You probably know by now that I am a former United States Marine! We are a “special” group of people. In addition to being a Marine, I have spent my adult life managing money, mostly millions and millions of your money. As a result, I am very analytical. I am meticulous. I want everything to balance out to the penny. I am constantly asking questions concerning the big picture like, “Why are we doing this?” or “Is this the best thing to do?” I want to know about the bottom line: Not how much money we will make, but what will we get for the money that we spend.
On last week, I completed a six page package to recoup thirty one cents that was sitting somewhere in financial cyberspace. One of my co-workers stated that the transaction wasn’t worth the paper that we were writing it on. I guess there is some truth to that, but the books weren’t balanced. I like for the books to be balanced. Furthermore, it was the right thing to do. When bypassing a penny on the ground as a kid in a grocery store parking lot, the old folks used to tell me, “Pennies make dollars, you know?” They too were correct. Therefore, I’m going to make the best use of the pennies that are under my care. As a tax payer, you should be very glad to hear that somebody anal like me is working on your behalf and properly managing your money.
After one week of taking on blogging as my sixth profession, I asked my husband for feedback concerning the blog. His response to me, “Well for starters, you can get rid of all those lists…that would make things less structured.” I mean, you got to love him. Thankfully one of my confidants was more gracious in stating, “Natasha, you should write how you talk. Use a more conversational tone.” Now that’s constructive criticism.
Either way, I’m taking the feedback from my all too wise husband and will resist the temptation to share laundry lists with you. Although, one of my other girlfriends stated, “We are women, and we like lists!” I must admit, I like lists. I mean I really like lists. Lists are like recipes; they provide simple steps to follow so that we obtain the desired results. Actually, my short lived reputation of being the “Bulletized Blogger” is one of the reasons for starting this blog in the first place. One of my mentors, Dr. Frank James, said to me a few months ago, “Natasha, you need to be writing something everyday.” I’m quickly finding that writing is just like working out, or anything else that you do. The more that you do it, the better you get at it, and hopefully, the easier it becomes. Please forgive me for my previous “list punishments.”
What are some quirky things that you do? Does it get on other people’s nerves?