One Day at a Time


Have you ever watched a tree grow? I’m not talking about watching lilies blossom, but a tree growing. I recently bought a house and I have been watching some trees I bought grow, but I never notice them actually growing. I do realize overall that they’re bigger though.  This makes sense in a way C.S. Lewis once made light of:

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”C.S. Lewis!

…and how true is that. Continue reading…

Not getting your way: Embrace it.


It’s no secret that I get pretty fired up for Monday mornings. I love the feeling in the air knowing an entire week of opportunity and possibilities is before us. It’s the easiest day for me to wake up and get going. It’s also the easiest day for me not to let the things of this world get to me.

Be that as it may, after my workout this morning, I went to go in the hot tub (which I always look forward to) and when I took a step in, the water was 50 degrees. Instantly my attitude started to change. In the smallest way, I didn’t get my way, I didn’t get to plan my day out and relax my muscles after a great work out like I wanted to, and I knew that if I dwelled on that, that little bit of disappointment would snowball and could easily ruin the day. Continue reading…

Don’t Give Up: My Story.


This past week, I was featured in an article in the Democrat and Chronicle that talked about my latest business venture, Upstate Charge. Not only did the article run in the D&C locally and online, but it was pretty cool to see that the article was also syndicated on the USA Today.

This is probably the 4th article that’s been published locally on me and as humbled and grateful as I am that anyone wants to write a story on me, it always bugs me that I can’t write the article myself – to a degree. I think the writers always do a phenomenal job writing the articles, but there’s always so much they leave out of the story, that to me, is so important, and usually gives so much more meaning to the accomplishment. Continue reading…

Successful Monday Mornings: My how-to guide


It’s easy to let Monday, or any day for that matter, get the best of us. Any day of the week can quickly drain us, but there is something about Monday’s that people dread, fear, and hate like none else.

Quite frankly, a few years back I got sick of it and realized that it was just a day, like all the rest. I slowly adapted more and more ways to endure and embrace this dreadful day and soon it became my favorite day of the week. Some call me crazy, but I promise you it’s possible for you, too! Continue reading…

Success or Failure: Critics and Haters Await


For the most part, I’ve always been against New Year’s resolutions. This probably stems from seeing 90% of resolutions being tied to dieting and exercise, and 90% of those engaging in resolutions quitting and or failing after two weeks.  Same goes for all of the smokers who quit on January 1st, and start back up on January 10th. I know it’s got to be hard to quit smoking but hey, maybe next time, just wait two weeks before telling people you quit?

That being said, it IS January 1st, 2013. There IS a blank slate in front of you. While the difference between yesterday and today is no different than any other pair of days, there’s that little bit of freshness and newness in the air that you should 100% use to your advantage. Sure, it ties into the placebo effect, but be that as it may… (Thanks David J. for bringing that phrase into relevance) Continue reading…

If you think you’re alone – think again.


My heart is so heavy lately towards those that are suffering.

Everywhere I turn it seems as if people are depressed, anxious, miserable, and just plain discouraged. I think the reason it resonates so much with me is because I’ve been there.

I was watching a show last night as I was falling asleep that I absolutely love (Married to Jonas) and someone was suffering from some real anxiety, I had the news on a bit earlier and they were talking about a girl who was bullied so much that she ended up killing herself, and it goes on and on. Continue reading…

Performance Under Pressure


Let’s start with a confession: I’ve been paying $6 every morning for a protein shake at the gym since last January. Stupid right? I know.

The problem? Laziness. I broke the last blender I had years ago and never bought a new one. The convenience of simply getting a shake at the gym just seemed easy. The fact that I could just bill it to my account and not even think about the $6 until the end of the month didn’t help either.

Now, to my defense, for over a year I’ve been saying that I need to go buy a blender and start making shakes at home. Not only will it save me money, but if I can make shakes when I’m in a jam and can’t get to lunch or just need a snack, it’d be great. The problem is – I was never in a situation where I really needed one, so I didn’t feel like randomly going to the store and buying a blender, a tub of protein, etc. etc. (see picture above). Continue reading…

Humbled to Join TMCI’s Board of Directors


As I stated on my Facebook and Twitter Thursday morning, I am humbled and honored to say that I will now be sitting on the Board of Directors for Teen Mother Choices International (TCMInternational).

TMCInternational, from their official website (that will more than likely be redone now that I’m on board *grin*) describes the organization as follows:

Since 1989, churches throughout northern Illinois have been assisting teen mothers to become independent functioning members of society.  Teen Mother Choices International (TMCInternational) is taking the successful model created in those churches and is using it to train other churches and existing organizations around the world to serve teen mothers in their own communities.  TMCInternational is striving to be … THE MINISTRY OF CHOICE FOR THOSE SEEKING TO SERVE TEEN MOTHERS! Continue reading…

Positivity: Happiness is addicting, isn’t it?


Everywhere you look is something negative. The news, the paper, your friends, even possibly your family – it doesn’t matter. It’s everywhere.

Prime example – right now we’re about to head into election time. What’s that mean? It means that we have one self-proclaimed “leader” from each political party crushing each other with negative traits and characteristics with the end goal of proving to you that they are the better leader. Simon Sinek offered a good piece of advice to both Obama and Romney: Continue reading…

20lbs in 30 Days: What Worked for ME.


Over the last six years of being dedicated to working out and maintaining consistent gym attendance, I’ve had a lot of people ask me “what do you do”, “how’d you do it”, and (without knowing) “what works for YOU?”

I say what works for ME because you can ask 20 people about working out and/or a healthy lifestyle and you can get 20 responses with completely different answers. Rightfully so, what works for someone else might not work for you. In addition to that, I am by no means a fitness professional. What I do might not be the absolute best way to do it or politically correct way – it’s what work’s for me. Continue reading…