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A couple of successful days…

Have passed since I last posted. I went for 4 mile runs on both Wednesday and Thursday, but found that my ankle was a bit too sore to keep the streak alive on Friday, so I took it as a rest day. I also continued on the Julien Greaux Get Ripped, Stay Big weight training plan Wednesday went really well. 5 circuits of 1 set of 10 reps each on bench press, squats, and deadlifts. Having been a runner for quite a few years, the leg lifts have never caused me any problems. I used to love lifting weights to and took a special joy from being able to bench press almost twice my weight for several years. Now, I’m fat and out of shape and can’t even lift my own body weight anymore, but that will be changing soon. The Thursday workout plan called for an ab workout, which my body desperately needs, but after just barely starting into it I could hardly move. Needless to say, it was called off.

Yesterday as I said was a rest day for me, today we are heading to see Disney on Ice in a short while then when I get back I’ll get my workout in. I’m going to go for another 4 mile run, and then do the Julien Greaux Upper Body Circuit.

I have finally almost finished reading The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf“>, which is awesome. Not just the story of the golf game, but more about how to approach life. I’m not saying that everything in this makes sense, but talk to anyone that plays golf and they’ll tell you that in many aspects the game of golf emulates life. It’s always an ebb and flow, and you have to be willing to appreciate the good and not dwell on the bad.

Make every day great,
Chris

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2013

So, I’ve had this post written for a couple of weeks and I actually typed it all up one night but there was an error with the post and I’ve been putting off completing it again, but here it is now.

I’ve noticed that the majority of what you see talking about in the blog world is what challenges they expect 2013 to bring them.  My guess is that a lot of this comes from how negative our media has been consistently getting.  I’m going to spin that to point out what opportunities I believe 2013 is going to bring me.  In 2012, I pretty much took everything I had been doing in my life for the past 6 years and turned it upside down.

At the end of 2012, I got into an amazing company as a seasonal employee.  I’m hopeful that this position will continue to grow solidly into 2013 and possibly become a full-time position or allow me the opportunity to transfer to another area of the company where I can get in full-time.  Upon completion of a Christmas only 2nd seasonal position, I obtained an opportunity to work in a tax firm seasonally for a couple months.  While it is not a tax preparer role, which would be ideal, it can still help me get moving into my CPA testing.  I do have an interview coming up for a full-time career position next Wednesday that could be pretty exciting.

2012 did bring me to completing both my Property & Casualty and Life & Health Ohio insurance licenses.  I’m not completely sure whether I want to get appointed with a couple of insurance carriers and try to develop my own practice or not.  I feel like it may create a nice “marriage” with an accounting firm so it may make sense logically, but it will depend on the costs for sure.  With no real discretionary spending funds to speak of, any entrepreneurial ventures will be completely bootstrapped.

Something else that may present itself as an exciting opportunity is winemaking.  I have been helping a family member prepare his neighbor’s farm for grape production on a 3 acre section.  I’ve learned a lot about how to care for the grapes, but the only way to make good money off of grape farming is to complete the process and turn it into wine.  I’ve bought a book on wine making, and I am going to dedicate some time to reading and learning.  I also found a fairly inexpensive wine making kit to get started, and it will make about 25-30 bottles per attempt.

On the volunteer front, I am going to continue to work with my high school cross country team.  We had a lot of success this year, and I’d like to be a part of the continued growth of each of the kids and the teams as well.  The girls’ team will undergo a major change as we will be losing an All-Ohio runner and another of our top 5 scorers.  We’ll be getting another solid freshman joining the team next year, and they should battle to be a regional qualifying team.  This year our boys’ team started to take a step forward, but due to their youth (6 freshman in the varsity top 7) we still have a lot of room to grow.  I expect our boys’ team to battle for the regional berth as well.

Back on the entrepreneurial side, I am really going to work hard to start to monetize my different blogs.  I have four blogs in place, and a 5th that I really want to start soon that I want to use to help other runners improve their conditioning and give a chronicle of my own conditioning as I try to get back into “real” runner shape and not just an every once in a while jogger.  Depending on the time constraints I may also write about my ventures in wine making.

Now to the last and most important opportunities of 2013.  Growth in my relationship with God and my family.  I feel like 2012 led me to take some good steps in my relationships, but also recognize that there is still forever to go.  My wife and I started a full-year Bible study together that will lead us through the completion of the whole Bible in chronological order.  We’ve asked a couple that we are close with to meet once a week where we can discuss the sections of the Bible that we read that week.  I also want to continue in my own personal study, and continue in my pleasure reading.  It’s been a few years since I had kind of fallen away from reading fiction books but I’m so glad that I am doing more of that and less time watching the TV!

Make every day great,

Chris

Book of Numbers

This was totally not what I was going to write about today, but it just feels like the Lord is telling me that I should.  Probably more so for me than anyone else, and just so that I can continue to remember that while I have “great” plans for myself and my family, His plan is where I need to be going.  The overriding theme in the book of Numbers is that, even though Israel are His chosen people, He does not shelter them from tough times.  Our American lives have become so easy, yet we find ways to either make things more difficult for ourselves or we just don’t recognize the opportunities that we have.  We all have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, plenty of time to do the things that really are necessary.  We fixate on doing things we feel are necessary and not focusing on the things that truly matter, God, family, and fellowship.

