“The best way out is through.”- Robert Frost
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”- Winston Churchill
Two really great quotes about grinding it out. I’ve been catching some Crossfit classes again lately, and both of those speak to the mentality you need to make it through some of the workouts. My mentality a lot of times is to just keep moving. Do one more rep. Much of the same can be said about life. When it gets tough, put your head down, say a little prayer, and take another step. If you feel like everybody is out to get you, it’s harder to hit a moving target. Get better this week! You’ll look back next Monday and be thankful you did.
I got a couple of e-mails from Chain Mover buddies this week with content ideas, which is exactly what I was hoping Chain Movers would turn into. Joe sent me a great site with parenting advice, and Jimmy sent me a short devotional he was pumped to read last week. If you see something that spoke to you or you took to heart, pass it along!
Here’s the devotional Jimmy sent over to me. I related to it almost immediately. Growing up, I always had this drive for my life to play out like a movie and to try and be that All-American stereotypical golden boy. Too much Dawson’s Creek, Varsity Blues, MTV, and Fast & Furious I guess. It was easy for me to see these “role models” and have tangible goals that I knew when I hit them. Now… it’s much harder to do. Not many movies made about early 30s dad trying to love on his wife, raise 2 kids, make all their dreams come true, make his come true, and save a little for retirement. The article from Radical Mentoring points me in the right direction, and I hope it does you, too.
I’ve been addicted to a podcast lately called, “The Teacher’s Pet.” It’s a true story about the sudden disappearance of a loving mother of 2 in 1982. She’s never turned back up, and all the evidence points squarely at the husband. See, not a lot of happy stories about good role model fathers haha. The accents in the podcast are awesome. If I could wake up tomorrow with an accent, I’d choose to sound like an Aussie, which is where the story takes place. A journalist took an interest in the story several years ago, and he’s done a lot of the leg work that the police have failed to do in an attempt at raising awareness about the crime to hopefully spur the police into action due to public pressure. The whole thing wreaks of corruption and cover-up as well. I’m on the final episode, so I won’t throw out any spoilers. It’s made my commute go quickly the last couple of weeks.
Search for it however you listen to podcasts. I know it’s different for Apple and Android devices.
Everybody loves a little sweet treat. The trick is to not overly indulge and not to do it on a regular basis. Katie tries to have healthier sweet snacks around the house to curb our cravings. Trail mix is an easy, solid go-to, but she makes these chocolate zucchini muffins that you’d never know were a “healthy” snack. They’re absolutely delicious. I crush’em. Katie has to remind me to share with the kids. The link she gave me for the recipe is for loaf bread, but she makes the mix and usually makes muffins out of it. The zucchini sounds weird, but you won’t notice it at all. We use her Juice Plus plant-based protein powder in them, but like the link says, you can use any whey protein you like. I feel like an idiot because I haven’t ever tried them with peanut butter like in the picture, but I certainly will now. Eat them as a breakfast food that’ll stick with you for a while with the protein, or you can enjoy them as a dessert. You can thank us later. The recipe is so good that Katie makes the kids’ birthday cakes out of it. Below is Sully getting ready to chow down on hers.
Have an awesome week! Shoot me links to good stuff you find. Thanks!
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”- Mark Twain
Whether that quote pertains to your week or something you’ve always wanted to accomplish, the first step out of bed or toward that goal is always the hardest. Have a great week.
Personal finance is near and dear to my heart. I was a finance major in undergrad, and how money works is fascinating to me. We do our society a great disservice by not teaching people how to manage money and basic finance principles early in life. The quickest rebuttal I’ve always heard is “well, their parents should be teaching them that at home.” That’s a load of crap. We live in a society where the majority of adults don’t know enough about finance. I look forward to teaching Briggs & Sully about how money works, and here are some ideas to help you do the same with your children. “7 Tips to Ensure Your Child is Financially Successful”
“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16
Being real, the author of the article sounds like he could’ve been writing my biography. It’s still a struggle for me to be 100% on fire for God in my daily life. There have been times in my life I look back and know that I would’ve fallen into the “hot” category Revelation mentions. Most of my life though, I’ve been lukewarm. This dude hits on so many of the excuses we use to rationalize our lukewarmness. The good news…we’re still alive and can make it right. Check out the article. It might hit home for you as well. “How (Not) to Stay Lukewarm”
As you guys know, my wife Katie, is a personal trainer. Right after we got married, she went to an intense six month personal training school to learn the science behind what’ll get you fit. She’s NASM certified and has a Master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in nutrition. The fact that we had Dairy Queen ice cream this weekend still kind of blows my mind.
