My new hobby… Family History / Genealogy

So I haven’t written on here for about a week.

I got distracted with something new – Genealogy!

I never thought that I would be interested in Genealogy as much as I am.

It’s my new passion.

It’s amazing all the things that you can learn.

I even found a line in my pedigree that goes back thousands of years through all of these old Irish kings.

I have multiple great (x3 and x4) grandparents who were pioneers and came across the U.S. with Brigham Young and others.

There is also a lot of cool history that I am finding as I do this research.

So many cool stories about my family.

My great grandmother came to the U.S. from Switzerland when she was a little girl. On a ship. By herself.

My great, great grandfather was killed in an accident with a commuter train in Utah.

I have also really enjoyed reading the census records, looking at gravestones, and just trying to figure which kids belong to which family.

If you haven’t looked into your own family history, I highly recommend it.

Another Miracle Morning (I woke up at 4AM on Saturday… and I liked it!)

So I finished reading The Miracle Morning yesterday.

I did all the stuff that it says.

I printed the things.

I made my affirmations.

The only thing that I don’t have yet is an accountability partner.

Granted, that one was optional.

Hal also says that you should move your alarm clock away from your bed.

I don’t think that I am going to do that though.

I use an app called Sleep Cycle to track my sleep.

It records your breathing and movement, and then it wakes you up in the optimal sleep phase.

That way you aren’t tired when you wake up.

But I am excited. I am actually going to go workout today too.

It is a Saturday, so the CrossFit class that I am going to be going to doesn’t start until 10:00 AM.

So I have a few minutes.

But I actually woke up at 4:00 AM on a Saturday.

That is insane, right?

I woke up I did all my things that he says to in the book.

After that, It was only 6:30. So I made some breakfast.

After that though, the house was quiet.

I didn’t have anywhere to be.

As I mentioned, I am not going to go workout until 10:00 AM.

So I had to kill some time.

I decided to do the dishes.

This was also a part of one of my affirmations to be a better spouse.

I don’t really like helping out around the house.

We moved into this house over 1 1/2 years ago.

And honestly, I don’t think that I have done the dishes once.


So I did the dishes.

And it feels good.

I had actually been feeling really depressed since about Thanksgiving.

I don’t know if it is Seasonal Affect Disorder, or just being depressed about being overweight.

But anyway, I started taking some vitamin D, and I do my Miracle Morning.

And I feel amazing. I have done it five days in a row so far.

I highly recommend checking out The Miracle Morning if you haven’t yet.

Oh yeah, I am thinking about writing another book as well.

I’m just trying to figure out what.

This Miracle Morning stuff works!

I’ve got all these plans.

I might even bring back the 30 Day Challenges…

Wading through trials

Today I was reading in the Book of Mormon, in 1 Nephi, Ch. 17.

It starts out talking about how they traveled through the wilderness for about 8 years.

Prior to this we know that they had set out seeking the Promised Land.

During this time, they had children.

They suffered various things that they couldn’t even mention.

They couldn’t even make a lot of fire to cook their meat, so they ate raw meat.

It says that during that time, they “waded through affliction”.

And that they were made stronger because of their afflictions.

After the end of the eight years, they arrive at a place which they call Bountiful because if had a lot of fruit.

There was an abundance of resources.

In fact, the Spanish translation for Bountiful is Abundancia which literally means abundance.

So they were blessed after wading through afflictions for eight years.

But why?

Because they were obedient to the Lord and His commandments.

I started thinking on that.

Wading indicates that you are moving through some water or mud.

It means that the going will be slow. There will be resistance.

But, you keep moving.


Now this principle can be applied anywhere.

You can apply it to your own spiritual journey, to your business, to your health.

Whatever you want.

When you have a goal, a lot of times there are going to be some trials that you have to go through to achieve that goal.

There will be some metaphorical (or maybe actual, depending on your goals) mud, muck, and mire that you will have to wade through.

However, wading through that resistance is what is going to make you stronger as you work towards your goal.

Sometimes the biggest reward isn’t achieving the goal itself, but the journey you made working towards that goal.

The Miracle Morning

Good morning.

