This is a very tough time of the year for me.  So much has happened this year.  So much more is gonna happen.  Where do I begin?

On January 16th, I began my trek to losing the crazy amount of weight I put on.  I’m 42 years young, but it’s not a great age to be overweight.  Not that there is a great age to be overweight, but it is much tougher to deal with when you get older because your metabolism begins to slow down.  I was at 251 lbs. on January 16th.  It is now May 22nd and I’m down to 224.  That’s 26 lbs. in just four months.  Awesome, really.  I went from a size 38/40 to a 36 waist.  I actually had to buy new shorts and pants because mine were too big and falling off.  Great feeling.  I have another 20+ to go.  It was all diet.  I changed my diet, cutting out carbs, only receiving them from vegetables.  I’ll let you know how it goes during the next 3 months.

I finished and self-published my third inspirational book, Igniting Your Pilot Light available now for $2.99 on Amazon Kindle.

Yesterday was my daughter’s last day of school as a high school student.  She weathered some major storms this year, most notably the MSD tragedy.  But she is still moving past it and is now ready to graduate.  She had an amazing prom and looked amazing in every way, finished her final exam yesterday, and is on her way to receiving her diploma on June 3rd.  I’m very proud of her and her efforts.

There are many new and wonderful things coming soon, I will divulge them later on.  But for now, here’s where I’m at – my emotions are at an all time high, realizing my little girl is grown up and in a few short months, she’ll be off to college.

I think the hardest part is the reflection of it.  When I look back, it almost seems like it was the blink of an eye that she was suddenly whisked into an (almost) adult woman from the tiny little infant I once held in my arms.  I smile at her accomplishments, achievements and successes…proud does not describe my feelings because they reach much higher.  But I get teary-eyed and emotional thinking how quickly the time has gone.

(The waterworks are in full effect as I write this)

I know there will be plenty more times like this, including the day we finally take her to school and drop her off.  But we still have graduation, the orientation, the graduation party, and then…off to college!  We can only hope she takes all that we have taught her, all that she has learned, and apply it while she is away at school.

(I’m planning on buying stock in Kleenex…you should consider it, too, as share prices will increase exponentially in the next three months!)

I find myself reflecting more frequently than ever at this stage in my life.  I tell people all the time that I’m at a great point in my life.  A really great point.  And I am.  This is a great point for her in her life, too.  What’s most ironic is that I had a GREAT high school experience.  My daughter’s was so-so.  My college experience was disastrous.  So I’m hoping her college experience is opposite my own.

(I’m guessing at some point I’ll have to take off the GPS tracker from her…it’s still up for discussion)

So what is a single dad to do at this point?  I have a bunch of great things planned.  I’ve been thinking about it for quite some time as I’ll have more time to spend and will need to re-focus my energy and strategy.  I’m guessing that’s what you are supposed to do when the brood leaves the nest.

For one, I seriously have to start dating again.  I’ve spent the last three years (well, three years in August) being a recluse.  Not because I wanted to be, but because I had so many bad dating stories that I just lost interest.  That has to change.  My plan has always been to start up again at the end of the summer.

I’m changing careers.  I haven’t told many people about it, other than those few close to me.  At the recommendation of my best bud, I’ve decided to take his advice and I’m going to do it.  More to come on that.

That’s it for now.  I have more to share and will share in the coming weeks.  But while sharing, I’ll continue to reflect on raising my daughter, how amazing she is, how much I love her, our talks together, the awesome memories I have of being her daddy, and the many new and wonderful memories she’ll be creating for herself.



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