Living A Digital Legacy "Ted Talk"

Uncategorized Oct 14, 2020

Do you remember the moment when you discovered just what it is that makes your heart sing?
I do.
It began at 2 am on a cold brisk November morning when I stood in the doorway of the emergency room, knowing my grandma was going to die.

"Hey grandma, how are you feeling?"
"I'm O.K. Mijo" that's a term of endearment she's called me since I was a baby. I loved that.
"Well then, since you're feeling O.K. I should tell you not to let grandpa see you this way."

She looked at me as if to ask, "why not?"

Well, after nine children, 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, he may not want to have any more babies with you if he sees you like this."

It may not have been my best joke, but it was a successful one because she smiled.

Then she said something I'll never forget, "Keven, Keven, Keven, you've always had a way of telling people how it is."

My response, of course, was:
"Hmmm, grandma, I wonder where I get that from?"

The exchanges my grandma and I shared that morning masked a...

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How to walk 60 miles in 1 week

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2020

Feel like you're running out of time to take care of yourself? Want to find some ways to stay healthy and do a little exercise while you work? I figured out how!

For some I am considered a life hacker.

I find ways to get things done that I don't want to do, but I know I should. Here are some quick tips for walking 60 miles in a week. This is not a joke. I have done it, and you can go as well. You have to get up off the couch, get out of your office chair, and start moving. Now get to it for the remainder of 2020.

First - Schedule yourself to work out. I research every morning on my iPad, and I used to lay in bed and research; now I bought a surf shelf
Laptop holder and research while taking steps on my treadmill at 2.2 miles an hour. Sometimes I go down to 1.8 miles an hour. That's a good pace.

Next - When I am on the phone, I use my cell and walk around while talking. "Yes, I do figure 8's in my living room, and I make sure to press mute when I am only listening." For meetings, I...

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How I Changed My Life Through Sleep

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2020

In 2015 my wife and I were staying in a hotel room. Yes, this is another story about my struggles, but this one has a near-death twist. I was feeling good when I went to sleep. I was about a six-pack of IPA's in and was having some unusual dreams. When I woke, my wife, Jenny, looked at me with this stare on her face that she meant business. 

Jenny: "You need to see a dr."
Me: "Why was my snoring bad again?"

 

Before I could finish my sentence, she looked at me and said: 

"Watch this."

 

On the screen, there a video of me sleeping. I was snoring up a storm. Sawing logs. There was this gasping sound I would make now and then trying to catch up for air. It was humorous, so I was cracking jokes, and then it wasn't. 

On the screen, I suddenly laid silent for a minute and twenty seconds. I stopped breathing for a minute and twenty seconds. I immediately put the phone down and said: "wow, I'll make an appointment." I had no clue. My whole life, I thought the...

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Never Give Up

Uncategorized Oct 07, 2020
In a conversation on a recent run my buddy whispered next to me, "You know Kev, we throw around 12 miles like it is no big deal."
I immediately responded with "Right? Like what happened that 12 miles is no longer a THING for us? One mile is a thing for most and we should respect that. Running a mile is a BIG deal."
 
The answer?
Training happened. We took action. We ventured into suffering. We accepted our insanity and God given gift. After pondering for a second, I told him this story of a friend that sent me this message the other day. It is a beautiful message of HOPE and LOVE. It's also a fighters message to NEVER GIVE UP! ❤️
 
The message:
Hey Keven,
How's it going? Hope the family is well. 😁 I was wondering how Malia's running story is going? Last I heard, she was struggling a bit and saying she doesn't think she was made for running, lol. You see, at the time you posted that, I was battling my own running demons and wondering if maybe she was right? Lol...Maybe...
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I MUST confess

fear growth mindset May 03, 2020

I MUST confess- I am no longer fearful of the virus. I am no longer fearful of what it can do, for I have seen what it has already done. Divided friends and family, taken the lives of many, devastated downtown's all across America, just to name a few.

I MUST confess- The fear that I had in the beginning is no longer there because now I have faith. I have faith in the plan. Do I have trust in our nation's leaders? Not really. While I'm being totally honest, I have more trust in our local leaders than I do the higher-ups. Why is that? I know their hearts.

I MUST confess- My belief is that there are many agendas at hand. That is why none of this really makes sense. From the beginning I was told it was going to be long term. "Think long-term HE said-" and so we did.

