November 2017

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.

Seneca Sands Up

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.

Growth Spurts

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

October happenings

This past two months me weekend has been spent building a playhouse for Liam and Seneca. It has been a great experience and has allowed me to start collecting tools and learn about building. I’ve also added Trex decking to my porches. I’ve also started doing Jiu jitsu again with Eddie Edmunds at Fusion Academy. I had fun on Saturday and got to roll with another blue belt, I did well and tapped him out several times but injured my ribs and have been in a lot of pain.

Disneyland 2017

This is the third year that we have taken Liam to Disneyland and the first year that we took Seneca. Last year during our Disneyland trip we found out that we were having a girl. This year we decided to go a little later in the year so that we could hopefully avoid the busy lines, but with it being the first week decorating for Halloween, there were long lines and plenty of crowds. Our vacation was shorter this year, no additional days to explore, just spending most of our time visiting the 2 parks. Liam was a little bit of a handful, probably because he was so excited. We had a great time eating at the Blue Bayou, which is the restaurant that you can see when you are riding on the Pirates of the Carribean, I’ve always wanted to eat there. It was fun for Angie to ride on some of the roller coasters since it had been such a long time since she had been on any of them (due to being pregnant or trying to get pregnant). The decorations were great, Cars Land had some awesome Halloween lights and decorations and Space Mountain had ghosts. The Haunted Mansion was completely re-done as a Nightmare Before Christmas theme. I had an absolute blast hanging out with my baby Seneca.

Oh dear Seneca

Oh dear Seneca, this past year has been simply amazing. You have made my life so enriched and I am so very thankful that I get to be your daddy. You will be a year old in just a few weeks from now. You have such an awesome personality and have fun making us laugh. Your baby crawl by scooting your butt is ingenious and allows you to carry something in your hand while other babies have to use both hands. You love music and you love to dance. I look forward to getting off work every night so I can see you and play with you. Love, daddy.

State TT Championship 2017

This was an awesome win this season, I felt great and never went too deep, just a solid pace for 36 minutes. I ended up winning by 1 minute. The weather was perfect and no tail wind or disc wheel, just a great ride on my old Orbea.

Trip to San Francisco for Presidents Club

This was my third year at Presidents Club and this time I was able to bring the kids, and it was Sececas first ride on a plane and a boat. We were able to go to Alcatraz on the first night then there was a cruise around the bay with dinner and dancing.

On Friday we visited the Wharf and then took Liam to the Arcade museum, then went to dinner at Aliotos and then had a sundae at Ghiardelli Square. On Saturday we went on a Bay Cruise with Liam then went to the aquarium. Later that night we went to a party right in the middle of Union Square, after that we went to Ruby Skye for about an hour.

On Sunday I took Liam to the Museum of the Sciences in Golden Gate park, then when we got back we walked to Chinatown for dinner. On Monday I got up early and went walking with Seneca and took her to the point on Broadway that overlooks the city and Bay. Later we went there again and did photos with the kids. We then walked down to Columbus street and had some lunch then went back to Macy’s for a sundae and then went home. Great trip with the family!


Warm November Weekend 

The weather was absolutely amazing this weekend and I was able to ride a couple of times, although my Saturday ride was full of flat tires and a broken hub. On Friday we did a photo shoot with Moka and got some great shots of baby Seneca that I am very excited to see . We went to dinner at CPK with Lolli and Roger as well as had visits from Stevie, Luis and Tiffany . 

2 weeks off of work 

Tomorrow I am heading back to work after two weeks of paternity leave. It has been great to have this time to spend with my family as well as getting some work done around the house. I was able to finish up the pavers that line the back yard as well as the big project of paintings the inside of my garage. I spent some good time with Liam and did a lot of house work. Now it is time to get back to work.