Strange things are afoot…

So I was awoken very early this morning by my former boss at my most recent job. I really like this boss and when she was reassigned, I was very disappointed and it basically kicked off my downfall. I haven’t been working since I got let go in November. However, the company was just bought by someone I know in the business world who works with my former boss and they are interested in bringing me back on. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this. I had mentally moved on. And, of course, I just throughout all my old files, folders and supplies from that job…maybe that’s a sign. But there is also some great potential for this to be a big opportunity for me.  I haven’t officially spoken to them about the opportunity, just that I am interested. So we’ll see where it goes.

This needs to be short, I have a Marketing plan to finish and a Leadership manifesto to right for the last day of class.

Keep chasing those dreams…and stay away from the nightmares.

I Lucked Out…

So I spent most of today working on a Marketing plan which is due Thursday for my Marketing class. I’m working with two other students as a team. This is the 3rd or 4th project we’ve worked on together. I am so fortunate to have met these two wonderful individuals on the first day of class. Timing is a crazy life aspect. I just happen to walk in the first day and sit down next to these two and we immediately hit it off. We had a light-hearted, but very sincere and warm, text exchange last night about how fortunate we all are to have met each other. We are a team on this project, we are a team on this journey to our MBA, and I hope (and truly believe) we will continue to be friends after graduation. We have supported each other since day one and I cannot image what this MBA adventure would be without these two. They are awesome and I hope they have the most fantastically blessed lives possible!

It’s Not Summer Yet…

It was a chilly February day in Austin today. But the sun was out and the landscape looks nice. I headed out to watch the Concordia baseball team play. It’s the first Concordia sporting event I’ve been to since I became a grad student. The game was awesome as they won in the last inning with a bunt squeeze play for the tying run and a walk-off single for the winning run. I really enjoyed watching “my school” play. A main reason I wanted to go to grad school was to be a student again. Enjoy the camaraderie of the collegiate atmosphere and taking part in the traditions of school. There was a good crowd and strong support for the home team Tornados. I met a few current and past-students who struck up conversations with me like they already knew me. That is a wonderful aspect of this school. Everyone is accepting and friendly. I’m an older student but I’ve never felt looked at, judged, or out of place. It’s nice. I want to work here after I graduate.

I hope I don’t get an F…

So today is Friday and I should have been writing daily for fulfillment of my Leadership class. I have not…I just don’t have that much to say. Hopefully my professor will not give me a failing grade for this….I will do better.

Any case, I’ve been feeling extremely stressed over the last couple of weeks. Not having a job will do that to you. I lost my job in mid-November. Fortunately, unemployment kicked in and has been allowing me to handle my financial obligations. During the holidays, it was nice to not worry about work. I just enjoyed the holidays and was able to take my annual Christmas trip to Las Vegas. I really enjoy spending Christmas in Las Vegas. Not having kids of my own, I prefer to spend Christmas alone. Thanksgiving I spend with family, parents, brothers, nieces and nephews, who I all think are awesome. But Christmas is for the kids and they don’t really care if I’m there or not, they just want presents. So I go to Vegas. I can have a great time surrounded by people that I can talk and socialize with all kinda doing the same thing as me. It’s almost like a club of strangers who are united by our escape to Vegas for Christmas. And the decorations are the best anywhere I’ve ever visited. The place is just full of energy (as it always is) but this is Christmas energy.

So now it’s February and reality has hit that I can not go much longer without a job. I’m not going to elaborate too much on that now because today I woke up feeling great. Weirdly enough, it’s primarily due to a really cool dream I had last night. I won’t elaborate on the dream (no it’s not X-rated) but I had a great night sleep that was awoken by the end of a great dream. So I feel good today. I did not immediately get on my phone and social media. I turned on some nice music, made some coffee, and sat on the porch to watch the sun and the wildlife wake up with me. I need more mornings like this. It also makes me feel closer to God,which I have been really working on improving my relationship.

So that’s this morning. I’ll do my best to keep it going…

A New Approach…

So it has certainly been determined with my first attempt at a blog that I’m an idiot. With my love of the sport of hockey, living in a non-hockey city with few hockey fans, I thought providing a simple and fun approach to enjoying the sport as a fan I would introduce new fans to watching hockey. Yea no one cares. I’m a nerdy dude in Texas who has never played one minute of the sport. My small circle of nerdy friends in Texas who also have never played seemed interested in my view. And to their credit, they did support my efforts and read my posts and a couple even re-tweeted them. So my pals have my back and I love ’em for that.

Now I’m changing things up. I recently began my quest to earn my MBA degree from Concordia University in Austin, Texas. I’m now taking a class call “Leadership Self Seminar” and part of the class requirements is to journal about my daily life and my path to success and leadership. So I changed the name of this blog to “ChasingMyDreams8” and will use it as my own personal journal.

I chose the name “Chasing My Dreams” cause it’s a saying I began using several years back as a response to any one of those generic exchange greetings you have when passing in a hall or parking lot or somewhere. You’re familiar with this: Person A: “how’s it going?” Person B: “pretty good” or “what’s up?”, “not much” and then each go your separate ways. I wanted a more creative response…so that’s where “Chasing My Dreams” comes from. Unfortunately, chasingmydreams was taken as a blog site so I added the number 8 because it’s my favorite number. Oh and the subtitle “…one nightmare at a time”, I just thought it sounded cool.

So there ya go. This blog will now be my life journal in partial fulfillment of my MBA requirements and partially for my own personal ramblings.

P.S. I still love hockey. Watching it. Following it. Talking about it. Today is February 19, 2017 and it’s “Hockey Day in American” and I’m watching my 4th game in a row. It’s been a good day!