I Voted for Change but I got Transformation

Last year I voted for Obama and change. I knew in the back of my head that Obama was a politician but what the heck I wanted to see what he could do. At the beginning of a new year I realized that the change I voted for was not in how America is run but in how I would be transformed by what I created at the start of 2009. Last year I made a pledge to get out of debt and this year I am glad to say that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

As I pack up my belongings to make ready for the move to Albany Georgia I am reflecting on all of the memorabilia that I have collected over the years. I have drawings from when I was in first grade. I have work books from 1966 when I went to Gompers Junior High school in South Central Los Angeles. I have lots of pictures that remind me of the good times and the sad times.

One thing that I have learned though my experience with changing jobs is that I will always bring my wife to the out of state job interview to make sure that she likes the state where the new job is located. I did not do this with my first wife but I made sure that I did it with my second wife.

Change for me is a process of stepping out of my comfort zone and trying on something new that maybe I do not know about. When I first came to Austin Texas I had all of my belongings in a run down Toyota Camry that had engine problems. I did not know anybody and I did not have a job. As I prepare to leave Austin Texas after being here from late 2003 until early 2010 I am leaving behind a job that is better off than when I arrived and lots of dear friends.

I hope that all of my friends that read this will know that they will have a second home in Albany Georgia should they care to visit.

Happy New Year 2010

Well I have survived another holiday season and lived to see 2010. 2009 was a year in which I set my sights on financial and fiscal empowerment. I wanted to reduce my credit card debt and increase my salary at day job. I thought about this all year. I put my recreation activities on hold. I stopped trail running, bike riding and drawing so I could focus on reducing my debt and increasing my income. I wanted to do this without selling my truck or trailer.

I am happy to say that I have come a long way to accomplishing these goals. It took 12 months for my goals to start happening.

First, I worked to sell some rural property that I shared with my sister and half-brother. I put the property on the market in August 2009 and a buyer materialized in December. Property is du to close in January 2010. My share from this sale will wipe out my credit card debt.

Second, oil was discovered close to the property. I worked to negotiate a lease agreement with the oil company so that my family can get royalties from the oil.

Third, I was offered a new job in Albany, GA with a 25% increase above my current salary. I am packing right now and plan to move to Albany, GA and live in my fifth wheel with my wife until we find a home.

These goals are not luck or some random occurrence. I created these events by bringing them into reality with my words and actions.

I encourage all of you that read this to create your dreams now by bringing them into reality and living into your future. I did not figure out how to do this on my own. I had some coaching from Landmark Education courses to help me out.