Love your Life

Well I guess you could say the stakes have risen. It has recently been brought to my attention that more than just my mother and close friends actually read this little blog of mine. What I thought was merely a weekly way to release my thoughts into written form for fellow SNC students to enjoy seems to have caught the attention of a few other eyes. As the current SNC home page reads (abbreviated):
“St. Norbert College was named to StudentAdvisor’s Top 100 Social Media list – http://www.studentadvisor.com/top-100-social-media-colleges. St. Norbert is ranked 39 out of 6,000 federally recognized colleges and universities and post-secondary schools in the United States, also the highest-ranked school in Wisconsin.”
This is a huge honor and I give Eric Wagner a solid handshake and high five, because it is of his efforts and work as the Social Media expert in the admissions office that has helped bring our little liberal arts college to national news.
What astonished me was that when you click on the link, in the paragraph above, and go to St. Norbert College at #39 the description reads, “Blogger Nate Wine, biology major, class of 2011, has an honest take on life and leveraging social media as a way to materialize his dreams that is inspiring.” After reading this I didn’t know what think, how in the world had I been noticed by someone in the department of examining the quality of social media departments? Either way I now knew that there was now a little more added pressure to cranking out quality blogs in order to keep public appeal. But at the same time I can’t be happier. This has been my intention, to share my story, thoughts, and perspective with people. I want everyone to recognize the beauty in his or her lives, embrace it, and feed off those positive energies. So to learn that not only my mom was reading my blogs was indeed an honor and inspiring, not that I don’t love and admire the support from my mother. Love you Mom!
So, without any further to do I’d like to quickly share with you three main new theories I’ve either learned or have begun to implement in my daily life this past week: Stress, Exercise, and Meditation. Do you have an intensely busy life and feel you are constantly stressing about the next big exam or how you are going to pay this month’s credit card balance? Do you feel like you are always going, going, going and never have time to relax and enjoy a little ‘Me Time’? I used to be like this…but no more! This semester has probably been one of the most hectic, hardcore, and time-consuming of my college career and yet I have never felt so alive and surreally complete.
How you ask? I’ve found balance. A balance allowing me to appreciate all I have in my life and live every day with tremendous energy, spirit, and passion. I want people to feel uplifted after finishing a conversation with me. I want them to be inspired after reading this blog. But most importantly I want share and teach others how to live with such passion and love for your life so they can go on and pay it forward.
Since this entry is already getting a bit lengthy and I don’t want to lose your interest, I want to share the three things I believe will start you on the proper path to achieving an enriched love for your life.
Stress, lets avoid it as much as we can. Sure, at times it can be a great motivator but mostly it consumes too much of our energy, and we become engulfed by it. What drives this stress? Is it merely a fear of failure? I used to be a bundle of nerves, afraid that if I didn’t perform well on a particular exam my life dreams would be ruined or if a job interview didn’t go smoothly I’d lose out on an amazing opportunity. Then I had an epiphany, a realization that blindsided me. I’m doing the best I can. When I stepped back and looked at my life with this mentality, stress evaporated. As long as I’m getting up everyday and doing my very best to materialize my dreams and always giving that extra effort why allow stress the ability to dampen my parade. How is stress going to help? Exactly, you don’t have an answer. Therefore, it seems like common sense, if it’s affecting your overall happiness, to rid it from your life as much as possible, right? You have to live YOUR life and adapt to everything that happens. If you’re an avid follower of this blog you will know how strongly I believe that everything happens for a reason! How do you respond? Well I say embrace it. Come to the realization some things are simply out of your control and the only duty you have is to truly do the best you can at everything you can do. You can’t expect anything more of yourself. Be confident with who you are and in everything you do and let it show. Live everyday with positive energy and let it shine in order to positively influence all you come into contact with.
Now you ask, well Nate, sweet thought but how can I simply begin erasing stress? Well that is where exercise and mediation come in. Both have been scientifically proven to reduce the harmful effects that stress has on our bodies. Not only this but you are going to feel like a new person when you start implementing them in your life. As for meditation, I just started this week and all I do is take a half hour sometime during the day to close myself off from the world, put on my headphones with soothing music playing, and merely concentrate on the breath. I inhibit my mind from wondering and enjoy the peace. After I feel more refreshed than if I had taken a nap. It was actually shown that students who meditate for a half hour everyday instead of using the time for a nap had a 30% increase in test scores. It is during this time that you become in touch with your inner self. Meditation allows for this ‘Me Time,’ a time that is critical in obtaining a well-rounded life. Exercise has this very similar effect so not only is it great for your physique but also does a huge number on the mental health. I also usually enjoy combining the two. I will get onto an elliptical with the noise canceling headphones and my music of choice, close my eyes, and just go. Instead of worrying about fatigue I concentrate on the breath and use it as my meditation. Be creative and have fun with it you guys!
Once again it has been an honor to be able to share my experiences with all of you and I thank you StudentAdvisor for the gracious shout out and recognition in your rankings. I hope this blog can continue to grow and influence others, this was my goal from Day 1 and it is uplifting to know it is being taken seriously and to heart! If you are reading this I thank you for the support and hope my words encourage you to take control of your life and increase your ability to materialize your dreams. I would also like to offer my email address: nate.wine@snc.edu for any of you who wish to discuss anything I’ve written further or if you have any questions or comments. I want to make myself available to anyone who desires to get more out of life! As always it is a pleasure and your assignment this week is to take 10 minutes out of your day to listen to a role model of mine. You may of heard of him or seen him in a movie or to so I believe you will enjoy and get something out of it as well as get an idea of where I obtain much of my motivation and inspiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkrYX9EGUpM

