Doing the Impossible.

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You close your eyes and you can see it, but you don’t just see it, you see it with great clarity. You are staring at your dream. And while you are staring at your dream there is a rush of energy that ignites inside of you. You are feeling the way it would feel as if it were real. It seems possible.

“Yes! I can do this.” You think.

And then bam! The doubt arrives and puts you in your place. It either prevents you from doing anything all or at least slows you down. What I have learned though, is that as quickly as you lose your seniority, you can get it back just as fast.

Doubt is an energy that makes you feel like you are not capable or worthy of achieving something in you life. The thing to be aware of is that doubt usually comes from another person or group of people that can’t visualize or dream as big as you.

You have a dream right? Maybe you want to be an artist that inspires the world. You are probably going to hear or handle the following energies; very few people achieve this so you probably won’t, there is no security in that, or you’re going to get judged so it’s just not worth it.

One thing I have learned is that you can do your very best avoiding the thing you love, but it will usually lead to unhappiness. Perhaps happiness is just beyond the fear and doubt that paralyze the mind and the ability to take action.

There are two tings that I am focused on now. My health and my dream. I am a dreamer, a very big dreamer. Most people I’ve interacted with throughout my life don’t seem to relate to the way I see things, but that is okay.

I’ve pursued my independence and various dreams and have failed miserably. The only success I’ve had was starting a business. I’m proud of what I created and how quickly it manifested, but I am ready to move on.  I love being my own boss, but what I really want to do is apply my creative energy on building an audience, not a clientele.

I was an entertainer from the beginning. I loved listening to music, being a drummer, making videos, etc. This is my true passion, making people laugh and making people smile. This is what I’m wired for. I’m not good at following direction from others. I’m not good at following paths that were carved by others. I’m the black sheep that stands before a forest with a machete thinking, “this is the way.”

I am ready to refocus on what I have been failing at for so long. Art! Art, art, art! I am an artist and that is the lifestyle I want to live. If you can visualize it, if you can dream about it, I believe it can be possible. Did anyone think that space shuttles, cell phones or the internet were possible? Probably not, but they exist now.

Casey Neistat is a filmmaker that has inspired me. I used to want to be a traditional filmmaker and that may still happen, but for the moment I do enjoy making videos on YouTube. He made a video called “Do what you can’t.” That video really hit home for me. Most of my life I have stared at a dream where some days it seems possible and others it feels like its lightyears away. Doing the impossible is a necessity for me. I have to conquer it. I need to feel the strength after the hardship is overcome. I need to feel what it’s like to create something, from nothing. I need to do the impossible.

-Andrew

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Pinnacle Trail Loop | Appalachian Trail

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I give this hike a great rating *****. It is 8.9 Miles long with an elevation increase of 1,299. It is pretty well maintained and the trail is mostly clear to see. I would not recommend this hike to a first time hiker, however, if you really want to take a stab at it, take it slow and bring plenty of water. Also be sure to have really good hiking shoes that you have worn before. You never want to go on a long hike in shoes that are not broken in.

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Pulpit Rock is a great place to stop, take in the scene, and eat a snack. If that is all the farther you want to go then the hike is probably about 1 hour or so depending on how long you spend at Pulpit Rock. When we were there we met some really great people and a girl that did  some yoga poses with the view. Brave lady!!!

If you continue on to the Pinnacle there are even better views there. When you are on the rocks look for the markers on the trees to guide you. You know you are getting close when you see a large pile of rocks. It’s BEAUTIFUL!!! This is another great place to sit, relax and take it all in. The trail down is much easier.

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If you are bringing a dog with you (We did), just be aware that the terrain is rocky for most of the hike and is rough on a dogs paws. Keep a close eye on their paws for tenderness, swelling, and possible cuts. Make sure you bring water for them as well as treats. By the end of the hike your dog will be very tired.

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There are a couple of different ways to get to the top. There is no wrong answer. Just go, have fun, and explore. The view is totally worth it.

To see the video we made, click the following link: Pinnacle Trail Loop Youtube Video

Until next time

– Heather

Who is running your business?

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I wouldn’t say that I am seasoned entrepreneur, but after running a business for the past year and a half, I have learned a few things…

Recently I have thought a lot about the title of this blog. Who is setting the tone of my business? Myself or my clients? After giving this some thought, I realized that I was no longer the one running the business, my clients were.

You see, with the business that I am in, there is a fairly high demand. It is one of the reasons my wife and I started this business, but I must say, with a high demand and little help, the business can start to turn on you.

