Charleston, SC – Presidents Club 2019

Well this may have been the best President’s Club yet aside from the amazing location of Maui, I think they put on the best one so far and we had an absolutely amazing time! The thing I loved most about this trip is that South Carolina isn’t a place we would have chosen to go on a vacation to, but there was so much history and fun culture to experience, not to mention great food.

We traveled most of the day on Sunday and arrived around 3pm and it took about an hour or so for us to get to the Belmond hotel, which is an absolutely fantastic 5 star hotel right in the heart of South Carolina. We then got freshened up and went for a walk and ate dinner at a wonderful place called TBonz that was a steak and seafood place. The food was great and the prices were very reasonable. After that we went back to the hotel but we were completely wiped out and fell asleep pretty early on.

On Monday I woke up pretty early and did a solid work out in their nice gym, then Angie and I had breakfast and were off to walk around the city. We explored some shops but then walked down to the water. We passed so many amazing houses on our way down, the streets were absolutely charming and the weather was very nice. We saw some Jellyfish in the ocean as well as plenty of doplhins playing around, I have never seen either out in the open water before. We had a long walking day at around 18,000 steps.

We got back in time to rest up and then get ready for a big night, the Great Gatsby party. There was a cocktail party at the Riviera, an old theater, then the main event was held at the hotel. They did an amazing job but we were wiped out shortly after 10pm. The next morning I woke up and trained for a bit, then we ate breakfast and kicked it for a bit in the hotel. The weather was quite a bit colder, so in the afternoon we went and explored the “Market” and got some gifts for my parents and the kids. We ate at the Charleston Crab House and then went for a Haunted Walking Tour at dusk which was so fun. We explored different graveyards and had so much fun hearing the ghost stories.

The last day in Charleston we did a carriage tour around the town, then a walking tour through one of the old colonial homes. This was also the celebration night at one of the plantations, and unfortunately the weather was pretty cold and the event was partially outdoors, although it was still such and amazing trip and I am so thankful to have a company that spoils us the way that they do. By this time I was missing my children pretty badly and wanting to get home as soon as possible. The next days trip was quite a fiasco but we finally got home at around 6pm (after almost missing our connecting flight), it was so great to be back with my kiddos. I was away for 5 days but it was far too long and I’m glad to have this weekend to spend with them.

Gotcha Day

March is halfway over and I’m about to leave to my 5th consecutive Presidents Club in South Carolina tomorrow. We’ve had a great month so far and the two biggest highlights are Liam’s “Gotcha” day and taking the kids to Disney on Ice, both happened last week.

One of my friends and co-workers gave me tickets for the entire family to Disney on Ice on Thursday the 8th. I took off from work a little early and we wen’t downtown and grabbed tickets then went to dinner and had some Pizza at the Gateway. It was an awesome event and made me so happy to see the kids so excited. We took Liam a few years back and this time it was much more exciting and enjoyable. I’m thankful that we were able to have a fun night out because of some free tickets.

On Sunday, March 10th, we had Liam’s “Gotcha” day, we call it that because 5 years ago that was the day that we got Liam. On Sunday we took him to Sparrow’s 2 year party at Damian and Alexa’s house but also got Liam some shoes and I was able to find a Metroid action figure online for him. He has been so good lately and absolutely thriving. He’s been a great son and great big brother to Seneca and I am so proud of him. He’s been learning his words so quickly and I think he’s far ahead of most kids his age.

Lately I’ve been thriving because I started waking up early after the time change in October. I just kept waking up at the same time every morning but that gave me an extra hour to focus on reading books, stretching, meditating and just giving myself time that I needed. It has been absolutely amazing and I have been flourishing because of it. I came across a book called the “Morning Miracle” with thousands of positive reviews talking about a similar routine. I get so excited every morning to wake up and spend time working on being a better ‘me’. I’ve read a ton of books and been so engaged with my work. This is my time and opportunity to build a great future for my family.

 

An awesome February with some great wins

This year got off to such a great start with work, coming in strong for 2018, an update on our comp plans as well as an exciting new Presidents Club for next year (Grand Cayman), and of course winning the Difference Makers award that will allow me to go to Ecuador this August. February continued on that and we had a couple of great things happen in the recent weeks.

First off, we were able to clear a pathway to adopt Liam, thankfully his birth father was willing to relinquish his parental rights which will give us the ability to adopt him. I think this was an amazing thing for his father to do and the judge (and of course we) felt it was the right thing to do. Liam is so excited for this and it will give him full stability to be a part of this family and not ever wondering. He has been absolutely amazing lately and behaving so well, and also treating his sister very well. He is a dream child and I am so thankful he became a part of our family.

