Lots of New – About the About

Lots of New – About the About

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

I wanted to draw attention to something that has changed recently. I have always had a blog, well it seems that way. Mostly I have had a website that I have tinkered with over and over again going through many iterations. I recently came to the realization that over the years I have written a relatively large collection of materials some of which will never again see the light of day. Why bring this up? Well I have recently been forced to rethink my entire direction. It was terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. It forced me to really define who I am and what I am doing. It made me stop and ask myself does my job ...

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Vacation to Austin – An Introspection

Vacation to Austin – An Introspection

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

Texas Capitol

Vacation, I have not really taken one in about 3 years. A few day trips here and there maybe a day or two at home but an actual honest to goodness vacation is not something me and the family had done in quite a while. Goodness I love these two.   So what did we do? We planned a trip to Galveston. This was great, I was not really looking forward to another trip to Galveston but I knew as soon as I got there it would be relaxation city. Then my lovely wife asked if there was anywhere I else I would like to go. I had not considered it mostly because I had been dealing with the news that ...

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How to Loose Your Vision

How to Loose Your Vision

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

I have never been without a plan in practical things of life, especially my job. I have worked for my current employer for 2 years. It has been the hardest, highest stress job I have ever had. I loved the company. Well let me clarify, I loved the vision I had for it. I took the job as Project Manager at the small business leaving behind development for a season. I wanted a few things from this choice. A chance to work with a team and a chance to spread my wings in leadership. What I found there was an opportunity to create a product with a team that I had come to love. The team was a huge part of ...

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The Currency

The Currency

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

Your money is not what you are spending Me and music go a long way back. I started in band my first year of middle school. The tryouts where interesting. All these stations where setup and you had to go try out an instrument to see if you liked it. I had already made up my mind about choosing the drums, well before I had entered the band room. I honed in on the drum set and began to make my way over there. My pudgy frame propelling itself with determination. I was stopped by a high schooler and asked to blow into a tiny silver bowl. I blew like someone being asked to take a breathalyzer test never taking ...

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Deb

Deb

|Thoughts|Aaron Blakeley

Today I decided to drop in to my favorite gas station and pick up a Friday sweet cake and Starbucks cold frapachino. For months I had stopped in there and picked up a cup of their terrible coffee. The coffee was not the reason I stopped there. I stopped there because of an old delightful woman named Deb. We had become acquaintances and would spend 15 minuets talking about her grand children and my son and the state of the world. She was smart and funny. The first few times I stopped in I had forgotten her name. It became a bit of a joke so I would ask her, her name every time. She would smile and tell me ...

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Do You Know Where Your Thoughts Are

Do You Know Where Your Thoughts Are

|Christianity|Aaron Blakeley

What is my greatest fear? My greatest fear is being in a cave or tube underwater that feeling of drowning with no escape. My next biggest is big fake heads like the Micky Mouse from Disney World. Man I could tell you stories about this weird phobia. My next greatest fear is one that always skits on the edge of my life, threatening to be come a reality. I fear becoming an old cranky grumpy man. I’m fine with becoming an old man. I am terrified of becoming someone that makes the lives of his loved ones uncomfortable with a negative attitude. I would hate one day to look in the mirror and see that my default face is a ...

Learning To Read

Learning To Read

|Parenting|Aaron Blakeley

It has been interesting watching my son learn how to read. He has whined and complained about every aspect of reading. He does not want to sound out letters or memorize his sight words. In contrast to this he has shown huge leaps in comprehension and a deep interest in any story you tell him. TV and video games do not hold his attention like someone reading to him. This is happening along my own struggles with reading. I love reading and assimilating knowledge. However it takes me a while to read. I am the quintessential slow reader. I feel I must read every word carefully and understand its meaning. That is how I approach the world looking at the ...

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