Louisville to Kansas City

I just got my hair cut and I’m feeling good about life. Its funny how such a small, unimportant change can make you feel like a better person. The girl who cut my hair did a great job.
Beth and I arrived in Kansas City Missouri about an hour ago. We left Louisville this morning at 7:30am give it take 10 min and we arrived in KC at 3:30pm local time. That’s back one hour. We stopped for about a total of 1 hour. All in all it took 7 hours. 30 min less than planned.
We hit a little traffic a few times. Even though it rained a little that didn’t slow us down. I hope the rest of our trip is safe because its dangerous out on the roads. The cars packed down and that doesn’t help because I have limited visability from the rear window.
We’re about to go to dinner after Bethany gets dressed. Talk to you guys later.

Saying goodbye (for now)

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The old saying goes
“You dont know what you got till it’s gone”
Such wise words.

I have been filled with excitement about my move to California with my wife. I look forward to our road trip there and seeing all the people who have become my friends and family. But what happens after? What happens when I have been there for two months and it really starts to hit me that I’m here to stay?… This is my new home.

I love the city of Louisville Kentucky. It has been my home since I was a child. Its what I know. I wake up every day and it’s a part of my life. My backdrop, my playground, my community. I know the people here. I know safe places to be. I know where to go to find trouble. I know where the good food is. I mean the really good food. I know that just because it’s sunny right now doesn’t mean it won’t be storming in 2 hours. #ohiovalley. I know my mom loved this place and it will always remind me of her. I know I can always expect 264 to be backed up at Poplar Level. I know that if I need to get away there is a Heine brothers coffee somewhere nearby. I know few things are more beautiful than Eastern parkway in the fall. I know when the zombie outbreak hits I’m going to Knob Creek gun range.
So many things I will miss about this place. I’m leaving but this will always be my home. I hope I make you guys proud somehow. I’ll be back

Food journal

Good morning everyone. Its 9:40am and I am drinking water this morning because I have to cut back on the caffeine. I drink coffee almost everyday and I need to cut back to help lower my blood pressure.

Yesterday I started keeping a food journal to track what I have been eating. I even set a goal to not eat any sweets for 7 days (wish me luck). Already I can tell this is a great idea. This journal will help me realize how much and how often I’m eating. It also helps to make sure I’m eating the right stuff. I personally dont want to log a bunch of junk in my journal.

I was a little hesitant to do this at first because I thought it was silly. If we’re honest though most of us have gotten so confused about what we should be eating that we could use a system to get things back in order. I want to change to a lifestyle based around foods good for my body. I want to have the occasional treat, but I want to make myself understand I can’t survive on junk. Its killing me literally.

This won’t be easy but I know it can be done. I look forward to sharing good news of my progress with everyone soon.

Splurge

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Good morning everyone. Its 9:18am and I’m sipping my morning coffee thinking about my week ahead. Its my last week in Louisville and its all so bitter sweet. On one end I’m excited about the big move while on the other I’m scared and already feeling a little homesick. If I’m honest with myself though I’m ready and more than willing to take on what’s ahead.

Let me tell you about my weekend…. Which started on Thursday night as far as I’m concerned. My wife and I carpool to work. So when I picked her up Thursday night I was surprised when she gave me a letter she said her boss gave her. She told me she was afraid to open it and that I should read it for her. I didn’t hesitate. I wanted to know what was going on. I opened the letter in my usual style which is a little like a kid on Christmas. No regard for the envelope. Just get me to the goods.

The letter went a little like this…
Dear Mrs Adcock
This letter is to inform you that your employment will be terminated on 6/22/15. The reasons for this decision are outlined below
Blah blah blah….
We are sorry it had to come to this and wish you the best of luck in the future.

P.S. This is not a termination letter. This is in fact a sly way to show your husband how much you love him and to let him know you’re taking him to see Gary Clark jr tonight.

…… Yeah….. She did that
I couldn’t believe it. What an awesome surprise. I thought she was fired for about 20 seconds but still. She’s funny.
Needless to say the concert was awesome. Such a great time. Oh and great seats too. Only 5 rolls back. We were so close it hurt our ears.

So that was just the beginning. Friday we went to Nashville. Its only a couple hours for Louisville and we like to get out. The day in Nashville started 91st Gruhns guitars. Now for those of you who don’t know. I am a guitar nerd. Really just a nerd I’m general I confess. Anyway… The place is awesome. They are full of vintage, used, and new instruments. Of you’re ever in the area check it out.

Next came the bar hopping. Let me tell you. Its been awhile since I was drunk while the sun was up. It was a blast. We went to different restaurants and bars all over downtown. Thank god We could walk to them all. In the end we decided to stay the night there and slept on an air mattress in someone’s apartment for $40. Better deal than a hotel.

The rest of the weekend was a big splurge as well. This post is getting too long so I won’t talk about anything else. Just that we had a bunch of fun and spent a bunch of money. Wow we spent a bunch of money. 

Right around the corner

Hello and good morning. I hope everyone is having a good week and growing in a positive direction. Its 10:27am and I’m at work… again. But that’s ok! I’m grateful to have a job that provides for my wife and I (she works very hard too)

Sooooooo….
I’m moving to California in 10 days. Excited doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel about it. I’m ready for this new chapter in my life to get going. Its going to have a new job, new friends, new surroundings, and I’m sure a new set of problems to come with it.
But today I’m curious if anyone reading this has any experience with moving far away from your home town? What were some of the challenges you faced? What was easy/hard about it?

I think the hardest part for me is going to be not knowing how to get around town. I have lived in Louisville Kentucky for 27 years so when I need to get somewhere I know how. I’m going to have to learn a whole new set of neighborhoods and street names. Not to mention new freeways and traffic patterns.

