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“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” C.S. Lewis

If I have learned anything in the last 2 months, it would be that life is rough. I have never had this much trouble. It is just a rough time for Ariel and me. We are struggling, but we know that this won’t last forever. It never does! But even though I know this, I can’t let it get me down, because I know there is a purpose for our trials. I know that something will come out of this and we will look back and smile. We know that we aren’t being buried but we are being planted.

Trials don’t happen in your life without something coming from it. You might think that I am crazy, saying that I don’t know what you are going through, or that not everything has positive things come from it. This is where I have to disagree.  I feel that anytime you go through a rough time, you can take lessons from that time and go on to help other people. It sucks that we have to go through rough times, but we know  that rough times come and go, and we know that we will survive in the end, we just have to hold on to the hand that is reached out to us.

C.S. Lewis said this “Hardships often Prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” We are giving hardships to prepare us for a journey. We need to go through the roughest times to appreciate the good times, even more. What if life was always great? You would find that you appreciate it less than when you have good times after bad times. If you always have good times, then why would you be happy to have more good times? It is the rough times that help build us into the people that we need to be. The best example is working out. When you work out, you slightly tear the muscles. The muscles will then take all the nutrition that it needs and it begins to repair the slight tears in its tissue. After it repairs, the muscle is slightly bigger and stronger. That is what life is, you go through rough times to slightly tear your muscles so you can become stronger.

Life is rough! Life is like a wave that is looking to kill anyone. I have never been more on the edge than I am now, but I know there is something behind how I feel. God is getting me ready for something great, so he is helping me train, as I get stronger in trusting him. I don’t expect it to be easy, but I know that I am not alone. I have family, friends, and Christ. Those three people will never let me fail. I know there is a plan after my trial, and that is what keeps my eyes on God. Don’t give up because you are going through a valley, because soon you will be back up on that mountain. I know I am making my way up that mountain now. Thank you!

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I wrote this letter when Ariel and I were first dating. We just got our own apartment together and were going through something, so I wrote this to her. I might not be the best person, but I know where my heart resides.

When you look into the mirror at times I don’t believe you see what I see.

When I look at your face I see true beauty! I also see the pain of a childhood that I wish I could take away but I can’t. If I could I would in a second, because you deserved so much better than what you got. I promise to always help you through the days that you feel the ugliest, because when you ask me what I think about you. My answer never changes. I think and know that you are the prettiest girl in this world. I wish one day you can look in the mirror and see what I have seen for the last 11 months!!!!

I walk up these stairs every day, yet I don’t see the just as a few pieces of wood. No I think of all the times we walk the same stairs to get to our cozy little room that we can officially call our own.

It makes me remember the day we came to this place to sign papers, knowing that it was official that we were living together. A lot has been said since then, but every night we go up these stairs, even if we are frustrated at each other, to fall asleep in each other’s arms. I treasure the chance to do this, especially with a princess like you babe!

One can say that love fades, but I find that to be a lie. We have been through a lot, more than most couples go through all their relationship. They would crumble under the weight of all the drama, hurt, past regrets, parental disagreements, threats, tears, and occasionally getting kicked out of your own house. But we lasted through the shit to see ourselves planning the most beautiful wedding in the history of marriage. I can’t wait for the day we can finally seal the deal and make our lives come fully together. To add another crazy ass to a family that’s crazy enough. It’s my pleasure to change your name. So when people say that love fades that’s just because they based their relationship on things that fade, but we based ours on things knowing that they would change and knowing we would have to adjust!!!

Today will be a pretty simple post.canned

Today will be a quick (well not really) recap on one of my favorite nights, in a while. I want to tell you guys about my night, last night, and share with you why I think God is great and what to expect from me in the next few months, regarding content. It isn’t that my content will be changing, but with the connections that I was able to snag last night, I think we will be adding a few huge! Post to the mix up. Let’s get to the explosion!

I was stupid! That is easy to say if you know what I did two months ago. I was stupid then but I think I know better now. But the choices that you make in life have to be paid for. For my payment, I was set to pay 10 hours to the community, set by the nice judging himself. I was going to use those hours at Goodwill and just get it over quick. Something happened to where Goodwill flaked out, so I was left without a place to work. This is when my wonderful sister-in-law told me to contact her church, which is where I have been attending, well if you call 1 Wednesday, every other month, attending, then yeah its where I have been attending. I gave her mom a call and I got set up with the required 10 hours, which was going to be spent setting up for a concert/canned food drive. This concert was called “The Explosion,” and let me tell you, it was exactly what they said it was; an explosion!

