Hello, World

My goal for 2015 was to get started in the next phase of my life.  I did not know what that would look like, but I knew I was ready for something.  I spent 2014 preparing and then the search was on.  I went back and forth between volunteer and paid opportunities…..for profit and not for profit….agency work and traditional office work….and on, and on, and on.  I joined LinkedIn….becuase that seemed like something proactive I could do…. and documented some of this journey on my blog.  Just as I was getting close to returning to a traditional nine to five the holidays hit and opportunities began to pour in.

I should have been thrilled but instead, I flipped out.  I became overwhelmed with anxiety and could not make a decision.  The change I had worked for came and I resisted.  This is what I do.  I do not like change…it makes me very nervous.

I stopped writing and once again became stuck in my head.  Fortunately, the opportunities just kept coming and I stuck with my commitment to just say yes, and eventually I stopped resisting.

Clarity began to return and I am committed to moving forward.  

What does that look like?

I am taking a leap and starting a business that has evolved from many of the opportunities that came to the surface during my search for a more traditional job.  There will be more details to come, but for now, I will tell you that my creative entrepreneurial side has overcome my traditional side and I could not be more excited.

Where does this leave Read and Tell Me?

I am a little embarrassed to say that this has been one of the most difficult decisions in the process.  I had no idea how attached I have become to this little piece of my life that lingers online for the world to see and examine.  I tried to force several different directions one of which was logging off and saying goodbye.  I couldn’t do it.  I need a place to share my truth, not just for those still keeping up, but for myself.  I want to remember where I have been and document where I hope to go.

I will continue to show up here.  My goal is weekly, but at times it may be more and it may be less.  It will be a place where I write in a more conversational manner and I am less concerned about form and more concerned about the broad strokes that make up life.

Here at Read and Tell Me I write first for myself and second for anyone who can take something from my journey and find gratitude for their life and hope for their future.

It reminds me of something I learned recently while training to lead Botball at my sons’ school.  Hello, World is a program introduced to beginning programmers to a programming language.  It is easy to understand and it can easily detect if the program is set up properly.  It is also used throughout the career of a programmer to make sure that everything is running smoothly so the programmer can continue with more sophisticated code.

So, as I set up this new venture, it seems only fitting that it is to all of you that I say,

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“Hello, World!”

Things seem to be working so far…..let’s see where this crazy ride takes us.

Stay tuned…you, my people, will be the first to know how things progress.

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