Achievement, Mindfulness and Meditation, travel

Memorial Day weekend blessing and gratefulness

Well, Memorial Day weekend is in full swing this weekend of course. I have been looking forward to it for a while. It is always great to have extra time off of work to relax and unwind. I traveled the long journey to Marshfield, Wisconsin to visit Monel and Phoebe and the rest of the family. It has been a great weekend so far despite a long trip through Chicago haha.

At church this morning and during discussions with Monel this weekend, as always, I reflect on how grateful I am to have the luxuries of the life I live and where I have come to. She explains to me how often she wonders what life would be like if her family had not moved to the United States and what her and Phoebe’s lives would be like. It is always a question to wonder about, to think about where live would take you or what type of career you would be in had one thing in life not happened. Life is a blessing and recognizing that is always key to being grateful with the things you already have in life. Sometimes desiring more than is within your means can get you down and depressed if you have no way to achieve those things. However, having desirable goals in mind can give you something to aim for and push you to strive for something better, something which will provide a greater level of happiness.

We now have our tickets to the Philippines traveling with Cathay Pacific airways. We are both looking forward to the trip a lot. We have a wedding and various other activities while we are there. One of the things I am getting really excited for (aside from the entire trip in general) is visiting one of the famous islands for a getaway weekend. Meeting more of her family and friends will be so amazing, I can’t wait!

More details to come later! 🙂

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Daily Prompt

Daily Prompt:Catapult 

The daily prompt for today 23rd of May, 2017 is Catapult. When most think about the word catapult, it brings scenes into mind of medieval times with a harsh battle or possibly memories of being a child and building a catapult at camp like I helped to do at Boy Scout camp during the summer. Whatever comes to mind when you hear the word catapult, you can safely say that it is of different meaning to each person that hears it. 

When thinking in terms of a negative biased mindset, we don’t get much say in the matter because it is how we are wired, one might think of what I mentioned above, war or battle. However, a catapult can be a good thing. Think about catapulting yourself forward within your career or within your education by taking certain measures to ensure your success. This is a type of catapult but instead of inflicting damage and winning a physical battle, it inflicts positive changes and energy into a situation which helps the person to persist and potentially win a different type of battle, the battle for success and greatness. 

That’s all I have for today’s Daily Prompt, but come back for more next time. 

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Achievement, Mindfulness and Meditation

Trip planning and looking forward to the holiday weekend!

It has been a very busy week of work and various other activities!

The holiday weekend for Memorial Day is coming up quickly this coming weekend. I am looking forward to a long weekend off of work for sure. I will be visiting Monel and Phoebe this weekend, I am very excited to spend the weekend with them again.

Setting goals and planning trips is a great way to keep positive vibes flowing and feel like there is something to work toward instead of just living day in and day out without purpose. One of the greatest feelings is being able to enjoy a much needed vacation. It gives a sense of fulfillment and enjoyment because it was earned with hard work and time put in to plan it.

Feelings of gratitude toward your own hard work and toward the effort others put in towards making your day, week, or more better is hard to keep in perspective sometimes. However, gratitude is very important for many reasons. It can help to provide a feeling of greatness within. For example, just over a year and a half ago I flew to South Korea to work for roughly two weeks. I had no idea at the time of boarding the flight leaving Michigan, but on my flight from Chicago to Korea I met Monel, who just so perfectly happened to be sitting next to me on that flight. We talked the entire trip and enjoyed each other’s company while traveling. She was going to visit friends and family in the Philippines and I of course was going to work in South Korea, a place I had never been in my entire life. While walking the streets of Daegu, South Korea with some of my colleagues, I spent a lot of time looking around and realizing that I was literally half way across the world from where I grew up with roughly 1,500 people in my small village of Bellaire, Michigan. I had no idea that I would end up working for a large corporation that could send me traveling for work purposes and of all places, sending me to Asia. It was a great experience and I learned a lot about myself as well as the culture. I am forever grateful to have been able to experience that trip and that leaves me with the wonderful gratitude I hold for where I have been, where I am now, and where I am going in the future.

On that note, I will close this round of the blog and check out for now.

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

 

Mindfulness and Meditation

Busy week of work this week, but still made time for exercise

This week was beyond busy with things at work. I had to follow up on multiple issues and discuss many different things with the customer as well as internal team members. Being an engineer can be quite stressful at times but managing that stress is very important, anyone who is an engineer can vouche for that.

Through all the busy time and stress of this week I still made sure to get to the gym every morning before work and to try and get my 10k steps in everyday (wasn’t quite successful this week haha).

Some further planning is needed yet for Monel and I with our upcoming trips and visits but we are getting there. I am very excited to travel again, obviously I love traveling. Keeping things in perspective all the time is a key ingredient to staying appreciative of the things that one has earned or achieved rather than becoming expective and getting let down when something doesn’t go according to the way that things make sense inside of the brain. This is obviously easier said than done for many people. One of the many things I have realized over the years is that no matter what is going on and how stressful things can get, it always helps to take a step back and breathe. Doing this while focusing on what’s going on and where life has brought you to can truly have an uplifting vibe to the rest of the day and week. Meditation can be a great way to relax and focus better on personal mental health. It’s like doing exercise for the brain and soul. If you haven’t tried meditation, I would greatly recommend it. Another option from meditation is what is called gratitude training or just try reconnecting with nature. I often find that taking a walk outside during a stressful time greatly reduces the stress and building anxiety. 

If you’re looking at getting into meditation or relaxation, I highly recommend the app called Headspace or another one called Zen. They are both great for getting started. There is another great podcast for meditation as well. Check the links below for a quick and easy shortcut to each. 

Stay Classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Headspace App (iOS)
Headspace App (Android)
Zen App (iOS)
Zen App (Android)
The Meditation Podcast

Achievement

Visiting family and friends this weekend

This weekend I’ve been visiting family and friends up north in Bellaire, MI. Did a 10k run and my dad walked in the 5k. Enjoyed some good beer at Short’s Brewpub and great food at Starlight lounge. 

Fitness is a great way to get your body up moving and break through sickness.

Monel and I are looking hard for flights to the Philippines for July. I am really excited to go there and make memories there with her. Stay tuned for updates and more. 

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Achievement

Still sick but pushing through and Phoebe’s meet!

I’m still sick today after getting my cold / bug from my girlfriend, Monel, last weekend. It finally set in on Wednesday or Thursday and now is just driving me crazy. But it is okay, I will push through it. I told her I would’ve rather gotten sick and been able to see her and Phoebe than to not have visited at all. 

Rest and medicine are key when sick but sometimes pushing through and exercise can help the healing process. In this case, I know exercise won’t do me any good but I have been trying to get out and walk at least a little bit. 

Phoebe did fantastic at her meet!

Floor: 9

Vault: 8.125

Beam: 9.1

We are so very proud of her for doing that well and can’t wait to see how she does the next time around! 

God bless everyone! Time for more rest. 

Stay classy!

Adios,

-Mark

Achievement

Set goals and achieve them!

Many people go through life without goals in mind. They might think of something they desire or see something that someone else has and think to themselves that they want it. However, sometimes they have no way of acquiring such items or don’t know what they could do to get there. This is where goals come in.
Goals help us to have something to strive for, some meaning to what we are doing in our careers or in our lives. Set a goal, then set yourself up for success to achieve it. You can do it!

My girlfriends daughter, Phoebe, is competing in a Mid-West regional gymnastics meet today. She is meeting her goals to be a gymnast. Keep on pushing upward!