I got to the church (King of Kings Christian Assembly: 520 S. Livingston St. Springfield, Illinois.) at 1:30 and was met by one of the nicest guys I have ever met. His name is Roddrick Lemar. He is a local artist that has so much talent. I fan girled, let me be freaking serious, when he started to play the piano, or was it an organ? Ah, whatever. It was so smooth, almost like when my grandma use to play her piano. It was so soothing. What made it better was that he was just as nice. He was headlining the show, yet he was there cleaning with me? That is a humble servant if you ask me. During the time of us cleaning, he was calling all his buddies, ensuring that they were going to come and get some of the radiation of the blast. I know he was playing that night, but I think his heart was more pulling towards helping the hungry. See, what was awesome about this event was that the admission was just 5 simple cans of canned goods. I feel like anyone in the world can find 5 cans of canned goods, which makes it a cake walk to come to this event. Also, all canned goods get donated to the local breadline, a service that feeds family’s that can’t afford to buy food, that’s awesome!!!

After cleaning, we began to talk about Roddrick’s future projects. I won’t spam in this post because omg we are already at 500 words, but I will let you know that we have some great stuff coming to you! We both are excited to work together and can’t wait to see what God does. Stay tuned my little Randoms! Oh! By the way, you guys have a new nickname; you are now my little Randoms. Love it? Ah, who cares; you will grow to love it.

Fast forward to 7P.M.; it’s the start of the show. I have spent the day meeting new people, enjoying the fellowship and drinking Starbucks. It was time for the freaking show, the encore, THE EXPLOSION. This concert had local and not so local talents. One guy came from Ohio, other came from ST. Loius. Long story short, these artists drove just to play at this certain show, but were they good? Let’s get to the numbers and check it out. I laugh at the fact that you guys thought there were numbers..Geez X3

There were a total of 5 listed artists on the poster, but then an added two once the show started, with the run total being 3 hours; that is a set list time of 25 minutes per artist.

The first artist was Melvin Campbell, which I had little to no time to watch, since I was still collecting the cans! But from what I heard, the guy had a great voice. I went to find him after the show to talk, but I couldn’t find him anywhere, which really sucks. Either way, BOOM LINK to his social media.

Artist dose! This was an in-house (added) musician, I think his name was Ryan, which was also during the time of collecting cans, so I am sorry if you are reading this Ryan (?) but know I was there in spirit. He was more of a gospel singer and man did he get the house to erupt. Everyone was dancing, shouting and just having a good time.

The third artist, PJae was the first artist, which I actually got to watch. He is local, I believe, and man does he have a voice. He only did 2 songs, but between those two songs, he was able to impress me. So much that I got his contact info, after the show, and I’ll be promoting him in the near future.

So the show was already halfway over, I believe it was already 8:30 p.m. and we still had 2 artist to go. Ntegrity was next (name is spelt that way, because he wants to leave himself out.) He is the one that traveled from St. Louis to play at this show. He was great, also funny. There was time to stall (tech issues), so he told 2 very corny jokes that made the house explode (see what I did there?) in laughter. He was smooth in his rap delivery and you could tell that he had God’s gift to do this. I loved his song “Precious,” which I tagged to his Spotify, check it out!

The final act was none other than Roddrick’s band, B.O.C. When I was talking to Roddrick, I thought he was a straight rapper, meaning he only rapped. This was not the case, tonight. His performance was something special. When I was in college, I got the chance to watch Chicago Mass Choir in person. It was such a blessing, because they were so talented, and really made gospel music fun. WELLLLLLLLL B.O.C was nothing short from that experience. If I could describe this band, I would say it was a blended delight of KB (rapper) and the Chicago Mass Choir. He takes the upbeat parts of gospel, and blends it together with rap, leaving us with the tastiest smoothie you could ever have. I saw more people dancing, during his set, than I did at my own high school prom. Also more sweat than a sauna, but who cares. Laugh, guys, laugh!

So all these artist, plus one lively Mc, which was a comedian that goes by the name of Justus Blessed (link to a live comedy sketch) helped to make this night a success. I counted like 74 people, I believe. Which was a great outcome since everyone brought more than 5 canned goods. I think I saw a guy bring in 48 cans of beans, by himself. But even at 5 cans per head, we are looking at 420 cans of food that will be donated on Monday! The breadline is going to be so happy, and think! We were able to feed hungry people in the area.

I am so happy that Goodwill fell through, because I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this night. There was so much talent in the room that even Kevin Durant wanted to join. We, of course, told him to go back to Golden State and make up to Green. With all joking aside, I wanted to thank everyone that helped by donating. I can’t wait to see the managers face on Monday when we drop these canned goods off. It’s going to be so heartwarming.

I wanted to end this by saying; I also got prayer, tonight. It was like the night that I got saved. I could feel God all around me. It was just the refreshment that I needed. I am starting to believe that I made that one wrong decision for a reason. I think I needed the wakeup call, so that God could use me in many ways. WE don’t have any more time to talk about it (as my editor is going to be mad at me for having this post as long as it is, but boom! Link to his page) but I will have a blog talking about that in the near future. Anyway, I love my little Randoms, and have a peachy night!

