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.
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.
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.