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Speed

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Speed limit sign showing 40 mph against a sunset sky | Speed - J. Dakar

Two years ago, I got a speeding ticket.

I can’t recall the details (no, seriously!), but my $183.75 email receipt, which included the $8.75 “convenience fee” allowing me to pay online with a credit card, says it was less than 25 miles per hour over the limit.

Before getting that ticket, I had plenty of warnings about my speed; I was overdue for one, in all honesty.

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Where Do I Begin?

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Man walking | Where Do I Begin? - J. Dakar

It’s always hard for me to write a post after a hiatus because I struggle to fill you in on everything that’s happened with me during the absence, and it often tends to turn into a lengthy exposition.

Such is the case when you no longer blog daily, but who has time for that?

All jokes aside, I fully intend to commit to publishing something here at least once a week, so that should help until I take another hiatus. LOL

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Things Done Changed

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Time for Change sign with LED light | Things Done Changed - J. Dakar

When I relaunched JDakar.com (again) in July, I intended to return to the way blogging used to be for me before I got paid to do it. It sounded good, but I’m not the person I was when I first began blogging. I was a child; I blogged before I could drive. I had all the time in the world with no obligations, so I could write a lot and often.

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Coping

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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.

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No Plan

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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.

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Trying to Find a Balance

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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.

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