Since we became parents, her ability to meet personally with clients has been greatly reduced, as you can imagine, but now she puts together online bootcamps that’ll absolutely kick your butt. She usually sends out a quick 5 minute video of her detailing the workout and the proper mechanics needed to perform each move. The workouts are designed to be done at home with a pair of dumbbells, maybe 2 pair. Her target demographic is usually women, but I can attest that the workouts will smoke anybody. She has a Back to School Boot Camp starting Aug 20th. It’s $60 for a 6 week program with 16 workouts, meal ideas, and the ability to ask her questions along the way. If you or your spouse are interested, shoot her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out some of her stuff on Instagram. She’ll be glad to send you more details.
I know it’s the first full week of school for many of your children. I’m praying for their protection and success this year. If you don’t have kids in school, pray for your friend’s kids and for the teachers. Hope you have an awesome week as well!
I know a lot of you travel a lot for work. Any time I have to travel for work, which admittedly is pretty rare, I usually eat like absolute crap. Not the end of the world for it to happen occasionally, but if I was on the road every week, I’d be pushing 3 bills in a hurry. You basically eat what you can find. What’s in the airport, what’s by the hotel, what’s by the office you’re visiting. Here’s a list of the healthiest items to get at 20 fast-food chain restaurants. From Sonic to Chipotle, there’s something at a restaurant you frequent.
I got a little long-winded last week. Here’s a 3 minute sermon video from John Piper. The video shows the words, but it’s way better to listen to him. We’re all holding onto something, some sin, some idol, that’s keeping us from living our best life.
I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but Katie and I both have an affinity for adoption. We’re both open to it, and I honestly don’t know what that means. Don’t worry, mentioning it here doesn’t mean we’re adopting a kid in 2 weeks like what happened with the camper. It if does, be on the lookout for the “How to Become a Multi-Millionaire Overnight” post cause I’ll need that magic to help financially. We haven’t taken any steps toward adoption, but our hearts are certainly open to it. To me, adoption is saving a life. The situations most of the children come from are heartbreaking. I bring up adoption because maybe you and your family are contemplating it and don’t know where to start. Here’s Adoption 101 from someone who went through it personally. His last 2 paragraphs really hit home for me. He’s a guest contributor to The Art of Manliness.
“My son Booker is 3 months old. He wiggles, he poops, he smiles at me while I read The Chronicles of Narnia to him. As I write this, it’s 5:00 am, and he’s cooing/sleeping in my office so my wife can get some extra rest. Though I love this newborn stage, I’m also dreaming of when I’ll get to take him camping, when we can shoot hoops in the backyard, when I can teach him how to play guitar, and when he can learn about his adoption story, fully understanding how much he is loved by God, his parents, and his birth parents. When asking why you’d adopt, I’d respond with my son Booker. He’s why.
If the three P’s of manhood are to Protect, Provide, and Procreate, there’s hardly a process I can fathom that combines all three better than adoption. Men who adopt are quite literally protecting orphans and foster care children from being caught up in “the system,” they are providing stability inside the warmth of a loving home, and they are continuing their family lineage, if not through blood, then through transcendental virtues that will author a child’s story firmly in the heritage and tradition of family. May we as men seek to answer this deep need in the world. May we, through our might, our will, and our heart, lend our manhood to serve these children in need, and in this service, discover the power and honor of true masculinity.” –Collin Rainey
Give me a shout if you want to chat. Get better this week!