The Start of 2016 and A HUGE Leap for Me!!

You may have noticed my absence over the last few weeks. Then again, you may not have noticed. Anyway, I’m, “Back and better than ever!!!” (Thanks Mike Greenberg.)

2016 is off to a HUGE start.

First off, I am now self-employed. Yep. You read that right. I’m working for myself.

After 18+ years in auto sales and management, I took the big step on January 4. As a few of my friends say, I’m now FUNemployed. (Add that to my tab Shaver.)

This new adventure was prompted by many things. Over the next few weeks I’ll share the process and discussion leading up to the final decision.

Today though, I’d like to share what the immediate future looks like for #TeamTheule.

I’ll be working on creating a business with three specific areas of focus.

The first area, the one that will be bringing in money first, is a Voice Over career. I’m going to begin auditioning and soliciting for work on February 1st. I’ve been working on this for a couple of months. I’m excited about the opportunity. The training I’ve received has been first class.

The second area of focus will be my writing. I’ve been looking forward to more time in my schedule to finish my first book. It’s getting close! I have a target date for publishing, but I’m keeping it hush-hush for a bit longer. The title of the book is “Looking for Joy” and will be about my journey over the last 20 years dealing with depression. I look forward to sharing my story and encouraging others in their own journey.

The blog will see a significant increase in as well. Every Wednesday will see a regular post, and there will be one or two additional posts on random days. I look forward to increasing the level of conversation we’ve had here over the last few years.

The third area I’ll be working on is a speaking career. With the help of a few outstanding friends, I’ll be developing a speaking career around multiple topics including my depression story.

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Have a great day! Keep hustling!

What CHALLENGE am I going to overcome today?

Questions Guaranteed To Create Intensity In Your Day

What challenge am I going to overcome today?

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I’ve been thinking about this question for a while.

If this is to be a daily question, it may be easier. Little challenges every day may be easier to identify.

For me, I’ll start the day with the challenge of getting out of bed. I mean, I get up every day, but I certainly don’t get up early enough to be productive with the hours BEFORE heading to work.

This has been my challenge for quite a few months now. I’m still failing.

Certainly there are other challenges I can focus on. My eating habits for one. My exercise habits for another.

Good grief. Do I overcome ANY challenges each day?

I’m kidding…sort of.

It seems we often focus too much on the failures of our day. Do we even give a moment to the success of our day?

How about you? Do you focus on the failures or the successes? What challenges do you overcome each day?

 

This post is one in a series of posts centered around the “7 Questions Guaranteed to Create Intensity in Your Day” found in the book 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith. (Find the 1st post HERE.)

A Monumental Day

Today is a monumental day, a milestone day in the Theule house. My oldest son, Noah, is graduating from high school.

Wow. Thirteen years of education has come to a close. He’ll be moving on to college, but this really is the first step out from under mom and dad. High school is finished. College is coming. He’ll be 18 soon.

The fact that he’ll be staying home for another year makes me smile. As stressful and odd this last year has been, I’m looking forward to having him home during his first year of college. He’s going to attend Grand Rapids Community College for one year before moving on to get his Bachelor’s in Physics.

Senior Pic Noah Theule

A few weeks ago I lamented about his jar of marbles being almost empty (Marbles and Weekends), and now I take joy in the additional year of marbles he’s thrown back in the jar.

High school is finished.

He is an adult.

He is my son.

I’m proud of him.

Noah Theule is an incredible young man. He is kind. He is funny. He loves God and knows he is saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.

What does his future hold? I don’t know. He doesn’t know. But I take comfort in the knowledge our God has a plan for him.

Noah Theule. Here’s to you! Congratulations on your graduation from South Christian High School. Your mom and I are proud of you. We love you.

***Irony Alert!!!! As I finished up this post, Harry Chapin came on Pandora singing “Cat’s In The Cradle”. Wow.

Noah on swing at HSP