Circa 2013: My FIRST 1/2 Marathon Race Medal from the DRC Half (Nov 2013). This medal was 13 HALF marathons and one FULL marathon ago. It all ended in May 2015 after a visit from a sports doctor revealed I had CMP (Chondromalacia Patella) which simply means over my 20+ years of constant exercise and 18months of marathon running, I managed to wear down the cartilage in both knees (mostly my right knee) causing excruciating pain if overused. Anti-inflammatory medication is necessary and can takes weeks to heal. I retired my running shoes three days before my 44th birthday.
I was depressed for a couple of months knowing that which I had grown to love, I could no longer do. The air in my lungs on those cold morning runs alone. My thoughts free floating and as light as my stride. Yep. Those days are gone, but the memories remain. I accomplished some tremendous goals while running although I didn’t accomplish them all. One goal I set was to run a half marathon in all 50 states. At the time of my retirement, I had only run in three (TX, OK, IL) however all three were in an 18 month period. Wow. I accumulated all those medals in a year and a half! One of my BIGGEST accomplishments as a runner was running a full marathon (26.2mi) within 6mos of beginning my running career. That was a goal I set for myself. I ran two 5K races four half marathon races and went straight for a full marathon. Some asked me how did I do it when some people train for months at a time. I just knew I could do it. The race itself took me 5 hours to complete, but making good time was not my goal. FINISHING was. Running pushed me to set and achieve goals I never thought I would or could do. This spoke volumes in my life then and now. I can do what I set my mind to… AND YOU CAN TOO! I may not be an active runner anymore, but running will always be in me and a part of me.
~The Financial Hack ©2015
If you are a House of Cards fan, you know these were words uttered by VP Frank Underwood advising Secretary of State Kathy Durant regarding diplomatic relations with China. Although House of Cards is a fictitious show, his statement rings true and can be applied to any area in our lives, relationships or situations in which we are not satisfied . IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE WAY THE TABLE IS SET:
1. If you’re TIRED of being broke.
2. If you’re TIRED of mismanaging your finances.
3. If you’re TIRED of not being able to get ahead.
4. If you’re TIRED of worrying about how to make ends meet.
5. If you’re TIRED of arguing with your spouse about money.
6. If you’re sick and TIRED of being SICK AND TIRED, do something about it….
TURN OVER THE TABLE!!!
Take back your finances, take back your family, your marriage, your life and your peace of mind. Once you’ve turned over the table, RE-ARRANGE it in such a way that is advantageous and acceptable to you.
~The Financial Hack ©2015
I’ll rather drive this paid off ’08 Honda Coupe and ’03 Yukon Denali than pay a car note on that C-Class Mercedes I used to drive back in ’04 where I could barely keep up with the scheduled maintenance let alone how I would pay for major repairs not included in the extended warranty. Catch me in 15 years when my mortgages are paid off… I’d rather impress you by mentioning I just made the LAST mortgage payments than check out my new car!!! Don’t be mad y’all… The truth hurts. It’s HURTFUL, but NECESSARY! #IAmCoachAC #ImHereToHelp
If your money is already spent BEFORE you get paid, you just may be living above your means. Take some time to re-evaluate your spending habits.
We’ve all blown our monthly budgets. When you fall out of your saddle, dust yourself off, get back on your horse and keep riding.
Your ATTITUDE affects your ABILITY to MOTIVATE yourself.
Managing time and managing money go hand in hand. If you’ll waste your time and the time of others, you’re prone to wasting your money and that of others. The key is finding a good balance between the two. Master both and watch your life IMPROVE.
Time is money…..
If you haven’t read Paulo Coelho’s The Achemist, you’re missing out on a great read.
Never compromise your integrity. EVER.
Just a little Tuesday humor. 😁