Real G’s do move in silence, right? Ok, so it’s been a while; on some level I wish I could attribute my recent scarcity to some lavish vacation in a far off African country with beautiful photographs, or the birth of a new child (ok, maybe not… no more kids until there’s an actual Mrs. Interests), but alas nothing quite so thrilling: the truth is, I’ve been working. A LOT.
Not to say that it’s been monotonous; it’s actually been pretty exciting. I’ll start off with news pertinent to The Vested Interests: I have products! Well, I WILL have products. We’re in the “prototyping” phase at the moment, but I’m in the process of putting together a line of branded accessories. I took a bit of time researching multiple manufacturing options, and I think I’ve come up with a path that’s not only innovative, but inexpensive and interesting. I can’t go too far into it at the moment (anticipation is delicious, after all), but rest assured, more details soon come.
If you’ve been following my stories on Instagram, you may recall a few posts I made in August about my grandmother; I’d been a contractor with my company for three and a half years, and was waiting to hear back on about an interview I had for a much better (and higher paying) internal role. My grandmother is a very religious woman; I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that I am…well… not. I make an effort not to delve too deeply into religion in hopes not to offend the devout, but let’s just say I consider myself agnostic; that said, when I told my grandmother about my interview she prescribed me a Bible verse, Mark 11:22-24, with instructions to read it three times in a row (“in the name of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit), then to pray sincerely for what it is I wanted… in this case, the job.
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
In addition to directing me to do this morning and night for myself, Granny pledged that not only would she follow suit, but she’d ask two of her sisters to do the same; let me tell you, you don’t know UNCONDITIONAL LOVE until three elderly ladies promise to pray morning and night for something that YOU want.
Well, I did my part, my grandmother and her sisters did theirs, and the Creator in turn did His; I got word in mid-August that I got the role, with a significant compensation increase. By no means was I doing poorly in the salary department before, but suffice it to say I was offered a base salary increase of over 60%, plus full health benefits for myself and my son, a very generous 401-K match, stock options and a performance-based annual bonus of up to 20% of my base salary: I. Came. Up.
In addition, the new role offers opportunities for some pretty significant travel (at least domestically); while this means I’ll be away from the comforts of home a bit, it also affords me the chance to check out the fashions & foods of whatever locales I visit, without having to spend my own money to get there… that sounds like a pretty huge win to me. So in addition to a couple more forthcoming posts about “what’s happened since you last saw me”, expect me to have more content staring in mid-to-late November about my travels… and probably more shopping than I’m willing to admit. Thanks for sticking around, and stay tuned.