Saturday, March 8, 2014

Good days

I am truly cherishing the moments these days. I find it difficult at times but I am trying to make it a habit of looking at what I have and be grateful for it.
There is something to be said for not judging or qualifying or undermining how good the times truly are. Just see them as is, happiness, joy, sadness, love.
This has been my last few weeks.

It seems hard when I have so many physical things that are struggles, I find that I long to have moments with my family that are wonderful and memorable that I begin to second guess the times that I am having as amazing. I am going to try to see them for what they are and be grateful.

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Monday, March 3, 2014


I am doing a course right now. It talks about being grateful. The issue for me is that some times I am either not grateful or the things I am grateful for are things in the past. Things that I used to have and want again.
This is not a good game to play. It doesn't lead anywhere healthy and only continues to keep me in a place longing for the other!
I find that it is hard to look back on things with a genuine appreciation for what they were without feeling a sense of loss and longing.
I want to change this, I want to experience my past and my memories with fondness and appreciation for the awesomeness that they were not for what I don't have now, not with longing and sadness.

So here I go.
I am grateful for my wife. She lis amazing, she is creative in a way that seems so broad she and most other people have a hard time nailing down anything specific. She can decorate an empty space for a party on a non-existent budget and make it into some of the best party memories I have and do it effortlessly. She plays music and it is some of the most beautiful I have ever heard!
She is also the mother if my three beautiful children and they hold everything that is beautiful about her with in them. I love you Melissa!
I am grateful for the Opportunities I am receiving where I work and the compliments on the job that I am doing.
I am grateful for our house that is in an area we can afford and allows out children to go to a great school.
I am grateful that my children are healthy.
I am grateful that my children are whiling to talk to us and express their emotions.
I am grateful for having five wonderful years in Altona and the friends I made there.
And I am grateful for what the future holds in the unknown!

Good luck to day as you search for something to be grateful for.

Monday, February 24, 2014


My youngest daughter today taught me something about perspective. When we don't feel well emotionally sometimes all we need to do is change our vantage point, change our perspective and see what we are missing! Willow proved to me that by kneeling down I would see that there was a rainbow in our house. Children see more than we know and we as adults need to listen more than we think. Thank you for the rainbow today Willow!

What would happen if we changed our perspective more often? I think we would see the beauty in our world more. If we were lucky, we might see it as our children do.

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ice Donkey

I realize that I did not update after the race. My team came in at 42 minutes. We found the obstacles to be the beat part and the part we were best at. Others seemed to be standing around as we blew past them and worked really well together to finish them.

I am quite cloister phobic but in the obstacle that I thought was going to be the worst for me, the ice maze, the team got behind me and in the end I overcame my fears.

I look forward to doing something like this again with these guy's.
Well done Rascals!
Here are some more photos from the race.

Like I said, well done guys!

Enjoy the video.

Monday, February 17, 2014


I find that a good way to keep me mentally healthy is to do something active and even though I go outside and play with my children, I feel I need more. Jogging seems to be the easiest thing for me to do if I find myself in a slump emotionally and need to pick my self up.
I think that the combination of endorphins, sheer effort and the personal motivation that it takes,0 turns my thought process around.
Just the other day I found myself in one of those exact slumps I was speaking about and my wife and I made a deal to start asking for what we "need" so I did and she did and when I returned from my 7km jog both of us felt better.


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2014 Ice Bike

Yesterday I raced in the 2014 Ice Bike. I will be honest, am I the fastest out there, No. But I am not the slowest and I had a great time doing it. I find that if I get out in the winter, it typically doesn't matter how cold it is I enjoy myself and getting involved in small races that I can have fun at just make me feel good!
I did however take a nice spill coming down the bank onto the river. So I am currently on the mend, at least as much as one can be while having three kids who keep you moving. My kids also did the race and they had a blast! It is great to see them out there going hard and enjoying the biking and activities. Here are some pick from the day?

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Friday, February 7, 2014


Alright tomorrow is Ice Donkey. My team mates and I are ready to have some fun. My colleague made tutu's and it should be a blast. I will update you tomorrow about how it goes.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Skipping rope not like riding a bike.

You know the old adage about riding a bike, I can tell you now that skipping rope is not the same.  As I have been trying to get ready for Ice Donkey, I incorporated skipping rope into my work out.
I remember the good old days of "Jump Rope for Heart," where I could skip for 30-40 mins... I think?
Crossovers, Double Dutch, there was nothing that I couldn't do.  Now I realize that my body has given up on me.  Probably it is more likely that I have gotten older.  Now If I can do 5 mins without tripping on the rope I am happy.  At the same time, now I am finding out that my knees and ankles don't like the impact.
I guess that I will have to find something else to do for cardio.
Not a big fan of this reality!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

5 days

Yep, it is getting close to ice donkey. I am pretty excited and increasingly nervous. I think that it is going to be a great time and I am hoping that it is going to be the push I need to keep doing things like this.
I have always wanted to do something that feels adventurous. Or at least out of my normal routine. I have thought about running marathons, triathlons and many other things but one thing that I love is being in the bush were there are fewer people and hiking has always been that for me. I think that doing ice donkey is not getting me in to the bush but I am going to look in to doing Swamp Donkey in September which is an adventure race. That would put me in the bush away from the regular. Here's to the next step.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The countdown

11 DAYS and counting.
In 11 days Ice Donkey takes place. I will admit, my anxiety about doing the race is still there but I feel quite motivated to get it done and have a tone of fun.
One of my colleagues has generously offered to make me a tutu for the race. That alone will change the mind set for the race.
I am doing it rbecause I need to get out there and show my kids that even in this cold you can get out and play and that you never need to take yourself to seriously.
We will see how it works.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014


So thirteen days from now I will be doing Ice Donkey race. I am beginning to feel a bit nervous about the endurance needed to finish.
With this in mind I will be starting a workout routine tomorrow morning in hope of not completely feeling like I might die at the end if the race.
Wish me luck!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

We'll see how this works

I signed up to do the 2014 Ice Donkey race. I am doing it with two other great people and it should be fun... Right?
Who the hell knows, I feel like just signing up has made me feel a bit more free, I think is the word I am looking for. I have talked a lot about doing things in the past few years but haven't followed through so this is me turning over a new leaf.

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Let it begin.. Again

This is my story, why don't you tag along for the ride.

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