JOURNEY MAP - Arturo Canales

My journey from 1956 to 2011

Beginning

Birth of Arturo Canales

07/04/1956

Birth of Arturo Canales - San Antonio Texas

Living in San Antonio as a child

07/04/1956 - 07/31/1975

Inertia

Life Change

Death of Mother

12/23/1966 - 12/24/1966

Mother dies right before Christmas 1966

Lost and Confused

12/24/1966 - 08/01/1969

Confused. Skipping school, running with gangs, staying out all night.

Call

Grades Bad Dropping - C Average. Capable of a A average

08/01/1969 - 03/01/1972

Running with gangs at night

08/01/1969 - 08/01/1974

Confused and looking for a family. Found it with the gang.

Entered High School

08/01/1969

Entered High School. Barely made it out of Junior High.

WAKE UP - Teacher talks to me. Changes my life

03/01/1972

Teacher speaks to me.

Jump

Take the plunge. Changing my lifestyle.

Start participating in religious activities after school

03/02/1972

Decided to seek out God for guidance.

Get my head on straight.

03/02/1972

Teachers Help With My Studies

07/01/1972 - 06/01/1974

Seek help from teachers. They help me until I graduate.

Join ROTC - Drill Team Member

07/01/1972 - 06/01/1974

Join the drill team and start practicing during the Summer. Year around participation.

Trials and Tribulations

Hard Times

Dad Drinking Heavy

01/01/1967 - 07/15/1990

Father starts drinking and doesn't stop until his death in 1990.

No electricity and no water

08/01/1969 - 08/01/1974

Father doesn't pay the bills. Living in a home without water or electricity. Getting water in buckets from a nearby park and electricity using extension from next door.

State helps pay for my lunch

08/01/1969 - 06/01/1974

Poor and in school. Lunch program and night job help feed me.

Washing dishes at night to survive

01/01/1970 - 08/01/1974

Worked washing dishes to help make it. Buying my own clothes, food, and gas.
08/01/1969 - 08/01/1974

Living by myself in one rented room

03/01/1970 - 12/01/1974

Aunt helps me get a one room place in an old 3 story house. It keeps me away from trouble.

Dissolution

Old patterns left behind.

Grades start improving and continue until graduation

03/01/1970 - 06/01/1974

Re-establish relationship with Father and Sisters

03/01/1970

I decide I need to renew my relationship with my family in order to get my own life in order and move forward.

Begin to end the gang life

03/01/1972

Decide I need to give up the gang life.

Decide to Join Marine Corps

03/01/1974

The Marine Corps is my answer to leaving San Antonio and getting out of my old past life.

Discovery

Enlightenment - Life Changing

Join the Marines

08/24/1974

Learn and practice that Education is Everything

08/24/1974 - 07/31/2011

Learn to Lead Men

08/24/1974 - 08/24/1980

Marine Corps teaches me how to lead

Learn to get along with my family

08/24/1974 - 07/31/2011

Find that loving someone does not include assuming their problems.

Start taking college courses at night

09/01/1975

My education starts with one night course at Saddleback University in California

Integration

Introduce life lessons. Combine all the parts to make a whole.

Educational Tools Acquired

08/01/1969 - 07/31/2011

High School Graduation, Associates in Computer Programming, Bachelors Degree in Information Technology, and Masters in Technology and Education

Fill my toolbox with knowledge and experence tools

08/01/1969 - 07/31/2011

Continue to use and share what I learned

08/01/1969 - 07/31/2011

As a manager, husband, father, and friend.

Learn to be Happy

08/01/1969 - 07/31/2011

Learn to be happy and I don't need to have others drag me down.

Application

Put my life's worth of knowledge to practice

Use my education to educate and train others

08/24/1980 - 07/31/2011

Listen to employees instead of chastising them

08/24/1980 - 07/31/2011

Throughout my career I have practiced this, but this year I have made an extra effort.

Use Technology Integration skills to create CPI environments

03/25/2006 - 07/31/2011

Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) efforts involvement with Government IT Dept.

Volunteer Teaching

08/31/2011

Going to work at local school as volunteer teacher 1 day a week.