News Flash If You Hated Your Job In 2017, You’ll Still Hate It In 2018.

Jesus Christ people… I can’t open a single social media app without being inundated with people complaining about going back to work…

I get it.  Some of these are probably just to get a laugh people but a lot aren’t.  I’m not completely oblivious to think that everyone loves what they do but you’ve got to find comfort.  If you’re spending 40+ hours a week doing something you hate, fucking do something about it.  Throwing up countless memes isn’t getting your closer to finding comfort in your career.

I like (not love) what I do.  But the most important thing about my job is I find it interesting and it’s provided me with other amazing opportunities to pursue other things I’m passionate about like grad school and photography.

What is important to you?  What’s your dream job?

I ask not because I’ve got book of open opportunities for you to pursue your dream as a career but follow up and ask “When was the last time you did that?”. If you can’t answer in 10 seconds, that’s step one.  GO DO IT! 

The internet provides us all the resources we need to learn how to pursue our passions.  Not enough time?  Stop watching TV.  Budget your time like you budget your paycheck and find the time you need.

One day a week instead of listening to Spotify or the Radio during your commute, listen to a podcast about your passion.  Podcasts are maybe the most under-rated free form of education out there.

Use social media to find local groups of people that have similar interests.  I promise you they’re out there.  When you find your “news feed” stacked with more relevant posts of things your passionate about it makes it way more tolerable than realizing you’re the only one of your friends who’s still single and not a parent. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone either.  The multiple genres of photography allow me to do that frequently and it’s made me a much better photographer.

Although I’m not big on calendar dictated resolutions, there’s no better time than the present to make the changes you want in life, not wait for them to possibly come to you.

Be the change.

Life is Short. Live Your Dream and Share Your Passion.

Realizing that I purchased my original domain and webspace one year ago today it felt appropriate to reflect on why.

Social media quickly became a place to share every thought, cup of coffee, and/or photo of your pets/kids.  That is a fine way to get a quick fix of dopamine but that’s really it.  When you reflect on your “On this day” featured on Facebook, does it tell an accurate story about who you were at that time?  Probably not.

If you know me at all, you know I’m a sucker for nostalgia.  Over the years I’ve curated videos compiled of the moments that helped make unforgettable years but even that to me wasn’t enough.  Written word seems like the best way to record the specific details.  Each word and phrase carefully premeditated.  (For the most part when I’m not botching spelling and throwing grammatical errors like confetti)

That’s what brought me here.  A place of my own where I can elaborate share thoughts, ideas, passions, phots, videos, and more.  Regardless of how 9 to 5 your life might seem at times you are interesting.  Social media has made it mandatory for us to keep up with “Friends”.  Their news is blasted on what they call “news” and we addictively scroll through for the latest nonsense and memes.  We rarely encounter original content let alone interesting stories about the people we associate with.  Well if you want to hear my nonsense, I might share previews on those very social media platforms but I’ll make you take the extra step.  If you’re truly interested you’ll know where to find me.

In the short year since I purchased the website, even shorter than that since my first post and 13,669 visitors later I’m still kicking.  Over the next week or so I’m going to give the sight a major facelift, improve it’s mobile viewing, and the user interface.

I’m excited to get this baby revamped during the busiest time of my life with my 9-5, photography, grad school, etc.  Wont be easy but I see value in the art of self reflection and what better way than to paint it all over the internet in permanent ink.

I hope that people will read this and start to tell more of their stories.  I know a ton of interesting people, many of which I’ve called out in previous blogs.

If you think this might be something you’d be interested in I’d be happy to help you get it off the ground.  I use WordPress for everything and it’s pretty simple one stop shop.

There are also millions of tutorials online to get a site started.  Here is one I’d check out.

Live Your Dream & Share Your Passion.

Making the Switch to a Standing Desk

Since starting at my job about a year ago I’ve had a pretty basic cubicle full of all the technology any IT person could ever ask for.  I spend about 60% of my week in that cube sitting in an old chair starring at my displays.

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Since my family is notorious for having back pains later in life I thought I’d take another step of avoid those woes and invest in an adjustable standing desk by Ergotron.

Day 1
Got the desk setup just the way I want.  Kudos to Ergotron again for making it super easy to setup.  This thing literally popped out of the box and was good to go.

Now I don’t have all my cable ties down just he way I’d like but I needed to be functional before I can be fashionable.  I looked into getting a center bar to mount (2) 27″ displays but it seems the max supported size was 24″.  This really was fine in the end.  I don’t mind them up the way they are.  What do you think?

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I love that I’ve only got three cables running to my 13″ MacBook Pro.  Two Thunderbolt cables (one going to a Belkin Dock) and the magsafe power adapter.  This makes it really easy to unplug and go.  Also it’s nice having my SD card reader on the MacBook Pro very accessible.  Since then I’ve updated to the newest MacBook Pro with only USB-C and it’s actually become even easier.

Day 2
So like most things you’re excited about Day 1 was the honeymoon phase.  Now it’s day 2 and I’m realizing that this thin carpet is not going to cut and an am looking into a floor mat to stand on.

Day 3

Today is really the first full day of standing at the desk.  Past two days I’ve had half days so today is the first true test.  Unsurprisingly I need a floor mat.  These basic Vans sneakers don’t cut it.

The floor mat I’m ordering won’t be here for sometime and costs over $200 so it better be worth it.  You hear me Ergotron??? Get that floor mat here asap.

Other than that not too much to report I screwed my shoulder up doing keg stands over the weekend (don’t ask) so I haven’t been able to bring it up and down but I got a boat load of new accessories for the desk as well and it’s as steady as ever.

Day 14…  Where is my mat?