Next, work has been great and the new comp plans are amazing and they have also lit a fire under me to do well at work and keep pushing hard. Last week was my best week ever at 269 days, previously it was 254 from 2015. I worry that some of those dates will come off, that seems to happen when you book that far out but I’ll just enjoy it and run with it.  The new comp plans will allow me to save more money, which is great because I am certain that we are heading for a recession. This has been a 10 year bull market and this year will be spent preparing for that. I plan on putting lots of money aside and having dry powder for the next down turn.

I’ve volunteered twice now at the Sharing Place and tomorrow will be my third time, it’s good to get to know some of the kids and spend time with them. It makes me realize how lucky I am to have time with my children and I will always make the most of it. Angie has gotten a pass to the West Jordan Aquatic Center and gives her a lot of activities to do with the kids.

February Daddy Daughter Princess Ball

West Jordan puts on a fun event called the Daddy Daughter Princess Ball in February around Valentines Day. I remember last year I wanted to take Seneca so bad but we were both so sick. This year I got sick again on Feb 1 and battled hard to feel better, but I knew I needed to get better in time to take my little girl to this dance, and my wish came true. I left work early on Friday and got a suit and tie on while Angie made Seneca look so pretty. I took her to the Ball and they had some wonderful dancers that sang and were dressed up like Disney Princesses, it was so fun for Seneca. It took her a while to really get what was going on, but by the time I took her to dinner she was being so fun and so silly and absolutely loved it. I am so thankful to have this time with my beautiful daughter and love her so much. I promise to spend so much time with her and love getting into the things that she is into.

Work has been great, the new Comp plan has been rolled out and it is more than I could have expected and imagined, I’ll stay true to my frugality and allow this to help me build assets and financial freedom. I decided to bring Jaron with me on my epic trip to Ecuador.

Yesterday we went to the South Jordan Aquatics Center, what a great pool and a great price, Angie is going to get her and the kids a membership there.

Seneca is talking up a storm, I love it when she says “Gubps” (Gloves), she also says things are Huge. Other fun words are Downstairs and I love you.

An Amazing Day at Work

I think about it and talk about it often, but I just love my job. It’s challenging for a lot of people and even the best of us have hard days when we question why we are doing it. I have to say the good days outnumber the bad ones quite a bit, and I just love the challenge and the rewards that come with it. This job has given me and my family so much opportunity so I never forget how thankful I am for that. It is a place that really takes excellent care of their employees and they are always doing things big and small to make us happy.

I love the income, benefits and events, but what I love most is just doing a good job and having a good reputation in the company as someone who delivers, I absolutely love that. Today Mark took me into the Impact meeting and gave me a shout out as his bright spot. It was so great to be in front of the leaders and being recognized as he called out that I had made presidents club 5 out of 5 years I have been there, and 2 years I doubled my p-club goal and won the difference makers award. He also talked about a conversation he was having with another leader about a rep who was making it difficult for her to increase that reps target. Mark asked me what I wanted my target for the year to be and I told him to put it at whatever the team needed. It was so great to get this type of recognition in front of all of the team leaders and motivates me to do everything I can for my company. I’m so thankful for CHG and Comphealth, the people there are amazing and definitely help me to be a better person. This was an amazing day!

An Amazing Start to the New Year

Wow, what an incredible start to the new year. I am 3 weeks in and everything feels great. Work has been phenomenal, I’ve been feeling much better with my training, the kids are doing great, I’m starting my volunteer work tomorrow at the Sharing Place and we have a little bun in the oven. Right now at work I am at 1000 days on the scheduled days list, which has been something that has taken a couple of years to get to. The markets have rebounded quite a bit, leaving me some time to prepare for the next big downturn (hopefully). I’m super motivated and engaged at work right now which makes it extremely fun to be there. I’ve spent so much time over the last year learning about finance and dividend stocks that I have a great foundation coming into the year. Naturally it makes me a little nervous when things are going and feeling so great, but you can’t let that slow you down, you just keep moving forward and understand that life has it’s ups and downs and know that you’ll have them and enjoy the ups as much as you can and prepare for the downs.

On Thursday January 10, we had the CHG Road Show which was such an amazing event and got me so excited for what lies ahead. The most amazing thing happened and it completely caught me off guard but I was nominated and then won the CHG’s Difference Makers award and have a chance to go on a 10 day humanitarian mission in Ecuador this summer. I’m a little worried that it may conflict with our baby being born but I am just enjoying this time and not thinking too much about it, and if it does I’ll just do my best to see if there is another option that I can do.  I’m so thankful for my company and the many opportunities that it provides me and my family. They also announced that the 2020  CHG Presidents Club will be at the Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman, that gave me such excitement when they announced that, I was giddy with excitement and will  not miss out on that. Even though I’ve got a great start to 2019, I’m thinking of all the ways I can make sure I don’t miss out on going there and doing plenty of preparation to make it by a wide margin!

