Fan Page. I got the idea from a friend to start a page that is dedicated to this blog to see if I can help boost my numbers of viewers and followers. So, I started an open Facebook page solely for the promotion and idea sharing of my blog. If you wish to check it out and make a suggestion of something you would like me to write a post about, go for it! I am always open to new ideas to share some inspiration and love throughout the world. Or, if you would like my opinion on a certain topic, I can do that as well. My writing is very versatile. Go ahead, check it out and hopefully one day I can become a paid blogger. That is the goal I am after.

Support E-Fairness Now!

Support E-Fairness Now!

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BookPeople is joining other independent bookstores and businesses across the country to raise our voice in support of e-fairness and to ask you, our customers, to do the same. Congress is poised to vote on a long-standing ban on internet access taxes and attached to that bill is sales tax fairness, an issue that significantly affects independent brick and mortar businesses nationwide. They’ve heard from us, from our CEO Steve Bercu who has traveled to Washington multiple times to explain what this issue means for independent businesses. Now, Congress needs to hear from you.

What Is E-Fairness?

Right now, states can only collect sales tax from online businesses with physical locations within that state’s borders. This means that the brick and mortar retailers in your community are required to collect and remit state and local sales tax while many major online competitors are not. E-fairness means that every business collects and remits sales tax, whether that business is…

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