Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Another year... to try again!!!!

So… it’s time to set some new year’s resolutions. I set some last year I’m sure but have no idea where I put them. But… if you look down my blog… in 2008 and I set some goals. I set 12 goals… I accomplished 2 of them. Let’s see if I can do better this year.

This year, I’m already working on 32 goals that I made back in September. The resolutions I make right now, are going to help me meet some of those goals.

Keep track of me and ask me how I’m doing… it really helps me.

* Visit every temple in Utah
* Not use my credit cards (with the exception of a vacation or a trip)
* Complete p90x by end of March
* Let friends go that aren’t helping move more forward.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Want to Play In My Game?

So... long drives in traffic is not good for the mind... or is it?  I had this epiphany last night and shared it with a couple of friends today.  I have a game I want to play.  It's a simple game and I'm calling it 30 Dates in 30 Days.  So... how it works is, I'm going to go on 30 dates in 30 days.  I don't even think I know that many guys (well, maybe I do) but not 30 that are active daters.  So... I'm going to need your help. 

  • First, we need to figure out what a date is: 
According to the all knowing Wikipedia, "Dating is a form of courtship, and may include any social activity undertaken by, typically, two people with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as their partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse. The word refers to the act of meeting and engaging in some mutually agreed upon social activity. Traditional dating activities include entertainment or a meal. In many cultural traditions, a date may be arranged by a third party, who may be a family member, acquaintance, or professional matchmaker. Recently internet dating has become popular."
  • Second, how do I find these date?
That's where I need your help.  Do you have any friends you want to set me up with?  Do you know of anyone that I might have fun with.  I know this sounds like a plea for desparation, but, really, I just want to meet some new people.  Please consider me and my personality with your suggestions.  However, I'm up for the challenge if you are too.
  • Third, is this a dumb idea?  Let me know before I make a complete fool of myself.
Okay... it's out there now... Let me know what you think.

New Year, New Goals

It's a new year for me and it's time to reevaluate my life. I've decided to set a goal for each year that I've lived my life that I'm going to work on for the next 365 days. It started on September 15, 2009 and will conclude (successfully) on September 14, 2010, at midnight. There have been changes that I've been trying to make in my life for the past few years. It's time to stop procrastinating and actually make myself a better person.

As part of this endeavor, I'll be recording my journey on a secret blog that you will not have access to. This makes the mystery even better and it allows me to be brutally honest with myself. However, there will be pieces that will surface in this blog, in conversation, on Facebook, at work, etc. Don't be surprised when I tell the goals that I've completed. Some will be quiet celebrations but some will be very obvious, excited celebrations.

All I know is that I'm excited for this and to see how I do.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Young Phillies fan rejects dad's foul ball gift

You need to watch both of these. It's funny and cute.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Ideal Wedding... errr Reception Entrance

Who's says weddings have to be boring?

I know that this probably wouldn't work in the temple but I'm going to figure out how to copy it. I just hope I don't end up marrying someone boring....

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cuttin' the strings

So... It's been over 4 years and I am finally cutting the strings.

A lot has happened during the past four years and it's been a great learning time. I have learned a lot about me and a lot about people I have come in contact with. It's been a growing time for me and a chance for me to really figure out who I really am and what I'm doing.

During these past years, technology has given us the opportunity to be in complete contact at all times with people. Through facebook, cell phones, email, texting, IM-ing (i.e. yahoo, google talk, MSN, etc.), sometimes we are just too much in each others lives.

So, I decided to take a stand, and have cut the strings of things or people holding me back. I'm being kind of vague but this is a big move for me. Deleting people you would think wouldn't be a big deal... but it's a really weird feeling. Letting go of people virtually is definitely a passive agressive move, but definitely something a long time coming.

It's time to cut the strings and move on...

Monday, June 29, 2009

It's Hit Me... I Caught the Travel Bug!!!

I'm not sure when it hit but it hit me hard... It's a sickness that seems to hit people at different times in their life, and some people harder than others. Some unfortunate souls be lucky enough to be immune from this sickness. During the past couple of years, I have discovered that I have acquired this disease and I think it's getting worse. I have been self-diagnosed with the travel bug.

