"Love your family. Work Superhard. Live your passion" -Gary Vaynerchuck


My Mother

Recently, my mom started her own blog. Hers is much more interesting than mine, but heck, she’s more interesting than me, so that makes sense! You can visit hers at https://dawnkroger.wordpress.com/ 

Dr. Oz Detox

Sometime in the last week and a half Kelsey and I got this idea to do a cleanse of our body, a little spring cleaning of you would. After searching the Internet for do it yourself cleanses, we discovered a highly rated Dr. Oz detox program. Tonight we took the plunge and went shopping. Talk about blowing $150 really fast!
In 3 days they estimate we will lose 5-7lbs and get rid of a ton of the toxins in our bodies. I’m absolutely thrilled to be trying this. We spent 3 hours preparing every “meal” for the next 3 days. This hell should be worth it by this time next week!!

Christa’s Wedding

Today was a day that will be very important in the future for my cousin Christa and her new husband Cody. Although their wedding was very important for them I realized that it was just as important for me.
A wedding isn’t about the dress or the cake. It is about seeing family, friends, and loved ones. However most importantly it’s about making memories that will last. You never know when the last time you see somebody will be. I saw my great uncle tonight. He is the cute old man that everyone tells stories about. This may be a one sided opinion and I’m sorry if Christa or Cody reads this, but having a conversation with my great Uncle Tom was more important than seeing the bride or groom tonight.
In the future if there is something that you really don’t want to go to just remember, the reason they are throwing the party may not be the reason to go, but the people attending can more than make up for it.

My Mountain

Ladies and Gentlemen, I feel like my journey through life has always had a mountain in the distance. Looking at that I knew that someday I would climb it. Its not going to be easy but if you have great people around you it will be a lot easier than if you were doing it by yourself. I’m proud to say that I have finally reached the basecamp of the mountain.  Even though the top is still clouded. I think I’m on the right track and I know that I can climb my mountain.

My career is in an ever changing state. This may sound scary, it may sound exciting, and to be honest with you, it is! I’m shifting from managing Klenz to being a personal assistant to my boss. My grandma considers him to be a “big dog” and lets be real, I want to be a big dog. The best way to become a big dog is to work beside them, see how they work. Then emulate them and hopefully pick up on a few traits/quirks that they all possess. I am also building my resume becoming more organized and dealing with the day to day operations of running several businesses. I feel like my brain is ticking faster than it ever has before.

I need your help and prayers to give me enough strength and stamina to reach the top.

#GroupShirting for Jingos

I’m not sure if you guys know about IWearYourShirt.com, but every couple months they do a “group shirting” event where they send out 200-500 shirts to people who are willing to participate in a day of social media for the company sponsoring the shirt.  This time it is Pepperidge Farm’s new cracker snack, Jingos.  They are a Bold salty snack that Kels and I both thought were delicious! Here are some photos from the group shirting.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

My little sis is getting married

This coming weekend my little sister is going to get married to a man that I can only describe as her opposite. Most people would be flabbergasted at the idea of marrying someone that you have very little in common with. Personally, I find the idea quite realistic and good. It’s easy to get sick of someone who is identical to you in most every way, especially if you both have egos or are equally bull headed.
For the past year or so, I have been married to my opposite. She is the strong silent type afraid to step out of her bubble. I’m the shout from the rooftop guy who is constantly exploring his weaknesses. We blend better than any couple I have ever seen. The keys to a successful “opposite” couple are (1.) Give- never be afraid to give up things you love, especially if there is an outside chance that giving it up will strengthen your relationship. (2.) Forgive- everyone screws up, especially when you are opposites. Imagine the thought process from each party that goes into a social gathering. The quiet one will want to sit in a room criticizing the outgoing who are dancing and having a good time with complete strangers. The outgoing will be criticizing those sitting in the corner. It’s a way of thinking and if you are considerate to your partner’s “opposite” way of thinking, you will understand where they are coming from.
On a final note I want to wish my sister the best of luck with this marriage and with their new house in Canton.

Music Affects Me

Over the past year at my job with Klenz towel, I have been completely stressed out more than once. After a hard day of work I find the best solution to maintaining my sanity is a glass of wine and turning on my favorite Internet radio station and just listening for an hour or so. Sometimes these sessions can last for three to four hours. I paid some attention while taking a barrage of psych classes in college, there I learned that music affects a different part of the brain than normal speech. The cool thing is that while you listen to music, it is actually “massaging” the rest of your brain. Imagine getting a back rub that makes your knee feel better (how neat is that?)
Next time you are stressed, try throwing on a slow paced melodic masseuse along with a glass of your favorite vintage.

It’s Been a While…

Hey everybody, I just realized that it has been well over a year since my last post, but have no fear, I’m back with a quick summary of what went on in the last 14 months!

Graduated College! (I don’t have any pictures of my graduation so I posted one of Kelsey!)

Heck yes we did it!

May 28, 2012: Married to Kelsey Jo!

Honeymoon: Aruba!

Got a job at Klenz, LLC!

Got a promotion from marketing nerd to Mr. know-it-all (Not my car)

Not pictured in the last 14 months was my addiction to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, my addiction to Skyrim, and worst of all my addiction to my wife (too graphic for this blog).

Overall I can not and will not complain about my so called life. Each day I find my self asking if it is real. I am truly blessed, but I couldn’t have done all this in the past year with out a great wife, boss, parents, grandparents, and most of all God.

More posts to come because we are slowly slipping into the boring married couple cliché.

(I’m not worried :))

Spring Break

So this last week was spring break, fun right?  Not so much… It consisted of me getting sick and working just about every day. On a good note though I was able to attend a couple of great organizations here in Sioux Falls.  I attended a luncheon for SME (Sales and Marketing Executives) where they had Gary Guller speak about his trials and tribulations when he became the first man to climb mount Everest with one arm.  It was an amazing speech.  Then I attended Sioux Falls Synergy, which from what I can tell, is just a networking group that is comprised of people like me that don’t want to spend 400 bucks to become a member of the chamber or SME, so they join this for 30.  In my opinion if I was a member of 5 organizations for networking and had to let one go, it would be the Sioux Falls Synergy. It’s insightful but the people dont network like they do with YPN (Young Professionals network), the chamber, or SME.

Yesterday I became depressed while looking on Facebook, there were people that were living my dreams over their final spring break of college.  They were in Europe, South and Central America, some of them went only to New York or DC, regardless I was jealous.  But I keep telling myself that in 2 months I’ll be getting married and then walking onto a plane to fly me to Aruba.  That’s my 2 cents for today, the end of spring break!

CEO in another country

I’ve thought long and hard about the question that I posted last time, and I came to the conclusion that if I were selected to be CEO in a foreign country, I would accept the position.  However there would have to be a list of priorities, my family must be able to be educated and safe, I would have to make more money than I did in the United States, and above all else, Kelsey must say yes. 🙂  I sometimes wonder how people can make decisions without consulting their family and loved ones. I’m not even married yet and I can’t imagine making a life altering decision without first consulting Kelsey.

Hope you all have a good weekend and a happy Valentines day!

%d bloggers like this: