Reaching New Goals

I am 17 views away from 1500 views on my blog.  When I started this blog several years ago it was to give my friends and family that live far away from me, an easy way to read my book which I had decided not to pursue publishing.  But I am getting ahead of my self with the last part of that statement.  I did pursue publishing but it never went anywhere and so after a year of nothing I decided to get my manuscript back and get rid of the book agent I was using and I put the book on the shelf.  But I found myself constantly loaning my notebook around to friends, and decided that I wanted to make sharing easier.  So that is when Pen Scratches started.

Now, over time my blog has grown and more categories  have been added and a variety of different posts have been added and more people are looking at it.  I am still amazed that there are so many people in so many different countries that read my blog.  I am in awe that the world that once felt so large and unreachable before the internet has now become my neighbor.  And in some instances they have become my friends through the sharing of emails and such.

I find myself opening up my wordpress just to look at the stats and see that there aren’t any views or visits that day.  But then I see the little orange notification and the drop down that says soandso likes my post or soandso are now following me.  And I wonder…how can they like my post and I still not have any views or visits in the statistics?   Then it occurs to me, and I do this all the time so maybe this is why it is happening.  I will read a persons blog post directly in my email and click on the like on that page but never actually go to their true blog post.  So does that mean that those blogs that I thoroughly enjoy reading and really like are not really getting the most accurate statistics available?

That said, how does all that I just said relate in any way with my title “Reaching New Goals”?  It doesn’t, I just had an ADD moment and went off in a totally different direction for a moment.

New Goals:   In my life I have lived many different careers.  Right out of high school I went directly into the Air Force and was an enlisted person.  My goals while I was active duty were to make the best performance ratings possible during evaluation time.  I wanted to make the next rank  the first time available, or the first time testing for it.  I wanted to work in the best office and for the best bosses, or be stationed at the best bases.  I am blessed to be able to say I met those goals.  I had the best job as an Administration Specialist.  I worked with some of the finest, most patriotic, dedicated men and women in the world.  Their example helped shape me into the person I wanted to be.  I met my performance report goals and received the awards.   My one regret – I didn’t get to stay in for the full 20 years.  Instead I was medically retired at 15 years and became a disabled vet.

After the military I went back to school and became a teacher.  I remember as a child we would get home from school and we would play school.  It was a life long dream to be just like my favorite teacher and teach.  The only problem with this career – I had rose colored glasses on…That old saying “Those that Can’t, Teach…” have never stepped into a classroom with 30 kids all with different levels of learning skills and tried to teach.  Teaching is one of the hardest jobs out there and the teachers that are still out there day in and day out teaching your child how to tie their shoes, blow their noses into a kleenix, add, subtract, multiply, and divide.  Or are teaching how to write a complete sentence or a correct paragraph or even to draw a straight line.  Those teachers, they all deserve a standing ovation and more pay…Teaching is hard and I found myself miserable in my once dream job.  I can’t say I absolutely hated it, but the situations I found myself in have turned those rose colored glasses into something totally different.

I never met the goals I had with teaching, but you know what – it doesn’t matter…I learned a great lesson from my experience and it was one I passed on to my sons…If you are miserable in your job, you will bring that misery home and your family will become just as miserable and you will die a miserable, angry, old man.  You can change your mind about something and it is okay.  I told them to explore their likes and dislikes and if they think they want to do something and find out that they dislike it, change to something that they do like.  You only live once and you might as well live happy and fulfilled rather than unhappy and angry.

My last career is the one I am currently in.  I am a librarian.  I am surrounded by books every day.  I get to read whatever I want by whom ever I want when ever I want.   I absolutely love my job, it is a bookworms greatest wish come true on a daily basis.  The only problem, there isn’t enough time in a day to be able to read all the books that I want to read.  I find myself ordering books that I want to read and never having a chance to open the first page, but I sure do know that if I would like it then this person or that person will like it too.  I love getting to recommend new authors to someone and then having them come back and tell me that was a great book or a wonderful series and they couldn’t put it down.  But it isn’t all just books.  As the manager of the library there are all kinds of issues that arise that those other careers I had help with.  Those learning experiences and exemplary bosses, and sometimes extremely horrible bosses have all helped me to develop into the boss I would hope would be able to treat my staff fairly and with respect.

Along with having a great career, I have now I have taken up drawing.  I have dabbled in crafts my whole life, but this time it is a little more than dabbling.  I sold my first picture ever for $200.  I still have the excited butterflies every time I think about selling a picture that I created.  I have not explored selling any more, partly because I have promised so many family members a drawing, and I have been drawing Christmas presents for my staff.  But if someone were to commission me to do another $200 picture well hmm we would have to see just how quickly those other pictures could be finished.  Because I am drawing them in order of request and my staff right now come first.  Then the ones for my family members…but then again…I would be getting paid for the picture and that would cover the expenses of replacing art supplies…ah the dilemma of reaching for new goals…

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