Today is such a special day. Our loves Lanie and Griffin my twins turn 6. 6 years ago today our kid arrived 11 weeks early. My wife was 29 weeks and 5 day. My daughter spent 11 weeks in the hospital and my son spent 10 weeks in the hospital. We spent every day in the hospital from morning to night being there with our kids. The hardest part was leaving our new borns in a hospital while you go home to bed. We made it through that tough journey because we found the strength and the courage. We also had amazing doctors and nurses throughout the journey. We still keep in touch with our primary nurse that took care of our kids at the hospital. She was our support and was one of the heroes that was there for us in our journey.
Today for my kids birthday present I’m donating to the March of Dimes.
Life is about getting through the toughest times and coming out on the other side and being able to see the beauty. The beauty is my amazing healthy, loving, smart and playful kids.
About March of Dimes:
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that.
For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now we’re building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background or demographics. We support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. We advocate for policies that prioritize their health. We support radical improvements to the care they receive. And we pioneer research to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies.
What began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal struggle with polio led to the creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, better known as March of Dimes, and ultimately a cure for the disease. With that success behind us, we began to focus on fighting birth defects, premature birth and infant death with innovations like newborn screenings and surfactant therapy; education for medical professionals and the public about best practices; and lifesaving research. We provided comfort and support to families in NICUs and advocated for those who needed us most, moms and babies.
Today is the last day of February and the weather outside is delightful. Tomorrow our kids turn 6. It’s amazing how time flies so fast. I remember growing up I wanted to be older. Everyone used to tell me don’t wish away your youth. I wish I actually listened. Today I’m actually listening more to people. I’m noticing things that are improving with me daily. I’m letting things go and not holding on to things. These new formed habits in are helping me with my overall being. I’m getting more involved with humanity and being present with things that need more attention in society. I hope my new and improved me continues to make strides. Recently I’ve been hurt. I’ve run so much the past couple weeks I’ve experienced some pain. The past couple of days I’ve taken some time off to recoup and rest. Rest is sometimes important but I’m starting to feel the effects of not working out. Today I will attempt to do something to ease back into it. I’m not going to make excuses. I’m going to make things happen today to feel balanced.
I’m looking forward to the rest of this week. We as a family have a lot to celebrate, I get to celebrate my beautiful children tomorrow. Make time to celebrate the beautiful people in your life.
I’ve continued to send tweets to Donald Trump and I will make sure to do it until something drastic changes. I have made this vow to myself and everyone who reads this.
The past couple days I’ve taken some time off of writing. I can share that I have been getting up most morning at 6 am without snoozing. I really notice a huge difference in my being. I feel like I complete a lot more throughout my day. I’ve also started to create lists in the morning to accomplish everything that I need to do. I’m doing a lot more planning which is making my life more calm even though there is a lot going on. Last Friday I had a wonderful meeting with a women who has a kid in the same school as my kids. She is helping guide me on who to chat with regarding my plans to get involved. I’m really excited about how I will contribute to our kids and our community.
I have also not given up on tweeting Donald Trump.
I still can’t stop thinking about the families in Parkland, Florida. We can’t not forget and we can not be silent. I have been really watching this and I hope it will be the time when something different will happen. Some companies are choosing to cut their tides with the NRA, this week certain politicians are threading to take away certain tax breaks. Our government is broken where they punish companies trying to make a difference. Today be present and take a stances. No more people have to die. Our kids need to be protected in school.
Yesterday I took the steps to get involved with my kids school. I’m going to try to make a difference by being the voice and sharing my passion to make this world a better place one day at a time. Right now I’m sitting in the lobby of my daughters dance studio thinking about Jamie Guttenberg. She was 14 and her life was cut short at her high school. Her father is the one who confronted Marco Rubio at the town hall meeting. Jamie was a girl who loved life and loved to dance. Today I feel connected to her family because of the passion she had for life. The same passion my kids show me everyday for the love they have for sport, art,music and life. She had a strong passion for dance and expression. I want to make a difference in this world for others that want to live and love life. Living by showcasing their inner beauty through passion of really being alive. We need to make more kids able to express themselves in positive ways and avoid the violence in society. If your kids are not doing something to fulfill themselves with something positive please help them find it, It so important. As parents we live very busy lives that are hard, but our kids need an outlet. Television and video games are not the outlets that create caring loving Kids or adults. These activities create the opposite.
Today I tweeted President Trump for the sixth straight day.
Today live life fully. The weekends are busy because energy is focused on family and being together. The weekends go by so fast. Be present and take the time to appreciate what you have in-front of you. No matter what, if you are reading this you can find something you are grateful for.
Be grateful today!
Yesterday evening as we were eating dinner with our kids they told us about their school day. They went through their daily activities and then they got to the lockdown training. It really threw me off track. I wasn’t prepared to have a conversation with my five year olds about why they needed to do this. The only thing I wanted to be clear with them is that the needed to be able to listen in those situations. Yesterday really put brought this situation regarding school safety front in center for me. Today I’m meeting with a fellow parent to discuss how I will get involved. I’m getting involved because I don’t want my kids to be scared to go to school. Their only focus should be to learn, develop as great humans and play as kids. Today I will take the steps and give my time to try to make a difference. Instead of bringing in a new customer or creating a business opportunity for someone else today I’m focusing on the kids, not just my kids but your kids.
This weekend will be spent embracing the good in my life. Spending time with my wife, kids and close friends. Life is not a given. I’m creating purpose in my life and I’m proud of things I do daily. I am proud of the thoughts that I share and the words that might make a difference to someone. Be proud of yourself for the things you do and if you want to do more. You can do more. We can all do more for others. Today I am!
My alarm rang at 6 am and no snoozing for me. I woke up and got ready to start my day. I’ve been reading this book and also listening to it on audible. The name of this book is The Second Rule by Mel Robins.
This book is great and will help you achieve a lot of great things. I have been trying my best to follow all the things that I learned from it. Slowly I’m starting to really notice a difference. I highly recommend it.
Today I kept my word and tweeted president Trump again. Below are my words to him.
Yesterday I watched the kids and parents of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. It broke my heart to see the pain and fear these Kids and parents had in their eyes. I also noticed the courage they had. The courage to say this needs to stop because they are really fed up with this BS. I hope Donald Trump really heard what the kids and parents were saying. The kids that are speaking are the next generation of voters. One way or another they will make a difference. I hope we don’t have to wait for that time. We need things done now. President Obama also did not do enough after Sandy Hook. We need something done now. I’m going to get involved in my kids school so I can make a difference. If everyone does something we can make a difference. Stand UP for Humanity.
Today I woke up at 6 am to give myself time to be present with the things I needed to accomplish. This morning there was No snoozing for me. I learned that snoozing is probably the worst thing you can do. What I learned yesterday is that when we hit the snooze button and close our eyes that our brain thinks we are going back to bed. Meaning we go back into a short term sleep cycle. Usually after 4 am the sleep cycles are a lot shorter,anywhere from 90-120 minutes. If you happen to fall asleep it will probably take your brain about 90-120 minutes to reboot from the sleep cycle. Which is probably why my mornings are really rough on me and everyone around me. Today I got out of bed right away and I felt a big difference in the morning. Tomorrow morning try not to snooze. Just get going from the beginning. You will feel a lot better and less tired. You will be able to accomplish so much!
Today I continued with my Tweets to President Trump.
Please help the kids that are taking a stand. This is our next generation and I want help. You should want to help. That is the core of humanity, Helping others!