I'm starting the next chapter of my life. Due to a family crisis and the general economic and housing downturn I'm in a rough spot financially. But I have deep faith and I know God will provide me everything I need in this life.
I was the intranet webmaster for a national internet service provider for 8 years. I LOVED my job but following a merger with another large company things changed. The company seemed to lose touch with our famous core values and beliefs. After surviving many rounds of lay offs, as we outsourced most of our business, I decided to take my career into my own hands and gave notice. I had earned sabattical pay and looked forward to starting my own business at a leisurely pace living off my sabbatical pay.
Four days after I gave my notice, my sister's oldest daughter commited suicide. There are no words to describe the pain and devastation. My dream of starting a new business was quickly and completely forgotten as my new focus was to support my sister. More than two years went by as I tried to keep my sister from disintegrating in her grief. Thankfully, I finally feel like she and her husband are stable enough so I can begin to focus on my own life again.
During those two years I went through all of my savings and then began to accumulate debt.
Now begins the process of digging out. If you're reading this, please pray for me. I know with God's help I can one day get back to where I was before this tragedy happened.
I am starting my new web design business. I look forward to working with small businesses to create dynamic, highly usable web sites, blogs, e-newsletters and e-zines.
I plan on paying off all debt by the end of 2010.
I will live a healthy balanced life making time for travel, gardening, fitness, friendships and all of the things in life that are a source of joy.
At the end of my life I hope to have squeezed the best out and in some way leave the world a bit better. And I hope to one day hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant".