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Brown wooden letters spell CHAOS | Coping - J. Dakar

This isn’t the post I planned to publish at this time, but my editorial calendar has been shot since July, just one month after I started blogging again. Plus, if 2020 has taught me anything, sometimes an adjustment is required to continue moving forward. So, this entry feels necessary.

The thing is that I can’t complain.

I’m in the best shape of my life thus far and improving each day.

My beard is flourishing, albeit with a few streaks of gray making an appearance.

I’ve been killing it at work so much that I earned two awards in as many months and recognition that my organization couldn’t succeed or even function without me.

Life is good, except when it isn’t.


No Plan

Man near wave | No Plan - J. Dakar

Sometimes these things happen. That’s the case with the four-month gap since my last post.

Fiscal year-end is always busy, but this year forced me to Oliver Pope like never before while trying to find a balance.

That required another break from the web, but, as Jewel mentioned to me this summer, it offered an opportunity to gain clarity and help me be more effective.


Trying to Find a Balance


In mid-March, we began working entirely remotely following the World Health Organization’s designation of COVID-19 as a pandemic. Before then, I worked from home most mornings and spent the afternoons in the office. I realize how fortunate I am to have such an accommodating schedule. Plus, I LOVE what I do! So much so that I’ve often worked well beyond the typical 40-hour workweek. The pandemic’s impact on our work necessitated some of that, but a lot of it was because I wasn’t able to stop working when the workday was supposed to end. 

I spent a few weeks out of the office, which allowed me to reflect on how I could achieve balance when I returned to work.




2020 has presented us with plenty. Plenty of differing perspectives. Plenty of illness and loss. Plenty of ingenuity. Plenty of time.

It’s all a lot and can be quite overwhelming. Plus, it’s not over yet!


What Happened to That Boy?

W 2017

It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you.

I’m referring to both you, dear reader, and this little area of the internet I’ve called my own since 2008 when I first registered the domain.

I’ve been sharing my thoughts online in some form (albeit intermittently) since the late-1990s. Some consider me a blogging pioneer. I was able to transition my experience into a few digital media roles off and on, as well.

But so much has happened since I first became active on the web.

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