I am so blessed all the time, but I fixate my views on being stressed and not blessed.  He does not desire for us to feel stressed, that is a feeling that we allow into ourselves because we allow ourselves to be lied to by the great deceiver.

My post today has nothing to do with anyone else, but just me in particular.  If you feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit from reading this, then that is probably a good thing.  Try to decentralize the focus of your life and day away from yourself, and remember what really matters and the blessings that are constantly being poured out around you.  He does not work on your timeline, it is up to you to get on His.

Be blessed & make every day great,

Chris

Tonight will be hectic

We are officially moving a lot of stuff out of our house this weekend.  We are going to put the home on the market, and hope that we can sell it quickly.  It’s a nice starter home but we have definitely outgrown it.  Homeownership may be one of the most difficult things in life, especially at the start of a young marriage but I’m glad that we were able to survive our struggles that we dealt with while we were there.  I will definitely miss our outstanding neighbor Rod, he was like a grandpa to Cayden and I know Cayden will absolutely miss him too.  We’ll have to make special trips to the fire station so Cayden can see him!

Now Cayden will get to spend a lot of time with his grandma and grandpa and I’m sure he is going to love it.  We’ll be able to carpool to watch his uncle Zavier play hockey, and above all hopefully save a little bit of money.  Once we get settled in, I plan on spending as much time as possible educating myself and ripping through the Life & Health exam, as well as the CPA license exams.  I really want to complete the CPA coursework, as I feel that I could be a really successful cost management accountant.  I really want to ramp up my life to put my family in the best position possible, because there are a lot of times that I really struggle with self-esteem and feeling like an ineffective father.  I guess that’s why many of us continue to try and improve.

Make every day great,

Chris

Lazy night

Last night was a lazy night around our house.  We have moved most of the things out of the home that we can take out before we have to get my dad’s pickup truck and make the full scale move back to their house for a few months while we attempt to sell our home.  I didn’t even read anything last night, I had all intentions of getting through a few chapters of Memorial Day by Vince Flynn and continuing to press through the Life and Health exam book for the state of Ohio but we fell asleep at about 8 o’clock last night.

Today has nonetheless been a relentless affair thus far.  Nothing really out of the ordinary, just plugging through an account that has turned into a problem due to what is nothing more than a misunderstanding of an insurance inspector.  Oh well, it is giving me plenty of opportunity to learn about one of our carriers and get some much needed experience in handling difficult situations.  I’m now moving on to some other things that I had pending for today to try and get through as much as possible and finish off the day with a fair amount of marketing.

My cold-call marketing yesterday was somewhat effective, I at least was able to get myself in front of a few people and just give myself some name/face recognition.  The struggle I’m sure will continue for quite some time, this isn’t a career that you just jump into and start making a six figure salary but hopefully one day it will be there!

Make every day great,

Chris

Hard to put it down…

The Lost Symbol has continued to draw my interest incredibly.  I can’t hardly put it down, and as I get further and further into it I’m being drawn in by the conspiracy theories that Dan Brown also brought about in The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.  The backstories in Angels and Demons didn’t pull me in the way that the other two have though.  I can easily fly through several chapters (very short chapters) and pages every time I sit down with the book.

My wife and I are now trying to look into buying the house where I grew up.  I recently saw it was sold back to the bank by the current owner, and it would be awesome for us to be able to get into not only a bigger house but be in the school district that we want to send our son to as well.  Not to mention, it would put us about a mile away from his grandma and grandpa on my side and within a half hour of April’s family.

Yesterday was a productive day of marketing, I’m working to get as many opportunities to quote insurance for people as I can.  I’m getting very close to being ready to obtain my life & health insurance license which should open up some additional revenue streams for me.  I’m hopeful to be able to really get this thing ramped up and rolling, it seems like God is giving me some real opportunity to serve Him by serving others.

Make every day great,

Chris

Another beautiful weekend

We spent a significant amount of the weekend this week away from home.  Friday night was fairly uneventful.  We did some clean-up around the house after we got out of our lease on our storage unit, which we had cleaned out completely on Wednesday night after work.  Trying to find a way to better afford where we are at in life today.

Saturday, April and Cayden ran errands and met with a lot of family and friends while I was working at a festival in Pickerington.  We met up at my parents’ house that afternoon, so Cayden could see his “aunt” Callie.  I went over and talked to the cross country team at their team gathering, since I didn’t get a chance to go to the race that morning.  The teams ran pretty well, and hopefully we’ll be able to continue the progression as we jump into the final weeks of the season.

Sunday we enjoyed another great service at Vineyard Grace Fellowship in Newark.  After church we ran home quickly and then went and enjoyed the parade hosted by the Buckeye Lake Fire Department.  After the parade they had hot dogs and bean soup at the firehouse, and Cayden wore his new halloween costume, a fireman.  He loves our neighbor, who is an assistant fire chief for the village and apparently wants to be like him.

This weekend I continued my personal bible study through Leviticus and also read some more of The Lost Symbol.  I’m now about 2/3 of the way through the book, and I can say that it is just about impossible to put it down.  Well, time to get on with the day.

Make every day great,

Chris