A lot has changed since I lived in Iowa. I used to think that I was content and happy, working 70+ hours per week for the satisfaction of providing a few jobs. I was constantly busy, but I was always doing what I wanted to do. Even if it meant lots of time at work – fixing things, removing viruses, waiting on data recovery jobs – I played as much disc golf as I wanted, and I saw my friends and family on a weekly, if not daily, basis.
I’ve been in DC for 2.5 years now. All of this has changed. I’m married, I work a “regular” full-time job, and I live in a tiny apartment with Anne and our dog Haley. I spend about 90 minutes each day commuting. Most of that time is spent listening to podcasts or watching people. A small chunk of it is spent reflecting, daydreaming, or thinking about my latest project.
I don’t spend a whole lot of time writing. I used to do it a lot, but I got distracted with this thing called life and let my old blog die. I’m not sure why, and I’m really a bit disappointed about it. Especially since a few people have read my writing and they have actually told me that I’m good at it. Lately, I haven’t done much writing without a goal – whether it be documenting or trying to rank in the Googles and whatnots.
I like documenting. And watching documentaries. People interest me, and I like to see the inside look into what they’ve done and what they’re going through. I’ve actually dreamt many times about making a documentary. I plan to, I’m just not quite sure when or exactly what it will be about. I need lots of hard drive space and diligence to keep all of my pictures/video/writing organized. Sure, I’ll go ahead and add that to the list.
“Jason, Jason, bo bason. Banana fanna fo fason.” Yeap, I just heard that out of the blue. The best part is that Anne’s brother wasn’t even phased when she answered the phone like that. Anne makes me happy, but I don’t think she knows quite to what extent. I find that she gets over-excited when I actually tell her stuff like that, so I decide to drip feed little tidbits like this from time to time.
Anyway, back to what I was thinking about when I started writing this post…
My desire to build a residual income has never wavered. That desire is slowly becoming a reality.
I’ve recently started promoting an affiliate program. It’s actually working. I’ve had fun documenting my journey on this blog. Also, after 10 years of hard work, Solid Systems is supporting itself. Imagine that. September 9th marks 10 years of Solid Systems, and it looks like the company will be out of debt by the end of the year. Maybe even by the 10 year mark.
All of the business credit cards will be cleaned up by June and I can start paying back the personal loans I took out back in 2007-2009. Thanks to family and friends for the startup help… and yes, I have actually planned to pay it all back. I just didn’t know how long it would take, or where the money would come from. Nick has really helped to turn the business around. I can’t thank him enough, and seeing his success might be the most rewarding part of the whole journey.
Life is good. I have insurance. Case in point: Anne made me go to the dentist today. My teeth kinda hurt, but she says they look cleaner. Yippee.
Anne has a stable job, and is able to pick and choose what she applies to.
My friends and family visit me. My friends are doing very well. Jake just got promoted to principal software engineer. Josh just got a new job and moved in with his girlfriend. Brett picked up a sweet job helping people and doing what he loves.
All of that said, I’m not sure if I want to stay here or if I’d rather be back in Iowa. I do know that I want to be closer to family. I’d love to be able to visit Cooper and Jackson’s birthday party in April. I wish Haley had friends that she could stay with whenever we wanted.
Is the desire really to be living closer, or do I just want more freedom to travel? I know Anne wants to live somewhere exciting, so I’m guessing that the “freedom to travel” piece will win out – at least in the short run.
Well, it turns out that 800 words comes pretty easily when it’s been a while. There’s not a lot of structure here, but that’s probably for the best. Also, the groceries are about to be delivered (that’s Anne’s fault – and a discussion for another time).
If you actually read this whole thing, I hope to see you soon.