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Social Suffocation


Disc-LAME-er: There will be cliches, self-quoting, photos and a few words strung together to attempt an explanation as to why my last post was in January. But all that is lame. So…  how about we just enjoy moving forward from here? Work for you? Awesome! 😀

Okay, so let me start by saying that life can get the better of us at times. I’m not immune to its affects. It has certainly gotten the better of me. Well, at least it did back in January when I was laid off from my job of 6+ years. Lots of wonderful things have happened and I honestly meant to chronicle it all. But we all know how that turned out. 😛 I just hate the fact that when I finally come up for air, months have passed. 😦 So this is a public apology… especially to certain people who may have felt slighted by the circumstances of my life. I’ve been absent from most social media, with the exception of photos posted to Instagram that are cross-posted to Twitter and Facebook. (So follow me on those sites to stay up-to-date on my crazy, awesome life!) 😉

That being said… here’s what has been going on for the past 8 months.

January – I was laid off from my job. But instead of seeing it as a setback, my wife and I saw it as an opportunity. I’ve since gone back to school, working to obtain my degree in Human Development.JAN 10928856_10152855775201773_479394116374237407_n

February – We’ve been working together to homeschool our four younger children.I’ve always loved to teach, and now I can
play and active role in the overall education of my children! We alternate days of teaching the children and being full-time writers. We get to enjoy our children, as well as the beauty of each day.

FEB 1509885_10152936578756773_2315914500998318247_nThis month we also celebrated Aaron’s 8th birthday!

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March – My oldest son finished his run as the lead in USC’s “Six Degrees of Separation”. He was brilliant in the role and I couldn’t have been more proud.

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April – In April we celebrated, not just one, but two birthdays! A kid turning 2APR 10957005_10153012293131773_7301658854740171243_n

…and another turning 4.APR 11159983_10153060443701773_1136301091559878253_n

This was also the month that my amazing wife ran one of the most intense marathons! It was the SoCal Ragnar Relay Series! It consisted of 12 amazing women who came together to run all day and all through the night from Huntington Beach to San Diego! That’s like 200 miles! I was so proud of her and her team. We actually collaborated on a little video that chronicles the journey. You can view it here: Ragnar Relay – Lola’s Moving Co. Video.

May – This month, one of the highlights was my only daughter and I having another one of our Daddy/Daughter dates. She is just the most warm-hearted person ever, and I am so thankful that she is mine and I am hers. ❤

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June – As I mentioned briefly, we are both pursuing our dreams of becoming published writers! Well, this month we made that dream a reality by publishing my wife’s first (of many to come) book! She started working on it in March, and in about three months time, she finished writing it, and together, we self-published it through Amazon.com. It’s titled, “How To Shop Mostly Organic At The 99¢ Only Store” and it’s fantastic! It gives in-depth pointers on finding Organic, Gluten-Free and Non-GMO foods, so that you can live well and get the most out of your shopping trips to the 99¢ Only Stores. Click on the book to check it out. It’s available as both a hard copy and e-book!

Click here to purchase your own copy!

This was also the month that my second oldest son graduated from High School.

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He is now in his Freshman year at Fresno State University. Wow… time really flies. I can remember when he was 9 like it was yesterday…

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July – This month we enjoyed some good ol’ fashioned family time. You know, just being silly…

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…or roughing it in the woods, camping with 20+ family and friends from our church. It’s one of the things we most look forward to during the summer. This was our 5th annual camping trip and each year it only gets better.

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August – This month we sent our second oldest off to college, and finally had an opportunity to get away, just the two of us, for our wedding anniversary. The first time we’ve been able to do so in more then five years! We went to Ojai, CA and stayed at the Capri Hotel. It was a dazzling few days (with intense heat to match) that we both loved. 30 mile bike rides. Midnight pool swimming. Sushi for lunch and frozen yogurt runs in the evening. One of the best times I’ve had in like… forever! lol

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There’s a ton more I could say, but I’m hoping that this will help to spark my writing and get me back to being more consistent with my blog. Thank you for everyone who’s stuck around. I won’t keep you waiting like that ever again. 😉

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Join The Rebellion


Sometimes when I’m uploading pictures or typing out a conversation I’ve had with someone in my family, I wonder if people think I’m being pushy or overdoing it by constantly posting about my wife and kids and how much I love them. I wonder if maybe I should reduce the frequency of my shared observations so as not to put people off.

