We just got back from our annual Lamb Days camping trip and it was so nice to be able to have so much time with my family. I’ve been having such an amazing time bonding with my little girl and she just wants me to hold her every where I go. On our trip there were so many great times when I could just hold her in my arms and she would lay her head down on my chest. Absolutely priceless. The other day I was out watering the lawn and I sat down on a rock and she came up next to me and sat down, then I put my arm around her and kissed her little head and just savored the moment.
We got back from our trip mid day yesterday and I spent some time with her out in the garden. She hung out with me as I gardened and weeded and watered. She would come up and play in the water that I sprayed on the lawn or come up and jump on my back, or even help me put some of the weeds in a bucket.
I’ve also been taking he her to her second round of parent lead swim classes. I got this as a gift for fathers day. I like to sing the songs to her even out of the pool. She likes to hold her baby dolls and say “side side” ( side to side). At lamb days Angie got her a cute lamb beanie and knitted octopus.
On the legal front we’ve gotten a protective order against Sherrie and now taken the fight to her. Work has been better, not as much of a struggle as last year but definitely harder than the past. I’ve been spending a lot of time learning about stocks instead of wasting time on social media. The portfolio is growing nicely but I since a storm brewing and I’m trying to mentally prepare for it.
It’s been a great summer so far but the best is just savoring every second I have with my daughter. I’m so thankful that I have the wisdom to understand how fast time goes by so I am spending as much time as I can with my kids.
Wow, summer is really 1/3 over already? So far the last few months I’ve been so consumed with ways to save money and building a dividend portfolio. I’ve been spending countless hours researching dividend paying stocks as well as reading a lot of books and putting money away. It’s been so fun seeing the growth in my portfolio in such a short amount of time. It’s hard to believe that in 4.5 years I’ve gone from being in debt to having a solid net worth and such good momentum. I feel much wiser and more patient but still have so much to learn, yet have learnt so much from past mistakes. I feel that we’ve had such a strong market over the last 9 years that soon we will have a major correction so I keep that in mind an plan for that.
Seneca had been an absolute joy to be around, she is so fun to play with and I spend as much time as I can with her. She is trying to talk a lot and it’s so fun hearing her babble all the time. She says new words and it’s hard to keep up with them. I took her to the zoo yesterday and she was so excited to see the ‘big birds’ and elephants and giraffe. She loves to wrestle with me, she makes cute growling sounds, she loves water and chasing bubbles. She sleeps well at night and is the best baby I can imagine. I try to savor every second with her knowing just how fast time goes by.
Other recent things include trying to adopt Liam and sever parental rights. We also celebrated our 5th year anniversary and had a beautiful party on our patio. I’ve been riding quite a bit but no racing so I can save money. This week I have my sister coming to stay with us for the 4th of July. Work has been a fight but I love my job and my team, I find it engaging and have a better attitude than last year when I was struggling.
I’ve been getting back into my interest in investing and reading lots of books as well as putting money away in dividend paying stocks. I’ve been having fun building spreadsheets and calculations for retirement as well as researching stocks. I haven’t felt as strong on the bike as I have in the past so I’ve been spending more time doing other things like Jiu Jitsu and working on home projects.
Liam is getting so smart, he is drawing and spelling things, he makes cute pictures for us as a family. Work has been a bit of a slump but I’ve been in a good mindset and having a positive attitude. I feel good about the challenges ahead and the growth that will come.
Oh these last few months with Seneca have been so amazing. I love spending as much time as I can with her as she grows. She loves to entertain and make us laugh. She loves to make funny faces and raspberries. She is learning new words all the time. Today she said shoes, ear, eyes and coat. She puts her hand up to her ear when she says hi, like she is holding a cell phone. I spend every night putting her to bed and savor each second of being with her.
Work has been good lately and I’ve had some consistent results but not as high as in the past. I have really learnt from our recession last year and gotten better, and we have a great team now. I’ve been really focused on putting away money for retirement and studying dividend stocks. As for fitness, I’ve lost a decent amount after being sick and still working my way back, which is taking a long time. I hit a true FTP of 321 watts in an hour the first week of Jan and two months later I’m not even close.
We leave to Hawaii in 2 days!!!
I had an amazing holiday season this year and was able to take off a lot of time to be with my family. I had a total of 11 days off which was the most I’ve had off since my paternity leave and it was so great to have that time with my family. Angie had a lot planned so we were active with parties and visits from friends. We had a birthday party for Liam at Jungle Jim’s during the middle of the week. Liam was excited about the toys he got including a video game system I got that replicated a Nintendo system. I got him some Nerf guns and lightsabers for us to play with.
I absolutely loved the time I have with my baby girl, she was so fun to hangout with and I took care of her and put her to bed every single day. I spent lots of time playing with the kids. I also spent a lot of time working out and did plenty of long rides to get me fit for the new year. I tried my best to not think about work.