I am writing this at 6:09 AM and I have been up since 4:30 AM

I do not like getting up early.

Someone at work recently recommended reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

I haven’t read the entire thing yet, but I am in the middle of reading it.

I think that I have read two chapters so far.

But I have a good idea of what I want to accomplish from my mornings so far.

Afraid of Working Out

I haven’t starting working out yet this year.

For some reason I am afraid to go work out.

I don’t know what it is.

I know that as soon as I do it, I will love it and I will feel good though.

Unable to Wake Up Early

For a long time, I wasn’t really able to get up early.

I say that literally.

I was recently diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, and I have had it for a long time I guess.

So now that I have the CPAP deal, I sleep a lot better.

I don’t get tired as much as I did.

I feel great.

I don’t drink energy drinks anymore either.

I used to feel exhausted all day long even after getting 9-10 hours of sleep.

If you feel tired constantly or you snore excessively, I highly recommend asking your doctor about getting a sleep study done.

It can change your life.

There are also other areas of your health that can be dramatically improved.

Back to My Mornings

I just wanted to talk about what I am doing in my mornings.

I wake up.

I pray/meditate.

Then I write in my journal.

I then do a spiritual based study in the scriptures or something similar.

After that, I write in my journal.

I also have a vision board that I just created, and I spend some time looking at thtat.

I also have a sheet of “affirmations” as Hal calls them in The Miracle Morning.

I keep that in my journal. and I look at it and read through it after I write in my journal.

Honestly, I haven’t seen too many effects from this yet. But I am confident that I will.

I keep a checklist of these things and the other things that I need to do on a daily basis on an index card.

The following day, I tape that index card into my journal next to the appropriate date entry.

I have only been doing this for a few days, so we will see how it goes.

This is also something that I plan on doing every day.

I want to remain consistent with it, so even on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday’s I have meetings at 6:00AM anyway at the church. So I have to get up early.

So I might as well get up early on Saturdays too.

“I hate running.”

There is a quote in the book when the author’s friend Jon tells him that he should go running in the morning to improve his life.

The author says, “I hate running.”

His friend Jon immediately replies, “What do you hate worse, running… or your current life situation.”

I think that can be applied anytime that we are faced with something that we don’t feel like doing, but we know that it will have a positive effect.

“I am afraid of going to the gym.”

“What are you afraid of more, going to the gym… or being unhealthy for the rest of your life?”

If you are interested in getting your own copy of The Miracle Morning, click my link below. (And yes, full disclaimer, I make a little commission off of it, when you buy it using my link.)

New Year’s Resolutions are Stupid

So I haven’t written much on this blog in a long while.

I started this post unsure of what I would write about.

I actually just started typing using writing in Hardcore Mode.

That means that you can’t stop typing or else you lose all your progress.

Lately, I have been thinking about a lot of things.

I am not even sure why I have kept this blog up, except for the history of it all.

I looked back and my most recent post was almost three years ago.

Awhile back, I had also moved the blog from different servers to new servers.

I am not even sure if I did that right. I’m pretty sure I didn’t

Lately, I have just been wanting to write more.

I did a vision board this year, instead of New Year’s Resolutions.

I don’t want to have New Year’s Resolutions, instead I would rather change my lifestyle.

I can do this by simply changing the things that I am doing each day.

New Year’s Resolutions and goals have too much of a temporary feel to them for me.

I feel like when we set a goal, and then we accomplish it or don’t accomplish it, then what?

Where do we go from there.

I feel that if we focus on changing our everyday lives, little by little, we will eventually achieve those things that we want.

That’s why I did the vision board.

That way I can have my “North Star” to guide me in my daily activities.

I can use it as my compass point to look at where i should be heading.

It isn’t necessarily a goal.

Goals are stupid and frustrating.

I don’t want to just have a list of things that I need to accomplish each day in order to check off progress towards a goal.

I would rather have things that I want to do each day that get me closer to what I want to become.

What we become is so much more more important than what we do.

I want to become something greater.

It is the difference of saying, “I want to lose weight” vs “I want to become healthy”

They are similar things, however, one is focused on the becoming, and the other is focused on just doing.

So go out there and become something. Don’t just do something.