Centerville with Dad and Grandma

I thought it would be fun to take my Grandma on a little road trip and I really enjoyed the pizza from George & Nick’s the other night, so I had my Dad meet up at my Grandma’s house this afternoon and then we all rode about 2 hours to Centerville, Iowa.


My Grandma is so funny, here were my favorite things she said:

“I hate the new headlights on cars these days, I really think the State Troopers should pull them over and just shoot out their lights and then give them a ticket!”

“When I am driving your Grandpa will say ‘how fast are you going?!’ When he’s driving I will say how slow are you going?!”

“I wish they’d just get rid of the internet. Did I say that right? Do they call it that still?”

“When you get to be my age, you don’t like to drive at night (starts laughing) and the rest of the people probably appreciate that!”

“Ryan, if you get pulled over for speeding just tell the State Trooper that you are taking your poor Grandma to the hospital and then I will act hurt” (she pretends to pass out for added fun)

I am so lucky to have her around!


I’ve become a morning person (again)

I’ve done it before, but recently I am back to being a morning person and it’s been great for me. It all started at the beginning of the month, I read The Miracle Morning and decided I’d go nuts and wake up at 5 in the morning the next day and haven’t stopped waking up early since.

My current schedule is the same, but it prepares me for the rest of my day:

  • Get out of bed about 5:01 am and tell Alexa to stop my alarm.
  • Head to the bathroom and drink a big glass of water and brush my teeth.
  • Head back to my room and sit in my chair with a blanket and open up Echo Prayer app on my phone to do 20 minutes of prayer for myself and others. (Recently the guys from my group have been using Echo prayer’s group feature, which has been awesome to get notified that so and so just prayed for you)
  • Get out my journal and journal about the previous day.
  • Read my One Year Bible Plan for the day, taking notes in my journal.
  • Finish journaling with 3 things I am thankful for.
  • Share some of my notes from my Bible reading and then 3 things I’m thankful for with a friend in our shared note that we use on Dropbox Paper.
  • Depending on the day:
    • I will either read a chapter or 2 from a book or
    • Do my Salesforce training

That’s pretty much it. It takes about 2 or so hours, but they seem to go by quick!

Today one of the benefits from waking up early is that the other day when a friend asked to meet up for coffee at 6:40 in the morning, I was able to say yes without really thinking about it, because I knew I would have already been awake almost 2 hours. If he would have asked a month ago, I would have said NOPE, because I knew I would have wanted to sleep.

It’s been awesome to see how something as simple as being disciplined to wake up a little bit earlier to spend some time with the Lord and work on some self-development (if that’s the right word) in the morning have made a huge impact on the rest of my day.

Another perk of being out and about early is getting to see the sunrise, this photo wasn’t the best shot, but I like it because I enjoy getting coffee on this street at a little gem of a place called, Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure (Whoever thought of that name is the best).


Road Trip to Centerville

I had some vacation to use up from last year (which I’m always surprised when I do) so I took today off. I didn’t really have anything planned, so the morning I went to PerkUp cafe with my Grandma Williams.

She is a hoot. I always enjoy her stories, which I will leave off of the internet.

In the evening, I went with Andrew on a little road trip to Centerville, Iowa’s famous pizza place, George & Nicks. We ended up getting the Mama Mia, which was green olives, sausage and pepperoni (I think).

The pizza was 4/5 – I thought everything about it was delicious, the only thing a little off was the crust.

I forgot to take any pics of the food, but I got a shot of the courthouse on the square.


I got rid of social media (kind of)

I’ve deleted my social medias no less than 6 times in the past, but I always come back. For 2018, I wanted to spend less time on the social media so that I can focus more on my word of the year. In order to do that, I have decided not to post anything. No photos, tweets, updates, whatever else you can do on social media. And because the biggest (for me) time waster is telling myself i’m just going to go on for a second and then it’s 2 days later and I have no idea where I am at, I unfollowed all people on fb and twitter. Now, I still have them as friends, it’s just that when out of habit I go to or, I see nothing and so I leave.

This is my facebook:


and my twitter


I’m in a Team RWB chapter here in Des Moines, so I couldn’t just delete my account (and let’s be honest I will be back one day, so I shouldn’t delete my account… again) because I have to post about events we are doing in our facebook group. On twitter, that is still the best way to get help from businesses and so I didn’t want to delete that account either.

I will say, it is a habit that I’m slowly breaking to not just go to twitter or facebook when I’m on my mac or my phone, but now that I am not following anybody or any businesses and I see the blank timeline – after 10 or so days, I am doing it about 400x less.

For snapchat, I still go on about once a week, because I’ve never really had issues getting “blacked out” on it. Also wordpress isn’t social media is it? I don’t feel like I would consider this a social media, would you?


My Verse of the Year

Yesterday I wrote about my word of the year, Move. Nick Foster commented about how he does a verse of the year. I liked that a ton, but thought it would take me a while to pick one out. In doing my morning quiet time, I read Matthew 6 and thought:

1. Why wait to pick out a verse of the year?

2. This is perfect…

Matthew 6:25-34 (CSB)

The Cure for Anxiety

25 “Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? 27 Can any of you add one moment to his life-span[a] by worrying? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. 30 If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you—you of little faith? 31 So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God[b] and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Out of all that, I am going to narrow down to the last two verses for my verse of the year – Matthew 6:33-34 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20180108090915301.jpg
I really don’t get anxious a ton, but when I do it’s always random things that have no business get me anxious. I know when I spend time with God, what seemed like something I would always be worried/anxious about goes away.  I want to be intentional of knowing I do that and cut it off from the beginning, by always first seeking God as I start my morning (and throughout the day 1000 more times when I forget).
I love the last part “Each day has enough trouble of its own” because it does, so why do I need to add to it?
Anyone else have a verse of the year they do?

New Years in Detroit

I went to Detroit with Jill to spend New Years with The Sideris fam.

A quick recap:

We went to The Aspen Lounge (this is what we called the outside tent we went to, because it looked and felt like a comfy ski lounge). IMG_20171230_155914.jpg

For actual New Years we went to Wright & Company for dinner and then to The Skip for some drinks and then to The Whiskey Parlor to finish off the night. IMG_20171231_222854.jpg

Eva and Bro Bro were killing it with the cuteness. 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20171229144401745.jpg00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20171231093416117_COVER.jpg

I got a couple (New Order Coffee, Great Lakes Coffee x2 and The Bottom Line Coffee) coffee stops in with Nick.


It was a quick trip, but in a good way, it didn’t seem too fast. I was also excited that on the way there and on the way back it was worth having our TSA PreCheck. I think I overheard at the Detroit airport the normal line was a 45 minute one, but the TSA PreCheck we were through in under 5 minutes. For a while, it seemed that both lanes were the same speed, so it was nice to finally feel like it was worth getting it.

Also, for those in the know. Do you call it New Years 2018 since we were headed into 2018 or New Years 2017, because it’s technically 2017? I would say 2018. Someone help me out here.