Above is a collage of photos I put together of my favorite moment of 2018, and this is the post i added to my Instagram account that gave a nice recap of the year:

My 9 for 2018 doesn’t tell the whole story. The most amazing moments were so simple, like laying with my baby girl every night before bed as she falls asleep in my arms, or teaching Liam how to catch a football or do a jiu jitsu arm lock. 2018 had a few setbacks, we had a miscarriage but focused on how thankful we are for having Seneca and Liam. My wife was harassed by a thug in May (long story but had to do with our fight to adopt Liam). 2018 was my 5th year with CHG, the most amazing company ever, and my 5th Presidents Club qualified for. No bike racing this year but loved throwing the hammer down with my cycling buddies on the back roads, also riding up the 10,000 ft Haleakala in brutal storm conditions was epic. The family trip to Maui was the best trip ever and changed me, and seeing a whale 5ft away was out of this world. In 2019 I’ll be a volunteer for the Sharing Place, a support home for children who have lost a parent or both parents (more to come on this). I’m very much looking forward to another amazing year but my happiness grows as I get older by the more simple things, just savoring family or beautiful weather or a hard workout. 2018 resurected my love for investing but not for acquiring “things” down the road, but for building financial security, patience, frugality and experiences. I’m in a good place with cutting down on social media and giving that time to reading books, and most mornings I’m up at 5:45 to stretch/yoga, meditate or study, and working out all before I go to work. Well that’s it for me, I’ll be reading your updates!

 

Christmas and the New Year

As always December moved pretty quickly, but this was one of the best Christmas seasons that I could remember. Angie held down the fort at home while I worked, she took care of getting gifts for people and keeping things flowing around the house. Seneca started to understand Christmas a little more and recognized Santa Clause. We took her to her first movie on the day after Thanksgiving and she loved it, it was ‘The Grinch’. We’ve been visiting the aquarium quite frequently on Sunday nights and the kids absolutely love it.

Seneca is sweet as can be, she loves to entertain us and she is learning lots of new words. She loves to hang out with her Daddy and we are like peas in a pod. Whenever I go work on my computer or shovel snow outside or work on projects, she is usually right by my side. Ever since Halloween when we had our ghost projector, she loves to explore the house and look for ghost with me, she says ‘I see ghosts’. She still really loves Fairies, Minions, Lion King and Snow White.

Liam had an amazing birthday, we went to CousCous and then to the Christmas in Color light show in South Jordan that was such a blast for the kids. We had a few Christmas parties to go to but overall it didn’t seem to hectic or overwhelming. I took him to see the Bumblebee movie and he loved it, we spoiled ourselves with popcorn and then went to eat at Rumbis afterward. 

CHG threw an amazing Christmas Party for the kids on December 7th, they did a great job with fun activities for the kids and a delicious breakfast. We spent some time there instead of rushing through it. They also did a great job with the Company Party however for some reason I didn’t feel all that great and didn’t say out too late. On Dec 14 we had our Trial and neither Liam’s birth mother or father showed up. The mothers rights were terminated so we never have to deal with her or her family again, but the trial goes on for Zach. New Years was pretty mellow, we had Jaron and his family over for a bit, along with Marcus and his new girlfriend. Not much happened and we all went to bed early which was great and gave me time to work out the next day and feel productive.

I decided to take off work Dec 21-Jan 2 so that gave me a very long break and it was much needed. I spent a lot of time with the kids and knocking off chores and reading books. By the time I came back on Jan 2, I felt absolutely refreshed and have such energy for this year and I’m feeling more ‘goal oriented’ than ever. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my spreadsheets and building a pathway to residual income. I’ve learnt so much over the past year and read so many great books on investing, which of course has a lot of chunks of wisdom that pass over to the rest of my life. I’ve got some tough goals ahead of me but I’m ready to jump in.

Yesterday I did the training for The Sharing Place which was quite an eye opening experience as I though it would be. It seems like an amazing charity and I’m sure it will be humbling, heart warming and rewarding to work there over the next year. So many people (volunteers and coordinators) shared their stories yesterday and I met some of the great people volunteering. Earlier in the week I told Liam I would be helping some kids who had lost their parents and he was moved by that. He told me yesterday “I hope you can help some kids that are sad” then gave me a hug and a kiss.