Love your life, it’s stupid not to!

Stay Classy St. Norbert!

11

Found this while on Stumble Upon from the “Global One TV’ website and thought it would be the perfect entry. Take a break from listening to my thoughts and hear from the words that inspire me…Live life to the fullest and love it everyday!

“Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed.

We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. I’m not saying happy people don’t feel grief, sorrow or sadness; they just don’t let it overtake their life. The following are 21 things happy people make a habit of doing:

1. Appreciate Life

Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

2. Choose Friends Wisely

Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.

3. Be Considerate

Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able, without trying to change the other person. Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.

4. Learn Continuously

Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or sky-diving.

5. Creative Problem Solving

Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right.

6. Do What They Love

Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there’s so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn’t worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.

7. Enjoy Life

Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.

8. Laugh

Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself – no one’s perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. (Naturally there are times that you should be serious as it would be improper to laugh.)

9. Forgive

Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.

10. Gratitude

Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; All of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them that you are happy they are in your life.

11. Invest in Relationships

Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them. Be supportive.

12. Keep Their Word

Honesty is the best policy. Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty. Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones.

13. Meditate

Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. When it’s rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level. Types of meditation include yoga, hypnosis, relaxation tapes, affirmations, visualization or just sitting in complete silence. Find something you enjoy and make the time to practice daily.

14. Mind Their Own Business

Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Don’t judge. Everyone has a right to live their own life the way they want to – including you.

15. Optimism

See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.

16. Love Unconditionally

Accept others for who they are. You don’t put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them.

17. Persistence

Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.

18. Be Proactive

Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire – rather than waiting to respond.

19. Self Care

Take care of your mind, body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.

20. Self Confidence

Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. After all no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.

21. Take Responsibility

Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life. They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and words. They are the first to admit when they’ve made a mistake.

Begin today by taking responsibility for your happiness. Work on developing these habits as you own. The more you incorporate the above habits into your daily lifestyle – the happier you will be.

Most of all: BE TRUE TO YOURSELF.

Hope you can start checking these things off your daily routine!

Stay Classy St. Norbert!

