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30 April

Image by Pierre Éthier via Flickr
Applied for two jobs in the Reno/Tahoe area.
Looking at real estate in the same area.
Every day do one thing. I'm moving in September, I'll be ready by then. (positive thinking, positive action, positive results, right?!)

30 April

Image by Pierre Éthier via Flickr
Applied for two jobs in the Reno/Tahoe area.
Looking at real estate in the same area.
Every day do one thing. I'm moving in September, I'll be ready by then. (positive thinking, positive action, positive results, right?!)

30 April

Image by Pierre Éthier via Flickr
Applied for two jobs in the Reno/Tahoe area.
Looking at real estate in the same area.
Every day do one thing. I'm moving in September, I'll be ready by then. (positive thinking, positive action, positive results, right?!)

28 April

Image by Getty Images via DaylifeThings accomplished today:

Received a free resume critique. Apparently my current resume is not dynamic enough, but for $695.00 it can be fixed!
Real estate hunting for homes in the $350K range in Midway, UT; Bigfork, MT; Whitefish, MT; Truckee, CA; and my beloved Incline Village.
A trip may be in my future.

28 April

Image by Getty Images via DaylifeThings accomplished today:

Received a free resume critique. Apparently my current resume is not dynamic enough, but for $695.00 it can be fixed!
Real estate hunting for homes in the $350K range in Midway, UT; Bigfork, MT; Whitefish, MT; Truckee, CA; and my beloved Incline Village.
A trip may be in my future.

28 April

Image by Getty Images via DaylifeThings accomplished today:

Received a free resume critique. Apparently my current resume is not dynamic enough, but for $695.00 it can be fixed!
Real estate hunting for homes in the $350K range in Midway, UT; Bigfork, MT; Whitefish, MT; Truckee, CA; and my beloved Incline Village.
A trip may be in my future.

27 April

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The other day I found the post that I wrote on my other blog after my return trip to Incline Village last year. Here's a link to the post: Lake Tahoe, My Love, although the title says it all, doesn't it? It reflects where my head is at now and where it has been for the past month. My heart is in Lake Tahoe. It's where I want to live. My dilemma is that I don't know how or if I can figure out how to afford a home there.

I've been looking at alternatives in Montana, in the Flathead Lake region where I could easily afford a home, even one with a lake view for $325,000. Should I settle for a house with a lake view I can afford?

The question is: what to do? As I said in that post last August, my heart is in Lake Tahoe.

But how do you follow your heart to a place that seems too expensive to afford?


27 April

María Santísima en susMisteriosGloriosos" style="border: medium none ; display: block;">Image by The Omnipotent Félix via Flickr
The other day I found the post that I wrote on my other blog after my return trip to Incline Village last year. Here's a link to the post: Lake Tahoe, My Love, although the title says it all, doesn't it? It reflects where my head is at now and where it has been for the past month. My heart is in Lake Tahoe. It's where I want to live. My dilemma is that I don't know how or if I can figure out how to afford a home there.

I've been looking at alternatives in Montana, in the Flathead Lake region where I could easily afford a home, even one with a lake view for $325,000. Should I settle for a house with a lake view I can afford?

The question is: what to do? As I said in that post last August, my heart is in Lake Tahoe.

But how do you follow your heart to a place that seems too expensive to afford?


27 April

María Santísima en susMisteriosGloriosos" style="border: medium none ; display: block;">Image by The Omnipotent Félix via Flickr
The other day I found the post that I wrote on my other blog after my return trip to Incline Village last year. Here's a link to the post: Lake Tahoe, My Love, although the title says it all, doesn't it? It reflects where my head is at now and where it has been for the past month. My heart is in Lake Tahoe. It's where I want to live. My dilemma is that I don't know how or if I can figure out how to afford a home there.

I've been looking at alternatives in Montana, in the Flathead Lake region where I could easily afford a home, even one with a lake view for $325,000. Should I settle for a house with a lake view I can afford?

The question is: what to do? As I said in that post last August, my heart is in Lake Tahoe.

But how do you follow your heart to a place that seems too expensive to afford?


Savor the Slow

"I'm on page 158. I've managed fifteen to thirty minutes of reading a night, which means that at this rate it will be another two weeks before I finish this book."


This panicked thought, was my last every night for the past two weeks. Until last night. Last night I finished my fourth page of the evening from Out Stealing Horses, leaned over to turn off the lamp on the nightstand and realized that savoring a few pages of a beautifully written book can bring the perfect end to a day. I realized that Per Petterson's writing reminds me of Hemingway, spare, descriptive sentences richly describing a man's recollection of a boy's life. I've enjoyed this daily nightcap so much so that I'd intended to dedicate this entire post to the pleasures of slow reading. Then, I realized how this new philosophy of pacing had extended to other areas of my life and enhanced the quality as a result.

