A Peek Into My Life - Lost Ring & Slowing Down - August 2014 Update

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in My Story

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Blog Schedule Update
 
If you have not noticed, I have been a bit inconsistent with posting content on the website. In light of the work which has been coming my way, I have not been able to post as often as I did in the beginning of the year. With this reality, I am updating my blogging schedule.
 
Here is what you can expect going forward. 
 
On the first Monday of the month, I will post a question of the month. On the second Monday of the month, I will post a story/lesson blog post. On the third Monday of the month, I will post the best links of the month. On the fourth Monday of the month, I will post an update of me and my life (like you see here). If there is a 5th Monday, I will post something special or random :)
 
Also, if you have not already, I would encourage you to sign up for email updates. If you do, you can expect to receive an email every week when I post on the blog. Click here to subscribe.
 
My last post here was about debt, click here to read it... 
 
Also, I am now a resident writer for #beAleader, click here to read my first article on delegation...
 
Lost Wedding Ring
 
We recently went up to Nashville to see my two sisters and their husbands. It was a great time, unfortunately while we were swimming at the lake my wedding ring came off, and it was lost. I now have a replacement ring from Chuck E Cheese from my dear wife :) While it is not fun to lose something this important, is did act as a catalyst to think about my marriage, what matters and the journey we have been on.
 
Reading The Scriptures
 
A few months ago, I finished an almost 2 year long journey to read the Bible from the beginning to the end. It was a powerful experience and one I encourage you, if you haven't, to do. As a follow-up, I decided to change my approach to my daily Bible reading and instead of reading more, I decided to read less. I am now reading one section of each chapter multiple times. I am thinking about each sentence, what it means and what commentaries say about it. It is a much more deep meaning focus. I started in Matthew and I am currently in Luke.
 
Work Overview
 
In regards to work, I am freelancing helping business owners and leaders solve their problems. I am doing a variety of the work (Business consulting, marketing strategy, Joomla Web design, SEO, project management, etc...)  I have done since I started working! God continues to be my salesman, and people keep coming to me with projects as we continue to live in abundance. It is interesting because when I first started Noodlehead I networked like crazy meeting new people all the time. I was looking for the next project. Unfortunately, I met a lot of people and abandon many of them. I failed to maintain relationships with the people I was meeting. In this season of life, I am focused on maintaining relationships and not look for work, and the work continues to come my way.
 
Also, even though we shut down Noodlehead Marketing 5 months ago, it seems God is using the current season to tie up many loose ends. There are old friendships which are moving on, old friendships which are going deeper. There are new communities and friendships being born. He is teaching me many things with the different projects I am working on and situations which are arising from these.
 
The past 5 months have been really special for me. In many ways, I continue to be surprised by what God is doing and it is helping to soften my heart where I have been jaded. It is hard in different ways, but the growth and progress has been beautiful. I tend to go through days and sometimes weeks where my anxiety is triggered as I reflect on the past, stress about the future or fear realities in front of me. 
 
I recently gashed my eyelid and I had to get three stitches. I told the doctor I wanted him to help me, and I wanted to hold still. I knew I couldn't do it even though I wanted to. He had to hold my head and I had to do everything I could to not move. That is how I feel now, I want God to continue to heal and help me, but I struggle to just hold still.
 
Final Words 
 
I don't know how this current season will play out, but I know I was prepared for this season in my last one. I also know this season is preparing me for my next one. Ultimately, I want to be together with God, my wife, my family and my community. I'm not trying to go anywhere because what I love is right in front of me, and as long as God continues to financially sustain us through freelancing I will continue to do it.

The Financial Debt Trap - A Zealous Hiring - Part 1 of 3

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Finances

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Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7
 
Debt. It can bring up a range of opinions, feedback and feelings. Throughout my life, my father did everything he could to teach me the dangers of debt and he urged me to steer far away from it. In some ways, I heeded his advice. What I did not realize was there are indirect roads to debt, especially when it comes to business. 
 
When we started Noodlehead Marketing, I committed to refrain from going into debt. Unfortunately, what I did not realize was there were other bad decisions I could make which would lead me to do the very thing I committed not to do. Here is the first of three stories on how Noodlehead Marketing fell into the debt trap.
 
The First Trap - A Zealous Hiring
 
In late 2008, I needed a sales person, or at least I convinced myself I did. I was not going to change my mind. It was just a matter of finding someone to fill the role.
 
There was a gentleman I looked up to who recommended someone he knew. Because of the state I was in and how highly this recommendation was given, I was now fixed on hiring this person. Any flags that came up were of no concern, because hiring this person was going to give me what I wanted, a sales person. 
 
As you can probably guess, after 3 months he was not generating the results I needed. Now to be fair, he was switching industries, products, and we did not have a good sales system in place. Everything was going against him to start with, so unless he knew his stuff coming in, there was really no realistic way for him to be successful.
 
In addition, I had a hard time holding him accountable because I felt like I needed him. My fear was, if I held him accountable, he might leave. After the three months had gone by, we ran out of money to pay him. At this point I should have cut the cord and let him go, but I was too attached and committed.
 
I needed it to work. We just needed more time. 
 
Underlying all this, I was struggling to acknowledge I had made a mistake and instead of facing this harsh reality, I chose to avoid it.
 
From my experience and observation, I have found debt tends to be a symptom of avoidance. Instead of waiting or addressing the issues we really need to discuss, we instead choose to procrastinate them. Borrowing money allows us to avoid the issue and push it off into the future. 
 
So instead of cutting it off with this sales person, we continued for 3 more months hoping things would turn around, and he would be bringing in enough income to pay for himself. It wasn't enough time, and ten thousand dollars of credit card debt later I decided to make a change. Instead of letting him go, I prolonged our agony and changed his compensation to commission only. It was the easy way for me to let him go.
 
Reflecting on the situation, I look back and realize my problem was not the lack of a sales person. I had learned about the idea of hiring a sales person, and this became a shiny object. It was my silver bullet to success and I decided I was going to get what I wanted. When I got it, I was not willing to let go, even when it hurt the company. It was in this place where we maintained a cycle which was destructive to me, the sales person and the company. 
 
When we ran out of money and we had to go into debt to continue, we should have decided to lean in and deal with the reality at hand. By doing whatever I could to escape reality, I caused it to get much worse. 
 
What shiny object has pulled you into debt?

July 30th: Best Links Of The Week

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Content Roundup

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If you are only able to check out 3 pieces of content this week, let it be these three...

Top 3 Links


Go First by Seth Godin


Having God's "Unreasonable" Faith by Oswald Chambers

When we look at these words of Jesus, we immediately find them to be the most revolutionary that human ears have ever heard.


Secret #12: Know You Hit the Jackpot By Shaunti Feldhahn

To have a happy marriage, look for ways to give your spouse most of the credit for your relationship success – and you will live in regular, conscious gratitude as a result.

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