Enjoy the present because tomorrow is not promised

Stop and smell the roses

It has been said that most people cannot enjoy the present because they are always dwelling on the past or looking to the future. I think that I can be counted in that category most of my life but as I have aged I have slowly learned to not take anything for granted and to enjoy the present as much as I can.

An often heard phrase is “stop and smell the roses”. To me, this means to take the time out of your day to realize where you are, what you are doing, who you are doing it with and most importantly why you are doing what you do.

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2018 New Year – New Resolutions

Many people in a new year make New Year’s resolutions, and I am no different. Some people write down their resolutions on paper, some just make them mentally and nerds like me blog them out!

Without further ado, here are my 2018 New Years resolutions, at least some of them.

  • Exercise regularly, drink more water and meditate often.
  • Eat healthy meals.
  • Practice gratitude and take walks of gratitude.
  • Read more books.
  • Be a better friend, and overall a nicer, kinder person.
  • Don’t try and force success. Trust the process and enjoy the work you do and the people you do it with and success will follow.
  • Smile and laugh more!
  • Enjoy what I do, whether it be web development/design. blogging or whatever.
  • Thanks to Jon Gordon and 20 positive tips for inspiration!

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    Reflections of 2017

    Reflecting on 2017

    It is December 30th as I write this. 2017 is almost over and as with a lot of people, the last few days are a time to reflect on the year that has been, and to make resolutions for the year to come. In this blog post, I will write my thoughts as well as share some of my New Years resolutions.

    I’m going to come out and say it, 2017 has been brutal. I thought 2016 was a down year, but 2017 said to 2016 “hold my beer”. I mean this year has been challenging to say the least. I truly believe that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, and this has been truly been put to the test this year.

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    2017 half way through, in review.

    We recently passed the halfway point in 2017. While this year has gone by fast, it has not gone by well for me thus far. I had great dreams and ambitions for 2017 which have not materialized. Not yet anyway.

    At the start of January everyone has great hopes for the year ahead. Everything is new, the year is ahead of us and we can start over (at least for a while). I know I had great hopes for 2017, but the year started off bumpy and quite frankly has been a “Debbie Downer” for me thus far. I won’t go into full details but so far this year I have dealt with loss, depression, anxiety, doubt, excitement, disappointment, bad luck and a lot of soul-searching.

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    The dreaded “C” word and the inspiring “C” word

    “Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. “
    -Jim Valvano

    Cancer Cancer is often a death sentence. Sometimes sooner, sometimes later. Many do survive and defeat cancer, so a diagnosis doesn’t mean a 100% death sentence.

    Those who do eventually succumb to the dreaded disease often have to face tremendous adversity, and I have been reading and learning about their stories and the battles they go through for many years.

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    so long 2016, welcome 2017!

    Get your website ready for 2017

    2016 was not the best year for me. In a lot of ways, 2016 was like taking a step backward as opposed to moving forward.

    2016 was also a bad year for my home state of North Carolina. A discriminatory law was passed by the state legislature early in the year called HB2. I felt this bill was wrong and stupid from the beginning. The fallout from this bill made North Carolina a joke to the rest of the nation and also resulted in lost jobs due to companies such as Paypal and Deutsche Bank deciding not to expand. There were also scheduled entertainment and sporting events canceled such as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and the NBA All-Star Game. If that wasn’t bad enough a damaging Hurricane Matthew blew through in October and caused major flooding in the Eastern part of the State.

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