2018 Life, Business, and Blog Goals Mid-Year Recap – How Have We Done!?!?

2018 Goals Recap

Way back in January (2018) I wrote this to open my annual Goals Post:   2018 Objective: To actually write down tangible and somewhat attainable goals for the most important aspects of my life. Nothing is off limits… And with the article below, I’ve achieved my first goal of 2018 (actually writing them down).   You know what? This writing goals down business actually does have an impact. I’m going to go through my original goals post, category-by-category below and let you know how I’m (we’re) doing. Intrigued…? Me too! Oh, and heads up for the subtle announcements that may or may not be scattered about the post.   I also wrote in the original post’s introduction a plea to you, the reader:   2) Indirectly hold me accountable. Read/share this article and drop me a line throughout the year to the tune of, “Hey, man. How’s the debt payoff coming???” Thanks in advance, […]

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He walks to work every day for 4 years and I’m curious

He walks to work every day for 4 years and I'm curious

Hi, Team!   What’s below is a unique exchange between two bloggers. Scott (at Making Momentum), is a blogger I’ve come to know, respect, and learn A TON from recently. His weekly Saturday Round-Up posts may be the best I’ve seen and his combination of personal finance, fitness, and overall self-improvement posts are right up my alley.   Given the info above, I’m pretty glued to his site these days, and when his recent post about him walking to work every day for 4 years was published I was all-in! Probably equal parts respect, jealousy, and sheer wonder had my mind spinning while reading through his post.   He did a great job explaining the benefits of walking compared with driving or public transit, but the questions I had were more of a “nuts and bolts” variety (e.g. – how does he actually do this???). So I reached out on […]

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Why I Write About Physical Fitness and How YOU Benefit

Picture of Mike after a workout showing his physical fitness

I know what it’s like to be on the physical fitness path…   To be an athlete competing at the highest level of your ‘profession,’ against other fine-tuned-machines of men. Some of whom would go on to play in the NFL and earn Super Bowl rings.   My collegiate football career saw me gaining muscle, burning fat, and improving every day as I competed with my teammates on Division I (MAC Conference) Kent State Golden Flashes Football Team.   At 255 pounds, I was a Tight End / Fullback hybrid that was used primarily in the passing game. I ran a respectable 4.68 40-yard dash, and although my numbers were decent, I still had quite a ways to go. But I was on the path…   I was in the prime of my athletic career up to that point… Until one day – I wasn’t   During the course of […]

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I was interviewed – extensively – by Scott at Making Momentum; check it out!

Hi, Team! Today I’m sharing a snippet from one of my guest posts on another blog (Making Momentum). Scott, who runs the site, reached out with an opportunity for me to be interviewed and to share my story with his readers. And I’ll just say that going through this process was a blast! Scott didn’t pull any punches with his questions and I made every effort to answer fully and to the best of my ability. Much of these topics haven’t been covered on my site… Yet. But I am taking the inspiration and some of the content to rework my “About Mike” page. So, needless to say, Scott’s interview made a significant impression on me. Below is a short snippet, but if you want the full 4,000+ word experience, please click over to Scott’s site. I’ll be monitoring the comments on the Making Momentum interview and on this post, so […]

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7 Simple Lifestyle Tweaks That Dramatically Improve Your Health (guest blogger – Gehana)

Hi, Team! This week’s post comes to us from Gehana Kennedy, owner of vitaminshop.ae, the go-to source for high-quality wellness products including a range of step-by-step formulated vitamins, fitness supplements, and natural skin care products. With innovative ideas and implementation of new technologies, she was able to establish a platform that offers not only quality products but also valuable information for customers. I’ll say 2 things up front: 1) I have not used her products before, but 2) I get pitched on occasion for a wide variety of guest posts and this one stood out from the start. There are some great and actionable tips below, so let me get out of the way and let Gehana take it from here!     Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to dramatically change your lifestyle to see significant changes in your health. Every dramatic improvement in your health can be started […]

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Heads-Up! Early Retirement Can Be Bad for Your Health

Whether you put in your 40 years with the company or are on the 10-year saving spree leading to FIRE (Financial Independence/Retire Early) – you would be wise to glance past the finish line and consider some basic facts. It pains me to write this, but – early retirement can be bad for your health… I mean, really bad…   (Photo courtesy of MKulp Photography)   After years of hard work, early mornings, and late nights of working toward your career goals – that pot at the end of the rainbow can be one of the most dangerous ruses of your lifetime. In fact, retirement ranks in at #10 in terms of the average individuals most stressful life events (Source). Let’s start with the bad news.   Studies from these Harvard, US News and World Report, and Medical Daily articles all discuss some part of the frightening reality that early retirement has […]

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Your limitations need tested… Regularly

I was a 15-year-old 3-sport athlete that was fortunate enough to play in highly competitive leagues that typically led to great opportunities at the next level. Baseball and Football were my top 2 sports, and (humble brag alert) I was on track to play one or both of these in college… And maybe get paid to do it. Basketball, on the other hand, was the spot I played in the winter to stay in shape without the dreaded (and required) winter lifting program that came as a side to the main dish that was the football team. Throughout all of these practices, games, off-season conditioning programs, fights, and the like, I had learned to push my body and mind in ways previously unimagined. Every day led to increased strength and confidence as I became accustomed to my growing self. But it was a sequence during this afterthought of a sport […]

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Better with friends – Benefits of working out with others (guest blogger – Kaylee)

Hi, Team! This post comes to you from Kaylee who teamed up with Woodside to create this awesome infographic centered on a healthier you! I think they have some great tips and ideas, so naturally, I couldn’t wait to share the infographic with you. Take it away, Kaylee – Enjoy!     Everyone wants to be as healthy and strong as they can be—from day to day and year to year. But finding the time and energy, as well as the motivation, to do that can be a struggle. But there’s a widely available and immensely enjoyable method to combat that struggle: group workouts. The thing about getting healthy is, it’s easier to do with other people. That includes eating well and getting to the gym. When you workout with others, their fitness level can inspire you to improve yours, too. And when you take a class that’s led by […]

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Mike’s top 5 podcasts of 2017 (and how it compares with 2016)

I wrote the 2016 version of this list at this time last year and it’s interesting to see the changes and similarities from one year to the next. First of all, I’m still bigly into podcasts. There’s no limit to what you can learn and enjoy in podcast form these days, which is one of the reasons why so many people are subscribing, listening, and utilizing. We’ve got murder mysteries, fictional stories, audiobooks, sports, comedy, … I mean, the better question may be, “What can’t you find in a podcast?”   Personally, although I have continued enjoying podcasts, some of my top 5 have changed and some have remained the same. Let’s start with some of the Top 5 from 2016 that didn’t make the cut this year (and my reasoning):   Last year #5 – The NPR Politics Podcast   2 major factors were at work here that drove […]

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Cathartic reflections on an anxiety riddled 7-months

I wrote what’s below at 10:00 pm on day-2 of our recent beach vacation (also 2 days after completing the acquisition of MFD). I went back-and-forth on whether or not to publish this article. Perhaps it would be best served as just a personal exercise for me getting some of these thoughts out of my head and onto the page, but… Anxiety has been something I’ve dealt with indirectly for a decent amount of time, and although this was my first real bout, many people we know have gone toe-to-toe with the anxiety foe at one time or another. If you can relate, maybe this will speak to you. If not, I’ll be back to the financial posts and uplifting (attempting) humorous posts next week. As always, thanks for being here!   -Mike   (ps- it takes a couple paragraphs for me to find some traction. Bear with me)   […]

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