It has been a long and interesting season for me in which I have learned a bit about myself that I did not know before June 4th, 2012. In my new job I have stayed busy and learned to appreciate hard work and seen the fruits of dedication in some of my co-workers efforts that I have admired and never bothered to take notice from in previous jobs. There is something about building with my hands is rewarding and I appreciate the opportunity I was given to learn that.

While the season for digging post holes is over for now, I intend to turn back to the gym and writing to continue my fashion of personal growth which came to my heart before the frantic season of fence building I joined pushed it aside. My first writing project I am going to do is “30 Days to a Better Man” from the blog Art of Manliness (www.artofmanliness.com).

Day 1, December 03: Defining Your Core Values –

Task: Brainstorm a list of values you believe are important. Ask yourself what is important to you as a man. Write all of these values down and then whittle the list down to the top five most important and prioritize them.

Purpose: Defining core values can simplify life and also gives us purpose, prevents us from making poor choices that conflict with what we believe in, and can give us confidence by knowing what we value and making choices based on those values.

My List:

  1. Growth: Personal, Professional, and Physical growth are important. A man can never be complete and without growth in these areas one can not be the best man he can be.
  2. Honesty: I would rather be told the truth and be hurt for a moment than be lied to and find out later. I can handle the truth and I hope you can too because one day one of you may need to hear it weather it hurts or not.
  3. Resiliency: Life is not always good to you but you have to be able to get knocked down and get back up and dust yourself off. Remaining positive and retaining the ability to keep trucking through the hard times and not giving up is important in life.
  4. Adventure: I want to live and adventurous life. Living as full of a life as I can and finding little and big adventures when I least expect it is what makes life interesting. I want to continue to explore, travel, and try new things!
  5. Kindness: Living the golden rule, treating people how I would like to be treated is a no-brainer. I want to be uplifting and bring comfort to the lives I touch.

If you would like to join me on this project you can post in the comments below. I would love to hear from all of you guys on this. Join me next time for Day 2: Shining Your Shoes…

Edit: Link to the project! http://artofmanliness.com/2009/06/30/30-days-to-a-better-man-wrap-up/

Quote of the Day:

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”

– Thomas Paine

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The Ten Commandments

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized
  1. Thou shalt act a fool… once in a while.
  2. The Golden Rule, bitch!
  3. Be yourself, not who you want to be.
  4. Don’t take life seriously.
  5. Think of someone other than yourself.
  6. Contribute something.
  7. Be a dreamer.
  8. Connect with nature.
  9. Believe in something.
  10. Keep an open mind.
Clichéd, I know.

More Halloween Shizz

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Check out this awesome pumpkin carving!!

http://laughingsquid.com/ray-villafane-carves-the-worlds-heaviest-pumpkins-into-zombies/

I was hesitant to post this link since it’s already half over but I thought some people would like to see the previews and movie posters. G4 Films’ Epictober Film Festival ran Monday through Wednesday this week and featured films based on popular video game classics such as Mario Kart, Duck Hunt, and Angry Birds.

Check out the link for previews and movie posters: G4 Films’ Epictober Film Festival

Hopefully these flicks run again since they aired at 9AM and I just found out about them and didn’t get to see them yet.

 

 

Halloween House Light Show

Posted: October 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

You have got to hand it to whoever designed this show  for this house. Really cool stuff. This is the same house that I posted yesterday!

Halloween Is Coming!

Posted: October 24, 2011 in General, Uncategorized
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Halloween is right around the corner. I’m excited and ready are you?

What Motivates You?

Posted: October 18, 2011 in Goals and Motivation

Recently friends and family all around me have been turning 30 and I’ve been thinking a lot about that. At almost 30 lets just say that I fell short of the goal I secretly set when I was still a teen. Way short actually. By the time I turn the big three-oh I am supposed to have a wife, kids, house and a good job. While I still have 7 months to reach that goal, right now I have no job, no girl and am packing my stuff to move home with my parents. I don’t think life is going to happen the way I planned it when I was 17.  So what were my motivations back then and until recently? Lets be honest here, too.

  1. Get outta the house.
  2. Get laid.
  3. Get a sweet car.
  4. Get a sweet job that’s easy and pays well.
Hey, wait, something doesn’t add up here!  Well, getting out of the house and getting laid will get me a kid, but a sweet car isn’t going to get me anywhere in life and there is no such thing as a sweet job that’s easy and pays well. I guess that was a waste of about 12 years. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t change it for anything and I do believe that your past makes you who you are in the present. But lets face it, boozing and slacking isn’t cutting it anymore.
Who were my role models back then?
  1. Dad.
  2. Homer Simpson
The first is the man who taught me the things he thought were most important in life. He taught me respect and the Golden Rule, treat people the way you wish to be treated, and to work hard. I didn’t care very much for that last one, but I understand its importance now. Nothing in life comes easy, it’s hard work and determination that gets you where you want to be. As for my other role model, Homer, he was just a fat, lazy, alcoholic who did whatever he wanted and things always worked out fine. So, fantasy eclipsed reality and I became more Homer than Dad, though things didn’t work out fine within a 30 min time span.
So if I want to change my life I need to change my motivations and one of my role models. They have got to be realistic, but I think the key is for them to also be higher than what I think I can achieve now. So here is what I have come up with:
  1.  Education. If you stop learning you stop growing and you stall out in life. Plus, in today’s competitive job markets you need a degree  just to get an  interview in professional  fields.
  2.  My niece and nephews. I always want to be a great role model for them. Their parents are great role models for sure, but I am an entirely different type of person and I want those  kids to see that there are different ways to lead your life and you can still have the things your parents value if you value them as well.
  3.  Fulfillment. I want to feel like I am doing something worthwhile on and off the job.
  4.  My dreams. They say if you can dream it, you can achieve it. I think you have to be realistic though. You can dream of winning the lottery tomorrow and not ever having to work  again and it could happen, but it’s not realistic.
  5.  My parents. They have given me so much support throughout the years that I just want to be able to help them back one day. And while they always assure you that you can never    be a disappointment to them there is always that hidden fear in the back of my mind that I will find a way to do so.
As for my role models:
  1. Dad. He stays at the top, I could do no better than to be like him while following my own path.
  2. Kevin Smith. I started listening to his podcasts because I liked his movies and thought he was a funny slacker like I thought I was. What I found out was that he was an extremely motivated and hard-working man. While he achieved some of his goals before he had a family, he continued to achieve even more with his family at his side. He coined a term that I am currently trying to live by “Follow your whimsy”. It means that you should go for any goal or idea you come up with. He also says to modify your expectations. It means that some of your ideas or goals will work and some won’t but the ones that don’t can usually lead you to something that does work if you are willing to be flexible. The guy also surrounds himself with what he calls “Why not? People”. People that say “Why not?” to his and other people’s whimsy and not “Why?” are often more supportive and willing to help him achieve a goal.
So who and what motivate you to work towards your goals?
Here’s to my next 30 years!