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2018 Vision

Q1 Update

I am not a fan of the “new year commitment”. While it may be well intended, the new years commitment is just one more item on your todo list. One more thing to work into an already busy schedule. One more thing to force yourself to do. This year I am creating a vision. Visions create passion and excitement. A vision creates a trajectory and provides momentum that can lead you to achieve far more than a goal will. Goals are stopping points, visions create life long growth. I want to be a known as a person who is constantly growing and chasing a vision.

In 2017 I started laying a foundation for life long growth. In 2018 I want to begin to shape that growth into a long term vision and start taking the steps necessary to get there.

Vision: Become a topnotch, well respected communicator and coach

One of my greatest joys is seeing someone have an “ah-ha!” moment, that lightbulb that goes on when they realize they can be and do more than they thought before. I am passionate about helping people find and reach their potential. In 2017 I became a certified speaker, teacher, and coach through the John Maxwell Team. Already a natural leader, teacher, and encourager, I wanted to take my ability to help people to the next level. My vision is to expand my audience beyond my current job and industry, to impact individuals, hospitals, businesses, and organizations in a truly transformative way. To leave each day behind having added value to everyone I came into contact with.

Vision: Let my money make me money, not me making money

Time is precious and the older I get the more precious it becomes. Time is the only true currency that exists. Once it is gone it is gone. I want to spend more time investing in my family and close friends. More time helping others see their potential. More time transforming others from a poverty mindset to an abundance mindset. In order to do that I need to spend less time making money myself and more time focusing on how my money can make me more money. By studying wealthy people I have found that the best way for money to make more money is by investing in real estate and businesses. I was already on this path, however there was no vision. The vision gives clarity and a focused why statement that provides motivation. This vision will lead me to invest more heavily in businesses and real estate for myself.

Vision: Build an ever improving relationship with my wife that others coming behind can model after

Life is hard to navigate, relationships are harder. Finding someone who has been there already who you can follow is an invaluable resource. Along with my dream to add value to everyone around me, I want to be a relationship model everyone can emulate. No marriage is perfect, and that is the beauty of marriage. Anyone can have a good marriage in good times, but it is when the going gets tough that the quality of the relationship really shines through. I want my struggles and achievements to provide hope, inspiration, and a path to follow for all the other couples out there.

Vision: Live a slow paced life

Our society has a go-go-go mentality. Technology, fast food, kids school activities, work following you home, are all contributors to the idea that our schedule should always be full. Start one thing and then go start the next thing. No time in between to breathe. We have a belief that if we are busy we are productive but really all being busy means is that you are busy. Slowing down and creating space in life allows you to spend time thinking and reflecting. I have heard it said that even one minute of reflective thinking is worth an hour of activity. I want to slow life down so I can relax and enjoy it more as well as making the times I am busy truly more effective and productive. I want to be able to think and reflect more to enhance my relationships and all aspects of life.

Whole 30 in review

My wife and I just completed the Whole 30 diet. The Whole 30 is a diet that is intended to strip out all processed foods and the major allergy causing items. The idea is to “reset” your body and then slowly introduce various food items back. This reintroduction process reveals any food items that your body may not agree with. From the research my wife (a nurse) has done the Whole 30 is being prescribed by doctors and has helped major allergy and migraine sufferers.

During the Whole 30 the primary foods are proteins and vegetables. We wound up eating a lot of meat, eggs, salads, and sweet potatoes. Items such as beans, rice, breads, sugars, peanut butter, and dairy are strictly prohibited. That meant I had to give up my cheese :S. To avoid temptation I gave all my cheese to my buddy Josh, about 10 pounds worth! Another part of the diet is the elimination of snacking in favor of full meals.

So what was the diet actually like and how do I feel after?

The first couple days were tough. We Americans like our sweets and we often do not realize how much sugar we are ingesting on a daily basis. Typically much more than is required. The first 5ish days my body went through a sugar detox. The cravings for sugary substances were intense. At one point, while out hiking, I experienced was felt like an intense sugar level drop and had to eat a Lara Bar (allowed, though recommended only for “emergencies”. After the first week my body adjusted and I have not felt a sugar drop of craving since.

Next came a feeling of low energy. I work East coast hours so I am generally trying to wake up 4 – 4:30 AM to be in the office by 6 AM. I had some real issues making it out of bed by 6 AM even, and that was with going to bed earlier each night. Through the day I was drinking a ton of coffee and still only mostly awake. This was about 1.5 weeks in. I did some research and turned up two interesting pieces of information. 1) Lethargy is an early onset symptom of scurvy (I had not been eating many vegetables at that point, mostly meat, eggs, and sweet potatoes) and 2) Eating a salad with dinner helps you sleep better and gives you more energy to wake up with in the morning. So that evening I had a large salad with dinner and felt great the next morning. No scurvy is gonna get me!

After that it was all uphill! My energy level came back and my body felt great. My insides felt clean and happy. I am prone to gas bubbles rolling around in my intestines and that did not happen at all. It was very nice. Though the intent of the Whole 30 is not to lose weight many people do, we were no exception. Alix trimmed down and is looking hot. I lost somewhere in the range of 15-20 pounds and am noticeably less plump.

During this time I continued to train for my Ragnar relay race ( 200ish miles ) and even did a strenuous hike. Each time I wondered what I would be able to accomplish and each time I was amazed by how strong and energetic I felt after. I also have a higher sustained energy level in general through the day. Before I was crashing around 3 PM and would need to take a nap. I think I took one nap the entire time I was on the Whole 30.

I also noticed that my mood has also mellowed. Driving in a big city is not picnic and I usually got frustrated. I have been a lot more mellow and chillaxed driving. That has bled over into work as well, which had been very stressful but turned almost zen.

Today is the first day “off” the Whole 30. I am curious how my body will react to the old foods and what I will learn about myself. This morning I had a fast food breakfast burrito and already the gas bubbles are back rolling around. It contained eggs, chicken, potatoes, cheese, all wrapped in a tortilla.

Other than a small scurvy scare the Whole 30 was a great experience. With such a drastic dietary change it will take an reintroduction period for me to determine what I need to change in the future to stay feeling good, but I am looking forward to building a modified Whole 30 program with Alix that will allow us to keep feeling great but will include elements of the other foods we enjoy, though with better portion control.

I met several people during the Whole 30 who had done it. They shared similar experiences to mine and also felt that by the end the experience had been amazing. Some are doing it again even. Even if you generally feel good I would highly recommend this diet. You will be amazed at what your body will tell you and incredulous at the ingredients of some of the common foods we eat.

Homemade floating bed

The bed frame that Alix and I have had since the beginning of our marriage is horrible. It makes screeching noises that can wake the dead every time you move. Imagine living in a horror house where every time your wife moved her arm you jumped out of bed expecting the zombie apocalypse attack and you have some idea of how terrible this frame was.

While Alix was away visiting family I decided to hack together a cool floating bed. I picked up the wood from HomeDepot and my buddy Josh helped assemble it all. Now we have an awesome bed with no squeaks!

I also installed USB charging ports near the head of the bed. The ledge that sticks out around the perimeter is perfect for setting phones on at night to charge.

If you are curious about making your on floating bed here is a floating bed plan similar to my own.

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Wedding photos – First look

Alix and I met with our wedding photographer last night. Here are a few of the 800 amazing pictures taken at our wedding. Alix will be posting photos on Facebook over the coming days as well so stay tuned!

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Walking down the aisle

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