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Happy Friday!

Hopefully you all are enjoying a flu-free-Friday!  I am, but I seem to be in the minority.

This has been one crazy week for me.  I’ve really not had much to say on my blog, and today I have the time, but my well has run dry.  So I’m going to catch up on our blog community’s posts and get inspired.  Writing is a collaborative effort after all.

Hope all you Iron Yardies are doing well so far and Good Luck to the Tampa class which starts Monday!

Here’s to a good Friday!  Make it your own!




Blogging from my back deck this morning.  We dream of our ‘future selves’ having the life.  Cars, house, wife, bit of cash, and you know – the good life.  I don’t really have those things yet, but I’m working on it.

As individuals who are always striving to better ourselves and our situations, we tend to miss what we already have.  Maybe take a few minutes this morning and maybe grab some coffee and look at the sunrise.  If you can do just these 2 things, I think you’ve got a good start on the good life.  Let’s just appreciate how lucky we all are this morning.

As for me, I’m watching the sunrise from the back deck this morning and realizing just how lucky I am to be here.

Looking Back

So although I’ve some catching up to do, we’re at the end of our #10daysbetterblog challenge.  Like many things, I realize right now that I learned a pretty good bit more than I thought.

Of course like I mentioned earlier, time management.

Just a small 15-20 minute window can really be effective!  Also getting in the rhythm of doing your writing at the same time everyday has become my big go-to!

Music is pretty important as well.  It’s great to be able to slip off into the ‘writing world’ with some good tunes!  I completely wore out Dave Matthews Band “Best of What’s Around”.

I thought it was a good idea to re-read my posts from these 10 days and it’s a really good roadmap of where my thoughts were going.  What’s better is I remember thinking about perspectives or possibilities that I forgot to write down and come back to!

I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone else’s writing too!  I’m glad I got to get to know you a little.  I would read some posts and go ‘Wow, I completely get THAT!!’.  So much of it is so relatable!

So where to go from here?  Well I’m now in the habit of writing so I won’t stop that.  Created a bit of organization to make it not feel like a chore.  I like being a part of this community and I will make it a point to remain active, as I hope all of you will too!

Thanks to all of you and thanks to Saddington for bringing all this together!

Until tomorrow.


Wow, I was pretty busy today so I’m writing this a little late.

I’ve titled this “Lucky”.  It’s in reference not only to the past few days with you guys, but 2014 as a whole year.

I’ve never been involved with a blogging community really, and I haven’t been as involved in reading everyone’s posts as I’d like to be.  I’m still reading some from day 2!  I’m really lucky to have such a supportive and friendly group as you guys in the #10daystobetterblog (or is it #10daysbetterblow? haha). What continues to blow me away is that I don’t know any of you except Saddington, yet you all are as helpful and encouraging as he was whenever he would visit our campus.  I mean I haven’t been trolled once(yet…)!

I’m going to go from now back to January 2014 and just list some highlights of why I think I’m lucky. I promise it’s not a long list.

I’m lucky because I happen to stumble upon this course because I follow Saddington on twitter and read his blog.  This has already led to me getting to know some of you and learning from you.

I’m lucky to have met John @theironyard in Charleston when he would come give talks.  I really didn’t understand them too well until I got in the software dev workforce.

I’m lucky to have been hired at a great startup in a picturesque setting!  I’m a front end developer in Chattanooga, TN.

I’m lucky to have gone through a great coding academy which turned out to be my second family.  Truly am amazed that those guys cared so much about us.  I came from an aviation maintenance background and it’s far more cut throat.

I’m lucky to have seen a billboard for the iron yard on the freeway while going to work at Boeing one day and decided to look it up.

I’m lucky that I got a job on January 6 2014 to pack my bags and head to Boeing in Charleston, SC as another contract mechanic.

I’m lucky that I sometimes take chances.

Above all, I’m thankful that I have family and friends that support my crazy ideas!

Push Start (again)…

In reaction to one of my mentors and after being contacted by several people about taking a coding bootcamp like I did, I started writing again.

Oh boy- to re-start my blog on a sad note.  I hate this.  In the middle of writing this, I learned that Stuart Scott passed away this morning.

We all have routines -I figure- and one routine for me is watching SportsCenter.  I am always busier than I like to admit, but this is a great way for me to keep up with what’s going on.

I know all the anchors.  They complement my coffee in the a.m. and inform me after work. Excluding coffee, SportsCenter has been a staple in my daily routine since I was (maybe) 12.  (when we got cable)

I didn’t know Scott was a ‘revolutionary anchor’ or ‘colorful character’ I just know that I liked him.  He was on the air so long that he kind of became someone I depended on and just expected to always be there.

I followed a little of his battle with cancer.  He fought it 3 times!  I teared up when I watched him this year accept the “Jimmy V award” which is weird to me because he’s presented it to others before.  Life is a cycle.

I am inspired by how he fought it, not giving it an inch, and always talking about the positive.

You’ll be missed Stu.  More importantly – you are inspiring.