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Life Update

Boy, it's been a while since I've written on my blog. I've chosen to leave my WordPress site as the archives site and begin new posts here on this site directly. If there's something I've learned over the past several months, it's that simplicity and focus is key to success.

I'll have lived in the small city of New Port Richey two years in February of '23, a milestone that brings me quite a bit of pause. For a variety of reasons and factors - some external, some internal - my experience living in the Tampa Bay area has been challenging. I've learned a lot about my shortcomings by moving to a place where I knew no one, and I've had some missteps along the way. It's cliché, but I feel that I'm finally getting into a groove almost three years in.

Currently, I'm working with an Indianapolis-based company specializing in legal video. It's an interesting gig that I'm thankful to have, but it's no doubt that the more stimulating and compatible occupation is the work I'm doing with the West Pasco History Society as their museum's curator. More on that in a future post.

Living in a small town like New Port Richey, which originally was slated as a potential "Hollywood of the East" but fell victim to the Depression and grew up as a land for retirees, has its challenges. It does not have the energy of established and younger metro cities like Tampa, Miami or St. Petersburg. Thankfully, it has a Downtown district with bars, restaurants, ice cream parlors and other business owned by younger people who are looking to make something happen.

I think of New Port Richey as a grand house that is being built. The living ain't easy when the walls aren't complete, but the end is in sight.

I've got a lot more to say about everything I've teased here. More on all of it another time!

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