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Another Year Older, But Am I Any Wiser?

2009 September 30
by Shannon Lowder

The past year has been a journey to say the least. I was still working through the divorce. I still thought I had a shot at settling. Turns out I was wrong. In order to complete it I had to go through bankruptcy. It’s relatively painless if you qualify. There is a ton of paperwork, and a lot of uncertainty…but it has helped me start over.

It cost me my house, I didn’t need something that big for just me. I was able to re-affirm my bike, so I’ll be able to continue paying on that and keep it. Unfortunately the little things about credit are gone. I can’t take advantage of those same as cash offers…oh well, I’ll just save up to get stuff.

But the problem comes when the unexpected happens. My personal laptop died two weeks back…Replacing something like that would have been easier with credit… but I can deal, with a little help from my friends.

I’m feeling like the old 1999 me. The enterprising version of me. The one with a vision and a plan. The creative me. The me I enjoyed being. I’ve been working on a new side project for a couple months now. It was an idea I had just after leaving Hinrichs-Flannagan. After talking to friends and friends-of-friends, it turns out there are a ton of people who need it. So, again with some help from my friends, we’re building it.

I have learned from my previous experience in running a company. I’ve also learned from everyone around me, for good or bad. In some ways I am wiser.

In some ways, I’m still foolish.

I think the only way I’ll know if I was wiser this year than I was last year, is to wait until next year…

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