Day 30

Took about a month for my floor mat to come in.  Let me just say there are a million of these available on Amazon for way cheaper than what I paid for my Ergotron one.  I’m not sure how much better or worse one is than another but I don’t really care.  Anything is better when you wear Vans every day.

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The mat isn’t making as much of a difference as I’d hope but I’m only about 7 days into using it.

After a month of using the standing desk I’m extremely impressed.  My body adjusted to standing 6-8 hours a day at my desk instead of sitting.  There are very few times throughout the week I feel the need to sit down.  Also depends on how big of a lunch I eat.

If you’re considering making the transition to a standing desk here are the biggest take aways:

  • Try and get your company to pay for it.  Most companies will consider as it can save them in healthcare costs down the road.
  • If you need a union to come in and do any furniture renovations consider a model that just drops on an existing table like mine.
  • Learn how to cable manage.  You don’t want your monitors pulled off the desk because you managed them too tight.  (No this did not happen to me)
  • Go wireless with everything you can. (Mouse, Keyboard, Trackpad)

That’s really it.  I love my new desk and am considering one for my tiny apartment at home.  I don’t really have the space for a desk chair so it would be perfect for me.  If you’ve got a standing desk or are considering one let me know in the comments below.

Happy One Month Anniversary Jaredcwood.com

Today marks the one month since I launched this website.  I launched it for a number of reasons.  First off a I wanted a place where I could share elaborate ideas, thoughts, photos, and videos without them automatically being posted to your personal walls.  Now sure, I promote the site on social media so in a way you’re seeing ads for it but to really dig deep into the content you have to do so willingly.  So for that, you’re welcome.

Throughout social media I’ve recognized a few people that I really think would benefit from a website similar to this.  (Don’t worry I’ll be calling you out personally in a few minutes)  Not because I don’t want to see their thoughts and content anymore, Facebook made that very easy to “hide” you, but because they seem to have great things to say that get cut short but the character limits of twitter or the “load more” option of Facebook.  For example my girlfriend Leann Delorenzo has a great blog where she elaborates on her endeavors of health & fitness. (Happy Birthday shout out!)

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Also it’s really nice to be able to do this without the mess of ads.

That’s right I pay out of pocket to keep this site ad free so you’re welcome.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far.

Original content goes a long way.
I’m blown away with the 1600+ hits spanning 16 countries, that I’ve received in just the first month.  All of the things I’ve been writing about are things I’ve been doing my own research on even if I didn’t start this site.  People ask me tech related questions almost daily so this is just an easy way for them to get most of that information.  Don’t worry we can still share a beer but instead we’ll talk about something ridiculous we’re both witnessing at the bar.

Running a website can be addicting.
I’ve only been doing this for a month and it’s almost always on my mind.  Working two jobs, a graduate student, and maintaining relationships with friends is already enough.  I’ve found that researching new ideas for this site has taken up almost every free moment my mind has.

You’re all terrible decision makers.
But that seems very common these days.  Even though I’ve put all of the facts right in front of you I can’t tell you how many people still want to know about different Unlimited Plan options or what people need to set up their own home network.

But that’s all ok.  Another reason I built this site is so that we can engage in those types of conversations.  God knows I’d prefer not to talk about politics.

So now I’m going to use this opportunity to call a few people out who I think should have their own website.

  • Briana Wallace screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-1-08-54-pm
    Briana is an extremely intelligent woman with a vast knowledge of trends in technology.  She also happens to work for one of the world’s most influential companies.  Your work allows you to be apart of some pretty major changes in the technology industry and you get to travel.

 

  • Tim Fitzpatrick & Connor Byrne screen-shot-2017-03-02-at-1-05-18-pm
    Tim and Connor have performed in a number ofdifferent bands with dozens of different members.  They currently play in the band Brackish together. They’re both very passionate about their craft and work on it countless hours after their daily grind.

 

  • Chad Sabo 13102649_10206019802997360_7272295403065304509_n
    I’m not sure Chad will ever read this but Chad is one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever known.  He’s also now a Grammy nominated producer and the most humble person you’ll ever meet.  Never since Bruce Springsteen has Jersey been so proud to have you call it home.  I’ll even throw you a plug. The Cold Seas

 

  • Mike Antonioittiscreen-shot-2017-03-02-at-1-01-31-pm
    I can’t sit around watching you not share your talent anymore so of course I’m going to call you out.  You’re incredibly talented.  You have an archive of original music that could fill iPod Classic.  I don’t know why you don’t share your talent more with the world.  Believe me when I say they want to hear it.  Or is this how you want people to remember you?

 

  • Emily Pearson 12821499_10154056885881096_4650703883024992593_n
    Although I am not 1/100,000 the Lady Gaga fan that you are, I appreciate your passion.  You’ve got a clear idea of what you really love and I’ve seen it all over social media.  I know I’ve mentioned this to you before but you should really look into developing your own blog if you haven’t already.

 

  • Allison Barbati 15665432_879626551334_6528105151116789269_n
    You gave corporate America the middle finger and
    picked up and moved to Montana now you work on a ski and snowboard mountain.  The world could really learn more from experiences like this.  You’ve clearly made it work for you.

 

Now look.  I just picked six people off the top of my head that stood out.  If you’re name isn’t up there it doesn’t mean I don’t think you life is blog worthy, in fact I think most are. Either way who the fuck am I to say?  If you know this person please do me a favor and reach out out to them and let them know I blew up their spot.

Lastly thanks to all of those who have reached out over the past 3o days to give me feedback about the site, engaged in the site, and most of all shared the site with others.  I do this because I think the some of the information I can provide is valuable to people.  That allows my photos and videos to ride those coat tails and for that I’m extremely grateful.

If you’re considering making a website, WordPress and SquareSpace seem to be the most popular out there.  If you have any questions let know below and I’m happy to answer them.

I look forward to writing on here for years to come.