I MUST confess- It's time for us all to go back to work. We have done what we needed to do. Some of us took action really quickly for others it took a little more time, but seeing what I see today, it's time to get back to...

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I was a roofer

In 2001 I was an 19 year old kid. I was roofer. Not just any roofer. I was a roofer in New Hampshire. If you have never been to NH in the winter, it's cold. REALLY COLD. That means when it's cold and you're a roofer that works outside, you work outside in the cold. This was my mask I wore in the cold.

I can remember fingers freezing, back hurting, 40 ft up in the air walking across ice covered rooftops as the wind blew -15 degree winter wind down my back, nose running, knees chattering COLD. I worked for $15 an hr.
That was a good job.
Paid well.
Sacrificed alot for that dollar.
Being a roofer taught me a ton.
At one point I remember hanging down a roof at midnight with a rope tightened around my waist (so I didn't fall) in the middle of a snow storm breaking the ice in a gutter with a pick ax. I was paid $20 an hr for that adventure.

How times have changed. It taught me to work hard. Don't complain when the tough times come. They always come. It taught me to stay positive. It...

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My REVolution 2.0

family purpose sobriety Feb 28, 2020

The decision to change my life was quite easy. It made it even easier once I truly recognized the exact reason why choosing sobriety was the most important thing I could do with my life.

It was my wife and my two children.

Since 2004 it's always been about this. Sure I had struggles and challenges along the way. I ended up in therapy for about a half a year. Doctor's appointment after doctor's appointment they told me if I continued on this road it would surely mean a young death. Now I'm not much of a gambler at least the vegas-type but I am a risk-taker.

Little did I know choosing sobriety and running down this path that I am currently on was going to be the biggest risk I had ever taken in my life. Now that I'm miles down this journey I can say without a doubt it was the best decision I have made in my whole life. Now there were some other decisions that surely held a candle to this one but sobriety? That choice took me to a whole new level.

I do not dare say that sobriety and...

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How to go deeper with conversations

 

Yesterday I went to a friends house and we devised a quick plan to go for a run. I have to use the f-word very sparingly here because for some weird reason he doesn't like to call us friends. So maybe I'll just say my buddies house. Anyway, like I said we devised the plan to go for a quick run.

On this run he said the words "to be honest" after that he started to talk to me about a conversation. When he was done talking I said "why do you say to be honest?" His answer back was short but mainly it was to protect the brutal honesty that he has possession of during conversations. As we continued to run and chat about this discussion he said out loud "it's pretty amazing how you get the things out of me that you do. You allow me to drop the wall that I normally have and say things that I don't normally say or do."

I asked "why is that?" He replied back "well I think I just feel kind of safe, like the way that you question is not with any alternative motive but curiosity."

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The Spirit of Generosity

 

"Mommy, daddy, I don't deserve this, can I give it to the little girl?" 

In a moment of pure empathy and generosity with a simple good deed from our daughter Lanie, our lives changed forever. Less than a week before we left the U.S. for a trip to Thailand our daughter Lanie purchased her alpaca Gerald from a store downtown called Therapy

She loved it because it was soft. She carried it with her on the plane, to restaurants, practically every place we went, and she even slept with it! She had plans to write a story that was appropriately titled "The adventures of Gerald and Cheetah." (Cheetah is Malia's stuffed animal to be shared later.)

Her storyline was about these two pets who were going to go on all these adventures while in Thailand and then she could print a book on Amazon, but the feelings that overcame her was about to put a halt on that plan! 

After spending time at the elephant sanctuary the daughter of the caretakers had grown a liking to Gerald as...

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Hiking The Foothills of the Himalayas

 

Doi Inthanon in Thailand is the highest point in the country. We were able to reach the top which is 8,415 feet above sea level by foot. 

Most of which was a fairly long intricate drive to the point in the Thai Highlands. It is a mountainous natural region in northern Thailand and is an extension of the mountain ranges that connect Laos, Burma and China, ultimately linking them all to the Himalayan mountains.

The elevation at this point left us with a little shortness of breath but it wasn't too difficult. After a quick hike around the highest point we found ourselves on our first adventure experiencing the high jungles of the mountain range. 

Immediately we were surrounded by plant life like we had never seen before and definitely animals that went unseen and unheard from as well. This was our first adventure into our Thailand experience and it was one with breathtaking views which also included a walk around the king and queens private temples.

It was the first time...

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