Our first year in business there was a very high rate of growth. Along the way we had to implement policies such as a cancellation policy. I knew our clients would not like it, but it was something we had to do. It really helped ground our schedules more which was helpful.

Eventually we hit a point where we needed help. There was no way around it, so we started hiring employees. This was quite the growth period; workmans comp, payroll, labor laws, employee handbook, high turnover, etc. After going through a few employees that don’t work out, you become so grateful when hiring an employee that does their job well.

Having employees changes everything, especially in our line of work. It really impacts the clients. We really started feeling this energy from everyone that nobody wanted us to continue growing and hiring employees. They only wanted Heather and I doing the work. In a way this can be seen as a compliment and also can become very frustrating. We experienced both.

It’s funny. When I worked for other companies, I would always think how I would do things differently. Now that I have my own business, I understand why my former bosses did what they did. If everyone had the chance to run their own business, it would completely change their opinions on their former managers and bosses. Don’t get me wrong there will always be a few bad apples out there, but I certainly understand the stress a manager and owner goes through now.

So, who is running our business now? The energy is shifting for us. We are taking back control. We have had to update policies and we have eliminated working on weekends all together. That is a big no no in our line of work. You just don’t do that. But we did and I feel the freedom already starting to return. The business started consuming our lives to the point where there was no room for anything else. It just wasn’t healthy.

Something I am learning lately is how valuable my time is. I know that the more time I have to put my energy into things that I love doing, the more happy I am. I often felt that I wasn’t doing what I loved, I was just resisting what I hated. That resulted in a lot of bad job experiences throughout my life. I love being an entrepreneur, but I think it is important to start a business that you truly love. I also think that even spending an excessive amount of time doing what you love can be unhealthy. I love filmmaking and I used to create daily vlogs on YouTube. As much as I loved making videos, I started not enjoying it anymore. Balance is key.

With the tone resetting with our business, I am already looking at what is next. I used to think that expanding with a dog daycare or creating business management software was the next step on our business journey. To be honest, I don’t think any of those ideas have to do with our next step.

Eliminating debt, passive income, art, happiness, travel, the unknown, meditation, being healthly – this is what I envision. All I know is that the growth period is going to be huge. Challenge accepted.

To be continued…

-Andrew

Going Vegan

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It’s going to be a weird introduction, but if you knew me – it’s fitting…

Death is my greatest motivation. Why you ask? Well, my greatest fear in life is that I don’t reach my potential. The thing about me is that I have to live my dreams. It’s not a question. The way my body needs water, is the same way my soul needs to have certain experiences this life-time.

Once you start pondering about death, you start to think about what you truly want out of life. You start to fast forward through all the bullshit excuses and you find yourself staring at raw passion. You visualize yourself embracing this energy and living a different kind of life. A life where you take risks. A life where spontaneity has room to breathe. A life where you wake up and smile, simply because you are spending your time wisely.

What does this have to do with going vegan? Ah yes, good question. My father recently had quadruple bypass surgery. It was unexpected. He just thought he was sick, but what was really happening was a slow and subtle heart attack.  Luckily, through a stress test, they discovered what was wrong and he underwent a successful surgery. My father is a tough man and I can only imagine what he experienced before and after.

I’m the kind of guy that has no problem getting tattoos all over his body, but once someone mentions getting blood work – I’m out. I don’t like hospitals, I don’t like getting my blood taken and I don’t even like talking about anything medically related. But after my digestive issues I’ve had throughout my life and watching my father go through what he went through – I decided it was time for a change.

My wife came to me one night and brought up the idea of changing our diet. Without much hesitation, I thought it was a great idea. I tried going vegetarian / vegan twice in my life and both didn’t last long, but I was willing to give it go one more time.

I’ve been on a vegan diet for a month now and the two biggest surprises that I’ve had were that my digestive system was transformed and my weight did not drop. As I mentioned before, I had digestive issues when I was younger and with only a month into the new diet, my digestive system has already underwent a wonderful change.

I’ve been skinny my entire life and I don’t anticipate that to change. I did, however, thought that changing to a vegan diet would induce weight loss. To my surprise, that was not the case. Now for my wife, she has been experiencing weight loss, which is one of her goals, so that is making her happy. For me, I’m completely happy with just maintaining a healthy weight.

Some tend to find this change absurd or even obnoxious. I don’t care. Although I do find it unsettling how animals are treated in this world, that was not a reason on why I changed my diet. I’m not even sure I can say that this diet is for everyone. All I can say is that after being on a vegan diet for a month, it has worked for me. I chose this diet for my health and if I have my health, I have more time for my dreams.

Until next time, over and out.

-Andrew