Happy birthday. My life is a blessed one. It feels tough at times, but they are the problems that many would gladly accept for the promises they bring.

Being a father is hard and it wears you down like no other venture. Our child is lovely and I’m happy to play my part in raising her. Who cares about my years when hers are there to count.

We bought a house, moving for the first time since Ber and I first lived together in 2013. It’s been stressful, but everytime I walk from room to room I feel like we’ve found a home where we can lay down roots. “A good move,” as they say.

This time last year I weighed 35 pounds more than I do right now and I stressed every night due to the state of my health. I still expect more from myself, but I know I’ve made great strides in fitness. I’m better prepared to find a path that suits the life I want to live. Finding a ‘normal’ in a new endeavor often takes the shape of failing in a lot of new, not-normal ways.

Most importantly I’m thankful for the opportunities I have everyday. Everywhere I turn there is so much potential for time well spent. I only wish I could live up to that potential more often. To be the husband I can be, the best father, the best happiness engineer. There are a lot of people out there I can help and I hope to find better ways of helping.

My focuses for the next year:

  • Strength (I’ve established a firmer base of fitness. I can now establish some true goals.)
  • Consistency (My good days are pretty damn good. I could use fewer bad days.)
  • Simplicity (Happiness is a measure of your aims. Making those aims simpler tends to make you happier.)

Thanks to everyone who’s there for me. You’re noticed and appreciated. You make my life better and I hope I can do the same for you.

Past birthdays: 28



By Alex

Web Developer and Fitness Coach in Louisville, KY

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