It seems like Heavey and I have been on a rant over the last few weeks about priorities and life choices.  A far cry from grunting and lifting heavy shit (which I still do on a daily basis)…but besides our love of training and learning, I guess you could say we’ve also become rather passionate about finding….


“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time.  If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”

-Andy Rooney

Want to know a secret?  One of my favorite things in the whole world happens every morning.  (How freakin’ lucky am I?!!)



Every morning before my workout and after brushing my teeth, Heavey and I head out the door with our 16 year old dog, Abbey, and our spunky youngster, Tucker, for a 400m walk.  It’s the highlight of Abbey’s day (and a huge walk for her at her age), but it’s a ritual, and something I’ve grown to love.

The walk starts with Brandon mobilizing Abbey’s legs.  Yep, he stretches her out just like he stretches out his NFL athletes.  (After all, this is her big training session!)

After the warmup, we VERY slowly stroll down the street as a family.  Sometimes she makes it all the way.  Sometimes we have to carry her home.  But regardless, we’re all on the trek together.  AND this.  This simple act is what makes me happy.

Taking a walk with your dogs.  Sitting down for coffee with a friend.  Enjoying a cold beer on a hot day.  That amazing feeling of accomplishment after a tough training session…


It’s not a fancy job, riches, or a flashy car.  It’s all the little things that add up to a perfect day.

True Happiness.