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31
Dec
14

2014 in Review/ 2015 in Preview

2014_2015

Wow. It’s been a while since I last wrote something in this space. I almost forgot the password. (Sad, I know.)

But I wanted to share a few thoughts while they were fresh on my mind.

Today, I’ve seen numerous posts from friends reviewing their 2014. Good things, bad things. Mainly the good things that they’re thankful for. As I scrolled and scrolled, I didn’t see any posts that read something to the effect of “we hit the point in life where we don’t have any problems this year!”

Not one. I don’t expect to see one either.

Here’s what I’ve come learn: in any given span of time (hour, day, week, month, year), there will be fantastically amazing things that happen. Those moments and days are awesome. There are also those challenging times where you’re not sure if things will ever look up for you again. We all experience both of those things. No amount of money or possessions can really provide endless joy or protect you from the valleys of life.

The lesson; Regardless of what happens, there is a God who’s not surprised by any of it-the good or the bad. And no matter what happens-you’ll be ok. You’ll make it through.

So, in short, here’s my 2014 in Review:

  • Some really great things happened
  • Some really bad things happened
  • I have great friends and family that provide me great pleasure and support. I hope I provide the same.

See, short and sweet. I may write a lengthier list later.

And, just as short, here’s my 2015 in Preview:

  • Some really great things will happen
  • Some really bad things will probably happen
  • I’ll have great friends and family that will provide me great pleasure and support, I intend to provide the same.

What are your thoughts? What were your great things of 2014 and what are you looking forward to in 2015?

Best wishes & Happy New Year!

Mark

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24
Mar
13

A recipe for you to try

Howdy Blogosphere!

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, I understand. I’ve been busy and just haven’t had the time to sit down and collect my thoughts. But, I thought I’d share this snazzy little recipe my wife found online. If you like buffalo chicken wings or dip, you should like this little concoction. Let’s get to the details, shall we?

It’s simply called Loaded Potatoes and Buffalo Chicken. Sounds simple, right? My wife actually found the recipe on Facebook and passively said, “wow, this sure would be nice try. I wouldn’t mind if someone made it.” (Hint hint)

There’s a bit of prep work involved, but not bad. Just to keep you going, here’s a picture.

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picture courtesy of Facebook post

See, I knew you’d want to keep reading. Here’s what you’ll need:

LOADED POTATOES AND BUFFALO CHICKEN!!
2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, cubed (1″)(Par boil for a few minutes to ensure doneness)
8-10 medium potatoes, cut in 1/2″ cubes
1/3 cup olive oil
1&1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
6 Tbsp. hot sauce

Topping:
2 cups fiesta blend cheese
1 cup crumbled bacon( Fried already)
1 cup diced green onion

And the instructions: 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and hot sauce. Add the cubed potatoes and stir to coat. Carefully scoop the potatoes into the prepared baking dish, leaving behind as much of the olive oil/hot sauce mixture as possible. Bake the potatoes for 45-50 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until cooked through and crispy and browned on the outside. While the potatoes are cooking, add the cubed chicken to the bowl with the left over olive oil/hot sauce mixture and stir to coat. Once the potatoes are fully cooked, remove from the oven and lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees. 

Top the cooked potatoes with the marinated chicken. In a bowl mix together the cheese, bacon and green onion and top the raw chicken with the cheese mixture. Return the casserole to the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the topping is bubbly delicious.

Serve with extra hot sauce and/or ranch dressing and enjoy!

My wife and son liked it, but both said it was pretty hot for them. Our daughter opted for cereal. Maybe a little too hot for her.

Happy cooking!

 

01
Nov
12

Writing assignment

Greetings!

It’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had much time to sit down and type out my thoughts online. 

By the title of the post, you’re probably assuming that this is one of those posts where I’ve been “tagged” from someone else’s blog, and now you’ll get to read about such interesting topics as ‘what’s my favorite color’, or ‘best moment in life’, or the ever popular ‘thing no one would ever guess about you’. All intriguing stuff, but no. That hasn’t happened. And, I won’t tag any of you at the end of this post, either. I promise. 

Our kids have been working on their handwriting for school. One of their exercises is to write a note or letter to their mom about anything they’d like to cover. It started with mommy and has somehow migrated to writing back and forth with me. 

