New Achievement and Update!

The Struggle

The Struggle has reached over 500 subscribers on youtube. That’s not including all you wonderful supporters on wordpress. It’s been a hot and long summer and recently I’ve been working on upgrading my main site subjectsmatter.

Meaning, there has been little time for recording. But that’s not saying that there isn’t more footage waiting in the cut. So expect more content soon with more stabilized shooting this time around and a new channel to be added to this feed called griddlockedtv.

Love you guys and hope your summer has been awesome so far!

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“Are your dreams CRAZY enough?”



I remember as a 7th grade girl I went to my dad and told him I was going to run for the class officer secretary position. I was so elated and nervous to step out in faith for this class position that I could not wait to tell this dream to my dad. As I was explaining with excitement and energy about this role that I wanted to take on, I noticed his demeanor was not moved by my 7th grade buzz. So to pull a response out of him, I asked my dad what he thought about this next endeavor I wanted to pursue. With love in his voice and a warm embrace around my waist, I will never forget the words that came out of his mouth next. He said, “If you’re going to run for an office, why not run for president?” Stunned, I looked at him…

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It’s that time of year once again …

Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall

When American college football begins once again.  With cheering fans …


And handsome guys in the stands …


And some guys like me …

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And guys that only a Momma could love …

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And lotsa other cheering peoples in the stands …


And some student traditions …

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And over-paid coaches setting wonderful examples …


And some we’re not really sure what they’re trying to do …


And exciting plays on the field …


And players celebrating …


And some dancing …


And let’s not forget the perty girls …


But in the end, someone is gonna lose ..


And Alabama will more than likely win yet another National Championship whether we like it or not.



Oh well …

“Go Hawks!”

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If Interested…A Quick Healthy Living Update-8/28/18


If Interested, A Quick Healthy Living Update…

Two weeks ago I just went ahead and made the leap to stop eating animal protein.  I didn’t have a plan I stopped cold turkey (pun intended) and went with “jump on cliff, build wings on the way down” approach.  And so far I am better off for having done so.

Here are a few observations thus far…very few restaurants serve vegetables.  I had paid much attention to this phenomenon, but it is a fact that less than 5% of restaurants I’ve encountered serve more than 1 green veggie.  No wonder Americans only eat 2 servings per week.  Most serve 3 variations of potato and for those who were not aware, a potato is not a vegetable.

Observation 2…I feel better and have lost a few pounds.  My body feels better and I seem to be less tired at the end of the day.  Plus I am down to 181 pounds.  My weight goal is 170 by October 31st.

Observation 3…eating only veggies I do not experience the feeling of being bloated after I eat.  I never really feel “too full” as I have felt in the past.  Plus I can eat 3-4 massive servings of veggies for lunch and it might total 400 calories.  I know I am doing my body justice by eliminating the meat.

Observation 4…on the road I visit Golden Corral often which is a buffet restaurant I wouldn’t have ever visited prior.  The nice thing about GC is I can get lima, green beans, spinach, collared greens, okra and a small side salad.  Now that’s a lot of green vegetables!

All-in-all I feel a lot better after 2 weeks of veggies only and the transition has not be hard or difficult.  One advantage of my OCPD is when I make up my mind and change my rules, I can stick to something immediately and change my habits with zero struggle and zero fails.  Sometimes there are advantages to having a compulsive personality issue!

That’s it for today.  Hope you have an inspiring Tuesday!!


The Hidden Pain of One Man’s Talent


The Hidden Pain of One Man’s Talent

Many years ago I knew a man who had an incredible talent.  He knew the words to almost every song that ever came on the radio, especially 80’s music.  And it didn’t matter the genre!  Rap, pop, country, rock.  He could sing the words as if he wrote the songs.

One day we were having lunch and I was explaining to him how I admired his talent for remembering so many lyrics to so many songs.  When I asked him how he knew so many he began to talk to me about his childhood and I quickly realized there was a lot of pain behind his talent.

Come to find out the reason he knew so many songs was because the radio was his only friend growing up.  When other kids were outside playing he wasn’t, he was listening to the radio.  He didn’t have friends and got picked on a lot so he learned to avoid people and listen to songs.  I guess in a way music became his escape.

I had forgotten about this guy until this past week when for some reason his story popped in my mind.

There are times when we look at someone and we envy some aspect of their life.  We admire talents from the outside, but we often forget about the sacrifice behind the talent.  Sometimes talents are the facade covering up pain.  And it isn’t until we have a deeper look that we realize we should be slow to envy.

I have had coworkers say they wished they were as organized as I am, but I wouldn’t wish my curse on anyone.  My obsessive compulsion creates more stress inside my body than I would wish on my enemy.

I think the best practice is to be the best version of ourselves that we can be and keep our envy at a minimum.

Just a quick thought for a Monday.


There’s Way Too Much Average in the World


There’s Way Too Much Average In the World…

I see it every day.  People going about their business, waking up, making the donuts, going home and doing it all over again the next morning.  Many people move through life like a zombie not expecting much more of themselves than doing what is required to make it through each day.  I don’t think like that.  I don’t allow myself to accept the status quo and I challenge you to think the same.

