Category Archives: Spirituality

More good news this weekend

Some might not say that this is really that good of news, but to me I believe it is good news. After receiving an offer, accepting the offer, and completing the background and drug tests I am officially going to be starting next Monday. The other good news I got this weekend, is that I will be able to stay on with my current employer for Saturdays and Sundays. The good aspect of that, is that we will be able to start paying off some bills that have been nagging us for awhile. The negative aspect is that I won’t be able to go to church with the family still and will be working seven days a week.

My plan is to cleanup as much debt mess as we can over the summer, and then when it comes time for fall to put in for leave until the holiday season again following cross country season. Our team will have a fairly slim racing schedule, and only one weekday race, so I want to be there for every Saturday race I can. This year we are also going to push the kids to meet on Sundays to get a long run in, and I can go and run with the team there as well.

This week I will be working on the house some more, as we try to get it looking as good as possible so we can hopefully sell quickly. Again, I will be trying to get my mileage up as it completely fell apart after my great 5 miler on Monday last week.

Finally time

For a “big” announcement! It’s big to me, maybe not necessarily a huge deal out there for some people, but I have just gotten an offer to become a full-time underwriter! I have continued to work in different types of jobs since I left my position as an insurance agent in November, but this is the first time I will be able to improve upon the salary I was getting and put the paddles back to jumpstarting my career in insurance. I am very excited about the opportunity and will continue to espouse information here at my blog on a more consistent basis now that I have had that huge weight lifted off of my shoulders.

In other news, I have been starting to get fairly consistent at running again lately. Turning in a few 5 mile runs here and there, but now really trying to focus upon getting my mileage up to where I need to get it in order to run some successful 5k races. To go along with the running news, if you have followed my blog for any time, you know that I coach high school cross country. Last night I had one of the coolest experiences as a coach that I have ever had. I got to talk to the head cross country and track coach of a top notch college program, and have him give me some insight as to ways that I can improve upon our current workout program. I got so much information and I am humbly moved at his willingness to give off information.

Make every day great,

Chris

Getting back in shape….

Is not fun.  That’s really all that this post needs to say.  Actually the main thing that this post should say is “I used to be in shape, I never should have let myself get into this condition.”  Obviously that is a past tense statement, that basically means nothing today.  I know where I’m starting from, know where I want to get, and have a pretty good idea of what it is going to take to get there.  The scariest thing for me to think about is, that I’ve already lost about 30 pounds from where I got to at one point.  I guess on the other side, that helps me to be positive because I know I can get there eventually since I’ve already come a pretty good distance.  Now enough of the story and I’ll actually talk about what was actually in my first two workouts.

Obviously from all the posts about cross country, I like to run.  I’ve been a “runner” since middle school, not counting the 6 or 7 years of fat and lazy after I graduated.  With that in mind, I’m taking on the workout program that I gave to our high school cross country team so I can see what kind of a difference it will make in me.  This week is a base conditioning week, and I’m going to end up with 20 miles.  I went out for an “easy” three miles last night.  The pace was slow but due to how out of shape I am, it was totally not easy.  I’m surprising not that sore (this was my workout last night), so hopefully when I get home from work today I’ll be productive and get through another run.

This morning I started a weight training program that I found by Julien Greaux.  Ok, so I am supposed to do 5 circuits of 10 exercises.  By the time I finished the first circuit, I was pretty much spent.  So this week it is only going to be one time through, and I’ll just keep stepping it up each week.  The other days of lifting are circuit workouts too, but they are doing different things.  Hopeful that I will feel better doing them.

Time to go get a healthy breakfast, a shower, and some good bible study time in before I head into work.

Make every day great,

Chris

 

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

Haven’t posted for a few weeks…

I know it has been awhile since I have said anything on the blog, but I am currently looking for a full-time position.  On November 19th, I parted ways as an insurance agent from the agency I worked for.  It was a tough decision but after my wife and I discussed it, we thought it was probably the best choice.  In the meantime, I have picked up a seasonal warehouse position which is obviously considerably different than any of the jobs I’ve had in the last 8 years.  It’s a very repetitive job, but I can go in their with vigor and I don’t dread it.  I am struggling to see the plan that the Lord has for me through this, but I know that there is something great down the road.  I can also state that this has definitely put a strain on the “norm” for our family, and I would like to ask for prayers that this hiccup in our life be temporary and that He would open the door for me to begin a real transformation in this time of struggle.

Make every day great,

Chris

I’d be lying if…

I didn’t really express my feelings/opinions here.  That is one thing that those of you who read my blog can expect, my true feelings and what is going on in my life.  I don’t really know how to put this out there but right now I am definitely struggling.  The most difficult part is I’m not really sure what it is that is beating me up.  I have a few ideas but it’s really just kind of a general funk.  If you are spiritual, I could definitely use a quick prayer just for guidance mainly.  There just seem to be so many moving parts going on right now, and I am not good at focusing on one thing and then moving on to tackle the next.  At times I tend to get stuck via paralysis by analysis where I am trying to do so many different things at once, that all facets struggle.

I am really working on studying for the CPA exam right now.  After racking up the student loans to complete the requisite coursework to sit for the exam, I am really struggling to force myself to take that through to fruition.  If you know my offline and are not just a reader (I appreciate those readers who have come here and learned who I am and what I’m about), feel free to continue to press me about my CPA studies.  I need accountability, and this is something that I feel like the Lord is telling me I need to finish.  This could open up so many doors, at possibly put me in a position to do the thing that I love coach all year.

My personal bible study from yesterday included, “The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-27  Such a fitting piece of scripture for me to see at this time, to remember that the Lord is always giving me blessings and that all I need to do is stop doing my thing and start doing His.

Make every day great,

Chris

Kicked my butt, but also uplifting

Yesterday was another great service at Vineyard Grace Fellowship.  I love that our pastor brings us the truth and allows us to deal with things the way He wants us to, and not the way the world wants us to.  It was pretty awesome to look at one of the slides our pastor put up on the screen about perceptions of how the church should act.  When the congregation looked at it, everyone in the room immediately “knew” that the way we should be was the right hand column.  Our pastor then encouraged the men and told us, those things in the left column God wants us to do.  I personally felt really encouraged to push forward and fully rely on God as He challenges me to be a warrior for my family.

Last night I also got to enjoy a great experience as leader of sorts.  While I am not the head cross country coach, I do feel like a play a small role in the leadership of the high school athletes I work with.  Our league had their banquet last night for the first team all-league athletes from football and cross country.  We only had the one runner up there, but she was there as the defending and repeat league champion.  I don’t think she realizes how inspiring she is to everyone around her, including the coaches, her teammates, and even other runners that just know of her.  She humbly accepted her second Runner of the Year award from the league.  I’m excited that we’ll get to see her run one last high school 5k cross country race, as she represents Ohio this weekend in the Mideast Cross Country Championships.  This has truly been a great season, and all of our seniors will be greatly missed next year.  The good side to that is, we know they’ll continue to come back and support their fellow teammates!  The group of kids that will still be there can hopefully complete another goal of mine, a team representing our school in the state cross country meet!

Make every day great,

Chris