Confidence: Pure Attraction

You know you’re ready to graduate and become a member of society when you wake up at 8am on a Sunday morning without any prior motivation, shower, travel to the closest coffee café, and then grab a cup of brew with the intention of being productive. I now sit with laptop open, sound canceling headphones on, coffee in hand, and stare out at the people walking on State Street. Yes, you guessed it; I’m in Madison, WI at the Espresso Royale café. I came down yesterday afternoon because my mother made the long trek over and stayed at the University Inn over the weekend for a couple of reasons. First, her spring break began on Friday and since no tropical vacation was in order she figured visiting her two children would be the next best option. On top of that, when I went home for my own spring break two weeks ago we swapped cars so mine could get some work done on it and she has now returned to get her vehicle back. We spent the afternoon walking State Street and I am proud to announce I found a new, old school, multi-colored, windbreaker jacket to replace the one I lost. My mom was not thrilled with the purchase and was quite embarrassed when I proceeded to wear it when we went to the Union for a couple beers and live music. You know you are confident and secure enough with yourself when your mother cares more about what people think than you do. The beauty of Madison is that no one cares; it is incredibly liberal and refreshing. Most are not afraid to let their inner soul shine out through their expressions, clothing, or actions. They are not worried about how other people view them or what they think. For example, last night while on the way to the Union I witnessed a couple dancing crazily to the music of two guys jamming on their guitars. Sure, it caused heads to turn but everyone just smiled and enjoyed the sight. The dancers could have cared less what those passing by thought of their actions but merely were allowing their soul to take physical form. This is a mentality I wish would spread like wildfire. It saddens me how few individuals are able to enjoy such freedom. They are trapped in a bubble. Attempting to dress, act, and think in a manner they believe is acceptable to society. While of course there are boundaries and as they say a ‘time and place for everything’ I still believe there are too many fake individuals, scared of how the world may view their true self. To all of you reading this who agree with me and feel as if they have more to offer the world and are simply just afraid to expose the inner self, I have the answer. Confidence, and everyone has the potential of achieving it. Be proud of who you are and don’t hesitate to show it. I’m not going to sit here and preach but I guarantee you will see an exponential increase in your overall happiness by simply listening to that little voice inside of your head rather than wasting your time and energy contemplating how society will view you when you walk out the door. And just remember this, those who do judge, comment, or worry more about you than you do, are insecure and are jealous of what you possess. Not many people possess sincere self-confidence and thus by emitting it causes those around you to desire it. And due to their immaturity and lack of self worth they attempt to point fun and bring you down in order to make themselves feel better about themselves. In a nutshell, stop worrying about what others think and just know that as long as you are confident with yourself people will be drawn to you, and those who do judge aren’t worth worrying about because they are merely jealous and insecure. Expose your soul!

Stay Classy St. Norbert

Blizzard

Flip the Switch

As I mentioned in my last entry the intention of this new blog is to keep me accountable and ensure I am indeed practicing what I preach. This is the exact reason why I am writing this entry today. Let us just say my spirits are not quite as high or as positive as they should me. Why you ask? The answer is quite simple, this insane blizzard we are having! It isn’t the blizzard itself that makes me want to strangle a small child, it’s the fact that it is nearly April and last week we surpassed 50 degrees. I write now in order to vent, get the aggression on paper, and keep myself sane. Some of you may love the snow and be excited to be stuck inside all day, but not me! This type of weather takes quite the toll on my body. When I say this I’m not even implying the physical toll of spending an hour shoveling out your car and sticking cardboard under the front tires because it only has rear wheel drive and is absolutely terrible in the snow. I am talking about the emotional toll of having to spend yet another day cooped up inside dreading the thought of eventually having to step out into Narnia.
But now as I’ve been sitting here unleashing my inner aggression, praising the approaching graduation, and thought of living out West away from this frozen tundra, I’ve realized my goal of writing this entry has been accomplished. When we are having days, such as the one I started to have today, it only takes a flip of a switch to turn things around. I could have continued to whine and complain about the weather and how much I’m ready to be done with school but instead I opened a new word document and simply started writing. While doing so I realized I do not need to focus on all the negatives but rather channel my energy to appreciate all the things I have going for me in my life. Sure, I’m tired of the weather, but is this really a reason to ruin a full day? I’m healthy, confident, intelligent, have great friends, a supportive loving family, a girlfriend I adore, and a bright future ahead of me. These are the things that need to be the focus. Too many people go through their days simply focusing on all the negatives they encounter. This only leads to more hardship because as you focus on such negative energy it only brings more your way. Thus, my advice for today is that when you find yourself having a shitty day and it seems like nothing can go right, take a minute to stop and think about all you are thankful for. Channel all your energy into this gratitude and I grantee your day will turn around. Mine already has and I’m now ready to crank out a paper, study for an exam, complete a lab assignment, and then finalize a presentation. You can do it too, all it takes is a flip of a switch and being appreciative of all you have in life!

