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.