It’s hard…this blogging thing.
A little over a year ago I decided that I really truly needed to make a change in my life. I was unemployed for months, unhealthy, and was really looking for an outlet. I decided to begin blogging again. It wa
s exactly what I needed. I could fuel my fire by putting my thoughts on screen. It was the beginning of an investment in . . . . Me. I needed work, I went back to school. I could see an end to my unemployment benefits looming thanks to a congress of tea partiers. I was lucky enough to find a new job very similar to my prior work. My wife and discussed adding to our family, and several weeks ago we welcomed our second son! I found a great community of people interested in changing their lives though discovering healthier living, and they inspired me to run in public. Not once, not twice, but thrice including a mile down Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. All things I am extremely proud of.
The truth of the matter is that I am in an extremely different place right now that I was a year ago. I haven’t had a work week less than 50 hours since May, most were closer to 60, and a couple hit 70. This puts a hell of a strain on a guy. . . a family. . . a five year old. . . a wife. I have also continued to pursue my education. The construction industry let me down twice over the last three and a half years. I need something to fall back on. I need that magic piece of paper that says to employers, “This person has debt and needs better work now that he has attended college.” So on top of the hellish work weeks I separated even more time away from my family in hopes of an ultimate gain in the end. This summer was beyond tough. The money has been great and hopefully someday I can get out of the industry and work some regular hours. Maybe even coach my boy’s baseball teams?
I mentioned adding to the family, and here he is. A second pride and joy joins the family. After having so many people via blogosphere and close to me having difficulties with pregnancies I was so relieved to see my healthy baby boy. Ten fingers, ten toes, and he smiles when he farts. I couldn’t ask for more.
I’m not giving up my shot at a healthier lifestyle, but I can’t fit an honest week of blogging in right now. I fully expected to be laid off at work, but (thankfully) it is still going strong. The tool of blogging is not helping me right now. It is actually a hindrance. It is pressure that I can’t keep up with, and it is no longer a priority. My family, work, and school are. I’m not going away. I’ll be tweeting. I’ll be finding ways to help Jen and the rest of the PriorFatGirl family when I can. Thanks to Jen for allowing my a chance to blog here at PriorFatGuy. Thanks to all of you for following along. I really do appreciate it. Even you Kevin. See you around!