Stay Classy St. Norbert

A New Beginning

And my final spring break of formal education comes to a close. Although the level of production in terms of schoolwork is nothing to brag about the knowledge gained and new awareness achieved was revolutionary. I come back to you all with promise of something groundbreaking. I have a vision. One I wish to share with you, for now. This could be what one may classify as ‘a calling.’ Sure, now it is merely an entry in a blog for SNC’s website but, why can’t it be something more? The idea of social media is nothing to ignore, the online bandwagon, in my opinion, is the way I can materialize dreams.
So, this vision of mine, it is easy, two words: The Secret. I suggest if you want to join me for this ride you learn it. Although I wish not to demise the thought of reading, for the sake of time simply start with the movie. If you have Netflix you can watch it instantly on there for free, apart from the monthly charge. Otherwise, check the nearest Redbox, Family Video, Blockbuster, you get where I’m going with this. It is to emphasize a point, watch the movie. The Law of Attraction, in a net shell, it is what this thing we call life is all about. Sure, call me philosophical, call me crazy, but hear what I have to say. This is honestly something extraordinary.
Don’t worry I’m not going to take your money, invite you to seminars, or make you read anything…other than this blog. This is a new beginning for me, and if you wish, for you. You are probably asking yourself, ok why the blog? If he has his whole life figured out why waste his time, sharing it on cyber space? Valid question. The answer isn’t simple or without thought. But I think it will prove to be the decision that launched me from student to professional. What do I mean by this? This blog is going to be what keeps me accountable. The part of this law of attraction is your ability to envision where you want to see your life. By taking the time to stop everything going on around you, close your eyes, and dream. If you think its dorky and a load of bullshit, well than you can stop reading now and go on living your average life as if you are now, mere clock work with no control over your life. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself the question. Do I want to change my entire outlook on life, open my eyes to something different, a power transformation? If you aren’t willing to expose yourself I understand, don’t think anything less of you, and wish you the best in life.
As for those who wish to learn more, watch the movie. This whole blog of mine will make a lot more sense. This is merely my first entire but more will follow. I wish not to lay it all out now for the sake of length. Patience may be difficult but as I said, this is a journey. All good things happen to those who wait. But, I do wish to leave you this time on a cliff hanger, so you come back for more. This whole thing isn’t just some good feeling, uplifting, positive attitude speech. I bring it to you via this blog because I’ve created proof of its power.
On Tuesday of spring break I watched The Secret on Netflix in the basement of my home in Port Huron, MI. After watching I began such ‘vision work’ as you could say. Throughout the day when I was driving, working out, going through the routines of the day I thought about what I wanted and pictured myself living that life. Living out in Boulder CO, working for Stryker as an Medical Sales Associate, being financially free, and spending my free time mountain biking, rock climbing, and snowboarding. Obviously there is more to my vision but I wish to stop there for now and tell you more about it next time. But what I will say is that after 3 days of spending my days believing with absolute certainty that I was going to live my life in abundance and treat life as my playground with the ability to materialize my dreams I got an email from Stryker asking if I would be interested in arranging an phone screen interview? Do I have you hooked? I’ve been applying and trying to get any type of ‘in’ with Stryker for over a year and a half. The problem was that during this span I was telling myself “there is no way I am going to get that perfect of a job with such a prestigious company right out of college, you will have to settle for something mediocre to gain experience and one day hopefully make the switch.” Do you understand what I’m telling you? The universe is clay and we, with the power of our minds, are the artists. What do you want to do with your life?

