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It’s been just over three weeks

Since I have posted an update out here on my blog. Honestly my social media usage has dropped considerably for the primary reason of, I am busy. I am in the midst of my third week of working full-time again as an underwriter. I am really excited to be back into doing something that I know so well. This underwriting role is considerably more fast paced than what I have done in the past but I think I am going to like that. Yesterday was the first day that I actually approved and declined some quotes. To go along with this, I have continued to work 12 hour days on the weekends at Abercrombie as well. I’m trying to work as much as I can to start cleaning up our finances.

Something else I love about my new position/company is the perk of the exercise facility. I hit the gym 3 times each week for the first two weeks, and already was there yesterday. I’m going to be headed that way very shortly as well. I have also been doing some running when I get home from work, usually after Cayden goes to bed. I put in a solid 5 mile run last night, and was able to keep my overall training pace at 8:58 a mile. It’s a stepping stone to get back to where I want to get to physically. Weigh-in Wednesday is coming up, and I am tracking my weight heavily now, I started at 207.4 lbs at my first weigh-in two weeks ago tomorrow. Yesterday I was 203.6 after my rowing workout. I’m trying to commit to getting in the best shape I can this summer, because I want to be able to run toward the front of our cross country team this fall when they go out to train.

Make every day great,
Chris

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

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

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

Great weekend and going to be a fun night

So, I haven’t written about it yet but our cross country runner finished 10th place over the weekend at the state meet which gave her all-ohio honors as well as getting to be on the podium.  It was a really awesome moment to be a part of, due to all of her work that she put into it, and being a part of the process as well.  When you watch the process from beginning to end and see the transformation, the ups and downs, and all the emotion and effort poured into accomplishing something come to fruition it’s one of the most inspiring and exciting things you’ll probably ever do.

Tonight will be the end of the season banquet for the team, which means we’ll be sending off 3 seniors.  This group of girls have really gone above and beyond to achieve the things that they have done and also to lead the rest of the team.  We will definitely miss having them there all the time, and I guess someone is going to have to take over the leadership role next season.  It’s always tough to see things change, like losing 3 varsity runners, but on the other side it is really pretty awesome as well.  Next year they’ll move on to another chapter in their lives, and I’m sure we’ll still continue to hear from them and follow-up with their future experiences.  They have set the bar very high, with almost no complaining ever and pushing themselves to levels that we hoped they could achieve but never really expected them to get to that level.  I can’t say that we’ll have other runners compete at the level that our top runner has this year, but if the future runners all work as hard as this group did we’ll have a really great future.

Make every day great,

Chris

Fall is coming to an end

Let’s go back to what my original post for Wednesday was going to be about, the end of another season of our lives.  Fall coming to an end is always one of the more difficult seasons for me to close up.  Primarily due to the fact that winter comes, and we get stuck in the house for so long that it really lowers our mood and sense of productivity.  I’m going to focus on being as productive and positive as possible, because if I am ready to come out of the winter on fire then next year will undoubtedly get going in the right direction.

Another reason why I miss this time of year, is due to cross country season coming to a close.  This season is specifically going to be an awesome moment and a sad moment all at the same time.  Tomorrow, one of the best runners that I have ever been around ends her high school cross country career.  I look for her to have a great race, and I’m sure a continuation of a great running career as she heads off to college next fall.  I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun, and without a doubt she has set the expectations bar very high going forward.  I don’t expect everyone to race like she can, but anyone that puts in the hard work like she has will always have a role on our team.

Now for a positive note, I finally hit the weights again on Wednesday and have started to set up my exercise program.  Maybe, just maybe, I can turn this flabby body back into an athlete’s body.  On top of that, I also intend to get very intentional when it comes to studying to further my education and career this winter by plugging through the CPA coursework.  If I’m going to be inside while it’s dark, I might as well push myself!

Make every day great,

Chris