Yesterday I turned 40 years old and thus it was the culmination of my #Roadto40 that I started exactly 5 months ago in January. In that blog post, I said that “My short-term goal is to lose 10 to 15 pounds. My long-term goal is to hit my 40th birthday in June much healthier.”
I’m happy to say that I’ve lost the weight that I wanted to and I’m eating better and exercising regularly…thanks to Craig and his team of trainers at Precision Athletics. We have less junk food in the house now, which is really good for the kids. I still need to get better with my sleeping habits; it’s admittedly a hard habit to change given that I’ve been a night owl since my high school days.
I had a lot of time to reflect this past weekend. Not just on the last 5 months, but the last decade overall. I think reflecting is a natural thing to do (especially when hitting certain milestones such as a 40th birthday) and thus I’d like to share with you what I believe are 5 of the most prominent memories of my thirties (ranging from June 2004 to June 2014).
Last week, I was blessed to spend a week in Fort Worth, Texas for the second consecutive year. I served as a trainer for YouthLeader and had the opportunity to help high school youth (and their youth ministers) develop their leadership skills (in a Christian context) through a week of sessions, prayers, games, socials, and more. I was inspired by the enthusiasm and desire of the young people I met.
When YouthLeader ended on Friday, I spent 24 hours with my good friends Marie and Mike and their 5 wonderful children. On Friday night, we went to watch Andrew (the oldest child) play baseball. It was a really fun night as we were treated to some decent hardball (especially for 9 and 10 year olds) and I got to meet and take a picture with ex-Toronto Blue Jay – and 3 time MLB All-Star – Vernon Wells. He’s one of the coaches of Andrew’s team.
The game came down to the last inning and Andrew’s team was up to bat down 6-4 with 2 out and the bases loaded. One of Andrew’s teammates walked up to the plate, and I just so happened to be standing next to the batter’s dad.
Today I returned to Fort Worth, Texas for the second consecutive year. In fact, it’s my 3rd time to Texas in the past 4 years – I spoke at a youth conference back in the summer of 2011. Once again, I am here as a trainer for YouthLeader and I’m excited to work with the teens and youth ministry leaders in this wonderful community. I was blessed by my time here last year, and I’m looking forward to more of the same this time around.
The day started off well as I was able to secure emergency exit row seats on both legs of my flight. Thus, I was in row 2 of the small plane from Vancouver to Portland and I had all of row 16 to myself on the longer Portland to Dallas flight. At least I thought I had the whole row to myself. But after I woke up from the first of many quick naps, there was a woman sitting in my row. Reminded me of when I wake up after nodding off – I mean, after reflecting with my eyes closed – in the adoration chapel.