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Where have I been?  I took a self-imposed hiatus from Blogging for a bit, while I have kept up with my Google reader, news feeds and other internet information sources, but I needed to clear my head.  During this time away I have had the opportunity to think carefully about many things:

  • where I want to go with my online identity
  • professional/career goals
  • where I would like to be in 10 years (taking the long term view – not just the shor-term)
  • how I felt a bit intimidated and how I reacted towards it

I really wanted to discuss the intimidation factor and did so in my  INTIMIDATION is it working? entry.  I had to get that out of my system before I could write anything else, that really did affect me a lot more than I wanted to admit, so I am freely admitting it and am now able to move on.  I hope my writer’s block is now history.

I also had time to figure out what my online identity should be, as it is I have had 2-3 blogs going and that might great for someone with more time, but between my work and personal life, I only have time for one blog right now.  I have decided that Aging Reluctantly, Thinking at Last and any other blogs that I have maintained are going into retirement for now.  I will focus my energies on HaroldShawjr – My Thoughts blog at Blogger.  The others I can hold in reserve until I need them, but I just seem to keep coming back here.  I am going to change the header again though…it just isn’t what I want.

Collage 8-22-09

This blog is about my journey through life, the pitfalls, the joys and the mundane, therefore, I plan to use the above collage.  I will do a post again someday about what each picture means and I will probably update them to show new parts of my life’s story.

I have looked at what I want to be doing in 10 years and went through a long exercise to figure out what my dream job would look like, (winning the lottery ranks at the top of the list, but it is not anything I have control over), so I now know what my dream job looks like and what I need to do to be ready.  I plan to re-run that series on this blog and update the information as I go along.  I found it was an enlightening experience and learned a lot about myself when I wrote it originally last month.

I have come to terms with who I am, what I stand for and what I want in the future.  I found that until I came to grips with those issues, the quality of what I was writing was definitely suffering.   Simply because I didn’t know the direction that I was heading.  Now that I have a real good idea of where I am going and what I have to do to get there, I expect the quality of my blog posts to improve considerably

Thank you for your patience.

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