Last post of 2006

Hey everybody, thanks for staying subscribed if you’re still here. In regards to the last post “I’ve lost the inspiration to write,” thanks for the [two] comments.

As we finish 2006, I felt compelled to write for you.

Six months ago, there was a drastic change to my life. Things are tough. I feel that I’ve lost almost all of my friends. It’s not the same, not even close. I’m “alone” tonight. I feel like I don’t have the same connection as before.

Fortunately, a Bible passage that was the focus of the sermon today hit the spot. From Jeremiah 29 (NASB), God sent the Jews into Babylon because it was his will, and he wanted them to be patient. It was part of his plan. Even though they were suffering, it was all meant to happen.

Jeremiah 29:7 (Amplified Bible): And seek (inquire for, require, and request) the peace and welfare of the city to which I have caused you to be carried away captive; and pray to the Lord for it, for in the welfare of [the city in which you live] you will have welfare.

What have I learned this year? What can I gain from that knowledge going into this next year? If I want to stay focused, I need to patiently trust in our Heavenly Father more than ever. Friends that have been there before aren’t. God is the only One that has stayed constant.

To my friends that read this blog, please understand that this isn’t personal or about anyone specific. I know that things happen, but I’m at peace with everything. I wish I knew how to explain myself more clearly, but I don’t know how to at the moment.

Miscellaneous thoughts

  • [Blogging] I’ll be switching back to one blog instead of two. I’d like to just have the blog on a domain rather than a sub-domain. I’m not fully aware of the implications that might occur, but then again, I’m not sure I care. It’s not like I’m making money on this, right? Any suggestions on moving over to a new domain and basically starting from scratch, I’m all ears. For example, what do I do with the content currently on this blog?
  • [Money] Set aside an emergency fund for computer-related issues. Think of other stuff you need and use on a regular basis. Your car might need a repair, and if you’re living paycheck to paycheck, something like that might hit you pretty hard.
  • [Life] If you can find a way to live more simply, it’ll make things much easier for you.
  • [GTD] On the way to the airport the other day, I made my mom write down stuff that I’d need to take care of while she was away. Say things out loud. Have a friend or significant other ask you about your stuff. Better yet, make a checklist. (Nothing new, I know.)
  • [GTD] The more I write everything down, the more efficient I become. I was driving back to Arcadia from Glendale, when I saw on my list that I needed to buy a pair of Hearos High Fidelity Ear Filters from Guitar Center. My ears thanked me at band practice today. I put that purchase off for so long until I wrote it down.
  • [GTD] If you don’t have your own non-digital inbox at home, get one.
  • [GTD] If you don’t keep your contacts digitally, it can only help you. You can always print them out to have a paper-based version.
  • [Life] The band is…ok.
  • [Life, School] I’m going back to school in nine days. I haven’t been in a class since June. I’ve slacked long enough.
  • [Friends, Life] To the friends I don’t talk to anymore, I really do miss you all. You’ve all got your own lives, so…yeah.
  • [GTD] If you haven’t read “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity“, you need to. It can only help you.

Can you tell I haven’t had a Weekly Review in a while?

Happy New Year – see you on the flip side!

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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