Last night, Andrea and I decided to check out Beckett’s Table, an interesting restaurant off the corner of Indian School and 36th Street in Phoenix. Although it wasn’t quite 100% of what we thought it was going to be, the food, drink, and conversation completely made up for any missed assumptions. AKA, it’s a good restaurant.
What started out as some glasses of wine, a cocktail, and some roasted feta w/ sun-dried tomatoes, onion, garlic, the works… ended up with some interesting conversations about Andrea and I’s not so distant future. Although I do not want to get into any details, I’ll just say it was a very fun conversation. Who knows what will happen and when, but when it does, Andrea and I will be sure to tell everyone. Until then, I’ve got some vacations to plan for! Can you tell I’m feeling slightly rejuvenated? Well I am.
P.S. If I ever have time, I’ll write a better review on Beckett’s Table. In short, it’s a tasty joint!
So although I told you that I’m motivating myself to begin blogging again, which is still true, I may be doing it somewhere else. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, RyanJin.me is such a powerful domain, why change it?!?! I laugh. To be quite honest, RyanJin.me has been a fun place to put up my personal blog. After thinking about it for a while though, I feel this domain, this ‘person’ is really not me anymore. Or at least I’d like to think that I’m someone different. Maybe it was just a long 4 year test to see if I could keep up a blog – I failed miserably at that one.
But I’m pretty serious about this one. I think it’s kind of like a graduation of sorts to something more topically focused. My hope is that it will keep me aligned to something greater than than just what I’m thinking about at any given time. Although that kind of blog (this blog) is great for me, it might come across horribly confusing and irrelevant to an outsider.
I can’t believe that my last post on here was form May of 2011. What is that, 15 months ago? Am I a crazy person or something? Wait, no I’m not, I’m just a bad blogger -_-. I apologize. But with that said I say ‘hello.’
This is probably my newest picture I have of me, my wife, and Xavier! Not too different from year ago really, but worth the update. We’re in St. Thomas here while traveling on a Disney Cruise. Let me just say that I wish I was somewhere else. Reality always seems hard, but in the end, I think we all grow a bit on the inside every time we come home from a vacation. I’m not sure how I grew, but I’m pretty sure I did – I’m weird like that.
But anyways, now that that’s all taken care of, I suppose I should really figure out what I’m doing these days. Work of course, but that is never ending. No, I do have to admit that I have no clue as to what I’m doing here on my blog, or anywhere online for that matter. I often find myself romanticizing about the long lost days of blogging, and talking about my mundane life – was that too boring of a read? At the same time, I find myself becoming cynical to the whole thought of selling myself on some blog that doesn’t even have a valid voice or intent. I think I know why I quit blogging.
Coming back tonight was a bit of a relief though. About late winter this year, I tried writing a post or two and for some reason, WordPress had decided to kick the can on me. Basically, my dashboard was screwed up making it impossible to edit, write, or change anything. Lucky me, tonight, after a database update, I seem to be in working order. Yay? To add to that, it looks like I did some massive cleaning before I let this go stagnant, as I’m down to only 2 Categories – Daily Point, and of course, the Uncategorized behemoth – I’ll figure out what to do with that junk later. Is it even relevant anymore?
Maybe, I mean, this is who I’ve branded myself as being at work these days (left). I’m not quite sure what it is I’m doing. My original intention was to look like I didn’t have time to talk you because I’m so busy having a good time doing nothing (ie. the cut phone cord). But that just seems dumb to me now.
I think what I’m trying to really say is, I’ve been on vacation for the last year and a half. I’ve been working, but I haven’t been living for it. I’ve tried hard to make my personal life work and mold itself to what it is I want to be like at work. When in all reality, I should be shifting and focusing my work life to fit me… personally. Sure that may involve me brainwashing myself, but at some point, I’ll gladly accept it.
In the end, while this post may be a one hit wonder, just like the bulk of the ones before it, hopefully I’ll come up with something new that I feel obligated to tell the world about. In the meantime, drop me a line and let me know what you think I should be doing.
A week or so ago, I spotted a tweet from a friend discussing a new book he had recently found that was free for a limited time for e-readers. While I had never heard of the author, the topic of the book seemed pretty straight forward and pretty interesting actually. In a nutshell, it was a look at how entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and other creatively motivated souls often see their projects fizzle out because they simple don’t have the tenacity or passion to continue on. I feel this is a constant struggle for me personally, so I went ahead and downloaded the book. read more
I believe that one of the biggest issues with people throughout time is the underlying fear of change. After the last election when President Barack Obama focused his campaign on “Change” the idea of sedentary circumstances (and I don’t even know if that makes sense logically) has come to be a bad thing. We are all so ingrained in our daily lives, eating, sleeping, working day in and day out, that by adding elements of change or chance, we often are torn between what we know, versus what may come. This of course is called risk. read more
It’s been a while since I’ve written a little blurb about something I’ve found to be interesting, stupid, or at least noteworthy. A post from one of my Facebook friends this morning reading, “Can someone else please download Google Latitude? I need more people to stalk.” prompted me to set aside this stalling as after a bit of research and tinkering, I have found this service to be just that… interesting, stupid, and noteworthy. read more
In a concerted effort to change the look and feel of my blog, I felt it was important to add a new topic that makes me publish posts more often. Whether or not that theory works or not is up to my tenacity to actually log in and do the work. Looking at my history, I don’t really have a good track record… however, I’ve come across some pretty cool videos, music, infographics, etc. Also, I may use the space to rant about something on the news or something I’ve seen lately in the media. I enjoy a good rant or two.
Any ways, look for these guys to be about as long as this post. Short, and to the point.
So I figured it was about time to make some updates and changes to my blog since there are still the occasional visitors who are seeing the exact same thing every time they come -_-. Sorry about that. I figured, I’m pretty comfortable with myself right now, let’s try this thing again, for the 4th or 5th time. read more
Just to inform you, today marks my last Friday at my current employer, and if you don’t know who that is… I think I’ll point it out later in this entry. Any ways, today, as I was finishing up some last minute things before the weekend, I began to do some Google searches for some of the keywords we had for so long wanted to rank for. To make a long story short… with all of the dilemmas with content, lead generation, and everything else I have been facing over the last 4-5 months, I really haven’t had ANY time to focus on any kind of keyword research/SEO issues I had originally set out to do. Today was enlightening. Look at what SpyFu.com pulled up on us:
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