Step Out

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I’m scared. I’m afraid to do what it is that I really want to do. I’m afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m afraid of losing out on a sure thing even though I hate it in order to do something that may fail but I love.

I cannot continue to live this way. Life is too short to do things that you don’t want to do just because it’s easy and safe. I have to step out and make a splash. Wading in the shallow end may be fine for some but in order to truly enjoy the pool I need to dive into the deep end.

I know there will be struggles in the beginning but there will always be struggles. So why not do something that you love or want? You can’t win if you don’t play.

I thought of this as I watched the video that has been shared and talked about a million times. Steve Harvey is talking to the Family feud audience between shows. His speech was about jumping. Meaning to step out and take a chance at life. Figure out what you’re good at and do it. Make it a life choice.

This is really hard for me to do. I have become complacent and I’m afraid of losing what I already have trying to get to where I want to be. In order for me to grow I need to be able to step out. Nothing is holding me back except for myself.

Tiny House Movement

tiny-house-film-people-06I was watching one episode of the many tiny house shows and there was a family of 4 plus a dog downsizing from like 3,000 sq ft to 250 sq ft. Whoa. There is no way that can be something that is comfortable. You can’t get used to that shift. Especially since they had 2 young kids and a big dog. I just think that tiny homes are for single people, retired older people or maybe as a starter home. I mean a typical studio apartment is what 500 sq ft? If someone told you they were going to sell their 3000 sq ft home and buy a studio apartment to move their family and big St. Bernard dog into, you would think they were crazy. Yet them moving into a tiny house is normal.

I think the tiny house craze has people who shouldn’t be doing it doing it because it’s the new hip and cool thing to do. It’s definitely not for me at this point in my life. Maybe when I was younger and just starting out but now? Nope. Not happening. I have seen plenty of them that look beautiful and come in all different styles from modern to rustic to RV style. Good luck to everyone that wants to or is living in a tiny house. I wish you the best but the way my claustrophobia is setup…

The Big Short – Movie Review B-

The Big ShortThe big short is a movie about the housing market and credit crash in the early 2000’s.  The movie is based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis. I know you’re probably thinking the same thing that I am, how can you make finance interesting?  Well, the answer is that you really can’t make the actual numbers of it interesting but you can build a story around what happened.

I was actually pretty entertained and captivated by the story. Even though I didn’t understand 90% of what they were talking about.  This is definitely a movie for number crunchers and finance people. While during the movie they kind of explain some of the acronyms that they use it was still gibberish to me. I really thought it was just an interesting story on how this guy figured out the market was going to crash and capitalized off of it before anyone else did.

Overall I give this movie a B- because of the story telling aspect of it. This is definitely not a theater movie. Redbox/on demand at home is the best way to view it. It doesn’t have the bigness needed for a theatrical viewing. This doesn’t take away from the movie’s worth but I had a hard time following it with all the jargon that they were using and if I watched it at home I may have been able to stop, look up what they are referring to and maybe better understand it a little better.  The star power is there though with Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, and Marisa Tomei.

The Hawk Has Finally Come Out

Life can be so unpredictable at times. One day its 70° and the next its 30°. This is the freaking winter, in January! What is going on? Maybe there is something to this global warming thing.

I live in Atlanta so the winters are not terribly cold. Except a few years ago when it snowed twice. Every few years we’ll get some snow or sleet but overall it’s not really that cold. This year has been unusually warm for some reason.  The week of Christmas was rain all the way up to Christmas day and then it was like mid 70’s on Christmas. People were actually barbecuing on Christmas day. No lie. Crazy.

Now the winter finally decided to show its face with only pretty much a month and a half left. I have all these winter clothes that I can’t wear because it’s too warm. Ugh. First world problems. I know, but still a problem.

Hamilton Beach Brewstation Review

I am a huge tea drinker. In the past I used a tea kettle and would make a cup at a time.  It wasn’t a big deal at the time, I would just heat up the water in the kettle and make my cups as I went along.  That’s how everybody did it right?

I then graduated to the Keurig single serve machine.  Same logic as the kettle but a bit faster and easier.  I was good until my Keurig broke.  Yeah, sucks. Since the Keurig was a gift I didn’t realize the price. As I was wandering through the aisle looking at the prices of a replacement Keurig, I had an epiphany of sorts. Why can’t I use a coffee maker to make a few cups of tea at one time instead of individual cups? So I got one of those small 4-8 cup coffee makers and some family size tea bags and voila! I’m good.

hamiltonbeachcoffeemakerThis brings me to the Hamilton Beach Brewstation Summit 12 cup coffee maker. I realized that the 4 cup coffee maker wasn’t big enough for my usage and decided to move up to a big 12 cup version.  This way I can make a few more cups out of it. This coffee maker is a little different from the other coffee makers out there. The main thing is that there is no carafe to hold the coffee or tea. This is great because there is no carafe to clean or worry about breaking. The liquid is stored in a base of the machine and kept at a certain temperature.  Since there is no carafe there is no heating pad/base that can scorch the carafe and overheat the coffee/tea.  There is also a function for reheating the tea. I like to use the programmer so that I can have some hot tea in the morning before work. Then once I get home I can reheat the rest of the tea to enjoy it once home after a long day at work. There is also a programmable shut off timer. It can be programmed for between 1-4 hours.

I’ve had this bad boy for about 2 months now and I truly love it. When I first saw it I thought I would miss not have a carafe but I quickly adjusted. The only issue that I have with it is that I can’t fit my 16 oz Contigo travel mug underneath. I mean it fits underneath but not flush. I have to hold it at an angle. Smaller normal coffee/tea mugs are not a problem, even a 10 oz travel mug would fit fine, but anything bigger would need to be held at an angle because of the drip tray and that can prevent you from seeing how much you are actually pouring into your cup.  All in all this is a dope machine. If you are in the market for a new coffee/tea maker than I would suggest you consider this.

The Year End

It’s the end of the year and time to wrap things up. This year has been filled with ups and downs for me. As with every year, I’ve grown and learned a few things along the way.

1. One thing that I learned is to listen to my body. When something doesn’t feel right more than likely it isn’t right. Your body will not steer you wrong.

2. Sometimes things just don’t go your way but that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. Stuff happens sometimes that are out of your control. I have learned that just because it didn’t work out doesn’t mean it was my fault and to stop beating myself up over what could have or should have been. If it were meant to be it would be.

3. Everything works itself out in the end. If it hasn’t worked itself out yet then you are not at the end. Keep going.

4. There is a lesson and/or humor in every situation. You just need to find it.

I’m going into this new year with a new attitude. I know people say this all the time but I truly am. With all that I have been through this year, I plan to make 2016 the year of happiness. No matter what I will choose to be happy. This is not so much a resolution as a new way of thinking.