Takeshi Kovacs, the main character in my favorite book, “Altered Carbon,” gets the shit kicked out of him with every turn of the page. After he undergoes the equivalent of multiple lifetimes of torture, Kovacs, a seasoned spec ops agent, finally snaps. As he does, Kovacs hallucinates the apparition of a long-lost brother-in-arms who encourages him to “get to the next level,” giving Kovacs just enough of a push to survive his virtual reality torture (a fate worse than death) to force himself back into reality.
After dealing with depression for more than half my life, it’s time for me to get to the next level.
One of the things I’ve tried to do each day/night since moving here has been to thank God for all I have and have achieved. I know most of my accomplishments pale in comparison to those of others’ and I’m nowhere near where I thought I’d be/wish I was, but I am nevertheless immensely grateful for what I have in a new place that, I think, is beginning to feel like home.
What a busy few years it’s been since my last blog post. Despite the radio silence here (sorry), I’ve been hard at work for a number of clients while forming and gradually building Paladin Publications, a boutique digital content agency and publisher of other content.
The largest change, however, is the culmination of a life-long dream: moving from my home state of Rhode Island, where I was born and where I’ve lived for the entirety of my 30-year life.
My destination was none other than the Mountain State, West Virginia.
For as long as I’ve been freelancing, I’ve operated as a sole proprietor, but I’ve always had long-term plans to move beyond that. In fact, it’s been a(n almost) lifelong dream to own a company — a dream I’ve finally realized.
Your website serves as your business’s digital identity on the internet. It provides a format for you to list your products and services, a little bit of information about your company and its founders, perhaps an address to your physical storefront, and a means of contact for customers who want to get in touch with you.