Thanksgiving 2019

The house is quiet. The only sounds are of the cats quietly stirring and the low hum of their water fountain pump. As I look out the window the world is covered in a fresh coat of white. The first snowstorm of the season hit yesterday morning. It’s Thanksgiving, and the world outside is quiet and still. Soon a new sound enters the air. Water heating up in my tea kettle for my morning coffee (decaf still… sigh). It’s peaceful this Thanksgiving morning.

The theme of 2019 for my blog was #livingmybestlife. Perhaps the thing that I’m most thankful for this year is that I have had the opportunities to do just that. In 2019 I’ve had opportunities to do incredible things, see beautiful places, and discover more and more of what I want my life to be about. Learning more about myself is the heart and center of my gratitude this year.

I feel like the past few years have been times of self-discovery. When I was younger I thought I knew what I wanted to be and who I was. I spent years trying to be a certain person, living a specific life, and in the end it really wasn’t me. Or at least it’s not who I was able to be now. I’m finally peeling back the layers and feel like I’m coming out of a long tunnel.

None of this self-discovery would be possible without the people I surround myself with. I’m truly grateful for the communities of people who are a part of my life now. Some are still with me from years ago, and they join new friends who are walking the same path as me. As I’ve grown I’ve been supported by friends and family who have given selflessly to encourage me and help me grow. I’ve tried to reciprocate as much as possible.

As we come to the close of another year, I want to thank everyone for their support over the past couple of years. I wouldn’t be the person I am, I wouldn’t have grown, if it wasn’t for all of you. It’ s for that reason that 2019 was my #livingmybestlife year, and I hope to continue that trend. I’m excited for the future, and ready to see what the future holds.

Thank you

Thanksgiving 2019!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I realize that this year hasn’t nearly been as active as other years on the blog, but after three years of daily blogging, I needed a bit of a mental break. I don’t know that I’ll go back to daily blogging in 2019, but I might set up a specific schedule to start to move back towards more regular posting.

However, despite all of this, I still didn’t want to miss posting an annual Thanksgiving post. It’s easy for me to be thankful, because I was lucky enough to be born in a situation where, with hard work, I am able to achieve success in life. As we look at the situation around the world with refugees, and the rise of homelessness at home, it’s easy to forget just how lucky many of us are. I would encourage everyone who reads this to continue to be generous with charities that are trying to make a difference in your neighborhood and around the world.

I’m also very thankful this year for my friends and family who put up with my constant angst over my job and purpose in life. I’m truly blessed to have so many great people in my life that are willing to give me a safe space to process things, as well as bits of advice along the way. I don’t know what the future will hold, but I’m grateful for the support around me (especially my wife!).

Finally, I’m thankful for the wonderful communities that I’m a part of. Specifically the wonderful trail running communities here in Minnesota. The people I’ve met through this community have been amazing, and many of them have become close friends. They are some of the most supportive and encouraging people I know, and getting to reciprocate has been a true blessing.

So from Lisa and I, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and may you have a blessed holiday season!

A thankful post

It’s Thanksgiving again, and it’s been a couple years since I’ve done a post about what I’m thankful for. Despite dealing with being a bit sick with a depressed immune system from running so hot for so many weeks, I’m still feeling thankful.

In particular, I’m very thankful this year for how my relationship with my kids has evolved. I know that when my kids were younger I wasn’t the ideal dad. I did my best, but I often had a temper and struggled with being calm and patient with them. I know a part of this had to do with how I was feeling in my marriage, but I still wish I had acted better. In recent years things have gotten tremendously better. My youngest son and I often will chat about things he’s interested in, and will play video games together. My oldest doesn’t live with me, but when we get together we still have a good time, and we communicate by other means when we’re apart. Even my relationship with my step-son is good.

In many ways, too numerous to mention, I owe much of those relationship changes to Lisa. She has been an incredible influence on me, helping me stay calm and grow as a person. I’m tremendously thankful for her being in my life and making my life an adventure. I’ve learned more about myself in the past few years than decades before, and I’ve discovered a love of outdoor things that I didn’t know about before. It’s all due to her coming into my life.

I’m thankful for the home we share, despite it not being where we want to spend forever. I’m thankful for our cats, our jobs, and our ability to give back a bit when we can. Despite a rough year in the public realm, I’m still thankful for the life that I have, and all the small things that make it special. I hope that your thanksgiving is finding you well and happy, and that you can take a moment to look around at all the little things that we have to be thankful for this year.

Holiday traditions

Something that has been a tradition my entire life is starting the Christmas season the day after Thanksgiving. Ever since I was a child this day is the day when you put up the Christmas tree and decorate it. When I got married I continued this tradition, and today my sons helped me keep the tradition alive.

Some things have changed over the years. For example, a newer tradition in the past decade has been to play Bing Crosby’s Merry Christmas album while putting up the tree. We’ve also started hanging lights in the boys room to enjoy over the season.

IMG_3962Much of the rest of Black Friday is spent relaxing and eating leftovers. Today we did manage to get out to a local park and participate in the whole #optoutside movement. It was 25 degrees out, so that made it a bit chillier than we would have liked, but we had a decent time anyway.

The Christmas season is upon us, and celebrating traditions like these make it all the more special to me.


Thanksgiving 2015

Despite the world being crazy right now, it’s good that we get to pause and spend a day being thankful for the good and beautiful things that can happen in life. This morning started with some fun, as we did our annual Turkey Trot run. This year it was a 6K ,and my wife ran with a friend of ours to give some encouragement and to enjoy the experience of running together.

I’m pleased to say that our friend had an amazing race and didn’t walk at all for the duration of it. She really impressed herself, and both of us. My wife had a great time running with her. I went a bit faster than them and managed all sub-10 minute miles for my race. I was pleased with my time, and had fun, which is what things like Turkey Trots are all about.

It is also quite beautiful this morning. We’re having our first snowfall in the metro area, and the grass is just starting to get covered. I snapped the shot at the top of this post around 10am, and the snow is continuing to fall. Hopefully, it won’t be too difficult for people to get around later, but it’s certainly looking a lot more like the Holidays outside.

The turkey is in the oven, and in a few hours our guests will be arriving. I guess it’s time to state the obvious, that I am so blessed and thankful for the life that I have right now. My wife and family are amazing, and despite my occasional complaints, nothing is so terrible. I’m truly thankful for what I have and for those who surround me.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!