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Blog entry by Greg3G posted 03-22-2007 11:39 PM 800 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am sure that Deb will appreciate this subject. Where did you expect to be 10 years ago? Did you end up where you thought you would? (opps…wood.) Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

For me, 10 years ago, I was in the middle of the internet boom working for the monster, UUNET. I was living in a small two bedroom townhouse, with the wife and son (my daughter had not even come to mind yet.) We had been struggling to get by but for the first time, we were beginning to get ahead. We were dream of a house in the country, a small piece of land. Woodworking was just starting to itch again. I kept it at bay with fishing, and being a cub master for my son’s pack. I would build something small and useless every now and then but didn’t have much more than a hammer, nails and circular saw.

Now I find myself in a big 4 bedroom house in the ‘burbs of DC, UUNET has been eaten up by the Telco Giants, I have changed jobs about five times, some by choice, some not. Have had heart surgery before I turned 40, son had a brain tumor removed, been out of work for 9 months at one point and found God again through it all. And to top it off, I finally got my tool collection started. I have made the rookie mistake of buying cheap tools and what brands to avoid (just ask about my craftsman bandsaw that sears doesn’t sell blades for.) In my line of work, (I am a proposal manager for Verizon Business) I deal with the Internet everyday, but never really thought how best to use it in woodworking. Now I see that the sky is the limit.

Where do I want to be in 10 years? That’s easy, out in the shop, doing what comes naturally to me, working with wood. I should be approaching the point where daughter will be starting college, so its not quite time to strike out on my own yet. But getting closer. I would like be doing about 6 commissions a year.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV



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Karson

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#1 posted 03-22-2007 11:41 PM

Greg good luck on your dream.

In ten years I hope to alive doing what I’m doing now.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#2 posted 03-22-2007 11:56 PM

Ten years ago I was certainly not on this path. Looking forward to life and some career ladder climbing, possibly freelancing as a graphic designer, or working on my own publication. Now, I’ve climbed off the ladder and I can’t imagine being on a different path at this point. I’ve learned that I’m better having two (or more) different jobs than a “regular” 9-5. I’ve bought a house and caught the woodworking/reno bug.

In ten years (whether or not independantly wealthy) I would only wish to have a smaller house (totally rehabbed and very green) on a more usable plot of land, (gardening, playing, etc…) that my wife and I wouldn’t have to leave to pay the bills, just leave for leisure and vacations!

The online world should be making it much easier for more and more people to forgo the typical office job. More family time, more time home (if that’s where you want to be) and the work part of the day can adapt to fit more easily.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#3 posted 03-23-2007 12:07 AM

I answered this question in my profile, but a thumbnail review

10 years ago I expected to be pretty much where I am now – although the exact details of the path I’ve traveled, the marriage and children I’m blessed with and how God has used me are still amazing to me – such wondrous grace and blessing!

10 years from now – to have the kids through college and transition to be a part-time rural pastor and part-time woodworker

-- Paul, Texas

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#4 posted 03-23-2007 12:17 AM

ah yes…. my favourite topic: one’s life journey!

For most of us we are surprised when we look back at where we were and where we have ended up. For a very few the road was clear from the start and there was only one path to take. I’m not sure which I would prefer, given the chance: to know exactly what you want to do and do it or to be given the challenges to overcome and wind your way through a vast number of experiences as you go through life, towards… whatever the future might hold. I guess it just depends on your attitude, either way.

10 years ago for me.. sigh.. 1997. A very rough year filled with heartaches, traumas, dramas, fears, chaos, and life changing choices. Joe died Jan 11/98. It seems a lifetime ago – but then it was a different lifetime, a different life.
Anyway, here I am today and things are grand.. and 10 years from now I shall be still learning about who I am, about life, about the Universe, about Mother Nature, and about my creative outlets.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#5 posted 03-23-2007 03:20 AM

Great topic… Golly.

Ten years ago I knew everything and was started on my career with private aviation. I was fueling, towing, and cleaning business jets on my way toward management. I started attending the church where I later met the woman who is now my wife. Other than keeping my family and faith, and my name, most everything has changed for the better.

Ten years from now, I hope to be in the same house with a few rug-rats keeping us company. I hope to have a couple more tools but a whole lot more that I can point to as the creator. I’d like to have a tee-ball game to go to or gymnastics practice to cheer at. And I suppose I’d also like to travel less.

That’s not asking too much, is it?

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#6 posted 03-24-2007 03:33 AM

Did I kill the thread?

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#7 posted 03-24-2007 03:36 AM

Think it scrolled down so far that people quit seeing it. Seems to be happening to lots of good posts.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 03-24-2007 04:48 AM

Yep, getting too busy and popular for all of us to keep up… If it wasn’t for the Pulse, we’d miss a lot of good stuff.

I can’t believe how many new projects were added today. Gonna take a while to soak them all in!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#9 posted 04-11-2007 06:41 PM

I thought I would post a comment to this blog and see if any of our Newer LJs have a good life’s journey story. It always fascinates me the paths people’s lives end taking… in most cases its better than any movie coming out of Hollywood. Come on board and share.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#10 posted 04-11-2007 06:47 PM

yah, just look at Dusty’s journey that he is sharing with us!

In rough times it seems like they will never end.. and then we look back and remember that they did.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#11 posted 04-11-2007 11:30 PM

10 years ago I was single… but would meet my soon to be wife in July… I was doing what I am doing now for a living… and had been for about 3 years although I was doing it rather poorly. I was hoping for better things. In 10 years… 2 more kids would be nice and I hope my kids are not getting too infriendly towards their parents as they will be 17 and 15. I Hope that I will still live in the same home and will be able to work 2-3 days per week. I really hope to have great health and I plan to be in love with and married to the same beautiful woman I am now. I also hope that I will be smarter and better educated.

Drew

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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