Let me know what you guys think.

My Baby Cakes

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Good morning everyone. I hope everyone is feeling inspired today and ready to shake things up just a bit. It’s 9:30am and I’m sipping a Java Monster thinking about how beautiful life is. More specifically how beautiful my wife Bethany is.

**spoiler alert: this post is going to be about my love for a woman**

OK back to the subject. Beth and I have been married for almost 2 years now. We met through a mutual friend but had to maintain our friendship long distance because she lived in California and I lived in Kentucky. For 3 years our friendship looked like Facebook messages, phone calls at 3am, and text messages that brightened my day.

Then in October of 2012 we both decided if this was going to go anywhere we had to make something happen. We arranged for Bethany to come visit Louisville in April of 2013. We spent a week together and it was awesome, but that’s another post for another time.

I met her mom and step dad a few months later on a vacation in Chicago. We all hit it off great. Her mother is a saint. I don’t think there is a kinder woman walking the earth than my mother in law Joanna.

After we all went home from the Chicago trip Beth and I had a decision to make. If we were going to have a relationship together one of us was going to have to move. Luckily we both were young and had no children to complicate matters. We took the plunge and decided to get married.

Now I know what you’re thinking. That we’re crazy for getting married so fast. You would be justified in thinking it foolish, but guess what… We work. Like peanut butter and jelly, cereal and milk, like chicken tikki masala and naan. We work. Anyone who knows us can’t deny that were perfect for each other.

Now I know its only been 2 years but we are going strong. We compliment each other so well. We keep each other balanced and pushing towards the next level, whatever that may be. Not to say it doesn’t have its challenges, but the good far outweighs the bad.

I couldn’t ask for a better woman. Bethany is bright, funny, and compassionate. Traits that I’m having a hard time seeing in a world so focused on self. Women like her are the glue that hold the world  together. I’m overjoyed to get to spend my life with the one God made for me.

I know you’ll read this someday.
I love you Sweet Sauce

East meets west

Hello and good day to everyone. I hope all is well with you and you are continuing to grow in a positive direction. It’s 9:20am and I just arrived at the office. Today I want to share something very exciting with you. I call it “east meets west”.

East meets west (EMW) is going to be a vlog of my upcoming move cross country from Louisville Kentucky to Riverside California. My wife and I are leaving Louisville on June 27 2015 and will arrive in Riverside on July 2nd. Our stops include Kansas city Missouri, Denver Colorado, Albuquerque new Mexico,  Phoenix Arizona,  and finally Riverside California.

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For lodging we have arranged stays using Airbnb. We have used this service in the past and really look forward to our stay in each city. We have lots of adventures planned and we’re excited about trying new foods. We are going to take our time with the drive. Most days only driving 7 or 8 hours.

I’m so happy to be sharing this adventure with all you and documenting it so that we can share it in years to come.  To be honest we almost decided to just fly, but what fun would that be. I’m counting down the days.

Growing Up Millennial

My Generation.

The Captain's Speech

Screen Shot 2015-05-09 at 3.54.51 AMAs a person born in the 90s, I am classified as a millennial, which means I am everything that is wrong with the world today. I stare at a screen instead of talking to people. I expect everything handed to me. I am lazy. I binge watch television shows. I overuse the word “binge”. I expect a trophy when I fail. I take selfies everywhere. I am narcissistic. I am entitled. I don’t read the newspaper. I spend too much time on “The Twitter.”

Or at least that’s how I’m categorized.

As if I’m a book and my date of birth is the summary on the back, telling everyone exactly what I’m about.

I feel as though there is a sense of pride that people have for growing up when they did. I look back on the 90s and am thrilled to call that decade my childhood. Just as people born in…

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Choices

Recently I read about how former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Bones Jones was stripped of his title for a mistake that he made. Without going into any detail, Jones made a bad decision that caused him lots of trouble and its going to effect his future for some time to come. I hold a great deal of respect for Jones and don’t wish to pass judgment on him only to learn and reflect on what has happened.

Its important to have a clear mind. A clear mind can think on a situation and determine the best outcome. A man with a cloudy mind or mind full of clutter can not determine which course of action is best. Our choices weather for good or bad effect not only us but those around us. When we decide to do something or not do something we are forcing our will on the world. This will is strong and has consequence. Is this sounding familiar? I know most of our parents taught us this at a young age.

I don’t know Jones personally. All I know is that he’s a terrific champion that has been at the top of his sport from a very young age. Life will deal us situations in which we have to make hard choices and sometimes we can panic. We want to wake up from the nightmare and return to the reality we know. But we cant run. We have to stand face to face with what we have done and take it on the chin. Like they say, its not about how hard you can hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep getting back up.

I know Bones is going to come from this like the champ he is. Its without a doubt going to be a huge learning experience.

Consecration- Obedience to the Soul

Hello, I hope everyone is having a great day.

I have been reading a book called “The Science of being Great” by Wallace D Wattles. In the book he talks a lot about an idea called consecration. Consecration means obedience to the soul. He says in the book,

“You have that withing you, that which is always impelling you towards the upward and advancing way. That impelling something is the divine principle of power. You must obey it without question…. There are many ideas in your mind that you have outgrown. In which from force of habit you still permit to dictate the actions of your life. Cease all this, abandon everything you have outgrown.”

This idea of following your heart is something that has always been on my mind. We spend so much of our time trying to figure out what we should do, what would be best to do financially, what will hurt others the least. We think of many reasons to do the things we do. I believe if we are honest with ourselves we know what our souls are telling us

Let listen to ourselves a little more. It might make the world a better place.