Dinner hour around here used to be non-existent, or rather it was every …

18 April

Image via WikipediaIn "No More Mondays" Dan Miller reminds us of the familiar quote "luck is when preparation meets opportunity". He then asks "What three things are you doing right now to prepare for greater opportunity in the coming year?" I'm at the library right now doing one of those things: I'm focused on the job hunt end of the journey. Along with Dan's book, today I've also been reading Martin Yate's popular 'Knock 'Em Dead' series of job hunting books, practical, sensible advice on resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing... now, what do I need to do about the other two things: home and writing?

18 April

Image via WikipediaIn "No More Mondays" Dan Miller reminds us of the familiar quote "luck is when preparation meets opportunity". He then asks "What three things are you doing right now to prepare for greater opportunity in the coming year?" I'm at the library right now doing one of those things: I'm focused on the job hunt end of the journey. Along with Dan's book, today I've also been reading Martin Yate's popular 'Knock 'Em Dead' series of job hunting books, practical, sensible advice on resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing... now, what do I need to do about the other two things: home and writing?

18 April

Image via WikipediaIn "No More Mondays" Dan Miller reminds us of the familiar quote "luck is when preparation meets opportunity". He then asks "What three things are you doing right now to prepare for greater opportunity in the coming year?" I'm at the library right now doing one of those things: I'm focused on the job hunt end of the journey. Along with Dan's book, today I've also been reading Martin Yate's popular 'Knock 'Em Dead' series of job hunting books, practical, sensible advice on resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing... now, what do I need to do about the other two things: home and writing?

Susan Boyle Takes a Chance

By now, everyone on the planet with a television or an Internet connection has heard the heartwarming, bring tears to your eyes story of Susan Boyle and her unlikely skyrocket to fame. I was at home getting ready for work, listening to the news, when the story played on CNN. Like the judges, I was ready to roll my eyes and prepare myself for another William Huang moment. Then she started to sing... and tears popped into my eyes. I was thrilled and speechless.My first thought, after recovering my breath: how lovely her dream has come true! My second thought: wait, what this really represents is a lesson in going after one's dreams. Here she is, one of the unlikeliest characters to win the 'BIG DREAM'. By current cultural standards, especially those involving TV appearances: 1) she's past her prime age-wise, 2) she is not a stereotypical beauty, 3) she's from the middle of nowhere. In other words she is the exact opposite of the 21 year old, lithe, blondingenue who g…

15 April

Image by ~Liliana via FlickrI have not forgotten nor abandoned this project. In fact, this project is on my mind every day. What I have reached is another one of my fear blocks called 'Suzanne Second-guessing Herself'. This is where I start thinking, 'Have I made the right decision? Have I chosen the right place? Maybe I should have chosen an easier place to move to, where the real estate is cheaper, the jobs are more plentiful, maybe this place is out of my league.' I then counter this line of thinking with these facts: when I moved to New York I never considered the cost of real estate, although it was/is one of the most expensive places in the States and I was able to find a wonderful place to live. During my last year in New York, in an attempt to be more sensible, I moved from an apartment I loved in Manhattan to a less expensive one in Brooklyn Heights. Needless to say, although my rent was less, I didn't actually save more money, I just spent it in different…

15 April

Image by ~Liliana via FlickrI have not forgotten nor abandoned this project. In fact, this project is on my mind every day. What I have reached is another one of my fear blocks called 'Suzanne Second-guessing Herself'. This is where I start thinking, 'Have I made the right decision? Have I chosen the right place? Maybe I should have chosen an easier place to move to, where the real estate is cheaper, the jobs are more plentiful, maybe this place is out of my league.' I then counter this line of thinking with these facts: when I moved to New York I never considered the cost of real estate, although it was/is one of the most expensive places in the States and I was able to find a wonderful place to live. During my last year in New York, in an attempt to be more sensible, I moved from an apartment I loved in Manhattan to a less expensive one in Brooklyn Heights. Needless to say, although my rent was less, I didn't actually save more money, I just spent it in different…

15 April

Image by ~Liliana via FlickrI have not forgotten nor abandoned this project. In fact, this project is on my mind every day. What I have reached is another one of my fear blocks called 'Suzanne Second-guessing Herself'. This is where I start thinking, 'Have I made the right decision? Have I chosen the right place? Maybe I should have chosen an easier place to move to, where the real estate is cheaper, the jobs are more plentiful, maybe this place is out of my league.' I then counter this line of thinking with these facts: when I moved to New York I never considered the cost of real estate, although it was/is one of the most expensive places in the States and I was able to find a wonderful place to live. During my last year in New York, in an attempt to be more sensible, I moved from an apartment I loved in Manhattan to a less expensive one in Brooklyn Heights. Needless to say, although my rent was less, I didn't actually save more money, I just spent it in different…

9 April

Image via WikipediaOn Monday, I wrote about the four careers I've had since leaving university and listed what I loved about each one. At the end of the post I promised to return to do the same excercise, only this time to focus on what I didn't like about each job. The point of the excercise is not to be masochistic, but through this exploration of each position to figure out what I want my next job to look like (or not), because quite honestly, I'd like to get it right this time, to design a career that fits me rather than me trying to fit into it.

