• Rich and Traci at the Gaylord
    at the Gaylord 2012
Joy In The Journey – Part 6 – Back To Africa

Joy In The Journey – Part 6 – Back To Africa

After celebrating our second wedding anniversary, Traci and I set out on a new course together – raising the financial support necessary for us to go to Zaire, Africa on a three month short-term mission trip with African Christian Mission. My second trip, Traci’s first trip, and her first time ever on a plane. 🙂 Getting To Africa Raising support is one of those things where it is easy to…

Running Goals for 2012

Running Goals for 2012

Last year I set off on my goal to lose weight and get back into shape by running. I did Weight Watchers as well.  It was a HUGE help to me to teach me more about portion sizes, what foods are better choices, and overall better eating habits. Highly recommended.  You can read more about all of this on My Weight Watchers Story. I never really thought I would like…

Looking For Something New and Fresh

Looking For Something New and Fresh

I was on Facebook earlier today and read a post from one of my friends, Deyna, who had quoted Napoleon Hill: “Neglecting to broaden their view has kept some men doing one thing all their lives” I don’t know if you’ve ever been there, but have you ever felt like your vision is so shallow, narrow, and short? If you know what I mean, it is a feeling that all you…

Completed My First Half Marathon

Completed My First Half Marathon

January 2011 I set out on a goal to lose weight and get back in shape. This isn’t the first time I had set this goal, but I was determined it would be the last. I did two things to make this happen: 1) I joined Weight Watchers to help get me moving in the right direction and to learn better eating habits, 2) I set a goal that in…

Joy In The Journey – Part 5 – The Ministry Years

Joy In The Journey – Part 5 – The Ministry Years

The ministry years: 1987 – 1990 Petersburg Church of Christ In my senior year of college I opened a new phase of my life, what my college major was all about, serving and working in a church as a youth pastor. I was hired on at my first church, Petersburg Church of Christ in Petersburg, IL. It was a part-time position that I could drive back and forth to while…

Losing Weight, Getting Healthy, Running

Losing Weight, Getting Healthy, Running

So far in 2011 it has been a year of getting healthy.  Since the New Year, I have lost a total of 45 pounds, been eating better, and have been exercising.  The main thing I have been doing is eating less and moving more. I have primarily done it through Weight Watchers.  You can see the blog I started by clicking here ==> My Weight Watchers Story. However, the primary thing…

Joy In The Journey – Part 4 – Traci

Joy In The Journey – Part 4 – Traci

I thought I would focus this part of the journey on my wife, Traci… at least the early years before she was my wife. We met during the fall semester of my senior year in college. I first met Traci when she was working in the college cafeteria, checking off meal card numbers and washing dishes. I realized I now had a greater purpose in hanging out in the cafeteria. It all started…

Where Is Rich?

Wow… it’s been awhile since my last post. I’ve had a couple people email me asking where I was, what was going on, and why I hadn’t posted anything.  So, let me fill you in on what’s been going on. It’s been great! 1) I’ve dropped about 45-50 pounds since the beginning of the year and have kept it off. I’d like to lose about that much more, but that…

Website Traffic = $$$

Matt from Chicago was the first guy to really teach me about SEO (search engine optimization) and get me pointed in the right direction. I owe Matt a HUGE thank you. One of the things Matt said quite often was that the person who controls the traffic gets the cash. And, that is one of the truest statements in the world of online businesses. Think about it. The amount of…

I Changed Churches This Last November

After about 12-13 years of going to Grace Community Church in Arlington, TX, we felt like God was leading us to move on. Now, I realize that this is not really a HUGE deal and that people do this all the time, but, after a dozen years, it makes it harder to pull the trigger on that kind of a decision. I actually felt like 3 years ago that God…

Selling To Make More Money

One of the things I learned a long time ago when I first read “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki is that you need to buy assets.  An asset, according to the book is something that PUTS money in your pocket. For example, you could buy a rental house that gives you rental income on a monthly basis. You could buy a website (virtual real estate) that generates a…

Finally Upgrading To Windows 7

I am finally upgrading my desktop computer and my wife’s laptop computer to Windows 7.  I have been stuck on Windows Vista now for 3 years. Through all of the crashes, sudden shut down of certain programs, and just being awkward and slow, it is finally time to move on. It started when our 2nd laptop, just an old Dell computer we have had forever, finally broke. I had revived…