Weekly Wishes #3

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Writing
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I have not been very good about keeping this blog updated with new and exciting posts.  All I can say is life has been…hectic as of late, and I am hoping to get on a more consistent blogging schedule.  That being said lets start the week off right by participating in Weekly Wishes, which was started by The Nectar Collective.

This Weeks Goals

  1. Workout 3 Times This Week – I’ve been under a lot of stress the last month or so, and as such my workouts have taken a back seat.  However no longer.  This week I am committed to working out 3 times this week.
  2. Write One New Chapter of my book, and attend the writers group on Wednesday night.
  3. Set 25 new appointments with my business Precision Training Experts and make 10 sales.
  4. Write 3 blog posts for this blog
  5. Sync my calendars and reminders
  6. Stay on a consistent sleep schedule all week.  This means go to bed and arise at the same time everyday.
  7. Read one of my many magazines that are in a pile above my desk, and finish one book.
  8. Organize the garage.

I have a lot more that I need to do, but I feel if I can get these goals accomplished this week, I can be more ambitious next week.

WEEKLY WISHES LINKUP RULES

1. Share your posts about your goals, challenges, or wishes for the week, month, year, decade, whatever! Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted. 

2. Link back to this site so others can get their goal-setting on, too! You can use the button below if you’d like!

The Nectar Collective

 

3. You can link up your posts on any day of the week, but the most common day to do so is Monday. :)

4. THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL! You MUST visit the person’s blog who linked up directly before you and leave them a motivating comment. This is such an important part of this linkup! We are each here to encourage each other and build acommunity of determined women and friends. :) If you do not do this, your post will be deleted from the link-up.

Weekly Wishes #2

Posted: June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Yesterday, at the end of Yoga Adventures I asked my clients to list one goal they would like to accomplish this week. I really enjoy setting goals, and working towards an objective.  This is why I love Weekly Wishes, which was started by The Nectar Collective.

July Goals

  1. Sign a major contract of business with my new company Precision Training Experts.  I started this company a few months ago, and have been working very hard to build new relationships, and set meetings with potential companies.  For some reason this month seems significant.  I have no idea why, but I can feel that my efforts this month will bring about great things.
  2. Finish, print, and distribute the brand new Geek and Gamer Fitness Level Up Your Life Journal.  This will be a completely new way to track your fitness, and nutritional progress, as you navigate through The Level Up Your Life Program.
  3. Write 50,000 words in my book Dragon Riders: The Fall

This Weeks Goals

  1. Finish writing & editing the new Geek and Gamer Fitness journal.
  2. Write 10,000 new words in my book Dragon Riders: The Fall.
  3. Set 2 new appointment’s with new potential companies for Precision Training Experts.

WEEKLY WISHES LINKUP RULES

1. Share your posts about your goals, challenges, or wishes for the week, month, year, decade, whatever! Entries completely unrelated to the theme or linked to your homepage will be deleted. 

2. Link back to this site so others can get their goal-setting on, too! You can use the button below if you’d like!

The Nectar Collective

 

3. You can link up your posts on any day of the week, but the most common day to do so is Monday. :)

4. THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL! You MUST visit the person’s blog who linked up directly before you and leave them a motivating comment. This is such an important part of this linkup! We are each here to encourage each other and build acommunity of determined women and friends. :) If you do not do this, your post will be deleted from the link-up.

Are You Important?

Posted: April 8, 2014 in Friends, Social Media, Writing

Most people want to feel important.  This isn’t a new concept or feeling, and with the rise of social media platforms its very easy for people to feel important.  How many Twitter followers do you have?  How many likes did your post on Facebook receive?  Did your latest Instagram photo get a lot of hearts?  Like I said, its easy to “feel” important, but does that actually mean you are important?  When I look at Facebook the most liked posts often include either a baby or boobs.  The most popular twitter posts generally have something to do with the latest episode of some TV show, and Instagram, like Facebook, has a lot of babies and boobs.

I often see people posting on these various social media platforms desperate for likes, RT, and hearts, but they never really care about creating something of quality.  What I see as even worse is social media is becoming more important than building actual relationships.  Shouldn’t our real life friendships be more important than our online ones?

I am reminded of a conversation I had with my wife a few weeks ago.  I was telling her a story about a friend of mine, and she asked me “Is this a real friend or someone you know online?”  The question stopped me dead in my download (2)tracks.  For a moment I honestly didn’t know how to respond.  I soon recovered, told her this was a real friend, and continued my story, but the experience has stuck with me.

At the beginning of the year I decided to perform an experiment.  I decided to choose 3 real friends, and focus all year on improving my relationships with those three people.  Each week I try to do something in person with each friend, more so, I try make each “something” meaningful.  Something that will strengthen our relationship.

