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December 14, 2010 / Justin Hamlin

Operation: Consolidation – Background

Originally inspired by stories such as Cult of Less and Joel Runyon’s Blog of Impossible Things, I needed to jump start some projects that have been kicking around in my head, and start to generate some momentum.  I needed to be someone who stopped talking about things, and just started doing them.  Without getting too crazy too quickly, I have started using a few tools such as Mint and Evernote to consolidate these ideas, generate to-do lists, and document my goals.

Two of my top goals for the near future are to be debt free (not counting house and car) and also to reduce all of the excess possessions that I carelessly hold on to for no apparent reason.  It is not out of necessity that I keep these items around, it is more due to laziness. Laziness to do anything about it.  So, with that in mind, I started the idea of Operation: Consolidation as my first goal.

Step 1 in Operation: Consolidation is to realize that I have been filling my life, and my home, with “stuff” and to do something about it.  This “stuff” amounts to nothing more than additional boxes in my attic, old childhood memories that I look at only when moving those boxes from one home to another.  With that firmly planted in the front of my mind, I have started to go through that attic full of boxes in order to filter through all of my “stuff” in an effort to consolidate what I want to keep, sell what I can, and donate the rest.

Step 2 in the plan comes here, in starting up a dedicated page and blog posts to my progress.  I will be listing out all of the items I have that fall under this umbrella, as well as a description of all of the items, links to their Craigslist/eBay postings, as well as reasoning for keeping certain items.

Now there are obviously a lot of smaller details mixed in there that I have not detailed, but I can assure you that I will be doing my best to ramp this up significantly in the next 2 weeks.

Also, coming soon (as in today) please check out the links on the top of the page, I will be posting a whole new section/page for this endeavor.

December 8, 2010 / Justin Hamlin

The Road Beneath Me

Just yesterday I sat here, staring at the same “new blog” page, trying to get the creative juices flowing, trying to find something to write about other than meaningless babble.  I got to wondering what other blogs I could read for inspiration, possibly, what friends of mine maintained blogs as well.

Thank you to Amanda for the inspiration on this topic, as her blog “Caution, Sharp Turns Ahead!” gave me the necessary kick start to get this blog going.  In her blog, she writes about dealing with what life deals you.  It offers a look back, as well as a look ahead at what life holds in store for her, as well as her perspective on how to attack it.

With that in mind, it really got me thinking about the same.  The horizon ahead of me, as well as the road behind me.  The road ahead has always been easy for me, in the respect that I have always been up for an adventure, up for change, whatever it is, bring it on, I will conquer it. The road behind me offers other topics, but for me has often lent itself to a comparison with a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book.

But those 2 times, the past and the future, represent things that are out of my control.  What about not worrying about then, what about thinking about now? What about that patch of road beneath my feet.

With the daily rat race that most of us find ourselves in, in that eternal pursuit of happiness by way of more money, I have discovered that often the first thing I lose sight of is enjoying what I am doing at that time.  Too many times I find myself consumed by thinking about the future, how I need to plan for it, how I need to prepare for it, or thinking about the past, and what could have been, what might have changed.  The entire time all of this is going on, I am missing out on the most important part of my life, the part I am living in. The now.

I have come across other blogs that hit on this same point, basically the decision to stop living in the past, or preparing for the future and start living in the now. Now, to each person, that means something completely different.  For me, that is relaxing and slowing down to enjoy the view.  Grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting on the patio, enjoying the coffee, not pounding it as I sit in traffic to work.  That is wearing my cologne to go to the store, not only for a special occasion, or using the good dishes, because it is Tuesday, not because we have company over.

Time to start living for today, because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

December 3, 2010 / Justin Hamlin

The Purpose of a Blog

Hey, I am just happy I am posting a blog here, well, here, after my blog was moved over from Windows Live Spaces, this will be my first official WordPress Blog. Though, unfortunately, this will be a short one.

A whirlwind of thoughts crossed my mind this morning as something I should blog about, or add to my blog, or update somewhere. For the sake of today’s technology and the advent of social networking, I guess that the blog only fills the void of the brevity of Twitter or Facebook with their limitations in character length for updates.

To that point, I think that is one aspect that MySpace had going for it, where Facebook is lacking. With that being said, more people are turning to blogs on different networks, such as Blogger, WordPress and others in order to get their thoughts, specifically those longer than 140 characters, and while I have tried to utilize a blog for many years, consider this another foray into the attempt to effectively contribute to a blog at the same time as the major social networks.

Wish me luck!