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Always Do What You Are Afraid To Do.

The Title of this post is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Ralph really knew what he was talking about or so we will come to find out this weekend.  I’m getting a lot of messages and e-mails from friends asking me if I am insane for running this upcoming race.  They are looking for […]


This past weekend Jess and I took a ‘mini’ road trip to Connecticut for the day to visit my cousin Alix for her birthday.  We met up with her and her boyfriend Dan for a fun-filled day of celebration and dinner.  We had a blast to say the least, which is do to the obvious fact that we get along […]



It is the feeling in your stomach that stops you in your tracks.  It paralyzes your progress and fills you with doubt.  It’s the mountain of false thoughts that keep you from moving forward, the black hole of advancement. I have mentioned time and time again the burning desire in my chest to live, and […]

Back To The Story….


(continuation from Thursday September 9, 2010) My workday was nothing special. As per usual, it involved me and my new best friend, garbage. The only difference this day, was that I actually had something to look forward to. After work, dinner and my meeting I was planning on meeting up with Roy to finally get […]

First Day Of Work, Lunch Time!


Finished my break and went back to work. Millions of thoughts about the future swarmed around my mind. Time was flying by and before I knew it, it was time for lunch. The workday for all of us consisted of three different lunch periods, once again, like school. This meant that the warehouse always had […]

Rehab Morning 1 (Continued 4)

I picked up my first bag and started loading it into the garbage. Most people in my situation would be pretty upset with this job, they might even consider it gross, but I couldn’t seem to wipe the smile off of my face. I felt like the old me again. I was different, and it […]

Rehab Morning 1 (Continued 3)


When I finished eating breakfast and being drilled with questions by all of the boys, I followed Frank over to where he instructed me to hand my dishes to the washers. We each gave them a pound with our fist and they took our dishes with a smile. Do you see a pattern starting to […]

Rehab Morning 1 (Continued 2)


I put my plate of food on my tray, thanked the guys that were serving and quickly walked to catch up with Frank. As I followed him I saw about 20 circular tables filled with men all conversing  happily. It was already clear to me that there were already established clicks. Just like high school. […]

Rehab Morning 1 (continued)


I was so nervous my first full day. It was like starting a new school in the middle of the year and all of the kids already knew each other. Who would I eat lunch with? Hang out with? Talk with? Sounds petty, but when you are put out of your comfort zone, and in […]

Rehab Morning 1


My first morning in rehab was an eventful one to say the very least. I didn’t sleep at all the night before, not even for a minute, and even though I was sleep deprived I was filled with adrenaline and had a list of questions circulating in my head. What was my stay here going […]

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