If you want to donate to the breadline, $20 dollars can feed 10 people! Boom! Link!

The Bears/
The Bears cut their 11-year veteran kicker, Robbie Gould today. He held the records for points, field goals made and field goal percentage, for the franchise. Due to the last years bombshell, where he cost them a few games, he was gave the boot today. This opens up a kicking spot for some promising kicker, in the league. I wouldn’t know who could cover such a big star, well besides myself.
I just got back from a workout when I found out the news. I am shocked about the news, but at the same time, I am excited. I have been waiting for such a long time, and now I can play for my Favorite team! In high school, I wanted to be a kicker (or at least punter) but was never giving the opportunity to go far. I could have been great, I could have been the best, but I only played one year.
I wanted to play more, but I hurt my foot then I fractured my wrist. These injuries (plus my suckiness) kept me out of the game, for the remaining years of High School. This hasn’t stopped me though, I have been working harder and harder. I have seen much improvement in my kicking game, and I think I am ready to take on the majors. I don’t need college, I don’t even need training camp. It is time to demolish the Green Bay Peckers, those trailer trash rejects! I will bring the NFC North home, for you guys, the real fans!
Wait,…….WTF! The Chicago choke signed another kicker? Connor Barth?!? The loser from Tampa Bay? He missed 5 field goals last year, probably <20 yarders, yet they signed him? He couldn’t even stay on the horrendous Saints, yet you think he can help this team? Also, you said he’s better than the 11-year veteran, Robbie Gould….Again…WTF? You could have had me, but its your loss. I will go back to my regular schedule.
I will find a football team, one that will love me more than Chicago. Maybe I can go to The Vikings, its not like their kicker can make anything. Good job, Walsh, you really hit that one. I would be careful on what I say, but we know he can’t hit his target. I feel sorry for his wife, since she will be mopping up after each bathroom break. I think I will try to go to Minnesota, that way, I can beat the Bears with that LOSING KICKER. They should have kept Gould.
Since, I have a few years to practice, I will leave my highlights below. The video is very small, for some reason, so please zoom in to see it. The video will start automatically and wont take long to finish. My highlights are the future of this season, for the Bears, Enjoy….

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    There are clearly days that I don’t want to write. On those days, I tend to get a lot of other things done, but none of that is writing. I avoid it, I know it’s wrong but during these times atleast other things are being done. But what are those things? What can consume enough time, in order for me to avoid sitting at my desk and writing a thirty minute post? Let’s find out.
    1. Video games- I have completed many seasons in football, baseball, soccer, golf, and basketball. During the writers block moments, I tend to find cool ideas of challenges or players that need to be created.
     2. I will read – yeah! In order to get away from writing, I will sit down with a great book and read. It convinces me that what I’m doing is okay, and that it was for the best, because Stephen King says “To be a great writer, you must read great writing.”
     3. Pick up new hobbies- This can range from a new sport, a new “challenge”, or anything else. Recently, I went through a drought and found myself learning to pick locks. I have taught myself a lot of cool things, yet once I got back to writing, I forgot all about those hobbies, well until I hit the drought again.
    4. Sleep- I love to sleep! There is nothing like going to sleep early, but sadly that has become the problem. Now, instead of writing, I find that I go to sleep early to avoid writing. It isn’t that serious, I eventually write, but I do sleep in order to avoid writing.
     5. Cleaning- I never clean, unless I’m avoiding the tablet. The house could be a mess for a week, yet when I want to leave writing, that is where I go. I will clean the house from top to bottom. It is funny yet sad that I do this. I love having a clean house, but I sometimes don’t want to clean it. I am kind of glad that I get the passion to clean, atleast the house is getting clean, while I should be writing!

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     This is only scratching the surface of how bad I can be, but now I want to hear from you. I want to hear from you. I  want to know what you do to procrastinate. Please leave a comment below, show the world who you are. I am waiting!!!
    