I also decided to pick 10 “online” friends, and once a month I try to do something that will bring us closer to being “real” friends.  To be honest I have had mixed results on this part of the experiment, but I can tell you that the three people I chose to spend quality time with has been a wonderful experience.

I encourage you to do the same.  Find 3 people you care about, and each week do something with them that will bring your friendship closer together.  Because in the end it doesn’t matter how many likes we get on Facebook, or how many RT we get on Twitter.  Be honest with yourself.  If you died tomorrow how many of your “Online” friends would really miss you?  Think about that.

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-The following post is going to be a form of free writing.  I am trying to get myself out of a hole I have written myself into.  I am working on my book Dragon Riders: The Fall and am having difficulty describing a concept.  The book centers around 6 main characters.  3 of them have the gift of magic, however they have been ignorant of the ability for 21 years, so when they start manifesting their abilities it comes as a bit of a surprise.  Here is the problem I am having.  In my book magic is an ability that people are born with.  Its an instinctual ability like breathing is to humans, or swimming is to fish.  Its just something they know how to do.  It flows from them naturally and with little effort they can control the elements around them. When these three characters start to manifest their abilities each of them manifest in a different way.  While each experience is different they all share one common trait…The experience feels normal to them.  When they share their first magical experience with their friends they all recognize that they are talking about magic, and that they should think that is bizarre and weird, but for some reason they don’t.  They accept it, without question, and that is what is weird to them. Finding the right words to express this is proving difficult.  So enough procrastination.  Time to get back to work.  While I may be having trouble finding the words they are not going to write themselves. Have you struggled with a difficult writing concept before?  Something that you can understand in your head, but have a hard time decision on paper? How did you work yourself through it?

Jason Mission 332In 2003 I served a mission for the LDS church in California.  I know this may surprise a few of you, given my harsh views on religion in general, but it was a time of my life I enjoyed.  I was given the opportunity to help people, and it afforded me experiences, and friends I wouldn’t trade for the world.

When I arrived in CA I was assigned to serve in the Bakersfield CA area.  Bakersfield is a smog filled dessert valley, that is surrounded by mountains on all sides.  At least that was what I was told.  I never actually saw the mountains due to the heavy smog in the area.  I had been serving in Bakersfield for four and a half months, and my companion at the time was a man by the name of Elder Rank.  You see in the LDS church missionaries are called Elders.  Some people find this confusing, because most LDS missionaries are only 19-20 years old, but for the sake of the story go with me on this one.

Elder Rank and I had been invited to eat dinner at the home of the Rodriguez.  It was a dinner invitation I could not turn down.  You see, the Rodriguez family was very poor, and their lives had been visited by hard circumstances.  Brother Rodriguez used to be a professional body builder and was featured on the cover of several magazines.  Then, one day he discovered he had some medical problems that caused him to start gaining weight.  It took a couple of years, but soon he was extremely overweight.  With his doctors worried about blood circulation, Brother Rodriguez would exercise in the community pool.  Without that exercise his legs would have to be amputated. Sister Rodriguez was once a professor of linguistics at The University of Bakersfield.  Sadly, she suffered a massive stroke and lost the ability to communicate in any other language but Spanish.  Spanish had been the last language she had learned.  Before her stroke she spoke 6 languages fluently.  As a family the Rodriguez consisted of Brother and Sister Rodriguez and their two daughters (I don’t recall their names).Jason Mission 310

So for Elder Rank and I to be invited to dine with them was a BIG deal.  They had next to nothing, and here they were inviting two missionaries over for supper.  It was an invitation we could not refuse, and both of us knew it.  So on a warm Californian night we knocked on their door, and were invited in.  The moment I walked through the front door my senses were over powered by a delicious and erotic smell of soup.  The smell was rich and creamy, and even had a hint of spice like oregano.  I had never smelled anything so delicious in all my life!

“What is that smell?” I asked one of the daughters.  Smiling, she said “Its a family tradition. Menudo.”  I had no idea what “Medudo” was, but I was starving, and the delicious smell wasn’t helping my rumbling stomach.  After a few minutes of pleasant small talk we were invited to sit down at the family table.  In front of each person was a large soup bowl that probably could hold two liters of liquid.  One of the daughters carefully brought out an enormous pot and placed it in the center of the round table.  The smell was intoxicating and I was greedily anxious to try whatever this new delicacy was.

