Happy 2019! I created another resolutions site and 2018 year in
Happy 2019! I created another resolutions site and 2018 year in
Happy 2019! I created another resolutions site and 2018 year in
If you have ever had a conversation with me and Anthony Bourdain is mentioned, you know I once saw him at a Phoenix airport. I glanced up while waiting for my flight and saw Bourdain walking down the terminal alone. I almost immediately knew it was him. I suspect he could detect that in my eyes as we exchanged glances. He gave me the short, “I know you know who I am and thank you for leaving me alone” sort of glance, and he continued on his way. It is this reason I chose the photo above, as I will forever remember Bourdain as someone always moving forward but seemingly wanting to be left alone.
I respected Bourdain because very few people in life have the ability to courageously speak their mind while remaining open-minded. Society is enamored with the unfiltered “what will they say next” personality until they say something over the line. Bourdain seemed to always understand that line and gave us just the right dose of reality when unpacking lessons learned during his world travels. Christina spent some time in Nicaragua and I love hearing her stories. One of the stories she told me is what she saw during her weekly travels to La Chureca where she saw some unmentionable things even Bourdain couldn’t show on television. During the segment, Bourdain seems understandably troubled by what he was seeing as well.
“He had a softer spot for kids. During a Q&A at the Prospect Park food festival Googamooga in 2012, Bourdain called on my 9-year-old daughter, who asked the best way to cook a unicorn. Not missing a beat, Bourdain smiled and shrugged: “Rare.” – PageSix.com
Bourdain will be missed by many, but especially me.
We are halfway through 2018 and I realized I neglected to share my resolutions with you here on my blog. These are some of my favorite “personal time” creative projects I work on each year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it!
Who publishes their 2017 resolutions in May of 2017? Me of course. I’ve been busy, people! For my eighth new years resolution post, I decided to create another custom PHP page. Enjoy!
I decided to do something a little different for my seventh annual resolution article. I created a quick PHP page instead of a boring primarily text-based article. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!
“Everyone has a plan – until they get punched in the face.” – Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson once said “everyone has a plan – until they get punched in the face.” I spent a considerable amount of time in 2014 dusting myself off from the barrage of punches life threw at me in 2013. What I learned in 2014 is a big reason I haven’t been able to accomplish a majority of my resolutions over the years is a lack of time. Year after year I have the best of intentions to keep my resolutions, but life hits me with punches. Sometimes life’s punches are jabs you come to expect, and can often block. Sometimes you don’t see life’s punches in the form of an uppercut that throws your head back and makes you wonder what hit you. Every now and then the worst of the punches come called haymakers. Haymakers are instances when life winds up and really gives it to you good. No matter how strong, resilient, or well trained you are, no human can escape from getting knocked down after being hit by a perfectly placed haymaker.
Because nobody likes getting punched in any way, in 2015 my strategy is to be incredibly strategic. I want to move with intention, but remember to listen to advice from my corner on how to best proceed into the next round. Something I absolutely learned in 2014 was in the sport of boxing it is you alone in the ring against your adversary and I don’t want to be in that type of ring. There were many times in 2014 I felt alone in the ring and there were some tough adversaries. In business and life, teaming up with others is what has almost always made me most happy and successful. In 2015 I am looking to team up with many others to help fulfill their dreams, but remembering I’ll need their help to achieve my own as well.
I wrote about it briefly last year but think it is important to touch on it again now. On December 10, 2013 I was laid off which resulted in an unprecedented 4 months of uncertainty. The first thing I missed was the great many people I worked with. The other thing I experienced for the first time was phantom vibration syndrome which resulted in me often reaching for a work issued BlackBerry that was no longer there. The distress caused by the unfamiliarity of not having my BlackBerry quickly passed when I realized my previous responsibilities and challenges were also no longer there. Suddenly my life was adrift, but I felt a strange sense of reassurance. Although I wasn’t familiar with the uncharted waters before me, they were fast and exciting and I welcomed each new day with great anticipation.
The time I was able to spend with family is time I will never be able to get back. Time is a common theme I’m starting to realize as being incredibly important as I get older. Remember the first time you arm wrestled your father and realized how strong he was and how much less strong you were? As I have aged I have come to realize the same struggle of time’s strength on my life when attempting to hold back it’s hands.
In addition to spending time with family, I strived to learn as much as I could about topics I was most interested in. I got tremendously better at PHP and CSS after picking up a web application I had been working on as my “side project” for years. I am not ready for even an alpha announcement, but much of my spare time is now spent working on it. Career wise things ended up working out nicely in the end because in April I joined AWS as the Web Content Manager in Developer Marketing at their San Francisco office.
