Blogging. It’s so 2009.

My blog took a hit a few years back.  It was once an outlet for my interests, passions and just life-thoughts in general.  Now, I blog once every few months.  It’s not that I have nothing to say it’s that I’ve adapted to 140 characters or less when I have something to say.  Instead of trying to write short novels with deep thoughts to people who may or may not be ‘searching’ for it, I’ve just connected with like minds on Twitter and Facebook. So, I’m not really saying goodbye to the blog but I’m pretty sure a new format/layout/design that incorporates my ‘shorter’ thoughts is coming.  I have no idea what that means but I’m thinking thru...

40 Years Later & I’m Still Here

Today I turn 40 and so far nothing has happened to me.  Shouldn’t I get instant grey hair or something?! It’s hard to wrap your head around 40 years but  I just wanted to take a minute to thank all the wonderful people who have been a part of my life.  My parents, my wife, my sister, my in-laws, nieces/nephews, aunts & uncles, cousins and more recently my amazing kids. I have many friends who have walked various parts of my life with me and there is no way I can thank you each individually. Just know family & friends that I love you and I’m thankful for you.  I hope that I treat you in a way that you realize how important you are to me!  Here’s to another...

Let’s Try This Again

Last fall I was on a mission to lose weight, feel better and in general, live better to live longer. Then I was given so many excuses to discontinue it.  My grandmother passed away and seven days later my father-in-law passed away.  We were out of town approx 8 weeks and I just let the ‘healthy’ part of me get pushed down.  I eat when I get down or feel like I don’t have control.  I eat a lot.  After the ‘being out of town and grief’ excuses it was then the holidays and another excuse to wait for the new year to get back to business…  The new year came and went and I was out of town 2 of the first 3 weeks.  Again, another excuse. I can make an excuse for anything!  No more.  Today is day 1 of getting back on track.  I’m going to focus on the 4HB again.  It was so awesome last time and truthfully it worked great for me. Why do I need to publicize this? Nope, not looking for attention.  I’ve found that if I put it out in public I’ll hold myself accountable better-  I want to be able to say I’m doing great when I’m asked! Oh, and I’m turning 40 on March 2nd-  I’d like to lose 40 pounds (not by March 2- that’d be unhealthy!)…  so a 40-40...

Burnt. Out.

What’s your perception of me?  Do you know me mostly via Twitter or Facebook?  Are we real life friends too?  Do I have your phone number?  It’s late at night and I was just thinking of all the stuff that is going on and this holiday season.  This has been a heartache of a few months.  My grandmother and father-in-law both died within 7 days of each other in September/October  I’ve had countless other friends lose loved ones and truthfully its gotten to me. Many friends and acquaintances know me as this social, funny (at least try to be), entrepreneur, driven, busy, family dude.  And for the most part, I fill those roles…  however, I just don’t feel like any of that right now.  I’m burnt out.  I won’t call it depression because I’m happy and I love my family and the work that I get to do on a daily basis-  but sometimes, just being honest, I want to escape to an island with no computer, no phone, no TV and no internet.  Just me, Renee, the kids and a few surfboards.  A place with no cares and no ongoing to do list. As I look back to the beginning of 2011 I set out to spend more time with family and I feel like I’ve accomplished that.  However, a new adventure came up that I am stoked about but it’s just more stuff on top of all the other stuff.  I’m not independently wealthy so I’m not just gonna disappear.  I like what I do and I love the people that I get to work with-  it’s...

Thanks ‘T’ – This One Is For You

The past 5 weeks I’ve been in Charleston with family for work, vacation, my father in law getting ill then my grandmother passing away. We came home on Tuesday and we weren’t home 24 hours before we got the call that Renee’s dad (who I call ‘T’) may not have much time with us in this life. I took her to the airport immediately. The kids and I came down earlier today (Thursday).  After dealing with Nanny’s death last week I’m not sure I’m ready to deal with another one-  Especially with Emma and Emerson,  they are smart, they both realize something is going on but obviously at that age they are still figuring out death- heck, they are at the beginning of figuring out life ( I’ll argue that we never figure out life, I haven’t- I live, I love and I do it with all my heart and soul). I now sit in ‘T’s’ computer room, listening to him struggle to breathe a bit.  He’s taking morphine to relax but the bottom line is that his heart, lungs and other organs are slowly but surely beginning to fail.  Tonight we sat around and joked a bit, watched some football and then the ending of Road House.  Not intentionally but it was on.  I realize he is on morphine but I know he knew I was there-  I got the occasional, “where’s Emma and Emerson”.  I’m not so sure he’ll make it till the morning… so here I sit- more thoughts online. I remember the first time I met Renee’s dad- I’m pretty sure he had no clue...