It was a pleasant 4 day weekend for me to hang out with my wonderful family. On Thursday we had my father and mother as well as my Aunt Diana and Uncle Ted over. The weather was absolutely beautiful and warm, I also was able to get a lot accomplished and build some shelves in my basement as well as my garage, it was a very fun project and helped with organization. Angie and Diana made such a great Thanksgiving dinner and had plenty of leftovers.
On Sunday, we took the kids to the Zoo, it was the first time that Liam remembers going to one, and the first time for Seneca. Both kids absolutely loved it and the weather was again, perfect.
Seneca has been learning so many new things. She recognizes so many words and phrases, some of them include: Stand up! Shake your butt! Dance! She is also learning to walk but also doing her cute little butt scoot. She points to things, she also is extremely daring and loves to climb up on things.
4 years ago I started working at CHG Healthcare and I never would have imagined how much it would change my life as I walked through those doors for the very first time as an employee. The decade before I spent as a business owner, which had it’s highs and lows, but I loved being independent, how would it be working for a corporation? I had heard amazing things about this company but I was so worried that I would have a hard time integrating into the corporate world.
I’m happy to say that my worry of becoming just a number or a slave to a corporation didn’t happen. Instead I found a team and company that I believe in so much that I’m happy to be on the front line as a foot soldier. At CHG, we don’t have “bosses”, we have “leaders”. I’ve found a place where inspiration and personal growth are the blood of the organization. The core values are what we live by: Putting people first, continual improvement , quality and professionalism, honesty and integrity and growth. At the heart of every decision made, lies one of the core values.
This past year has been a struggle (in a good way). I’ve been stressed and pushed in so many ways which has lead to personal growth, humility and knowledge. It’s definitely been painful at times but looking back, I’m so thankful for these lessons, it’s made me tougher and more resilient.
I finally made it back into the green after several great weeks but I’m far from out of the woods. Here are some of the things I’ve learnt: I need to make it as easy as possible for others to work with me. I wasn’t working as hard as I thought I was. I was wrong about calls, I need to make 150 per week to be successful. Remove obstacles.
Well I’m starting to wind down my work on the clubhouse, it looks better than I ever could have imagined. I learned a lot and gained a lot of tools so it was an awesome experience and looks great in my back yard.
Seneca is growing up so fast and can stand as well as climb up and down the stairs. She is so proud and happy when she stands up. She understands when I ask for a kiss, to stand up or to clap. She points at things she wants. I love seeing her learn and develop.
Work has been much better in the last month. My paychecks have been a lot smaller but I’ve learnt so much and feel like I’m much more engaged and happy.
4 weeks ago I damaged my ribs in Jiu jitsu and have been working on getting healed up. It is hard to sleep on them but I’m feeling much better overall and can’t wait to resume training.
It’s exactly a year that Seneca has been with us and this week she really figured out how to stand up. She popped up for the first time and held it for a few seconds during the week then quickly got the hang of it and was doing it all the time by the end of the week. She understands ‘stand up’ as well as ‘clap, give me five, say hi, and give me a kiss’ now. She points at things, she is learning a few signs from baby signing time. Things will really start to come along quickly now. She also got a new bike, and she loves it! I love to drive her around inside of the house on this thing.
This year has definitely been a humbling one for me at work. The last three years have been simply amazing and I was easily one of the top reps on the team and always consistent on my numbers. About March I started to struggle with keeping them up and dipped into the yellow on my target, then by summer I was in the red and have been there ever since.
It has been a frustrated experience to say the least but one that I feel will create a lot of personal growth. It has been very humbling to go through this and very hard to understand why I haven’t been able to produce the numbers that I have in the past. I’ve seen other reps go through this and hoped it wouldn’t happen to me. This year I’ve changed so many things and tried to think about it in so many different perspectives. Mark Robbins took over as my direct leader which has been amazing and he has helped me grow so much and it may just be more simple than I imagined, it may have just been that I haven’t been working as hard as I should have been.
One of the most humbling parts of this journey is admitting that I might be wrong, and that has to do with making phone calls. I’ve always pushed back and felt like they don’t make a big difference but I finally got to the point where I hate where my business is at so bad that I’m willing to do anything to get it back. Since I’ve started upping my calls and actually believing in the process I’ve seen a lot of progress. I also realized that I used to make more calls back a few years ago and perhaps I’ve just been surviving on residual business this entire time. I promised myself to commit to 150 calls for 4 weeks and see what that brings and I’m just about at the end of that.
Another thing that has been in my head is looking at other jobs, yes, I’ve been that frustrated. At the end of the day i realized I really don’t want to go to any other company unless I absolutely have to. I will do everything in my power to stay where I am at, I will learn to work harder and smarter. One day I’ll look back on this post and realize why I went through this and what it has taught me. I’ll be the best employee that I can be and come through for my company.
November 6 Update:
Things have been a lot better the last 2 weeks, I had some solid weeks 4 of the last 5 weeks which has me a lot more motivated and hopefully seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I have definitely grown so much over the course of the last several months and will use all that I have learnt to keep me going