Stay Classy St. Norbert

Finally Free

Yes, hell week completed! As my last entry may have indicated I had quite the hectic week last week with three exams and a fifty-minute presentation in molecular biology. Even though I only slept about four hours each night, was in constant study mood, and energy sucked clear out of me, I am now free. The only positive of having such an intense week is that the week following it is a cakewalk. On top of that I only have to get through another week of classes and then it is Spring Break and I cannot wait to go home and spend time with my family. Sure, spending the afternoons on the beach as the sun tanning my skin and an ice cold beer satisfies my thirsty will be missed, the damage to my wallet will not be. I’ve had my fair share of great vacations over the years both with family as well as with friends and it’s now time to buckle down and utilize the time to organize what I want to do post graduation. We are now within three months until the faithful march and things are starting to possibly look promising for a career path to begin on, it is kind of just up to me on deciding what I would like to pursue. Getting into my desired field (Medical Sales) is not an easy entry-job to land, especially straight out of college without any business to business or direct medical sales experience. I am still plugging away trying because obviously such a position, with a highly reputable company, would be an easy way to get the ball rolling on my career. At the same time I could also see myself selling health insurance for a company like Northwestern Mutual and feel it could be a good fit with my personality, but who knows I mean I still have 3 months to figure it out right?
As for this week, I have smooth sailing. I have the usual systemic quiz and paper summary due Friday but have no real exams and am going to maximize the time to get a head on projects due later in the semester as well as have a bit of fun since usually I’m never given the chance to during the week because I am responsible and get all my studying and homework done. Plus, I have an 8am class so going to that after a night out isn’t all that appealing to me. I’m really excited about hitting the Naw for Wings tomorrow night, since its been four weeks since my last, and basically just the fact that I’m able to breathe and sit back this week. It should be a good one and then I can’t wait to home during spring break!

Stay Classy St. Norbert!

Nate

‘Finals Like’ Week

So this week’s entry will be quite brief due to the amount of work currently on my palate. I spent straight 10 hours yesterday putting together a molecular biology presentation and I still am not yet finished. I present this Friday and it is on a primary journal article of my choosing. My article, entitled: “Cannabidiol enhances the inhibitory effects of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol on human glioblastoma cell proliferation and survival,” is yet another studying showing the positive affects of THC (present in marijuana) as an anti-cancer agent. Although, I’ve enjoyed doing the research it is very time consuming and the presentation is expected to last 45 minutes in length. On top of this presentation on Friday I have 3 exams spread throughout the week as well. Thus, today I plan to finish the review guides for my International Mass Communication exam (on Tuesday), Molecular Biology exam (on Wednesday), and Systemic Physiology exam (on Friday). It will be an intense and hectic week but as long as I am as productive today as I was yesterday than I will most certainly alleviate a large amount of the stress currently hanging over me. But, as usual, I’m staying positive and focusing on the pros of the situation, such as the fact that when the week is over I will feel incredible. Plus, I will only have one week of class remaining until Spring Break. Well I apologize for the lack of humor, entertainment, or gossip but I need to get back to books and start checking things off the good old ‘To-Do-List.”

Stay Classy St. Norbert College

Hit the ground running

So what’s new in the life of Nate Wine? Well the semester is heating and I’m in for an intense next couple of weeks until Spring Break arrives. This will be quite the character-building semester if I’m able to continue on the responsible streak I’m currently riding. Although I have a rigorous and time consuming semester I’ve become an expert at time management and for the first time have started the semester off on the right foot. Usually, I dig myself into a hole near the beginning of the semester because I’m not used to professor’s exams and take the first exam to test the waters, but this semester I’ve hit the ground running. I got a 94% on my first Systemic Physiology exam and a 94% and two 100% on the three quizzes thus far. I throw out those scores not to brag but merely to emphasize how much effort and time I’ve put in over these first weeks. But time is flying and I cannot comprehend that Spring Break is just around the corner. I don’t have any extravagant trip plans to Cancun but am rather going to utilize my time at home with friends and family because it may just well be the last time I visit home for quite a while. The reason being is that after graduation the plan is to have a job lined up and start working right away. As I’ve mentioned in previous entries the objective was to acquire a position in the medical device industry as a sales representatives. Due to a number of factors I might be leaning toward a position with Northwestern Mutual, I’ll be sure to update you further when I have more details and put more thought into the matter.
As for the week ahead, I have my first Marketing exam on Tuesday that I hope to excel in since it is one of three exams in the course. Thus, if I don’t do too well on it I will have dug myself into one of those holes I discussed earlier and with only two other exams remaining it wouldn’t be an easy one to get out of. I will most likely have a relaxing and laid back weekend because next week I have three exams (International Mass Communication, Molecular Biology, and Systemic Physiology) and a molecular biology presentation to give on a primary journal article. Thus, I want to get a jump-start on study/ preparation for the week ahead. Cannot believe I’m approaching graduation so quickly, the weeks are flying by!