Now, for those of you who know me well, you know there’s a reason I type 99% of my communication: simply because it only allows for 1% of it to be undecipherable. Clearly, I should have been a doctor. 

Needless to say, I’ve enjoyed this little exercise. We have little mailboxes for each member of the family. In the morning, the kids find their notebooks in their mailboxes. They read my note (as best as they can), and then write a note back to me. There’s just something really cool about seeing those two, spiral bound notebooks sitting in our mailbox. I’m always excited to see how they responded to my questions and what they asked me, in return. (Side benefit: my handwriting is improving as well…slightly)

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See? I told you it was getting better. Just a bit.

The benefits to me and our kids, for this exercise, have been many. Maybe I’ll have to share them in a follow up post. 

Question: How do you connect with you kids? How do you find out what’s going on in their world? How do you put yourself in a place where you can view the world from their perspective? 

You can add your thoughts below. 

 

25
Jul
12

Hey tweeps! Join me at the next Licking County Tweetup July 30!

Looking for something to do next Monday night? Come j0in as Red Oak Pub on Goosepond Rd.


29
Feb
12

Where my tweeps at?

Hopefully, you’re at Josie’s Self-Serve Yogurt on March 8th! We’ll be there from 5:30-7:30. Hope to see you there!

27
Feb
12

Monday Motivation: Challenges to Pursue

If you’ve never heard of Jim Rohn, let me introduce you! Rohn was one of the foremost business philosophers of our time. His teachings and recordings have helped millions become better at what they do. Each day this week, I will be sharing some of Rohn’s wisdom, either through video or quotes.

This video talks about worthwhile challenges to pursue. The list is long, but worthy of the pursuit.

06
Feb
12

A life worth living

“Don’t worry about dying. Worry about living a life that doesn’t matter.”Sean Swarner

Last Friday, I had an opportunity to attend the annual Licking County Chamber of Commerce Groundhog Breakfast. This is one of the largest events in our local community and is always well attended by business and civic leaders of our community. You can see some photos from that day on the Chamber’s Facebook page.

The keynote speaker for the day was Sean Swarner. Within 5 minutes of Sean starting his presentation, I was hooked. So was everyone else in the room. Sean’s story starts off in Willard, OH, where he was always an athletic child. At age 13, he was diagnosed at with Hodgkin’s disease and given 3 months to live. He beat it. A few years later, he was diagnosed with an Askin’s tumor, another form of cancer and given 14 days to live. He beat it. He shared that the odds of being diagnosed with BOTH types of cancer and beating them both would be the same as wining the lottery 4 times in a row!

As Sean was pursuing graduate work, he did some researched and found out that no cancer survivor had ever climbed Mount Everest. Mount Everest’s summit is over 29,000 feet high. Sean pursued this goal and achieved it. Oh, and he did this with only one lung. The radiation from his cancer treatments years earlier had destroyed his other lung. Sean’s goal was twofold: 1) be the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest and 2) use Mount Everest as a 29,000 foot platform to scream hope to the world. He carried a flag with him in his jacket’s chest pocket (close to his heart) that had been signed by people whose lives had been affected by cancer in some way. He buried that flag beneath the snow and ice on top of Everest as a tribute to all of those that have been affected by cancer.

Since then, Sean has gone on to complete the Seven Summits. This challenge involves climbing to the highest points on each of the continents. The focus isn’t on him, but rather on providing hope. You can see some video footage of Sean telling his story below.

There were numerous takeaways that Sean shared during his presentation on Friday, but the one that stuck with me the most was the quote at the top of this post. Sean, at this point, was not worried about dying. His focus was, and is, on living a life that matters.

“The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”–Anonymous

How do you make sure your living a life that matters? By reaching out to people, at whatever they’re at in life, and touching their life in a way that outlasts any tangible item. This can be done in different ways. Donating time to your favorite charities, spending quality time with your family, giving back to your community, making memories that will last, etc. There’s a million ways to do this. These are just a few.

And I want to make one additional point. Living a life that matters isn’t about your occupation or your title. At the end of the day, very few care about what you do to earn a living, but are more interested in how you’re living and touching others.

So here’s my Monday morning challenge to you: what are you doing? What are the things that you’re doing that allow you to live a life worth living? Who are you connecting with? Whose life are you touching? What favor or thing are you doing for someone else that they could never repay you for?

Make it a great Monday. Live a life that matters.