So, earlier today, I was feeling a bit down. Been a few things happen of late to help bring it on…
Including, Danah and I trying to refinance our company debt, to lower the monthly payment — and were rejected on the first attempt. (We feel much better about the second attempt, but it still takes time and energy and paperwork and allowing rather nosy people — rightfully so — going through your dirty laundry, so to speak. And while they never come out and judge you, you always feel as though they’re tsk-tsk-ing to themselves.)
Besides this swell fun of meeting with bankers, our reliable — read old — Jeep recently died, and needed more work done to its engine than the entire thing was worth. So, we sold the non-running, 1997, 200,000-mile Jeep, which desperately needed new tires, for very little. And we didn’t replace it (see next graph for why), so we’re now down to one car. And when you’re down to one car, you’re immediately hit with this primal sort of fear, like, “You’ve only got one horse now instead of two. And besides this being a huge inconvenience, you worry, ‘What if a saber-toothed tiger comes and there’s only one horse?'”
Add to all this that my current employment ends next week on 9/30. The funding grant for it runs out and while I knew when I was hired that I’d only be a six-month employee, I had felt confident that I could find another grant or way to extend it out longer. (Hey, I’m Stan, and I think I can do anything, and I’m right about
20 10 5 percent of the time.)
Let me make one quick note on this, before I get to my main point below. I am NOT worried about this situation and NOT saying this for sympathy or any of that. Just laying out the background before I make my point. The fact is that I have applied for two great jobs and I’m pretty well-positioned for both of them, with some strong advocates working to help me secure each of them. Furthermore, prior to getting this job, I literally just posted on facebook and twitter the type of work I was looking for and within four hours, had a person contact me for the very job I’m in. Without question, I am SUPER blessed with great friends and contacts, and almost everyone around Oak Ridge knows my insane work ethic and bull-headed belief that I can punch through brick walls with my bare hands. In fact, if I don’t hear something from these jobs soon, I’ve got nearly twenty email addresses of some pretty big names and a pre-written email already created, for my resume to be sent out to immediately, so please believe me that I’m not worried about this. I’m also SO NOT above working three crappy jobs, if necessary. (Stan has cleaned a lot of toilets and mowed a lot of grass in his days, and he’s not afraid to do so again.)
Anyway, my point for all that crap above is that, without question, it’s interesting times in the Mitchell household!
And while I was at work earlier today and not being terribly productive — remember what it’s like your final week at your last job? — I finally broke down and took the time to watch the video below from Dave Ramsey.
The video totally motivated me and I probably accomplished more in the two hours after watching it then I’d typically accomplish in four hours anyway.
So, I’m hoping it helps you, as much as it helped me! (Note: While I know Dave makes a couple of conservative talking points, please look past this. I do not want a political fight down below in the comments.)
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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