Stay Classy St. Norbert!

Yet Another Weekend to Remember!

This weekend was another one to add to the senior year scrapbook. While the school week itself didn’t amount to much excitement, Friday changed the tempo. After feeling as if I dominated my systemic exam at 8am my other two classes were pretty laid back and enjoyable. Then, Senior Wine Tasting kicked off at 5:45 pm and it was an event to remember. Although I indeed had a blast I will admit that Anh Tran did bring a tear to my eye when he gave the Senior Class Toast. Just the thought of looking around the room and realizing this is my last semester of college was simply overwhelming to me. The friends I’ve made, the relationships built, and the time we’ve shared will always be remembered. But visualizing four years nearly completed was quite saddening. The wine was merely a warm up for the main event of the evening…The TKE Crush Dance. The bus, on its way to the dance, actually picked up all of the seniors who were at Bemis for the wine tasting. We then headed over to Chicago Street Pub and proceeded to dance the night away. My outfit consisted of white dress shoes and a white dress shirt accompanied with black dress pants, suspenders, and bow tie, a classic Nate Wine get up. And of course we were sure to have SRF (Safe Responsible Fun)! Saturday proved unproductive but it was a nice, relaxing, and rewarding afternoon. I now sit writing this before diving into 3 or 4 smaller assignments for the week. None of which are due for class tomorrow but I like to utilize Sunday as a day to get a lot of the homework due later in the week out of the way.
As for the week ahead, I’m not exactly sure what it will entail but am sure it will keep me busy, always finds a way to do that. Job search is still stagnant without any new news to report. I hope one of these days I will be able to report some exciting advancements but I’m still merely networking, getting my name out there, and applying to any and every company that seems of interest.

Stay Classy St. Norbert

Super Bowl Sunday

It has been 14 years since the Packer’s have been able to bring the Vince Lombardi trophy back home to Green Bay. What better way to capitalize a four-year undergraduate education in this great state than to experience such a victory? Although I am from Michigan and have tried all my life to be the best Lion’s fan possible, I’ve always had a spot in my heart for the Packers. After having lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the past 4 years that spot has grown into a tremendous admiration, respect, and full-blown support for the team. The city of Green Bay, and the entire state for that matter, bleeds green and yellow. I’ve never seen a community so united under a common thread. Tonight’s game will be one of epic proportions and its outcome will dictate the rest of my college experience. You may be saying to yourself, “Well that seems a bit drastic.” Unfortunately, it is the truth. The outcome of this game will set the tone for my last 3-4 months in Green Bay. If the Packer’s win the city will be overjoyed and everyone whose anyone will have huge smiles spread across their faces as they wear Packer apparel until it becomes an issue of personal hygiene. But if the Packers lose…the state will face an emotional depression. People won’t leave their homes, businesses won’t be open, and the sun will rarely shine. If you aren’t from Wisconsin you will think I am over exaggerating, I wish I could say I was. But the truth of the matter is that the outcome of this game tonight will ultimately affect the economic and social well being of the this state for who knows how long.
With that being said, I cannot wait. I have my authentic Charles Woodson’s jersey cleaned, pressed, and ready to wear, I’m currently in the process of doing laundry and cleaning my bedroom in preparation, and later this afternoon I will be headed to the store with Ale to collect ingredients to make guac and buy chips and beer for the show. It is quite outrageous to comprehend that in less than 2 hours 85% of the state of WI and 98.9 % of people in Green Bay will be gathered around a television in their home or sharing a pitcher with friends at the local sports bar. The atmosphere will be unparallel to any other sporting event in the United States and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be in the very heart of it all.
As for me, not much has changed since last week. Family is well. Friends are great. Girlfriend and I are two peas in a pod. And I’m just living the dream, working hard and playing hard. I’ve set a new goal for myself as well, 4.0 this final semester. I’ve yet to 4.0 a semester while in college but want to go out on a high note and feel if I put in the time, stay organized, and expect greatness I can knock this last semester out of the park.

Stay Classy St. Norbert & GO PACK GO