At the same time, I don’t want to paint an unrealistic picture of the first few months of 2014. I had my fair share of self doubt despite my sometimes unrelenting positive perspective on life’s challenges. I’ve mentioned it before, and I’ll say it again, you can’t ever stop believing in yourself. I don’t care who you are, at some point in life you will go through adversity and people will doubt your ability to overcome whatever obstacle stands in your way. I’ve developed a mantra over the years which is to shake it off and take a step up. Whatever mantra you adopt, just promise me one of your life’s mantra’s is to never stop believing in yourself. It will make all the difference and you won’t have to look far to see people who have given up when life’s proverbial dirt was piled on them.
The goals I laid out in 2014 were to juggle 3 balls (I didn’t try at all so…fail), focus more time on stretching (fail), drinking more water (eh), flossing (eh), and reading a book a month (yeah, just about). Below are the books I read thanks to nearly two hours a day on BART.
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” ― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist
2013 in Review:
Something I haven’t done in past resolutions is reflect on the past year. 2013 was one of my more difficult years, I have to admit. I even checked with Christina tonight to verify I wasn’t missing anything. In 2014, I’m ready to get some big wins again.
2013 in review:
One of the first things I talked about at the start of 2013 was the number of blog posts I had shared with the world. At that time I was at 2,900 posts and as of today I am at 2,966 posts. I think I’m learning something that many of you were already aware of with blogging. I focused a lot of my energy on sharing many things I thought you would be interested in because I really enjoy sharing what I learn or discover in life. I’ll continue sharing but perhaps in another way. I’ve been working on a platform since 2008 that I have been obsessed with. A tool I use every day but know others won’t find value in as is today. With more dedicated personal time on my hands as of late, I’ve tried each day to make incremental improvements to it. I say all of this to reassure you that I haven’t lost my love of blogging, or sharing, but rather hope in 2014 I can share with you what I’ve been working on and how much I’ve contributed to the platform myself.
The next thing I discussed in my 2013 resolutions was I wanted to be able to do 50 consecutive push-ups. This goal hasn’t been accomplished for a number of reasons. The first is 50 consecutive push-ups is difficult, and difficult resolutions are often the most challenging to accomplish. The second is with two kids and everything life demands, focusing on something you would think you could work on at almost any time and any place just never took priority. My right arm has been nagging me as of late. I never had it looked at by a professional but back in high school I think I tore one of the muscles in my arm playing baseball. If I let my arm rest for a while, it doesn’t ache, but carrying around a 26 pound baby for extended lengths of time has aggravated it again. It isn’t a constant pain but flares up when my arm is stressed.
I also talked about taking more pictures. Interestingly, that hasn’t been happening as of late, and I’m not exactly sure why. I got a digital SLR camera which has broken once, I sent it back for repairs, and on a recent trip to Monterey it broke yet again. The SLR camera is great, but it is cumbersome to carry around, and I’ve never been happy with my point and shoot (especially once I got my SLR). I know I can’t “have my cake and eat it too” but somehow I became more disinterested in taking pictures.
I brought up “rocking the ping pong” and I think I did. Safeway buying a table and letting us play on Friday afternoons in an empty conference room was fantastic on so many levels. One of the more interesting and unexpected things I found as a result of playing ping pong at work was the opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t normally bump into. Managing Safeway’s intranet, you get to know a lot of people from a wide range of departments, but each department usually had certain employees I interacted with. Ping pong was great because I was able to play something I’ve always loved and have a great time with new people. One of my favorite things about ping pong in 2013 was playing with members of our team and seeing their skills evolve. There was a ping pong tournament towards the end of the year and due to part luck of the draw, and part determination I even made it into the finals (but lost). At the end of the day, it wasn’t so much about winning or losing for me, it was just getting a chance to have fun with colleagues. That isn’t to say I like to lose, I’m one of the most competitive people I know, but I will always remember all the great times we had.
Probably my least favorite resolution was making the bed each day in 2013. I don’t think I came anywhere close on this one, I have to be completely honest. If you go back to past resolutions you’ll see I seem to have this as a recurring resolution, but in 2014 I’m not including it. One of the things I’m learning is life gets busy, and you prioritize your time accordingly. Almost all of 2013 was incredibly busy and this will sound wrong, but I just had better things to do with my time (higher priorities) than worrying about if the bed was made.
Teach Tyler to ride a bike without training wheels. It took a lot of trials and tribulations but ladies and gentlemen I am proud to announce he did it. As a matter of fact, he’s actually outgrown the bike in the video and got a new 18″ bike for Christmas. Hard to believe he’ll be 7 years old in May.
Run a 5k with an average pace of less than 10 minutes a mile. I started this goal out with a vengeance, but just as I was about to run my first 5k I came down with a horrible cold. I wanted to still run the race, but Christina who is my wise advisor said I would be crazy (and she was right). The number one thing I would tell someone who starts running is no matter what…DON’T STOP! The reason being it is hard to start running because the first few weeks, or for me, months were horrible. There was pain and definitely fatigue, I just hated it. Eventually I started to get stronger and run farther but just as I was making progress I ran into an obstacle and I stopped. I tried running a few times after, but I let too much time elapse, and before I knew it I was back to the pain and fatigue phase and stopped for good the rest of the year.
