So far, it’s been a good start to a new year.   The end of 2009 presented some challenges, but out of those challenges was born a new desire and a new passion for my future and my career.

After much consideration, I decided it was time to reduce my domain name portfolio and slowly leave the industry.  I’m not making a b-line for the door right now… but the time has come to join reality and leave the internet to my studies and social networking.

When I originally re-started college back in September, my plan was to earn my BSIT with a concentration in Web Development.  Right before the holiday, I decided to change my major to go along with my shifting career.  I contacted my advisor and she helped me get into the Bachelor of Science in Business program; with a concentration in Hostpitality Management.

I just started the new semester with Business Information Systems.  If all goes according to plan, I should be set to graduate in 09/2011.  I am so excited about my new journey and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Goodbye 2009 and everything therein.

The first week of school went great.  I got all of my reading and assignments done on time.  I thought it would be harder to get used to going to classes online… but it was a lot easier than I thought.  I do miss having an actual text book since I enjoy highlighting.  I thought about printing out the chapters, but that could start to cost heavily in ink.  I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to approach that yet, but once I figure out my learning style and how best to study etc… it will become much more clear.

This week we were broken up into groups so that we can work as a teams on group assignments.  This should be interesting.  I’m really looking forward to getting out of the general classes and start working on my core.   I’m also still waiting for SCCC to send UoP my transcripts.  HVCC sent them rather quickly, so I don’t know what the heck is up with SCCC.  Hopefully that will be done soon that my schedule can be set in stone and my graduation date set!

I’ve been considering selling off my domain name portfolio to help with school expenses.   I haven’t quite decided how to go about doing that, but one idea I had was just selling the entire lot except for the domain names I have already developed.     I’m going to work on putting a sale together this week, and then I’m going to market the heck out of it.   It would be a relief to not have mass renewals every few months.  Anything I can do to reduce stress right now is a plus.   My main focus, and my top priority is my education right now.  I’ve put it off for far too long already.  Let’s just get it done.  Onward.

I’m happy to say that I survived my first week of school!  I admit it… I was totally stressed out.  It’s been almost a decade since I’ve gone to school, and I wasn’t sure how well I would do taking classes online.    All I can really say at this point is… so far, so good!  I like the way the assignments are given, and the way I have to interact with my classmates.   Hopefully GEN200 will provide me with the tools necessary to succeed as a student of the new millennium.   I’m really excited about my future.

quitIn other news, I turned 34 years old yesterday.  The significance of that is that my gift to myself this year was to quit smoking the day after my birthday.  That is today… and I have four cigarettes in my pack.  Once those four cigarettes have been smoked… I am quitting cold turkey.  Stupid?  Maybe!  Necessary?  Heck yeah!   I might as well live to graduate college since I’ve waited this long.

Life moves… and when you slow down, it doesn’t stop to wait for you to catch up.

It’s been nine months since I moved from New York to California.  It was one of those spur of the moment,  nothing left to lose situations.  We packed what we wanted to keep and sold everything else.  We sold the car to buy a van, rented a trailer, packed them full and with no particular destination in mind… made the trek out west.

The ride out was a journey in itself.  Being a passenger to the ever changing landscape of this beautiful country was nothing short of a gift.  Being an avid traveler, I remember thinking to myself, “If California doesn’t work out… at least I’ll always have this road trip!”

New York had gotten stale somehow, professionally.  I knew there wasn’t any room for me to grow.  I wasn’t even sure what exactly I wanted to grow into.  I needed to evaluate my life, my situation, and my goals.   As it turns out, California was a great place to do that.

Since I’ve been here I’ve met some quality people,  and have gotten to experience some amazing opportunities.   It is through those people and opportunities that I became inspired to build on my education.   For the last decade my primary focus has been buying and selling domain names.  Moving forward I would like to focus more on the development aspect of those domain names, and to do that I need to fill my brain with knowledge.

I chose the University of Phoenix, and enrolled in their BSIT w/ a concentration in Web Development program.  Today is my first day of class  GEN200 – Foundations for General Education and Professional Success.  I’m really looking forward to gaining some knowledge and  putting my new skills to work for me.

Through this blog, I will walk through the next phase of my life.   This phase is where my work, my life, and my education collide.  This is where it all begins… right here… now.   Welcome to my life as I move forward.