As 2009 came to a close, I decided not to make any new year's resolutions.
While there's a great many areas where I can improve, I decided to think about 2010 in another way.
I wanted to be a part of the solution.
Pretty lofty ambitions for a 40 something unemployed IT worker.
I will say that having free time on my hands has given me time to really think about my life, how I live and what's important.
And while I don't expect my decisions to have an immediate impact on my little corner of the world, I can at least make an effort.
With that basic premise in mind, I set out to take small steps to align my some of my living with my beliefs.
The first step was the easiest.
I cancelled an online movie subscription a few days before its quarterly renewal.
The company not only had a new billing vendor but the vendor was located out of the country and due to that we the customers were being charged a foreign transaction fee.
Yeah---I don't think so.
While that may seem small, I do get over $100.00 a year back in my pocket.
Unemployed or not, $100.00 bucks is $100.00 bucks.
It's not the big things that take you're money but the small ones that bleed you dry.
And while I was gladly paying the money every month, it was that little foreign transaction fee that gave me the push I needed to say enough---no more.
One phone call and it was done. It was easy.
Unfortunately my other personal projects required a little more of a gut check.