This one is probably going to surprise many of you because you probably didn’t know it is something I’ve always wanted to be able to do, but I want to be able to juggle with 3 balls. I saw a book at a local bookstore the other day and told Christina I’d love for Tyler to be able to juggle because everyone needs a seemingly useless talent to just master for the sake of being able to do it. Admittedly I’ve tended to do things in life that I thought would benefit me, but sometimes there are things I just want to be able to do “just because”. Tyler most likely won’t learn to juggle if I can’t juggle, so I’m therefore making it a resolution for the year. I know it is a resolution that I am very likely to fail at because again it is difficult and will take patience, time, and practice.
The next resolution is to focus more time on stretching and becoming more flexible. This is going to sound lame, but at 36 I’m just now starting to realize the aches and pains of aging. I’ve never been flexible, but I’m probably one of the least physically flexible people I know, and I think that is very unhealthy because as I age I’m realizing how important it is.
Drink more water. Pretty self-explanatory but yeah, drink more water.
My dentist has been telling me for years to floss, but I’ve never taken her advice. I would like to floss at least 3-4 times a week in 2014.
Read a book a month, and I’ll even share my list with you.
You might think “getting a new job” would be a 2014 resolution, but I don’t think I’m going to add that one. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and have come to a number of new realizations as of late. This is one of the unique times in my life, and I’m not wasting a day. I want to be the best “Person” I can be in 2014 and beyond! Here’s to a great 2014.
Today I was driving to work and was at the right place at the wrong time. As soon as I merged onto 580 going westbound I saw a Range Rover make a very hard left to avoid the car in front of him which caused it to flip onto the roof of the car twice. The most difficult thing to see was I saw the man driving the vehicle get ejected from the car and thrown high up into the air and onto the highway. Something else I’ll never forget is as the car was flipping a bunch of dust and debris was in the air and all of a sudden that dust turned pink. It was like I was watching a movie right before me, but I obviously knew it wasn’t. Cars immediately stopped just before the location where the SUV came to a stop, and we all sat there for a moment not quite sure what to think or do. It was like time stood still for a moment. I drove my car onto the shoulder of the highway, so I could call 911.
Fortunately 911 picked up within 20 seconds of me dialing which was great. I was in shock, I know I was because after getting off the phone I realized some of the information I gave to the operator wasn’t as accurate as it should have been. While I was talking with 911 an African American man started climbing out of the SUV’s sunroof and was very likely in shock because as soon as he made it to the roof he literally rolled off the roof and collapsed onto the highway. He got up maybe 30-45 seconds after falling to the highway and walked close to the front of my car and collapsed again at the side of the road and sat down. Everything about the crash was disturbing, and I felt so helpless. I had my son in the back of the car and people were trying to get by the accident, so I was also afraid of becoming an accident. A nurse came to the scene and tended to the African American man and I talked with an officer to help give a report later in the morning. If anyone has more details on the victims of the crash I’d love to know more. I pray for their families and themselves and can’t express enough how much I feel for them. The photos of the car is from a picture a coworker found on Waze and is not something I took. It does however help show what I saw (to a degree). Please drive safe, everyone, and please buckle up.
My dad had a four way bypass today here in Portland. After being able to talk to him after the third time seeing him today he had some advice he urgently wanted to share with me. The first thing he said to me was “Jeremy, RUN!” What he was referring to was I started to train for a 5k a few months ago that I wasn’t able to participate in because I came down with the flu. Essentially he was saying “Jeremy, do whatever you can to take care of yourself because you don’t want to be where I am some day”. Trust me, I want no part of what I saw today. I played some basketball in school but once I got into the corporate world exercise like a lot of things took a back seat. Today I got scared straight let me tell you. I haven’t been able to eat meat for 2 days now. I’m scared to death of meat in general after seeing what I saw. My dad had to go through so much over the last few days I am so motivated to get healthy. If one of your favorite foods is ice cream and hamburgers like mine was, go to a hospital cardiac unit and see how good that hamburger and ice cream sounds after sitting in the lobby. I’m seriously contemplating going vegetarian, but want to talk to a dietitian as soon as I can to make sure I do things correctly.
My dad is doing well, he had one heck of a day today. The anxiety of the last 5 days has caused a big strain on all of us, but nothing like it has for my dad. I could just feel the stress all over my body. My breathing was different, I got headaches, my back and shoulders were tight. I seem to carry other people’s stress and I could feel the stress of the family all over me. I saw my dad three times today and like most dads, mine is like Superman to me. I really haven’t ever seen my dad down for very long, ever. Today he was strong as always and determined as ever, but man did it shake me to my core about eating right and taking better care of myself. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, spend 5 minutes with me, and I’ll try my best to convince you to change course. Run, jog, walk, hike, bike, get active and eat well.