Archives for December 2014

The Things I Like About Hiking

If you can’t tell, I love the outdoors. There is something about the nature and cool air that just gets me going. I was always outdoors growing up as well and that probably has something to do with it. Doesn’t matter if my neighbor friends came over or I went to their houses, we were always in the woods or the front yard playing. I think we all are products of our environment. Growing up doing certain things, activities, or being around certainly type of people does rub off on you as well. A piece of that becomes who you are. My Father was a big hiker and traveler. He travelled most of the World and always expressed to me how important it is. Sitting inside watch TV is not something you want to be remembered as or will even care about when you dead. Traveling, hiking, experiencing cultures, and meeting new people is the important stuff. Looking back at it now, I pretty much agree with him. I would only add that family is very important as well so you have to make sure you’re balancing that element in your life as well. There is something about Hiking for me, however, that I just love. It’s something internal and it’s hard to express in words. I guess just sitting on the side of cliff overlooking the World makes you think about life. It makes you question it and constantly reminds you that you only live once. It reminds you that you’re just a small piece of this planet and at the end of the day – this is it so enjoy it. You’re also reminded that the World will continue to run when you’re gone. Life will continue to happen and move forward whether you’re here or not. Depending the view or where you are, it really can be breath taking. It can be an emotional experience and constant remember that life will eventually pass you by.

There is no time to be angry or depressed about life. We all are blessed to live one day in this amazing World so make sure you’re doing everything possible. I know that I want to make sure my kids and family experience that. That good thing about all this is that you don’t have to say a word or try to even explain it. If you go and do it, you’ll get what I expressed naturally just by doing it. The feeling is in us all and just comes out when you experience a great location of view.

Another thing I like about hiking is that you get to see the World. You get to see the back roads and trails that very few have seen. In some cases you maybe the only person who has ever been there and that is something only you get to share.

When it’s all said and done, I don’t want to regret anything on my death bed. I want to look back and remember that I did some amazing things, been to great places, met cool people, and lived my life to the fullest. I can only hope my children understand this and one day will make their own journeys into more hiking and travelling.

Exciting News About My Job

I have some exciting news about my Job. Recently, I did a review with my Manager and he was really impressed with my hard work for the company. He liked the new operations I suggested and even implemented some of them. In my opinion, they are working great and a success (He agreed as well). So with that being said, I’m in a position to move up and make more money now. As you know, however, with moving up you are giving more responsibilities and duties. I will also get to manage a few new hires so that is exciting as well. It’s something else I can use to move up and add to my resume for future reference. Just wanted to share the news with everyone who reads the blog and keep everyone updated.

This does mean more hours but also more money which is going to help our family out. We have a few mouths to pay around here so it’s going to help us greatly.

Our Family Thanksgiving Dinner

Our family is so blessed in so many ways. Last night we finished Thanksgiving dinner and it was a huge success. My Wife worked so hard to get dinner together for the family. I’m so proud of her. We have so much leftovers and we gave much of it away. Our house was filled with cousins, aunts, and long lost uncles I haven’t seen in many years.

One of the traditions we do in the Mike Asimos family is board games after dinner. This year it was monopoly. For me personally, I remember growing up with the board game tradition and it’s one of my fondest memories. I guess every family has something. I was talking to an old friend about traditions and one of the things there family did was hide a small pickle in the Christmas tree. Then they would do a search and the person who finds it gets an extra present. It’s not something you really think about but those are the most fun and most rememberable things growing up. We had the board game tradition but that was about it. My parents would also drop some fruit in the stocking (like a small orange). I guess that is not a normal tradition from the people I’ve asked.

Anyway just wanted to share our experience this year and how great it was with the family. Our family is so blessed to have so many great people in our lives. The Wife’s family and friends were all a pleasure to have over. Looking forward to Christmas next.