Taking the plunge

I’ve decided to take the plunge and start a blog. I intend to talk about my struggles with writing, my life as a recently married man, weight loss, and give my opinions on the issues of the day.

 

I have many story ideas, and more keep popping up all the time. I have not been successful in getting anything finished, however. I want to use this blog as both a record of what I am doing, and as a taskmaster. If I have to post time after time, got no writing done, It will motivate me to be more diligent. (I hope)

 

I got married to my wonderful and amazing spouse, Maria, in January 2012, so I am still a newlywed. Before I got married, I was even more of a slacker and a drifter than I am today. Currently, I am going back to college while working three part time jobs. I’m at a community college in California, with the goal of transferring to a four-year institution in 2015 and becoming an accountant. I am also pretty active in my church. So I’ll be blogging about all those issues too.

 

I am overweight and have many related health issues. I’m struggling with eating less, and exercising more. Right now, I weigh 260 pounds. IF I work at it, I can get to 200 by January. More importantly, if I work at it, I will be more healthy. My father died when he was 36, partly because he was overweight. I want to be at my children’s wedding, and have my grandchildren know me. Fortunately, my brother-in-law is a physical trainer, and is willing to help me do this.

 

I am a libertarian-leaning conservative. To me, that means I want the government, federal, state, and local, to butt out of my private life, and stop doing so much. The analogy I like to use, is government is like oil in a car. You need some, or the engine will seize, but you don’t exactly fill the gas tank with 10w 30.

 

I am very socially conservative, but also believe that God gave us free will, and I cannot force a person to think (or act) in ways I believe are wrong and sinful. I will argue and try to convince you of the truth of my positions, but forcing another to act in contradiction of their conscience is offensive and sinful. In our society, my viewpoints are a minority and any short-term victory wrought by force will backfire against me and mine long-term.

 

Anyway, that is the goal of this blog. Until I come up with a good title for my life, I will continue to operate under a working title. 

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