Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you are able to spend some time with your family and friends. In some of Turkey/football/family induced chaos, I hope you find time to reflect on what you are truly thankful for.
The art of being thankful has been spoken of by so many cultures, religions and philosophers over thousands of years. It is a simple practice, that if done consistently, leads to success, happiness, and peace of mind.
It is important that we recognize and give thanks to all of the blessings in our lives.
It is easy to get stuck in the trap of 'I'm thankful for my family, my health, and my new car.' However, this year, I'm trying to dig a little deeper. Of course I am infinitely thankful for my beautiful family, but I'm also thankful for the way my wife is helping me raise them. I'm thankful for the other people in my families life - teachers, employers, neighbors.
I'm even thankful for the struggles. I'm thankful for that one time I lost my job - it made me better with finances and gave me some free time... a lot of free time. Damn, what did I do with all that time? I'm getting distracted.
The moral of this story - as you go about your day, take a few steps back and dig deeper into what you are grateful for. Even in the most dire of times, you can find countless things to give your gratitude.
This concludes my rant. Oh yeah, I'm still writing books and stuff. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks for coming to my ted talk.
I've found myself thinking a lot about the value of being multi-faceted. I've turned my nose at the thought for years, telling myself that to achieve greatness at anything you must be laser focused. I did this with martial arts, fitness, and writing. I wonder how many opportunities I missed because of that focus... That same focus I thought would bring me success?
I don't ponder this with any kind of melancholy or distress, just the iron will to improve. While in school, I used to actively tell teachers I didn't care about whatever class I was in because I was going to go home and train karate. I would avoid hanging out with friends or trying new things - all because I didn't want it to interfere with my training.
What did that get me?
It taught me focus, sacrifice, and helped me develop a life long passion... but at what cost? Am I the next Bruce Lee? Nope. Do I run a martial arts empire? Nope. Do my knees ache after a long day? You betcha. It all seems so childish looking back.
How many people think I am a jackass because I shrugged them off for the sake of practice? Probably more than I can count on my fingers and toes. I was an ass.
I'm not one to second guess. If I could go back in time I would painstakingly recreate my past exactly as it played out - I wouldn't change my present for the world.
HOWEVER, I do reflect on the missed opportunities. My grades should have been better. I should've had more friends. I should have been kinder to my body. I shouldn't have been an arrogant little prick.
Nowadays I force myself to think bigger, and I would urge you, too, as well. There are opportunities for improvement and expansion everywhere, both personal and professional. If you find yourself fixated on one goal, take a moment to think. Why are you so fixated? What drives you? Is it ego? What opportunities are slipping away?
I'm rambling. In summary - you only see what you aim at... look around every once and a while.
P.S. I promise I'm still writing books. ;)
I hope you are all doing well. I've been busy, great, but busy. I had another kid, moved to a new city, sold a house, bought a house, planted two apple trees, and I'm pretty sure I worked out twice.
Even as I write this I can hear my daughter farting around in the bathroom. She enjoys trying to brush her teeth on her own. This will most likely create a huge mess, but I wanted to write this post. She is in no danger, and this is probably the most "free" I will be all day.
Life is amazing. I'm presented with new joys and challenges everyday. I learn a little more about myself and the world at large with each passing headache. It is a unique season of life.
Ah, how about the good stuff - I'm still writing. In fact, I have two completed books sitting on the shelf waiting to be released. Wait... what? Why would I do that?
Oh, I'll tell you why.
I have a small issue with series consistency. I like starting new stuff. As of right now, I have three separate, incomplete and unrelated trilogies available. This makes my heart hurt. SO - I am finishing an entire trilogy before releasing them all. THEN I am going to go back and finish my existing projects one by one.
How long with this take? I have no idea. Will I go insane? Too late. Am I going to make a dime from this? At least six or seven.
Well, I just heard the water turn on so I have to run! Hopefully the next blog post I make will have something impactful.
It has been a long time since a proper update.
2019 has been a reset year. I wanted to refocus on my writing. So far so good!
I have two first drafts out in editing right now: Chosen 2 and a super top-secret project that I will be sharing with you soon. I'm very excited about both. Chosen 2 is going through Waterstone Media like the first, and the second book will be self published.
That is all the news I have, really. I'm still busy planning, writing, and publishing. Things like my facebook page and this website have taken a back seat while I'm busy churning out content. After a few releases, though, I'll be posting more consistently. 2019 is going to be a big year.
My super awesome publisher sent me an author copy of Chosen by the blade, and after a few small changes, it will be going live on Amazon (there it is on the left - cool right???) I will be ordering a bunch of copies and giving them out to friends and family, so if you are interested, let me know.
Chosen 2 has taken some wild turns, which is slowing me down, but it is worth it. I am confident that this new story will be just as entertaining, if not better than Chosen 1. Either way, I just wanted to stop by and say hello.
I've also recently discovered Goodreads.com - as an author, I feel like I should of heard about it a long time ago. Oh well. My profile is up to date on there now. Check it out!
Have a great day, and I look forward to hearing from you.