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                                                                                         If it is my mess, don’t clean it up!
         I come home from a long day at work. I want to spend a few hours writing. This is my routine, my routine never changes. But the moment I walked through the door I felt something wasn’t right. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I knew something was out of place. My wife was sitting on the couch. My mother-in-law watching a video on her phone. I figured that I was freaking for no reason. I walked into the kitchen to get some brain food. After grabbing a snack from the shelf I came into the living room. I looked at my desk (in the corner) to see that someone put all the bills and newspapers coupons on top of my business space. I grabbed my chest, but luckily I got a grasp on myself. I almost cussed, this is how mad I was!
         I am one of those special beings that can leave a place a mess, but still know where everything is, but when someone else make the mess, that is when I get confused. I don’t know where they put my stuff. Not only do I lose where all of my stuff is, but I feel like my privacy is being invaded. I have personal notes on my desk. I also hold all of my secret blog ideas within the walls of my desk. These blog ideas are meant to be fully confidential until posted. Most of the time I won’t tell my wife what I am working on. I want all of my future post to be a surprise. There is nothing more annoying than someone ripping through my secrets, spoiling my surprises.
        I have been organizing my desk more frequently, in order to keep all of my secrets uncovered. This is to disable people from thinking they need to clean my stuff for me, or to think they can throw things on my desk. I want to be able to leave a lot of papers on my desk that have all my ideas on them, but as said before, I can’t put that much faith in this world to not steal my ideas. So I have been working on a new organization plan.
        I have a nine-shelve desk that I can use to store all my papers and tablet. But most of my space is taking up by a few needed things; My protein shakes, two Xboxes, laptop, tablet, gaming monitor, and games. But that still leaves five shelves that can be disposed of.
        Luckily I have three small shelves that I can use to place projects in. The first shelf is for project Ideas, or projects that were just thoughts that I never pursued, but still wanted to keep for a future day. The second shelf is for projects that I am in the middle of. With multiple projects going on at once it can become tough to keep it all together, yet it gets easier when you put all of the projects in their own protected sleeves!
         Then the final shelf is for the projects that I have completed. I classify anything that has been posted “Finished.” I don’t care if that son-of-a-gun is a part of a series it is finished. The rest of the series will be placed together when finished. No post will be removed from the finished pile, until I do my “Closing Post,” this is where I take a bit out of each post (from the whole year) and write a brand new post. I call it the “Blogs of the year.”

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Today I was going to post the usual flashback post, that airs every Sunday, and takes you back in time to see who I use to be, and see how much I have changed. But as I was scrolling through my Talklife (application for depressed people) news feed, I thought about a few things. This started the carnival wheels in my head, causing me to think deeply about a few things, leading me to this post. I thought about a few items that I touch everyday and replaced them with these three things: Future, Life, and Happiness. The reason I chose these three things, is because they are the items that most choose to throw away the most. Which I used Honey packets, ketchup packets, and a half full monster can.
The future item was the half full monster can, because most people that I talk to treat their life like a half empty can. It wasn’t as good as the beginning, they are tired of the taste, but will still continue to drink away because they don’t have anything else to drink. But when something happens, such as the can gets hot, or their future looks hard to achieve, they will throw it away without a second thought. Then they will pick up something easier, such as  working for $8.25/hour, and travel down the road, going through the same routine, just with nastier taste as before, they will trade their expensive drink, for a dollar generic drink (dream). This will take away from their life, and they won’t be able to enjoy their life to the full extent. 
I close my eyes and force myself to think about the word life. I picture a sweet picture, but as I look deeper into the textures that artist made, there is something missing, in every picture, there is something missing. There is something that holds us down and doesn’t let us get to the point that we want to be at. This could be caused by the choices that you have made, maybe a bad break-up that you tied yourself to it when you should have let it go, or the fact that your life has been rough since your parents divorced. Anything can cause your life to feel horrible and not worth living, honestly this is why I chose the honey packet. Because the inside is most certainly sweet, but as you get the taste of the amazing events that happen, the sweetness stops, but even when the inside is gone, the outside still looks the same. The persons happiness can be fully gone and they could feel empty, but we will never be able to tell, because they have sealed their contents up and won’t let us see. 
The last one is the most important but also the one that we take advantage of the most, wasting it the most. This is the happiness in your life. Happiness is the most important thing in our lives, but yet like ketchup, we throw most of it away. Mostly because we see that we have a little more next to it, and we think that we won’t need it.  We decide that we have to much happiness, but then when life gets salty such as those fries, we will wish for that happiness or ketchup back, but we can’t because it has been corrupted by the negative people or habits, we brought into our lives, or the trash we filled ourselves with that has contaminated it, causing it to be unable to be used or felt. So we will try to find more, but by the time we do, the fries are cold or you have already become depressed to the point you give up on being happy, or trying to eat those salty and soggy fries. 
This is important to think of as you begin to change for the better, don’t take the little things for granted. Instead take all that you can, and enjoy the little things in life. Don’t let the salty people that make you hurt, run your life, instead make sure that you cover your whole life with the happiness, as you cover all the fries with ketchup. And for your future, never worry about what the future looks like, instead enjoy every sip that you take on your way to the end. Sometimes you won’t like the taste, but at the end, remember that you need whats in the can to survive. You might feel empty, but never believe that you are alone. There is a whole world trying to survive and find their way, and they are here for you. Don’t throw away your future because of something that can be cured by a little bit of comfort. It is worth taking a few bad sips if it means your future will be amazing. Right? Don’t give up!

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