Let me give you a taste of where I've been in the since the beginning of 2009...

Pensacola (January 2009)

New Orleans (January 2009)

Richfield, Fillmore, St. George (January 2009)

St. George (February 2009)

Cedar City, St. George (March 2009)
Moab (March 2009)

Los Angeles (March 2009)
Bahamas (April 2009)

Fillmore (April 2009)

Blanding (April 2009)

San Diego (May 2009)

Logan (June 2009)

Trips yet to come...
Flaming Gorge (July 2009)

Pocatello (July 2009) Moab (July 2009)

Glacier National Park (July 2009)

Kuna (August 2009)

Blackfoot (August 2009)

Niagara Falls (September 2009)

Monday, June 15, 2009

40 day challenge...

So... not to long ago, my bishop told us that he believes that it takes 40 days to gain a habit (or lose one). So, I decided to try this challenge. Well... actually... I hadn't quite decided it was going to be 40 days but I had to make some changes and was planning on a month but if i can do a month, why not 40 days. So, here to goes nothing...

I am going to set some goals right here, right now...

1. Eat Breakfast. How hard can that be? Breakfast is supposed to be the best meal of the day. Starting tomorrow, I get to have the best meal of the day. I guess I've been really missing out on something here.

2. Exercise. So, I'm not going to say... I'm running every day or weight lifting or going to the gym... just exercise... Just plain ol' get up and move exercise. This is going to include, but not limited to, gym visits, spinning class, exercise videos, volleyball, soccer, running outside, resistance band during So You Think You Can Dance, ... any other suggestions???

3. No Credit Cards. So that idea of being debt free works a lot easier if you don't use credit cards. So, I'm done with them...

4. "Little Stuff". This means I'm going to read my scriptures and pray daily... you know... the Sunday School answers. I would say that I would put go to the temple, but I can't do that for 40 days. That will just be a side goal.

So, that's the start.... There are some other goals I have but it will have to be a later, more personal time if you want to hear about those ones.
So... your job is to keep me focused and keep asking... "how's it going?"
I'll let you know in 40 days if there are some new habits in my life...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Another Milestone reached... and what do I have to show for it...

So... I did it... I earned another piece of paper. This one cost a few more dollars than the first 3 and it was a little more stressful but I made it. I thought that during the past 3.5 years that I've been working on it, not much have changed in my life. But I think I might have been wrong...

I started the program in January 2006... Since then, I have ...

... moved... let's see... 1, 2, 3, ... 4 times.
... traveled to Greece, Boston (twice), Bahamas, New York City (twice), Washington DC, New Orleans, San Francisco (will, this was right before I started), San Diego, Los Angeles (at least 3 times), Havasupai, Florida, Seattle, Idaho (who knows how many times), Portland, Baltimore... just to name a few
... changed careers (working in my destined field of choice)
... sold my Camry, bought a new car, sold that one, bought another
... got in my first car accident (on the freeway)
... ran a few half marathons and several other smaller races and some relays
... acquired 6 new nieces and nephews
... became a true Ute Fan (I've been to 2 bowl games and am a certified football season ticket holder)
... saw a brother come home from a mission and saw another one leave (and... he's almost home now)
... said good-bye to my dear grandmother
... became a Jazz fan (got to love all those play-off games, which are not good for the pocketbook)
... chopped off my hair (I think I'm going to let it grow again)
... almost figured out how an engine to a Japanese sports car works (getting closer to that one figured out)
... went through 10 roommates (okay... still living with 4 of them, so went through 6 roommates)
... married off 1 roommate
... learned how to golf and even bought my first set of clubs
... been snow caving... 3 times
... attempted water skiing 2 more times (still can't get up)
... changed wards 3 times and have held number callings including activities co-chair, compassionate service coordinator, Relief Society Newsletter specialist and visiting teacher
... became CHES certified (Certified Health Education Specialist)
... took a week long course through Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

All I can say is that it's been a fun, few years...
Looking back, I've done a lot of things and have enjoyed it. It wasn't easy but it was worth it. I realize, some people can complete this program a little bit faster than me, but can they say they've had as much fun as me...???