I haven’t written a post in over two years but to be fair, life happens. So cliche I know… So what’s happened?

I started a new job

I started working at Buddy Media in 2011 which has since been acquired by Salesforce on August of 2012. It’s been really exciting and challenging learning about new technologies and how to scale application and infrastructure. I really feel it’s important to challenge yourself everyday. That’s how we grow as individuals and improve our skill-sets. So do yourself a favor, try not to remain stagnant in anything you do. If you aren’t being challenged, it’s time for something to change.

I bought a house

Home ownership is very exciting. It’s probably one of the biggest investments you can make in life. My only regret is not doing it sooner. My daughters are in better schools, we have a better life, we are building equity and we aren’t contributing to paying off someone else’s mortgage. Often, we are reluctant to make such a big commitment. After-all, it is 30 years. There’s also fear of not being able to afford all of the expenses that come with home ownership.

In my case, this was so far from the truth. I realized that I was spending money on foolish things and could cut-back on some expenses. When my wife and I decided to buy instead of renting, we took some time to go over our finances and see what our expenditures were to determine what we could afford (this is important to do at least once a year). We realized things that we could sacrifice for the sake of home ownership. We did it, and couldn’t be happier!

I unplugged

I went off the grid for several months. I didn’t use any social networks and stayed off-line. Spending quality time with those that are important to you is necessary.