And then…Join The Rebellion (smaller)

I watch the news where it seems a majority (if not all) of the content is focused on domestic and community violence, betrayal and corruption, political posturing to the detriment of citizens, sexual exploitation of celebrities and children, public humiliation of people in relationships gone bad, and Sports.

And then…

I notice TV shows that are supposedly geared toward children but include gratuitous hyper-realized violence, subtle sexual undertones, or is simply a platform for blatant product promotion.

And then…

I look around at the adjunct education we may or may not be aware that our children are receiving at school: how to obtain drugs and alcohol while still underage, how to be (or at least appear) sexually active without your parents finding out, the pros and cons of bullying, and what it means to aspire to popularity at any cost.

And then…

I go to work and witness firsthand the long-term, sometimes irreparable effects of neglect and trauma on men, women and children… emotional repression, developmental delays, self-medication and isolation.

But…

That’s when I realize that in spite of my endless stream of Instagram photos, flirtatious banter with my wife, or anything else I may share with my friends, family and the world… I could never match the sheer volume of negative elements that come together to form a fortified barrier against unified families and healthy relationships.

But…

That’s when I realize that, while I may not be able make any significant dents alone, there CAN be success and strength if others join in and celebrate their passionate marriages, delightfully entertaining children and rewarding occupations. So join the rebellion and help me flood the world with stories of LOVE, VICTORY, and the pursuit of HEALTH.

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Being Anti-Social


I have a confession…

I have been anti-social since November 3, 2011.

How can I pinpoint an exact date for my anti-socialness? It’s simple. November 3, 2011 was the day I downgraded from my iPhone and switched instead to a Samsung Craptalaxy, Version WTF 2.0.

In layman’s terms, because of an personal economic downturn, I needed to scale back on my expenses. One of the places we scaled back was our cell phones. Having an iPhone, while altogether delightful, is altogether too expensive. Through AT&T (and I think a few other carriers as well), owning an iPhone also means being obligated to subscribe to their data plan which comes to $30/month per phone. That’s an additional $60/month on top of whatever you pay for the amount of minutes you require. At the beginning of November we were paying nearly $200/month for two iPhones with mandatory data plans. It was outrageous.

So, we downgraded to the Craptalaxy (actually a Samsung Strive) because it’s one of the few phones that 1) didn’t require a data plan, and 2) was free (although their definition of free includes an “upgrade fee” even though we were downgrading). This effectively cancelled all of our common social interactions that were carried out through our phones… no texting, no uploading photos, no tweets, etc.

When you’ve grown accustomed to having all of these conveniences, to stop cold turkey can be a bit jarring. People we’d texted often were wondering why all of their texts were bouncing back as undeliverable. There was a sharp decline in our status updates and photo uploads to the point people were asking if something happened in our marriage! Ha! How’s that for crazy social correlation! I stop tweeting and that means my marriage is on the rocks!

Anyway, this past Wednesday, I was lamenting to a friend about the fact that my phone is only good for making and receiving calls. She proceeded to tell me about her phone and carrier that only charges $40/month for unlimited 4GLTE data, talk and text. Yep, you heard right… UNLIMITED. Of course, being able to wade back into texting and familiar social circles was appealing. So I checked on it. And you know what? She was right!

Not only was she right, but the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The carrier currently has a sale on the phone which provides a $50 instant rebate combined with another $50 mail-in rebate which bring the cost of the phone down to $49. Plus, by signing up two phones on the same plan, they offer a $5/month “Family Plan” discount per phone. So instead of paying $80/month for the two phones, we’re only paying $70/month… for UNLIMITED DATA, TALK and TEXT.

The phone is an LG Motion which looks like this:

It’s a great little phone that is eerily reminiscent of the early iPhone that I downgraded from. But it’s got a powerful processor and runs all the apps I had before and then some! So, I’ve returned to Twitter, Instagram, and Foursquare. And now I can even log into Xanga and WordPress!

So anyway, I’m no longer anti-social. As a matter of fact, my son got me to sign up for a Snapchat account. So if anyone wants to connect with me there, my name, as you probably could guess, is MyxlDove.

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