So, let's re-visit my work history and today we'll focus on what didn't work for me.

Career #1: Investment Banking in New York: This started out as a dream career, I was working on Wall Street in Corporate Finance for a company that rewarded my hard work with advancement and increased responsibility. Downside: after eight years in New York I realized I was not interested in being in a 'New York frame of mind'…

9 April

Image via WikipediaOn Monday, I wrote about the four careers I've had since leaving university and listed what I loved about each one. At the end of the post I promised to return to do the same excercise, only this time to focus on what I didn't like about each job. The point of the excercise is not to be masochistic, but through this exploration of each position to figure out what I want my next job to look like (or not), because quite honestly, I'd like to get it right this time, to design a career that fits me rather than me trying to fit into it.

So, let's re-visit my work history and today we'll focus on what didn't work for me.

Career #1: Investment Banking in New York: This started out as a dream career, I was working on Wall Street in Corporate Finance for a company that rewarded my hard work with advancement and increased responsibility. Downside: after eight years in New York I realized I was not interested in being in a 'New York frame of mind'…

9 April

Image via WikipediaOn Monday, I wrote about the four careers I've had since leaving university and listed what I loved about each one. At the end of the post I promised to return to do the same excercise, only this time to focus on what I didn't like about each job. The point of the excercise is not to be masochistic, but through this exploration of each position to figure out what I want my next job to look like (or not), because quite honestly, I'd like to get it right this time, to design a career that fits me rather than me trying to fit into it.

So, let's re-visit my work history and today we'll focus on what didn't work for me.

Career #1: Investment Banking in New York: This started out as a dream career, I was working on Wall Street in Corporate Finance for a company that rewarded my hard work with advancement and increased responsibility. Downside: after eight years in New York I realized I was not interested in being in a 'New York frame of mind'…

When is the Last Time You Felt Joy?

Image via WikipediaLately I've been doing a lot of reading as part of my journey toward a new home and new career chronicled over at my other blog. Since it seems there is never enough time, and since I read about as fast as I drive (a 2 1/2 hour trip takes me 4 hours, Lord help us when I drive cross country this September...I should be there by Christmas, but I digress.) I have taken to optimizing my exposure to books by doing the following: I listen to one book in the car, I listen to another book on my ipod when I go walking, I have a third book on my nightstand, and a fourth book that goes with me to the beach on Sunday afternoons. Don't ask me which books I assign to which position because there is a method to it, but it reflects poorly on the depth of my eccentricities.

Last week, listening to a financial planning book by David Bach in the car (hint). I was in one of the final chapters, where he describes a profound question he asked himself one day that catalyzed him to …

6 April

Image by Marionzetta via FlickrIs it ever too late to begin a new career?



That's what I will find out over the coming months as I go through my job search. Since leaving college over twenty years ago, I've had four career changes. I started off in New York with a Japaneseinvestment bank. I left there after eight years and had a period of hiatus that consisted of helping my brother to launch his business, working part-time in a bookstore, and then pursing a writing career. From there, I went overseas and taught in an international school for four years, then came home and began a career in commercial real estate where I have worked for the past three years, during which time I also completed a MBA.



As I plan my next step, I believe it's useful to look back at each of these careers and to figure out what I liked about each one and what kept each from being the ONE. Today I'm going to consider what I liked about each career. Tomorrow, we'll consider what I learned was n…

6 April

Image by Marionzetta via FlickrIs it ever too late to begin a new career?



That's what I will find out over the coming months as I go through my job search. Since leaving college over twenty years ago, I've had four career changes. I started off in New York with a Japaneseinvestment bank. I left there after eight years and had a period of hiatus that consisted of helping my brother to launch his business, working part-time in a bookstore, and then pursing a writing career. From there, I went overseas and taught in an international school for four years, then came home and began a career in commercial real estate where I have worked for the past three years, during which time I also completed a MBA.



As I plan my next step, I believe it's useful to look back at each of these careers and to figure out what I liked about each one and what kept each from being the ONE. Today I'm going to consider what I liked about each career. Tomorrow, we'll consider what I learned was n…