I believe that I am definitely getting sick right now. Not like death sick or really anything all that terrible, just a nasty cold that has almost run my voice out of me. This week has been crazy hectic and I feel like I am just consistently running behind. Some things have finally started to break into a pattern for me, but others I find myself struggling to find time for. The one aspect of my life that I feel like I really want to focus on is time with my family. We spend a lot of time “together” but it doesn’t feel like it is fulfilling. It is hard to not get complacent when you are around the same people every day but I need to challenge myself more to do the right things and be there for my wife and son the way they deserve.
One of my biggest issues that I feel I keep running into, is that I have so much to do that I just get stuck in a paralysis by analysis mode and get almost nothing accomplished. This week I have finally gotten hard back into my bible study and I am really hopeful that it will help me to better understand my life and things that I am doing and/or not doing. I need to work hard at getting back into a better prayer life situation, and really ramping up my life so that I can accomplish the things that God desires of me.
I did enjoy cross country practice on Tuesday, as we put most of the kids through their last full out heavy training session of the year. Our teams find themselves in the throes of being regional qualifiers which would be awesome for them, and the only time our school would have put both the boys and girls’ teams into the regional.
So is it just me or was it a Manic Monday yesterday? I felt like I was sprinting and sprinting and getting nowhere fast. Unfortunately the manicness of yesterday continued into today, and this morning feels like I’m running on a treadmill at top speed (going fast but not getting traction). I did manage to pick up a few more quotes, it is tough to keep the pipeline full but when it is I really feel like I can work hard and get some things accomplished.
Back to cross country practice tonight as I put the kids through another round of 1000 meter repeats. Some of them said they liked these even less than the whistle drill, I’m not sure why, I always enjoyed doing 1000s and mile repeats and the whistle drill kicked my butt.
I’ve finally started to get a little more dedicated to doing a few different things in my life that I enjoy and want to continue to work at. Last night Cayden and I went to the driving range and had a great time, for the most part. He was getting a little crazy toward the end of the time out there, trying to hit multiple balls at the same time. Which for the most part worked, but not really what I want him to learn! He did hit a ball, somehow and managed to have it come up and hit him right in the face. I hit the ball well with my irons, so hopefully that will transfer into the outing on Friday. I also made sure to get some light reading (The Lost Symbol) in, and get back into my daily bible study. Leviticus 21 shows us that our Lord is holy, and we must not be defiled to be in communion with him.
Well, here in central Ohio it has quickly dropped from summer to fall. Some of these fall nights even feel more like that of a winter night. I loved the weather this weekend, I just put a long sleeve shirt on or my lightweight Columbia fleece depending on the day. We worked on getting somethings done around the garage/shed this weekend, taking some of our winter gear out and putting the summer clothes away. Friday night, Cayden and I went to the Licking Valley game versus Granville until halftime. He was so tired, that he fell asleep in my arms so we had to walk back down to grandma’s house so he could sleep.
The cross country team got in their last heavy week of training as we begin the taper for the post season meets for the seniors. The rest of the team will still be running their regular week but the upper classmen are going to drop into workouts with the rest of the team.
I did enjoy a little bit of college football and pro football on TV, but I feel like I’m slowly getting away from the big time sports on TV. I sat down and started reading a book this weekend, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I’ve read all of his other books, and this one so far has not disappointed. I’m not very far into it, but what I’ve read thus far has been very appealing.
We also enjoyed another great service at Vineyard Grace Fellowship on Sunday morning. The message was absolutely solid, and just continued to help me put things in perspective in my life. Even when I feel like I’m trying hard, I can now see that I can go so much further if I just go about it with the right frame of mind.
Here in central Ohio, we have hit my favorite time of year, and the most beautiful weather one could enjoy. The highs in the mid 70’s and the overnight lows in the low 50’s, make it perfect weather to be outside and enjoy just about any outdoor activity you could get into. As a runner this weather is perfect for me, because I can enjoy a nice brisk workout while the weather is still cool in the morning, but even at the height of the temperature it’s still not unruly. I think our cross country team must really be enjoying it too, since we had some excellent races on Wednesday night. The girls’ team took home their first championship trophy in what I believe is 10 years (I’m not sure on that, but my guess is that team had to have won at least one meet). The boys’ team which is going to be running the rest of the season without one of the top 3 runners and another of the top 3 was out for driving school, still managed a top 3 trophy. All of the kids ran really well, and it should make for an exciting rest of the season.
