What will change this year? What can I do differently that will allow more time for the hobby and other worthwhile activities? Do I end all trading activity? Shut down the blog altogether? Quit my job?
I'm making a positive change in life for 2019. The answer is ... I quit! I've shared on numerous occasions that my job responsibilities have become ridiculous: more work for fewer people with an accelerated completion time. The managing partners should stick to what they do best - bring in the business. When they are so out of touch with the processes that complete their client's work it's not long before a collapse. I do not intend to be around for the inevitable.
|2000 USPS postcards Cobb and Cochrane|
1975 TCMA Colavito and Kuenn
courtesy of my Canadian friend, Fred Pike
The improvements a change like this would bring are many. Working only 15 minutes from home adds nearly two hours to my day. A tank of gas will last three times as long. There will be time for little league games, the hobby and most importantly, relationships - friends and family! Blogging?? I'd like to believe weekly posts [for the first time ever] are a real possibility! Ultimately, a new job will greatly decrease the stress I'm under 40+ hours per week. No more tax deadlines.
The downside is the large salary cut I'll be taking. There won't be a lot leftover for the hobby. Dime boxes will be my besties for sometime to come. My want/wishlist will grow. In anticipation of these changes, I'm moving towards PWE trades. I've been doing this with Canadian friends for a couple months now. 12-15 cards per envelope is affordable and working well.
Now with all this time off work, you'd think there'd be time for the blog and hobby. I took the down time to step away from the internet a bit; read a couple books and hang out with friends. I spent three days in Northern Michigan, in the Gaylord area. Only over the past three days have I taken time to begin the long overdue card organization. I finally compiled a list of all binder sets - and labeled the binders! Some are short only 2 to 5 cards and have been added to my current set needs. Crazy how I could need only one or two cards from mid-90s sets! I will continue to eliminate cards from my collection via 3D posts [Dupe Dump or Dwindle] or possibly as giveaways. My house is not growing, even with all the rain. No new space but more efficient use of the space I have, is the solution.
|A few featured here are various Kay-Bees, 89 Ames, 1990 Topps Magazine, 87 Hostess Whitaker, 90 BBC mag Biggio|
also from Fred - thanks friend!
2019 is hopeful as most new years' are. I have the power to make this change in life. How about you? Are you also making big changes or looking for new opportunities in 2019? Many wishes for a positive and blessed new year for all of you. Thank you for sticking around, even when I'm not here.