The Calm Before The Storm.
First off, I must address why it has been so long since my fingers have thrusted the keys and churned out an inspirational message for your mind to absorb. I could say that the NBA Finals were on, or that I was busy watching my Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup. I could say that trips to Myrtle Beach and Florida got me off track, or blame it on baseball games, summer festivals, and hanging out by the pool. I could say that the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile that once again shook up our nation led me speechless and unable to find the right words to make any sense of what has been happening in our great country. I could say any of those things….but I won’t. The real reason that it’s been so long is because I, myself, have been struggling. I don’t want to get in to the specifics of everything, but I want you to know that my support system has been by my side the entire time. I’ve read blog posts that I’ve already written (I wasn’t even in a frame of mind to press the Publish button) and tried to use that as fuel to get out this little funk. And don't worry I've still been doing plenty of smiling :-).
As I’ve mentioned time and time again…I love my life. Sometimes, one of my favorite things to do is look at pictures of everything that I’ve accomplished (with God’s help of course), all the places I’ve traveled to, and most importantly my family and friends. I think I have a pretty amazing life, yet I still have those days (or a month, but who’s counting?) were something just doesn’t feel right! Well let's flash forward to this exact moment in time as I’m writing this post. I have some things “in the works” right now that I am very excited tell you about, but I want to wait for the right time. But tonight, as I tucked Ava in and kissed her goodnight she looked up at me and said, “Daddy, I love you so much and I’m so excited for you!” Hearing those words honestly made my heart grow about as big as the Grinch’s (after it exploded out of that metal thing), and I immediately came down here to dust off the keyboard. I know I’m going to be all right! And if you’re going through some tough times right now or just feel stuck, believe me when I tell you it’s nice when you're constantly striving but sometimes you just need to survive.
Today is going to be a busy day for me, but I cannot wait to share this exciting news. Until then, I want you to take a deep breathe, smile, and make a memory!