That’s when it happened…

Brother Rodriguez did his best to stand, and offered his hand to me, indicating I should hand him my bowl.  I did so eagerly, and he began ladling soup into my bowl.  As he handed it back to me my stomach was all but screaming at me, and that’s when I noticed something floating in my soup.  No it couldn’t be, I thought to myself.  Is that a, chickens foot?  I poked at it with my spoon, and that proved my fears.  There was indeed a chickens foot floating at the surface of my soup, along with other odd and strange looking bits and pieces.  I looked over at Elder Rank and he had an odd expression on his face as he looked down at his bowl.  I followed his gaze and noticed that floating at the top of his soup was what appeared to be the front portion of a pigs nose.

Jason Mission 159This had to be some sort of practical joke!

I looked up at the family, and each of them were eating their soup with passionate hunger.  “Brother Rodriguez” I said “What is this soup made from?”  Brother Rodriguez beamed at the question, and with a wide grin on his face he said “Its a soup made from blood and water, mixed with the left over pieces of animals not normally cooked.”  This could not be real.  This had to be a joke, and then I noticed that everyone, with the exception of Elder Rank and I, were eating.  I knew what having us there meant to this family, and so I could not insult them by not eating their soup because it was gross.  So I took my spoon, dipped it into the soup, and began eating.

To say I gagged that soup down has to be the biggest understatement of the century.  I have never called up my willpower like that since.  It took great effort, and extreme mental thought not to hurl all over the Rodriguez kitchen table.  But I did it.  I ate the soup, chickens foot and all.  I looked over at Elder Rank, and noticed, with some pride, that he too had summoned his will, and finished his bowl. Now I really don’t know why I did what I did next, but somewhere in my brain a very evil and sadistic part of me woke up.  Brother Rodriguez looked at me and said “Elders you ate a whole bowl!  You must have been very hungry.  Can I get you some more?”  Before I knew what was happening the evil sadistic side of me took control of my mouth and said “Brother Rodriguez, thank you for the offer, but I am stuffed.  But Elder Rank would love another bowl!”

Elder Rank looked at me with an expression of horror and shock on his face, and before he could say anything Brother Rodriguez had ladled him another bowl.  Now I don’t know how he did it, but somehow Elder Rank summoned up his will, and finished his second bowl.  He was sure to tell everyone he was full as soon as he had swallowed his last spoonful.

The rest of the evening proceeded pleasantly, and we enjoyed a wonderful evening with the Rodriguez family, but the moment we had all said our goodbyes, and shaken everyone’s hand we departed, and began our long walk home.  I say walk, but in all reality we didn’t walk, because the moment the door closed to the Rodriguez home  Elder Rank was after me, sprinting at near inhuman speeds.  He didn’t catch me, and I was able to stay just ahead of him the whole way back to the apartment.  Once we arrived he was too tired to do anything to me after sprinting for several miles.Jason Mission 254

Thinking back on that night I should probably feel bad, but as I remember that soup, and the entire evening I cant help but smile and laugh and what I remember to be a very funny night.

I was reading an article today by Jon Acuff, talking about success being a slow process.  I think its important to be dedicated to you craft, regardless of how many people are in your audience.  After reading his post I couldnt help but think about my own journey over the last several years.  I started Geek and Gamer Fitness with no clients, no plan, no real idea what I was getting myself into.  All I knew is I want to start a group that would provide a safe place for Geeks and to workout.

IMG_0143 1My very first class had two people show up, Tiffany, and Alia.  To be honest I don’t remember much more about that class.  I was just happy people had shown up.  But over time two people turned into 4 people and 4 into 8 and so on.  Now, two years later, we have 16+ people showing up every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Geek and Gamer Fitness has been invited to speak at conventions such as Emerald City Comic Con, Rose City Comic Con, and Wizard World Portland Comic Con.  We are even making plans to open up Geek and Gamer Fitness clubs in Seattle and Portland this year.

The point is, if you had asked me on that first day if I saw Geek and Gamer Fitness growing into what its become I would have told you no.  Even more exciting is I cant wait to see what Geek and Gamer Fitness grows into in two more years, and hopefully many more beyond that.  So if you are struggling with building something be patient, keep going, and no matter how big your audience create something amazing.

Project Gratitude #6

Posted: February 5, 2014 in Project Gratitude 2014

To be honest it was a hard day today. I have been carrying around some stressful thoughts, and dealing with some not so fun situations. But despite all of that i still look for good things every day.

Today I am grateful for…
1. My Fireplace! Seriously you have no idea how much I use it. If I could I would probably have a fire burning 24/7 if I could.
2. Books. Enough said!

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3. I am not sure I am grateful for this, but it made me smile. I took a late afternoon nap today and was joined by Grace, Agis (a friends dog that spent the day with us), and Peanut. Who took great pleasure stomping around my head while I tried to nap.