Anniversary of sorts

I work at Automattic and now help the customers of VIP with their sites. I got a notification a little bit ago that reminded me how the journey all started.

I applied to be a “Happiness Engineer“. (I’m a VIP Wrangler now.) It was the first job description I ever saw on the internet where my skill set matched 100% with what they were looking for. I went through a series of text interviews, answered some questions, and must have made some sort of positive impression. I was offered a paid trial where I could do the job and see if they were right for me and if I was right for them.

So today I saw this…
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and thought back on my trial and all that I’ve learned since. Good times!

Prepping for my first 5k

I’ve been running a lot lately trying to get ready for my first 5k next month. One of the routes I run sometimes takes me past this very calming creek. It’s very refreshing and re-energizing to have this kind of halfway point.

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Today he is 4

Today my son is 4. He’s my little man – inquisitive, smart, and caring OMG that boy has the purest heart. He’s taking after mom and growing tall and strong quickly. He often jokes about driving my car, lifting me up, or mowing the lawn and precedes each with “when I’m taller than you, I can…”.

Tomorrow he’ll be 5 – a tall skinny 5 (50″ and 50lbs). Then he will start kindergarten in the fall. Time has flown. I still can’t fathom that I’m having full conversations with this little person who wasn’t here 5 years ago.

Motivational Quotes

I like change. I like change better when it’s one stressor at a time.

Sometimes though, it’s a bit like trying to stay at mental peace in the middle of a firestorm.


If you’re stressed out and trying your best to stay positive, here are some thoughts that have helped me:

If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you’ve ever been, to stand up taller than you than you ever were.

Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it became a butterfly.

You’ll get what you want when you give yourself no other option.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Jim Ryun

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.