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>All these and a pass to the Ballard pool

In End of Year,exercise,running,swimming on December 2, 2009 by mstevensrev


Currently I look pretty silly, but I have to bite the bullet sometime. This is the beginning hopefully of my triathlon training. I will move to swimming three times per week, and running two or three times per week. After the winter I’ll figure out the biking part of the whole deal, but I need to make sure I have the swimming down.



>The Spaces In-Between and Fall in Seattle

In blogging,End of Year,Technology,television on November 25, 2008 by mstevensrev


I find those who are successful use the space in-between things well, they fit in a moment to think, write, draw, workout, and do things that will keep juice flowing while returning to the other ‘important’ things they are doing.

A friend of mine says the important things always happen on the way to what you think is important.  Another way to look at it is, that which you pursue you never achieve but rather what you get in the process of pursuit is the gem.  Think about people who desperately want to have friends, they are the last people you want to be friends with.

The fall in Seattle offers great in-between times.  Part of it is that it gets dark at 4PM.  The days are very short and it doesn’t seem like there are that many useful hours in a day, whereas the summers seem very productive (and therefore terrible times for me to blog).  Currently I am noticing that many of the main things, such as training, I am finding it hard to fit in, yet things for the in-between times are really impacting me.  I’m watch some talks from TED: Ideas Worth Spreading.  Nothing like listening to some of those folks to make you think you can change the world.

Lastly I found a really interesting headline that I did follow in the NY Times, What Happy People Don’t Do, in short they don’t watch TV.  Now I love TV, I just hate having my life revolve around it.  There for I love, TIVO, Netflix, NBC Online, and the various other sources that allow me to watch what I want when I want.  So I’m not sure that happy people don’t watch TV, but I think they don’t watch it the way others think they should.

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>Beginning my Reflections on 2007

In End of Year,Fun on December 21, 2007 by mstevensrev

>This was a really strange year, in our world and in our life. Today I had my end of year review at work, which went great, but it got me thinking about this year and what is ahead. To start here are just a few of the things that happened this year for me.

1. Spent New Year’s with two of my oldest friends (which we are repeating again this year)
2. Landed a job within two week of first touch at Sinometrics.
3. Made over 10,000 Cold Calls with my job.
4. Wife went Cat Skiing leaving me home alone with daughter for week.
5. Set up our financial plan which we neglected for years as intern pastor.
6. Became building managers.
7. Refinished chairs we got from Goodwill for $35, and a free table for our dining room.
8. Turned an closet into a closet/office, to free up bedroom for baby.
9. Had Aidyn’s Birthday at a local park.
10. Started Aidyn in a new school.
11. Went to first school choir concert and saw my oldest daughter shine.
12. Enjoyed just attending Church.
13. Started a weekly community group at our house.
14. Ate Thanksgiving with my boss and his family.
15. Nicknamed coworker/friend “little hottie”
16. Mixed a song about “Little Hottie”
17. Wrote on the Psalms
18. Had another daughter…surprisingly at the hospital.
19. Started setting goals for the future.
20. Made a repair on our car without putting it on the credit card.
21. Listened to my wife, much better.
22. Had two great performance reviews at work.
23. Spoke with executives and cool decision makers at some really interesting companies.
24. Ran marathon #3
25. ran marathon #4
26. ran marathon #5
27. Lots of training for marathons.
28. Learned a new joke. “A dyslexic man walks into a bra.”
29. Fallen in love with reading blogs.
30. Realized I need a mentor.
31. Read through the Bible.
32. Read about 20 books.
33. Commute on the bus.
34. Joined Flexcar.
35. Realized Mexican food is my favorite for breakfast lunch or dinner.
36. Took my parents to Montana.
37. Missed seeing a black bear while everyone else in the car saw it.
38. Went fly fishing.
39. Fell in love with the Mariners (baseball team, not group of sailors)
40. Took Aidyn to her first Mariners game.
41. Preached a few times.
42. Taught a group of kids I love about communion, and watched them partake for the first time.
43. Ate a fun breakfast with my old boss and his wife.

Honestly that was really good for me and I don’t feel like I really tried. What a really amazing year, who knows what I will think of over the next few days left in the year.