Here’s what 2020 looks like

Hey guys, so here we are at the end of 2019. What a year. I was going to write up a huge year in review blog today but I decided to leave it in my Archives. It was a good/bad year for me and I’m glad to close the books on it. I had so much hope at the beginning of 2019 but things just wore me down over the year. I’m tired. Not of any one precise thing, just all of it. I really think Christmas and the after Christmas trip just kicked my butt. We took the fam to Miami Beach then to Disney World and it was probably too much in a short amount of days. So here we go. 2018 and 2019, you were game changers, time to move forward and really set some goals.

In 2020 I am going to work very hard to achieve the following:

Professionally: Not to expand the commercial real estate investments but to expand our Mexico oil investments. Maintain our leases and current building/warehouses. Continue the house flipping business in Denver and Colorado Springs. One house at a time. Enjoy my semi-retirement but still check in weekly to make sure we are okay. To stop worrying so dang much about all of it.

Locally: Get more involved in my new Denver community. Join a few charities and continue to stay involved with our family Catholic Church activities. Volunteer, protest when necessary, be a leader by example and by faith. Get more involved with my boys school. I kinda of stayed away from that this past year.

Health: Continue to work out regularly, get outside more this year, and see if my foot can finally stand some jogging. Eat vegan everything, really work on stretching exercises for my lower back and left hand. Take my allergy medicine on a more regular basis, I clearly need it here.

Family: Be a great dad. No more kids Lol 4 and I’m done finally. Raise each one with a sense of purpose, hope in their hearts, and more love in their daily lives. Be supportive of my family members and more understanding of their choices and circumstances.

Relationships: Find the woman I’m meant to love. Love her wholly. Build a life together.

Writing: Be more active and available for writing projects I normally turn down. Work on my f*&^$ing grammar Lol It’s forever…..bad.

Podcasting: Host our weekly show, invite more guests, expand our listeners into a new level. Add more recipes, add more vegan product reviews. Be gracious. Stop trying so hard to prep content, let it flow, let it flow, let it flow.

Gaming: Hit Platinum 4 in Ranked Solo Q. Level 300. Work on my farming skills.

Blogging: I NEED TO BLOG MORE THIS YEAR!

Social Media: Downsize accounts I have completely forgotten about, continue to Facebook and Twitter my daily life and photos/videos. Actually engage with my followers this year.

At Home: Organize my entire house, have a true Spring Cleaning and get rid of things unneeded or unnecessary for our life. No more huge projects. Enjoy my back yard and swimming pool this year. Relax. No I really mean it this year, just relax, bro.

A look at 2021: I will be 48, boys will be 6, Peace will be 4, Sky will be 2, start traveling the world. It’s time to show my kids the places my grandmother took me to as a child. Sky will be fine.

Rowboat Book Club Book #84

This book was not in my wheelhouse at all. I was surprised when it got voted in for this month. I had bought it back in June, ran it through a Periscope and thought that would be it. I loved it. I connected with so many of the stories in it. You guys kept on me to do it in the book club, not just the Periscope group. Fine! Merry Christmas Lol The Beautiful No by Sheri Salata.

“Thursday morning.

One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old—a full-blown catastrophe.”

What happens when you realize you’ve had the career of your dreams, but you don’t have the life of your dreams? This was the stark reality facing Sheri Salata when she left her twenty-year stint at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios and the OWN network. She had dedicated decades to her dream job, and loved (almost) every minute of it, but had left the rest of her life gathering dust on the shelf.

After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, Sheri decided to “produce” her own life transformation. And this meant revisiting her past, excavating its lessons, and boldly reimagining her future. In these pages, she invites readers along for the ride—detoxing in the desert, braving humiliation at Hollywood’s favorite fitness studio, grappling with losses, reinventing friendships, baring her soul in sex therapy, and more. Part cautionary tale, part middle-of-life rallying cry, Sheri’s stories offer profound inspiration for personal renewal.

I’m going to fall in love with 2020

I had a pretty great 2019. I saw my love life get a small kickstart. It didn’t last long but that was okay. My boys had a birthday. My gosh the years are just flying by. We traveled a little, we grew as a family. We welcomed my last child (I’m pretty sure), Sky. Having 2 daughters is a balance I love. Let me think. This year I’ve sold way more books than I realized. I’m HUGE overseas. HUGE. I think the stupid tv show must be a season or 2 behind. I’m not sure. Either way the orders kept coming in and looking at my sales totals for 2019. WOW. So we are going to Miami Beach right after Christmas to celebrate another great year.

My kids are healthy, I’m healthy-ish and we are happy. I love my kids! I really do. They drive me nuts some days but for the most part I have some really great kids. The boys love their sisters. Their sisters tolerate their brothers. Sarah is pregnant and will be welcoming her baby in the middle of next year. Brenda has been a life-saver! She adjusted so quickly to our life. The guest house is NOW BUILT and done! The girls will be moving their things in next week. My dog is great. He’s actually lost a little weight which was fine by me. He loves his new backyard.

Our move was not as hard as I thought. I love Chicago, God knows I do, but Denver. Ahhhhhh, Denver. You are my new home. I will raise my kids all over you!

And a sidenote to this year, the trolls have left me alone Lol I mean there is still that one hold Jen Jen who is obsessed with me and anyone I talk to but all she has done is made them wonder about me, talk to me in DM and actually created new friendships with her nonstop harassment. Stalkers aren’t all bad. They are mentally deranged af and I have no idea how their family stands them but, ok. Stalk away. I don’t do anything. Literally Lol

So what about 2020. The year of the Sam? Let me think. I want to spend New Year’s eve with my date, Jen. Yes I have fired up an old flame from the last time we inhabited Denver/Colorado Springs. We have a date planned before the downtown party just to see if we can have fun still. I think we can.

I’m looking at new business for my house flipping in the area. I’m doing one house at a time. I think going slow and learning the entire process and the )(*#@$)(*#$ permits you have to wait for is going to be great.

I really think this year wasn’t so bad. 2018, Ugh. But 2020, Here’s Looking at you BABY! I can’t wait. A new year, a new chance to make my life everything I want it to be.

I love each one of my readers. You have hung in with me, oh my gosh, 7 years now! My podcast is banging hot and I’m getting a bunch of new people joining our book club. I really don’t know how much better things can get.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. You all deserve it. Thanks so much for keeping up with my life. It’s pretty great.

And Trump got impeached. I couldn’t have asked for more!

Looking back on 2019

I plan to write up a year in review later this month. It’s probably going to take me a full 3 weeks to get it done. I’ve had an incredible year and I love to look back to see how far I’ve come.

How is everyone doing? How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was pretty good. We had a few small issues but everything worked out well. We ALL ATE TOO MUCH! The food this year was mostly catered. I had a few homemade dishes that my family and friends demand we have each year. I did not invite my Aunt and Uncle but I did invite my cousins. I did not want them to toxic up the holiday with the annoying fighting nonstop. I didn’t want to spend the whole time referring them. Their separation/pending divorce is not very amicable. I loved my divorce. It was over waaayy faster than I expected and once I signed the final papers, I felt freed! It was a good life decision. I’m still friends (Sorta) with my ex-wife and I have now made a new life for myself. It’s going well.

I just uploaded a bunch of photos to our Family Facebook page for you guys. Go check it out!