Thanksgiving Week 2018

This was an absolute fabulous week with some good time off from work. On Monday night I took the kids to Classic Fun Center for some skating. Liam brought his scooter and cruised around while I pushed Seneca around the rink walking behind her. The kids had so much fun and on our drive home Seneca made me laugh so hard by saying her name while Liam was trying to talk, making him so mad. I left work early on Wednesday to start my weekend off early.

On Thursday my parents came out as well as my aunt Diana and uncle Ted and we had amazing dinner that Angie prepared. My father seemed to be doing so much better and the kids absolutely loved hanging out with him. On Friday I spend the day at home just hanging out with the kids and helping Angie get the Christmas decorations set up. On Saturday I took the kids to the Grinch Movie, which was Seneca’s first movie. Here are  some great photos from this week:

On a separate note, I was able to qualify for Presidents Club with my October results, leaving 2 extra months to add to my GM for the year. We just created a new compensation plan that hopefully will allow me to be in the top Tier for compensation next year and improve my results. I really want to have a good year of adding to my portfolio and creating plenty of residual income. Bitcoin has been crashing, down from $11,000 last year to under $4000 this week. It is a great lesson for me to watch all of this and make sure I know that I need to stay clear of speculation.

Seneca’s 2nd Birthday and Halloween

2 years ago today, just as the sun was peeking over the mountains, my little bug Seneca was born. Every day that I’m at work I think about her and my wife sends me photos of the cute things she does during the day, then I rush home to spend a few hours with her before bed time. Every night for the last year I tuck her under my arm and lay with her until she is sleepy while I focus on enjoying that moment. She loves Fairies and my wife has the most amazing party set up for her today, and has a Tinkerbell costume for Halloween. She loves music and dancing and does Zumbini (kids Zumba) with her mommy. She loves her cat Wowse and brother Liam, and they all get along great. Liam even decided to forgo being Darth Maul so he could be Peter Pan for his little sister on Halloween. She even loves to rough house and wrestle with dad. And of course all the moves I used to do with Liam (throws and flips onto the bed) are now fun for her too. I love you my little Sunshine, you brighten every day!

 

What a fun month October was for our little family. Seneca finally turned 2 years old, sometimes it feels like time goes by so quickly but also I feel like I savor and hold onto every moment I can. Angela had a fun time preparing for Seneca’s 2 year party,  it was a fairy theme party and she did a great job preparing for it and making all kinds of cute  things. We had a smaller party this year with only family members and Alexa/Sparrow. The kids had fairy wings and we did some Zumbini, made crafts, ate dinner and Angie made a homemade cake. It was so fun spending time with my little girl, and my father came down without my mother (she was sick). Seneca has a great bond with my father and calls him Bumpa (Grandpa). She also started saying “Happy Seneca”, then “Happy to Seneca” and finally “Happy Birthday Seneca”. She is saying new words all of the time and it is the cutest thing. Today she said she wants to get dressed, and she says ‘dowel’ (towel).

Halloween was great as well. I took the day off from work and spent it with my daughter. After I worked out i got her dressed in her fairy princess outfit and took her to my work. She got it down quickly and scored more candy in 20 minutes than she could tote around in her little Halloween bag. After that we took her to the Aquarium for about 30 minutes and then we went to Liam’s school and watched him in his parade. We got Papa Johns Pizza and cooked that up before we went trick or treating around the street. She absolutely loved it and had so much fun, it just brightened up her face when I said ‘lets go trick or treating’!

October is in full swing

Well, the weather outside is chilly and we’re deep into fall. I’ve just barely put away all of the lawn and outdoor stuff and preparing for the winter. This weekend I built some new shelves for the garage to keep it more organized and looking nice. Seneca is about 10 days from being 2 years old and she is as cute as ever. She has so many new words and I just love how she says things. She is so polite and always saying “please” and especially “thank you!” whenever someone gives her something. She hasn’t learnt her colors yet and if I ask her what color something is, she always says ‘blue’. Lately she has been saying “I see ghosts” and “I see cows”, haha, I love that! She still absolutely loves Fairies and we have a costume for her and Liam to be Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. Liam and Seneca play so well together and Liam is learning a lot in Kindergarten, he is so good with his words. The stock market has been week lately but my investments have done rather well over the last year, I’ve definitely made some good progress towards the future, while also learning a lot and building up my own ideas on things. Work has been going well too, I’ve been in the lead for quite a while and my 2019 pipeline looks good, and I’ll qualify for Presidents Club by the end of this month. I’ve been staying fit by riding as well as getting back into Jiu Jitsu.