Life wants to beat you into submission and most often it occurs through the words of others.  People will try to convince you that your goals are not “realistic” or “practical”.  When kids are young they say they want to be an astronaut or President and most people will tell them, parents included, that they should aim a little lower because there aren’t a lot of astronauts or only one person can be President.  Kids then grow up seeing other people working normal jobs and they decide they will become an accountant instead of an astronaut.

We learn so much by watching the world around us and sometimes this is a bad thing.  We learn to take the safe route.  We learn that dream living is only for kids, not for adults.  Banking is realistic.  Accounting is realistic.  Mid-level management is realistic.  Being an astronaut, not so much.   Being the CEO of the bank is not realistic.  Becoming the President of the United States is not realistic.

We learn to think average and to expect average.  But what if we changed the way we think and changed what it is that we expect from life?

Last night I voiced a new dream I have with Evelina and we agreed that we wanted it.  So now we (I) are revolutionizing our thinking and our mental preparation to achieve our new lofty financial goals so that this new dream comes true.  If I told most people what this dream is they would poo poo it so I am not telling anyone except my wife and it will stay that way.

Don’t let other people put their limitations on you.  Don’t accept limits.  Don’t accept average thinking.  Dream big.  Plan big.  Prepare big.  And be ready to work hard to make your dreams come true.  When someone tells you it cannot be done, then dig in even harder.

Hope you have a great Wednesday friends.


Triumph Results From A Lot of Lackluster Decisions


Triumph Results From A Lot of Lackluster Decisions…

I work with sales reps every day.  My job is to help them get better at what they do so they can make more money while generating more revenue for their property.  A common misconception on their part is that I’m going to arrive in town with a bag full of magic tricks and those tricks are going to instantly transform them and their numbers.  The truth is quite the opposite.

My solution for them centers around the idea of making a lot of normal, boring decisions to be better.  Typically they need to practice better organizational skills.  Typically they need to restructure their thought processes.  And most need to practice their skill set to get better.

I liken the improvement process to that of someone who decides to lose weight.  From the first day, the weight loss candidate is faced with a series of small, daily decisions.  Google calls these moments ‘micro moments’ and they are defined as crucial points in a customers journey to finding the right business to meet their needs.  As it relates to weight loss, these micro moments occur every time someone has a food decision.  Each time someone makes a better food choice they win and move closer to their goal by losing a couple of pounds.  Over time these small weight loss amounts add up to a greater total and before they realize they have lost a lot of weight.

Being triumphant happens exactly like weight loss.  Each day you make decisions to be a little better and these small daily decisions add up over a long period of time to equate to getting better.  The longer you make better decisions the better you will be.

This is why I admire people who are exceptional at something because I can appreciate the dedication it takes over a long period of time to be good at anything.

So the next time you make the decision to eat vegetables instead of fast food, you win.  When you decide to be a little more organized, you win.  Each time you work a little harder, you win.  Let these small decisions add up to something positive.

Hope you have a great Tuesday!


**The opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone and do not represent the opinions of my employer or its subsidiaries.

Strength Through Struggle: Learning To Thrive In “Rocky Soil”

Reclaiming HOPE

grapes on vine with text overlay: Strength Through Struggles: Learning To Thrive In "Rocky Soil" https://reclaiminghope.,blogOne day as I was watching a movie, one of the characters made the statement that the best wine came from grapes grown in rocky soil. Being the naturally inquisitive (okay, nosy might be more accurate) person that I am, I decided to do a little research. Guess what? It’s true.

This was really interesting to me because as a gardener, I spend a lot of time trying to make sure my soil is in great condition for the plants to grow. I try to do everything I can to make it easy for them to produce beautiful, healthy vegetables. If I don’t, I can pretty much guarantee I’ll be shopping at the grocery store instead of in my back yard, so the idea of plants thriving in poor soil is almost a foreign concept to me.

Why would a plant actually produce better from poor soil? Well, I found a…

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I Have Eliminated One of My Favorite Foods


I Have Eliminated One of My Favorite Foods

I have been kicking the idea around for a couple of years now, but just never took the plunge until this past week.  And I didn’t make a major declaration in my soul to stop eating this food I just decided at one meal to make a wiser decision.  Last week I stopped eating meat and have opted for vegetables.

I was out-of-town and decided to order a vegetable plate instead of baked chicken.  That decision led me to do the same the next day and then the next.  It has now been nearly a week and all I am eating are veggies.  I’ve also decided to greatly reduce pasta and bread.

Don’t worry I’m not going to get obnoxious about it.  With the MS and UC issues I think this will give my body the best opportunity to function at a high level and fight both diseases.  Also I believe eating more vegetables will make me healthier and allow my weight to level out a bit.

It isn’t easy to eat this way because not all restaurants serve vegetables.  If you’ve ever noticed many restaurants serve rice, potatoes and maybe a green, but not much.  And for those who might not realize, potatoes are not a veggie.  Evelina and I ate at a restaurant last night that didn’t have one vegetable on the menu.

At any rate, I’ll see how this makes my body feel in a month or so and re-evaluate.

Have a wonderful Sunday!