Being Thankful


I am sitting here at Kure Beach, NC with my amazing wife and daughter. I am staring out over the Atlantic, and I am reminded just how blessed that I am. Right now I have the freedom to take a vacation, sit on the front porch, and to let my imagination run wild as I glare out over the ocean. I have a wife that amazes me daily. I have a daughter that will still give me kissed on the cheek and hold my hand. I have a job that allows me to help people reach their fitness and athletic goals. I am a part of a podcast (Weightlifting Talk on that is changing lives. I get to work with the absolute best in my industry: Chad Wesley Smith from Juggernaut Strength, Greg Everett from Catalyst Athletics, Jon North from The Attitude Nation, Donnie Shankle, Zach Even-Esh, and the list goes on and on. I have a mother and in-laws that love Drew and me to the end. I have the best church, and a savior that died for me. I say all of this to make a point.

I am constantly telling people to set goals, commit, and to forge ahead in the process of reaching the goals, but there is more to the equation. Don’t forget to be thankful and content with what God has already given you. Wise people will tell you that it is the journey and not the end that is awesome. These people are so right! Jon talks about the time when him and Jess lived in their Dodge Neon, so that they could train full-time. I remember being almost homeless, but these times in my life seem to be wrapped with happiness. Possibilities seem endless! The small things in life then appear wonderful like a DVD and Pizza on a Saturday night.

Having big goals is a great thing, but remember to find happiness along the journey. Results are ultimately left up to God, so work hard, be smart, be committed, and enjoy what God has already given you. Right now I am so thankful to be at the ocean with my daughter and wife. I am also thankful for some time to read, to dream, and to make plans to bring even more to my MashElite Family. I know that they all dread when I have too much time to read and think because that normally means new workouts and exercises. This time they are probably right!

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