Personal Update 201601 | 1 January 2016 | Friday
Happy New Year! I hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking a moment to read my latest update.
Career Change News
As I shared in last month’s update, I recently accepted a job offer. Yesterday was my last official day at the University of Iowa. The new job won’t start for a few weeks. In the meantime, I plan to expand my tech support and other consulting work, as well as the public interest work I do. I’m thankful that the new job will not be taking up the 50-60 hours I’d been working at my old job.
Yesterday evening, a few short minutes after finishing up at the University, I was grateful to have computer work to do for someone. This morning and this afternoon, on the first day of the year, I was also busy with tech support. As of this evening, I have enough support requests to fill next week. I’m looking forward to spending more time on my technology services business.
Also this morning, I received an email from a supporter of the advocacy work I do relating to small houses. They wrote to let me know in the year ahead, they will be doubling their monthly donation.
So, the year is off to a good start.
A Focus on Public Interest Work
About 25 years ago, when establishing my technology services business, the name I chose was Public Interest Computer Consulting (PICC).
My intention at the time was to support those who serve the public interest working with non-profit groups or their own personal outreach. Sometime later I named the business PC DOC, yet the same mission to support those in public service remains today.
By providing a sliding scale for services, volunteering when possible, and offering other in-kind and financial donations, my hope has always been to have a hybrid business model that functions much like a self-funded non-profit organization. The income I make from traditional computer support helps fund the public interest work I do.
In the months ahead, I hope to share some inspiring stories about some of the work I’m doing in the Iowa City area and beyond.
Small House Event
On January 23, from 2-3 PM, I’ll be giving a presentation at the Marion Public Library about small house living. The presentation will hopefully be just a part of a larger gathering of small house enthusiasts. Click here to learn more about the event.
Many thanks to all of you who keep in touch and provide support for the work I do.
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Origins. For those of you who are new to these monthly personal updates, they began about 15 years ago out of a desire to share from my personal life about topics of lifeways (faith), health, career, finances, relationships, effective living, and activism. This is based on the life map presented on the Resources For Life website.