My So Called Life - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Embrace life -- both the sweet days and the bitter...embrace the joy and the sadness...the successes and the defeats -- for all of these things, both good and bad, have made you who you are.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Atlanta - A Look Back Over The Last Few Years

This September I hit 3 years in Atlanta...I honestly never thought I would stay here this long. I moved here back in September 2005 to live with my best friend from college, Sam. He has since moved to New Orleans, but alas I remain.

Atlanta has been an interesting experience for me. In no way do I regret the move. I have moved around a lot in my life and Atlanta would be the best move I made.

As far as my job, it was the best possible move I could have undertaken. I am now in a department that I love and my job is awesome. I could not ask for a better job in terms of the ability to balance work and life.

As far as my dating life...oh gawd...that is probably an entire blog all on its own. Needless to say I am still single...but that shouldn't surprise anyone. I do not think life has it in the cards to smile upon me with a relationship...but ya never know...its always possible and I am open to it.

As far as my physical health, it has been amazing. When I moved to Atlanta I was a very plump 205 - 210 pounds on my 5'10 frame...yes you could say I was a healthy boy...ha ha...ok i was overweight and fat....but i carried it well...lol. Well now I have dropped around 25 - 27 pounds and am at a very comfortable 178 - 180...My goal is to drop about 5 more and tone up.
As far as my spiritual health, it has had mixed results. When I moved here, I had pretty much given up on the church. I could never get God off of my mind. The experience I had with Him in college has stuck with me over the years...its not a phase and though I fall and get up and fall and get up...there is something in me that wont let go. I have had some small revivals here and there in Atlanta. I am trying more and more...not for anyone else but for me. I miss that part of my life...and I feel it coming back...

As far as my financial situation, it has been very good...I will be almost completely debt free at the end of the year...just student loans left and those will be with me for a while...ha ha... but at least it feels good to have a lot of extra debt paid off....so here is to being debt free....at the end of the year that is....
So I guess overall, my 30's aren't starting off too bad after all.

7 Comments:

  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger ~Jason G.~ said…

    You sound happy! :)

     
  • At 2:46 PM, Blogger Jess said…

    Hey - we are going to be in Atlanta it looks like. Let's talk soon!

     
  • At 4:51 PM, Blogger JORGE said…

    Good evening,

    First of all I hope you do not bother my comment. If so, you apologise. I am reading some blogs and gay Americans have seen that many you are believers. In your case that you intuit Catolico. I have nothing against religion but I can not understand how you can belong to a confession that we remove our rights. In Spain, a gay man has the same rights for 4 years that a hetero, but the Catholic Church is a very important lobby in Spain and in spite of having a socialist government, the Catholic Church tries to take away those rights that have cost us both achieve .

    I stress that I do not intend to be controversial, but it is an issue that I do not understand. How can you be gay and Catholic at a time.

    Greetings from Madrid.

    I invite you to visit this post of mine and I hope not to offend you

    http://memoriasdeunagorafobico.blogspot.com/2008/07/es-normal-que-los-catolicos-se-casen-es.html

     
  • At 8:15 PM, Blogger Sorted Lives said…

    Glad things are going so well for you. I hope to be in Atlanta this time next year.

     
  • At 9:57 AM, Blogger Matthew said…

    Jorge,

    It is important to understand that for me being Christian and being gay are not exclusive. I can be both. And there are churches that are ok with it.

    I am not Catholic actually. I have nothing against the Catholic church at all. I am actually Non-Denominational.

    Anyway, feel free to comment more

    Greetings from Atlanta

     
  • At 6:15 PM, Blogger The Hunky Gardener said…

    Nice to see I am not the only one dealing with merging the gay and God thing. I even tried the homo-no-mo counseling group approach which did not turn me into a booby lover! It has been about 3 years since my last church service and I miss it sometimes.

     
  • At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Sam said…

    hey Matt, good job on keeping up the blog. sounds like things are going really great in Atlanta. I do miss the life there sometimes... stay well

     

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