I received confirmation that I should be finalizing an application for another day care this week which is pretty exciting. It feels like every time I get a real opportunity to quote, I can probably write them. I’ve come to learn more and more about my agent competition, and it just seems like most of them don’t properly understand the coverage needed for a day care nor the coverage they are providing.
Last night I struggled through my bible study of Revelation 12. It is very imaginative, and I struggle with those types of contexts. My brain (Math major) is very analytical, literal, and point-to-point driven. When I got into things that are not highly structured my brain really struggles to pull everything together.
So, after my rant yesterday morning the rest of the day settled down and rounded out to be another great day. I actually left the office around 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon and dropped into a few of the day care providers that I have made it a priority to target and help the day care providers better understand their insurance coverage. As I continue to meet with more and more day care business, I am more and more astounded by how poorly some agents interact with their clients. At our office we can turn standard homeowner’s and auto insurance around in less than 24 hours, and depending upon the commercial business that we are quoting many of them can be done in less than a day as well. Some businesses are a little more complex and it takes a little while to get them through the underwriting process, but for the most part we can get quotes with several of our carriers and have them back to the potential client within a day. Out of the marketing calls I made yesterday, I have already gotten one opportunity to quote their day care! I also just got news back as I was typing this that one of our former clients that I have been following up with via email, has responded and I have an opportunity to quote them as well.
Tonight is going to be a fun cross country meet night, since our girls’ team has a chance to win their first invitational in 10 years! We’ll be missing one of our top 3 boys, but it should be exciting to see how the rest of the team responds to the challenge. I recently went back and revised my rankings for the teams in Central Ohio and I would put both of our teams just outside of the final transfer spot to make it to regionals from districts.
I finally got back into studying for my life & health insurance license as well. That is the next step in my professional development and improving myself, so that I can better serve my clients.
So, I’ve been “perplexed” by this for quite some time. Why is the stock market continuing to go up? There really is no valid explanation for it. The only reason why we are seeing positive run-ups in the stock market as a whole is do to the continuation of quantitative easing by the Fed. I must be fair to Chairman Bernanke though, as he is not the only central banker that is artificially pumping cash into the system. The EU is all over it as well. The only real difference between the time that we are in today and the depression of the 30’s is that they actually allowed the free market to do what it is supposed to do, be free. I’m not saying I would greatly enjoy seeing my retirement funds drop, but I would appreciate there being just a little honesty in the way the stock market is run. I think that is probably enough for today, I will step down off my soapbox now.
Well I spent the weekend home alone this weekend, since my wife and son went to Bloomington to enjoy a great game between Indiana University and Ball State. Unfortunately Indiana did not come out on top, but it was without a doubt the most exciting football game I watched on Saturday from the couch. Friday night after they hit the road, I sat down and watched Taken for the first time, awesome! One of the best action shows I have watched in a very long time. I followed Facebook to see how my high school football team was doing, they handled their business pretty easily.
Saturday morning was a beautiful morning for a cross country race. While I was watching the high school boys’ race, I wasn’t really happy with what I was seeing out of our team. Then, once the race was over I found out the kind of times we were running, and I realized that we ran really well. I can easily get fired up in some of these races since there are certain teams that I want our team to challenge and I thought they were beating us worse than they really did. The boys’ team finished right in the middle of the pack as a team, and we had personal best times acrossed the board.
The girls’ team ran next, and I was expecting a 2nd place finish as a team. They didn’t disappoint, they ran just as well as the boys en route to their 2nd place finish. Our front runner ran an awesome race, taking the lead right after the 2 mile and pushing the pace the rest of the way where she eventually broke away by 7 seconds. Our number 2 runner put herself just off the top 10 in school history with her 21:00 race. The rest of the girls all ran their best times of the year as well, and we are definitely defining our position to be in the battle to be a regional qualifying team.
Congratulations to all of our runners for their excellent runs this weekend!