Happy Wooden’s (Odin’s) Day
I wasn’t really looking for a new support group per se. Being part of a group is something I have wanted for a while. I wasn’t sure what I wanted other than since departing from my church my social life has taken a major downturn but more importantly finding people to talk to who know what you have been through is very difficult when you are a former pastor and now confirmed atheist.
I talked about the Clergy project a few days ago and after joining I can say it is what I was looking for. It also has a few resources I need as far as a business – counseling to get my head on straight again and they have help in finding a good job so that might be useful. mostly though it is nice to at least forum talk to people who have been there.
The main thing is that I have a goal to cross off below. 4 down, 5 to go.
“Self-Reliance is the spirit of independence, which is achieved not only for the individual but also for the family, clan, tribe, and nation.”
Principle: To achieve and maintain personal independence and advocate for independence in my family, state and nation.
Goal: Find a new, better paying job by March 2020.
Bucket List: To be a published author of at least five books by March 2029
I have started to realize that my nature to be an advocate for something might fit well with any not-for-profit that is about advocating for a political cause that involves freedom. It is along these lines that my new job and my principle might join together and it is those moments I love.
“Industriousness is the willingness to work hard, always striving for efficiency, as a joyous activity in itself”
Principle: Work with the enjoyment of work itself.
Finalize last requirements for my degree – Internship by May 2019 – May 2019 (achieved)
Bucket List: Write A Novel and Get it Published by March 2022.
I enjoy the people I work with now and the work isn’t that hard, to be honest. It is just, as I tried to explain to someone using football (American) as an analogy, my wife and I are in the mid-third quarter and down by 35. We need to engage some serious offense and flawless defense for the next 15-20 years or we are not going to win this retirement thing. I also would like a job I enjoy more. This one can be physically challenging at moments, but mentally I am bored out of my skull most days.
“Hospitality is the willingness to share what one has with one’s fellows, especially when they are far from home.”
Principle: To share out of my abundance to help people where I can with their life’s journey.
By March 31st of 2020, to be the leader/participant in a group of some kind. (Goal Achieved
Bucket List: To own my own home by March 2024.
The other nice thing about achieving this goal is that I will have some opportunities to take my experience and help someone else.
Higher Virtue – Justice:
I can say one thing for sure. Justice would be best served on all those who wronged me if I was successful at transitioning and still had a great life. At that point, I could say – ‘fuck’em’ and move on. I guess I feel that this will be an issue with me for some time. Like some of them, in particular, the Dirty Pig, got the better of me until I become more prosperous and have moved on with something better. Then justice will at least be starting to turn its wheels for me.
Work Day Routine:
- Morning Routine
- Wife: Communication / Cuddle Time
- Blogging – Organize, revise, write a new post for the next day, templates
- Weightlifting: Gym time – 1 hour after work.
- Writing: 2000 words/day.
- Reading – 1/7 of a book a day
- Personal Business: record financial transactions, savings plan actions, budgeting, appointments, job search, other actions, etc.
- Check Communications and Email after 2 pm but before 4 pm.
- Nutrition: Daily Carb Count – 2
I made some changes to the routine to reflect the goals: 2000 words of writing a day and 1/7th of a book a day to start training for the goals for next year and NaNoWriMo in a few days. November 1st I need to bear down and get going.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.