It’s Friday. A day of great anticipation for the majority of Americans. It’s a day that we yearn for almost every other day of the week and, now, it is finally here! So what are you going to do about it? How are you going to bless it? How are you going to make it count? Make it special? Make it memorable? Simply put, how are you going to own it?!
Keep these thoughts at the forefront today, tonight and throughout your weekend. When you start complaining about the weather, the food, the kids, the laundry, the gym crowd, the dinner plans you now wish you never made, the neighbors’ loud dog, the sourpuss at the dry cleaners, the rude customer service representative, and a million other things that you can bitch about… then stop and pause and remind yourself that you have been praying for the weekend to come since last weekend ended. And with that comes the responsibility to make the weekend positive. Energetic. Enjoyable. Thrilling. Riveting. You catch my drift?
Life is about taking ownership of each and every day. Making good days great, great days epic, and finding the silver linings within the days we consider bad or mundane. So this weekend – when the rain is pouring, the party is underwhelming, and the beer served is Miller High Life instead of Stella Artois – remind yourself that you’re grateful to be alive; that you’re appreciative of the company; and that you’re going to make the day one to remember so that those who didn’t do the same will be jealous of your ownership.
Memorial Day is upon us. It is a day to pay tribute to those who have died in active military service. It is a day to say ‘thank you’ to the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives in order to allow us Americans to be free. A right that we as Americans too often take for granted. A right that but for our heroes’ sacrifice, would only be a dream. A right for which we must stand.
Take time this weekend to not only honor our fallen friends, but to honor our own lives as well. Life is fragile. Each day we awake is a day that we should celebrate. Another chance to spend time with family and with friends. Another chance to taste the sugars of life’s subtle rewards. Another chance to change the world.
Kiss your spouse. Kiss your kids. Let the sun fill you with energy that sets your soul on fire. Go for a run. Workout. Play an instrument. Hit the pool, lake or beach. Be present. Be grateful. Be.
Paul Franklin is the principal at Franklin Capital Strategies, a financial services firm that specializes in estate planning and insurance for small business owners and entrepreneurs; athletes and celebrities. His “no quit” mentality coupled with his detailed level of attention to each and every client makes Paul a popular choice when it comes to future wealth generation. I was greatly inspired by Paul’s attitude as he discussed the challenges of being told, “no.” Rather than looking at “no” as a closed door, he looks at “no” as simply “no, not right now.” And he uses that type of rejection to fuel his fire and improve wherever possible. Or as Paul had put it:
I run to failure.
It is that type of mentality that separates the winners from the losers.
Tim DePasquale is a music producer and talent manager who has toured with Machine Gun Kelly and now lives at Mike Busey’s world-famous Sausage Castle in Orlando, Florida. His passion for music can be clearly felt throughout our conversation and his love and respect for MGK and Busey is clearly evident. With years of production experience under his belt, Tim now seeks to make a splash in the music industry as he teased the fact that he has several pop records coming out within the next year that have potential to be big. Considering he operates most of his production activity currently from the “Castle” headquarters, I have no doubt we will be hearing more of Tim in the years to come.
I enjoyed sitting down with Dr. M. Kara, one of America’s top experts in anti-aging medicine. Dr. Kara is the medical director at Affinity Whole Health, an anti-aging clinic with offices in Cleveland and Columbus. Their practice specializes in hormone replacement therapy and offers custom solutions for both men and women whose testosterone and/or estrogen levels are not optimized. Unbalanced hormone levels can lead to a variety of health issues, including fatigue, muscle loss, low sex drive and weight gain, to name a few.
Dr. Kara offered medical insight into the many benefits associated with their treatments and provided stories about the positive life-changing impacts their members have achieved from using their services.
If you or a loved one believe you may be negatively impacted by hormone imbalance, please get in touch with Affinity Whole Health to schedule a free consult!
Will Hardy is one of Cleveland’s top up-and-coming personal fitness trainers. What inspired me was his dedication to his six-days-a-week training program! This is a man who eats, breathes and sleeps fitness. He makes sure to be at the gym every morning by 5 or 6 AM. Meaning he is finishing his workout as us mere mortals are beginning to get out of bed… Now that’s dedication!
I look forward to seeing Will’s continued climb within the fitness industry not only here in Cleveland but on a regional and hopefully national level down the road.
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Having first stepped foot into a boxing gym at the ripe age of five, Montana ‘Too Pretty’ Love has become one of the fastest rising professional boxers in the sport over the past two years. This after having taken approximately 180 amateur fights in his youth, teen and early 20’s. Now at only 24 years of age, his current undefeated 10-0 professional record – coupled with his genuine swag and flashy lifestyle – have earned him over 50,000 followers on Instagram alone.
Montana, who also rocks a sombrero during his pre and post fights, is currently training with Adrien Broner and other professionals to help him get ready for some bigger fights this summer. From fancy footwork to precision punching and a lot of smack talk in between, I look forward to seeing where Montana’s career goes next. Can he be boxing’s next star? Only time will tell…
Swim, bike, run! That about sums up the lifestyle of Mike Hudock, an elite triathlete who makes time to work out twice each day in between medical school classes and studies. Having begun his triathlete journey six years ago as a freshman in college, Mike has remained disciplined in his training regimen throughout and has barely missed a week, let alone a day in that time frame.
Mike and I had an open conversation about mental health and the many benefits that exercise plays in relieving stress and anxiety. It is unfathomable to us how anyone can choose to not exercise, especially since we have both achieved so many mental, emotional and physical rewards from it. So many people find the excuse that they do not have the time to workout. That’s an illegitimate excuse.
You must make the time if you want something. Then, in turn, you’ll have the time.
If you are interested in learning more about physical fitness with an emphasis on running, in general, then I suggest you go check out Ep. 16. I look forward to Mike’s continued ascent in the triathlete and running world. His next major event will be the Athens Half Marathon in Athens, Ohio, on Sunday, April 15th. Good luck, Mike!
Dr. Adam Hedaya is a Double Board Certified physician specializing in pain management. His anti-opioid prescribing approach struck me as an approach that many other doctors should begin taking. With all of the opioid addiction issues in this country – many of which lead to heroin use – the medical profession as a whole has some serious changes it must make when it comes to the prescribing of medications. Doctors must be cognizant of the devastating affects these drugs have on their patients and should seek to avoid opioid prescriptions wherever possible so that the risk of heroin use and abuse is mitigated. Undoubtedly, lives will be saved.
Check out Dr. Hedaya at Cleveland Pain Care if you are in need of a pain management specialist to help you achieve a more comfortable, enjoyable lifestyle.