Friday, January 10, 2014

An update on my life

Winter is here and it is cold! Record low temperatures right now in Atlanta but things should warm up this weekend. I'm sure people in the Northeast and Midwest will make fun of us as a lot of schools were closed on Wednesday. Were they closed for ice all over the roads? No. Extreme snow? No. Any snow? No. We closed them due to frigid temperatures. Relax, I went to work so don't characterize me as one of those snow-fearing Atlantans.

It feels this cold minus the snow!

So it's winter time and I'm still trying to be positive. I'm trying to focus less on the cold conditions and more on the positive things going on around me. Avery continues to kick butt at gymnastics (picture below). Occasionally I pick her up from gymnastics practice so I get to watch the tail end of her practices. I can't believe the kind of shape she's in. I also try to go to all of her meets. I'm really proud of her because she's extremely self-motivated. The girl is more flexible than a rubber band.

She's a beast (I mean that in a positive way not in the Alec Baldwin sort of way)!

Ethan continues to enjoy basketball. The kid has an interesting scoring line through 4 games. 0 points, 8 points, 8 points, 0 points. I guess he's all or nothing like his dad.

If only the Atlanta Hawks had him, Philips Arena would be sold out every night.

Andrea is doing great as well. She has done an awesome job turning our new house into an actual home. We hung about 100 pictures the other day. I'm beginning to regret all of the sports memorabilia I've collected over the years.

It's still winter and regardless of how positive I am, there are moments when I get down. The important thing is that I recognize these moments and I make sense of them. My health is a little bit on the downturn. I'm currently on two antibiotics after just finishing my TOBI. The new TOBI podhaler I use saves me about 70 minutes a day of treatment time every other month HOWEVER I find it much more difficult to use. I tend to cough more when I'm on it and breathing the powder in is like nothing I have ever experienced. It's almost like swallowing a bug except I know it's coming and swallowing a bug is a bit more disgusting. Still I have to admit that I look really good. That's not a vain thing. That's not bragging and if it is sobeit. That's a pride thing. I've worked really hard. I'm up from 165 to 170 now and I now have a real 6-pack (one that's not in my fridge). My goal is to stay between 170 and 175.

Work is going well. For the 3rd consecutive year, DiversiTech had it best sales year ever. We are now in the Top 60 private businesses in Atlanta. As great as my job is (I'm the purchasing director by the way), I'm starting to think about what I want to do outside of DiversiTech. I love speaking and speak to benefit the Wish for Wendy Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation about a dozen times during the year. I am now starting to seek paid gigs and start a new business outside of the foundation. I'm still in the early stages of this but I already have some leads. I also thought about being a standup comedian but to be honest I am not sure being funny as a profession is for me. I am more corny as many of my friends will attest. My jokes are not that creative.

I don't really believe in New Year's Resolutions however I would like to work on being more fiscally savvy this year. I feel like that has always been one of my weaknesses. I don't spend a lot of money however I also don't invest it very well either. I'm already in the process of changing that.

Softball is over. I was thrilled that our team took home another title a few weeks ago. It's good to have a break though and I can focus on attending the kids' sporting events.

I'm starting to work on a new event at Wish for Wendy. Thanks to Ray Shelor (the grill master from DiversiTech), Andy Auchmuty and Peachtree Packaging, we are having our first ever Wish for Wendy Home Run Derby sponsored by Peachtree Packaging this fall. We are really excited about it but I'm still working out the details so it's not only fun but brings in a lot of money to help cure cystic fibrosis.

Join the hit parade!

I hope that all of you had a Happy New Year and that 2014 brings you many celebrations.

Best Wishes,


No comments:

Post a Comment