15 Minute Writing Freestyle: Part 1 – Austin, Jobs, Marriage, and the Future


10:36 pm

This is the exercise I tell my friends to do when they’re having a difficult time communicating what they’re going through. Write. For 15 minutes, carve out 15 minutes and write whatever the hell comes to mind.

I’m a big fan of taking one’s own advice, so here I am.

I’ve recently relocated our family to Austin, TX. Man, I love this city. I’ve always enjoyed visiting here. My wife and I always said that if we ever planted roots in Texas that it would have to be in Austin. And now we’re here. Live and in the flesh, my whole family is now in Austin – like we always discussed. It’s strange feeling, but a good one. I feel a great sense of accomplishment having us here.

I picked up a job here. I’m still an entrepreneur. I’m grateful to not only have found a position here, but to have had offers from multiple companies in different cities. In this type of market of and economy it could have turned out much differently. I even like the position I chose. It’s a much different working environment than any company I’ve previously been with.

I can wear pretty much whatever I want. We have a ping pong room, an X-Box room, a Nintendo Wii, arcade, on site café, gymnasium with showers, and other cool shit. It’s funny. The opportunity I had in Charlotte was offering almost $40,000 more, but after many tough conversations with my wife, we decided Austin was the right choice for all of us.

We were right.

I’m glad we’re here. It feels like a fresh start. And my son is loving every minute of it. It also gives me a chance to breathe and not worry so much about landing the next deal to keep food on the table and our health insurance premiums paid. It gives me a chance to sleep in. It gives me a chance to work on marriage more, because lord knows that thing needs constant maintenance and I hadn’t been properly tending to it.

Now here in Austin, after closely working with my business partners, writing for myself and sites like blackandmarriedwithkids.com, and the upcoming deregulation of the energy market in Mexico – I’m simply looking forward to the future. There’s so much to do – and I’m ready.

I’m lucky to have the people I have in my life.




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