Moving Forward

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It’s kind of hard to know what to say after you drop what may be the biggest news of your life onto your friends and readers of this blog.

I re-read through all the comments on Facebook, the tweets, the text messages and e-mails I received yesterday this morning. One of the greatest thing that stood out to me is the amount of positivity and love that was apparent in all the messages.

So where do I go from here? I have tons of packing to do. I need to gather up the stuff that I need to sell/donate. I need to try and schedule as many breakfast/lunch/dinners with people here so I can see every person possible before I take off. I’m sure there are a ton of other things that I’m just not thinking about right now.

It’s so hard to describe what I’m feeling right now – which isn’t something I normally struggle with. On one hand I’m very sad to leave behind my family, friends, and life that I’ve know since birth. On the other hand I’m also very excited to get started on this adventure that is before me. Sometimes I find myself sad about the move and then sometimes I find myself excited but feeling guilty at the same time.

That’s it for today. Just what’s on my heart/mind.

Until tomorrow!

 


Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

John’s Moving to Texas – The FAQ

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John The Texan

This last week has been exhausting. I’ve been trying to explain to everyone that I know that I’m moving to Texas at the end of the month. So, I’ve compiled a FAQ to help answer some questions since they seem to be the same ones. I hope you enjoy reading them and feel free to ask others in the comments!

In case we’re not friends on Facebook… here’s the message I left there:

I guess it’s time for me to make this Facebook official. Last week I put in my one month notice at my job and in the beginning of March I will be moving to San Antonio, TX. It’s been a tough decision for me but I feel like for this time in my life – it’s where I need to be. I’m going to miss all of you in Ohio (and Michigan) a ton! I hope you all will stay in touch and hopefully we can see each other before I leave. Continue reading

In Defense of Social Media

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Almost every week I will see something online bashing social media and questioning the authenticity of the relationships of those that we meet online.

For a change, I’d like to personally come to the defense of social media.

As I got older I went from shy to hyper extrovert. I can’t really pinpoint the time where that happened but at this point I’m about as extroverted as I come. I love being with people, sharing my life and learning about others.

I’ve been on Twitter for ages (I joined in 2007 – Twitter launched a year before). Once the iPhone began receiving apps I started using an application called “Twinkle” that was a location based Twitter app that allowed you to connect with other nearby Twinkle/Twitter users.

I used this app to begin meeting other social media minded folks in Columbus and through it I developed some great friendships. Since then I began following and tweeting more consistently. Twitter added location data so Twinkle was no longer relevant. I soon started following new people and discovering others all across the country that shared interests with me (or introduced me to new interests!)  Thanks to social media I also met most of my cycling friends that I’ve been riding with for years!

Fast forward a few years and now some of my closets friends are ones that I’ve met through Twitter. I’ve traveled the United States and Canada meeting my Twitter friends. These relationships have evolved far beyond social media but wouldn’t exists today if it wasn’t for it. We visit each other, we e-mail, Facebook, text, and call each other. Our lives aren’t superficial – they’re real. We share the highs and the lows with each other and in some cases I feel that they know me better than others in my life because we get to interact on a regular basis online.

So what about you? How do you feel about social media?


 

Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

 

The Best Intentions

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You know, I had the best intentions of writing this awesome blog post for today. I let things get in the way and tonight I decided to go out to dinner with friends (old and new), go shopping and then visit with a friend and we chatted the night away while making fun of the people on House Hunters. Sorry my fellow blogging friends but my relationships won over my writing time.

So, this is my lame excuse for a blog post today that I’m going to post 1 minute before midnight.

I promise tomorrow will be a better day!


 

Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

Ready, Set, Go!

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Better late than never! I know I missed my noon deadline and it’s been a crazy day but I still wanted to get a post in before the day is done.

I have some changes going on right now in my life and it’s been kind of a struggle lately. I read a great article on Donald Miller’s Storyline blog about how you’ll never be fully ready. (Read: http://storylineblog.com/2015/02/05/youre-never-going-to-be-fully-ready/)

It’s a great read about how when paddle boarding you have to paddle to maintain your balance and move forward. While I’ve never been paddle boarding it made sense to me. I tend to be one that wants to have every thing in place and every piece ready before embarking on an adventure.

The reality is in life that we’re never going to be fully ready. We’re never going to have every piece and every thing in its perfect place before we can move forward. Sometimes in life we just have to have things ok enough to get started and get going to see the rest of it come together.

Maybe it’s because I suffer from being a Type A personality type (read: I like to plan things – A LOT). How about you? Plan Plan Plan or Fly by the seat of your pants?


 

Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

Toboggan or Toque?

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Toboggan HillSo, growing up in the midwest whenever I was about to go outside my mom would always ask me, “Where is your toboggan?”

I would always go to my room and find my toboggan and put it on my head. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about the hat that you wear in the winter to cover your head and ears.

All my friends, teachers, and just about anyone I ever met in Ohio said this word when referring to the winter cap that you wear to keep your head warm.

So, to my surprise, when I went to Canada and referred to my hat as a toboggan – I heard a round of laughter break out amongst the group I was with. You see, toboggan to Canadians are sleds – they call the hat that I wear a toque.

We’ve laughed about it over the years now but I wasn’t aware of how ingrained it is into the language until my last visit where we went to the “Toboggan Hill” to go sledding.

So, duke it out in the comments – Is it Toboggan or Toque?

 


Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

I had a challenge presented to me on January 31 by my friend Sean to blog every day in February to help form the habit of writing on a consistent basis. I took him up on the challenge and will be writing every day in February. 

Fat Bikes, Frozen Rivers and Frog Legs

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Passport Somewhere in my infinite wisdom I decided it would be a great decision to book a trip to Canada in late January. I got the tickets at the end of last year for a steal so I figured – why not? Then I looked at the historical forecast for Winnipeg in January. The temperatures were pretty scary – some that I’ve only heard of but have never experienced for myself.

In early January I began researching some crazy warm winter clothing. I was trying to figure out how I was going to survive -40 temperatures. My friend, Christopher, assured me that I would be just fine. I was skeptical that only packing my “normal” winter clothes was going to be sufficient but I trusted that the Canadian knew what he was talking about and did just that.

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Finishing 2014

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Stacey and I at the Hot Chocolate RunSo, I caught you up in my last post to October. What about the next two months?

Nothing too crazy – I had a birthday mid-November. Another year older and I hope, another year wiser. I ran a 15k race the next day to celebrate (well, actually it was for a cool medal and some “free” hot chocolate). I ran with my friend Stacey and managed to set some new PRs throughout the course.

 

 

Mom and I at Flying FeatherA couple weeks later my mom and I decided to run a very cold and windy 4 miler race on Thanksgiving morning. Despite the weather and shuttle delays – we had a great time together!

 

 

 

 

 

FleetFeet SantaI put my traveling on hold for the rest of the year and just took some random time off to spend with family and friends to finish off the year. Visited Santa at my favorite running store (FleetFeet Columbus) and rounded outthe end of the year by playing 8 games of bowling on New Years Eve and then crashing my friend Jamie and Doug’s New Years party.

 

 

 


Who else is taking the 28 Day Challenge?

Sean Leacy: www.seanleacy.com

Day 1

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Please forgive me for my absence in blogging. Last year got away from me and it always makes me a bit sad when I don’t stay on top of my blogging. So, to help me get back in the rhythm I took a challenge from my buddy Sean over at www.seanleacy.com to write every day in February! So, if you don’t see a post from me by 12:00 PM eastern then you have my permission to come find me and yell at me via whatever method we communicate.

So, let’s Continue reading