So much has happened in the past month that I’m not even really sure where to begin.

The big picture is that I have quit my job. I know, scary stuff, and in a bad economy to boot. There were several reasons, but the main reason was that I was away from home too much, working too many hours. The paycheck was nice, but no money will buy back the time I lost with my wife and growing son. As Nick grows older, he will realize more and more when I am not around, and I don’t want to have to explain to him why something else is “more important” than he is – since nothing is more important than he is.

Rather than simply pulling an “Office Space” type departure, I spent most of June getting my ducks in a row. I found a great part-time sales job, but the majority of my income will come from writing. I have been offering freelance writing services for over a year and it’s been very rewarding to me personally. In the past few months I’ve had to pass on some large clients because I simply didn’t have the time to devote to them; so coupled with everything else, I decided to pull the plug. If you know someone who might need a writer send them to www.arholota.com.

This news means some positive changes around here; namely more time to write content for you. I also plan on becoming a part of Fatherhood Friday, which I think is a very worthwhile movement. I don’t know exactly where my future is headed, but I know that wherever I go, I’ll be putting my family first.

I’m going to leave you with a neat excerpt from an ancient story called the Epic of Gilgamesh. I think it puts things into perspective:

As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace.

Good advice for all of us. Carpe Diem!

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