I kind of dumped this site for a new paid wordpress site about 6 months ago, but am thinking about resurrecting this one as well. I know in the past I had some readership here, and loved writing about anything and everything. That’s probably why my current site isn’t quite making it, because I haven’t been able to lock myself into writing consistently about one particular topic. I’m going to make this my general posting and probably post here about once or twice a week. If you have followed me here, and possibly enjoyed some my writing, I will be writing about my fitness journey over at www.getinshapehq.com. Thank you to everyone for your support and the other great writers that I have come across along the way because of this site. You challenge me to better myself!
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.
My last post was before our cross country team’s league cross country meet, and since then we’ve already competed at the District level. Things went pretty much according to plan at the league level, the girls team had the individual champion, one 2nd team league runner, and an honorable mention. The team subsequently finished 4th place overall, behind 3 really solid teams. The boys’ team took a beating as we finished 8th out of 8, but it was hard to expect much more than that with 6 freshmen and 1 junior all of which were in their first year of high school cross country experience. We did have 1 boy get 2nd team all league, in what is probably one of the toughest leagues in Ohio for division 2 & 3 schools.
Our district results, were really tough to take. Our girls finished 5th as a team, where only the top 4 teams move on. They ran well, but the London team came and performed at the top of their game and took the last spot. For the girls it has been an amazing season, and I wouldn’t change anything at all. They all get along with one another, there is no animosity toward one another, and they all have great hearts. We will get to continue on with our top girl runner to the regional level this Saturday, as she was 3rd place overall on Saturday. It’ll be a lot of fun to see all of the girls come out to support her this weekend, as she attempts to make her second trip to the state meet!
This weekend was a beautiful weekend, that was very busy and very tiring. The weekend is continuing into this week as well as we have a ton of stuff to do. Really the craziness began Thursday night, as I went to a Chamber of Commerce meeting from 5-5:45, then I ran over to our son’s daycare to pick him up by 6:00, then drove out to the other side of town to drop him off to April, and finally went to get something to eat before heading to bible study at 6:45. April took Cayden out to her dad’s house so he could go to the county fair with his papaw on Friday and Saturday. Friday I played in a golf outing for our insurance agency, we didn’t do too bad we finished 7 under for the day. We were very close to being 11 to 12 under, no chance at beating the 15 under winners but it was fun.
Saturday I enjoyed another cross country meet, and one that was really fun because we got to see new teams as well as run a pretty cool course. It was definitely a tough course, since the kids had to finish uphill, which played into our teams’ hands. My only complaint is that it took way too long. We got there at 8:30 and didn’t leave until 2:15-2:30. We continued to see improvement out of most of the high school and middle school runners. The high school girls and our front middle school girl, specifically put on a clinic of how to finish a race. If there was anyone ahead of them, they all passed somebody in the bottom loop or up the hill. The boys’ team has continued to show me what we could see in the near future, we are a middle of the pack team with a lot of potential. It’s fun to work with a bunch of underclassmen that will put in the effort to be successful. While the meet was finishing up, April was at a baby shower for one of our best friends. After the baby shower, she picked me up and we headed to the fair as well. Cayden must have been getting restless, because he didn’t last too long at watching bull riding.
Sunday we went as a family to another outing for our insurance agency, as we played volleyball for the autism speaks foundation. We had a good time, won one match and last two. After that we stopped at the zoo for a little while to see some of Cayden’s favorite animals and so I could see the baby tigers for the first time. They are absolutely adorable at 3 months old! Then we finally made it back home, where we did some housework before we settled in for the night. I think everyone was a little bit exhausted from everything, but a lot of things that as a parent you really have to enjoy.
I didn’t get enough yesterday morning doing the Insanity workout (insert dripping sarcasm), so I ran hill repeats with the high school cross country team. It went pretty well I can most definitely say they put me through a serious workout. I guess it was actually my workout, since I came up with the idea but they pushed me to do more than I really wanted to for sure.
Yesterday was a very productive day at the office. I didn’t write any new business, but I stayed very busy and got a lot of things done that needed to be accomplished. Working on some new quotes today and some follow-ups with some quotes that I have recently completed. I’ll also be getting out the pen to work on some more marketing materials, trying to stay relevant and be top of mind for businesses in the Newark and Heath area.
I pulled out my Kiplinger’s magazine and found something else that I need to take care of for the family. I need to consolidate my student loans at www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov so I can hopefully lower my payments a little bit. We’ve recently refinanced our mortgage and will be saving about 200 dollars a month there, just trying to keep plugging through the rest of our debts. I think we’ll also be able to save .25% on our students loans by setting up an automatic payment for them. It won’t really save us a lot of money in the short term in the amount of our payment, but with our total loan amount a .25% decrease over the entire length of the term will definitely help save us some money. Trying to do what we can to put our family in the best position we can. I also made a trade in one of our retirement accounts yesterday, sold my shares of Chevron stock (very few shares) and bought shares of PPL corporation as a nice dividend paying stock.
So today, I like most of America am in a reflective mood. Our country continues to struggle through much of what is has been dealing with for several years. Starting with the attack on our homeland, and continuing through a slowed economy and a few years of recession. I am still hopeful that our country can once again become what it was in the past, but the current generations (those 35 and younger) have got to take control of the situation and become more like the generations of the 1800s and early to mid-1900s. The entitlement attitude has got to stop in order for this country to retain its greatness.
Yesterday I worked on getting some marketing together, and got a couple of quotes out. I quoted a rural homeowner policy through Celina that we are having to move due to there being more than one home at the same address. This morning I got back a professional liability quote that I have been working on for a couple of months, and everything looks good on it.
Our cross country team put in a solid distance run yesterday and I’ll be there today to put them through their hill workout! I have continued the Insanity workouts today, and let me tell you I am feeling it in my legs. I’ve got a way to go that’s for sure, but every time I accomplish a workout and especially in the morning, I feel so much better the rest of the day.
I don’t really like to talk about what I watch on TV, (1. I think it’s kind of a waste of time, 2. Nobody cares about my viewing habits except the huge networks) but I must say that I watched The Voice with my wife last night and I am just really impressed by how genuine and humble Adam Levine is. Adam Levine you are Myguy!
Well, before I recount yesterday, I’m going to start with a Happy Birthday to my youngest brother who turned half my age today and as I told him on Facebook he’s about half my size! I’m 30, he’s 15, but he has not hit the muscle growth yet that I’m sure will happen soon enough since everyone else in the family has the broad shoulders and strong build.
Yesterday I bound another account, renter’s and auto, not bad size just under a couple thousand dollars for the one year term. Pouring on the marketing heavy this week, I am really trying to ramp this career up. I’ve definitely gotten over being told “no thank you”, which seems to be a real break point for a lot of agents. If you are afraid of hearing no, you don’t push as hard to get in front of people. If you are only trying to quote accounts where you have a high chance of getting (above 90%) you’ll never get in front of enough people to make it in this career.
Just got off the phone with a mortgage lender, with great news, our closing is scheduled for next Tuesday and that will save us close to $200 a month on our mortgage and lower our rate to 3.75%. Baby steps but finally moving in the right direction. It’s amazing what having a little faith in the Lord has done to change my outlook on life, and just recognize the positives.
Cross country meets start tomorrow! I’m pretty excited about that for sure, my favorite time of year. Brisk Saturday morning races, and beautiful Saturday afternoon football games! Just over a week until I get to see our team race and can really start gaining an outlook on what the future holds for our team. Every day they are progressing, there is no doubt about that.