Monday, October 31, 2016

Laugh More, Worry Less

Always remember this truth: There is PLENTY of time and occasion for worry and sadness in one's life. That's why it's so important to take advantage of the opportunities to "Laugh More and Worry Less"!

I'm typing this article on the same day that I recorded the podcast for this topic and it's also the same day that I found out that a friend of mine that graduated High School with me passed away from a long battle with cancer. I talk about that a little on the podcast and how it relates to this very thing.

There are ALWAYS things that come our way that we will not laugh about or feel joyful about. That, my friend, is simply the way life is for those that walk this path. 

However, there are PLENTY of opportunities to find reasons to laugh and smile!

Tell me friend, what is accomplished by worry? Oh listen, I understand about worry. I've had many nights where I didn't sleep well due to worry. It seemed that, no matter how hard I tried, my mind would not let go of the worry. You've been there, too, I'm sure. 

But, again, what is accomplished? Many things that we worry about are things that we have absolutely no control over and there are also many things that we worry about that never come to be. 

I can tell you one thing that IS accomplished with worry. It affects our health in a NEGATIVE way! That's right. Worry can (and often does) bring about ulcers along with a variety of other digestive problems. It can also cause depression and, as already discussed, many sleepless nights.

So, take the challenge friend! Take the time to FIND those things - each and every day - that can make you smile more, laugh more and, as a result, worry less! Hey, sometimes you even have to laugh at the things that normally might cause you to worry.

Life goes by too quickly and many times we miss the good things in life by worrying about others. Don't become so overtaken by the pressures of life that you forget how to laugh - and how to laugh more often!

If you have children at home, you can teach them this lesson by SHOWING them how this is done. That's right, they are watching YOU and YOU can show them that, even in the midst of the everyday struggles of life, you can still find a way and a reason to smile and laugh.

Yeah, it's THAT important!

Until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Friday, October 28, 2016

It's a GOOD DAY To...

Yeah, this image is WAY bigger than the size that I usually use for my blog article, but I wanted to make sure that you could read all that was on it so that it could "soak in" and give you a little extra boost for your day!

Now, right up front, I had nothing to do with coming up with the thoughts shared on this image. I actually came across it on THIS WEBSITE - check it out for yourself.  

Take the time to look over ALL of the phrases found in this image and APPLY THEM to your life TODAY! As is said right at the top, "Today is a good day to have a good day!"

Hey, you've heard me talk about how important TODAY really is so, why not go ahead and make it a GOOD DAY?

It's like we've discussed a lot recently - it's a CHOICE and it's one that you make each and every day. Sure, there are things that happen (read the last article, "Some Days Just SUCK!") that can make it harder to keep a positive attitude but, friend, it's still a choice and you CAN make ANY day a GOOD day! (Sure, you can "read ahead" on the graphic above and get some other pointers/ideas on this whole thing).

Take it as a personal challenge! Hey, make a game out of it if that's what you need to do to get the right "frame of mind" to attack the potential negativity that may come with a day that is "not so good".  Say to the negativity, "Bring it on!" and then SPIT IN THE FACE of that same negativity and be determined to make it a GOOD day, at the very least.

Believe it or not, this is EXACTLY what I do on some of those days that seem to be headed the wrong way. There are times that I have actually laughed (really) and said, "I don't think so!" and then set out - determined - that things were going to get better! And, guess what? THEY ALWAYS DO! 

 Sure, there are always exceptions but, friend, we are talking about the day in and day out mindset that is necessary for you to WIN at life!

I will be taking each part of this graphic and using them as the topics for upcoming articles and podcasts but, again, you have the opportunity to "look ahead" and start the process of thinking and applying these thoughts and ideas in your own life NOW...TODAY.

So, until next time, it's up to YOU what you do with the time between now and "the next time". And, remember, whatever you do, be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Do NOT Let Life Escape You!

I ride a motorcycle. I LOVE riding my motorcycle and I often say that the time on my bike is my "therapy". No, I'm not making light of the intricacies of proper therapy but I'm simply stating that being on my bike is a way for me to "clear my head" and "let go" of the worries and/or frustrations of the day. 

I've even checked my blood pressure AFTER being on a ride and found that it was quite a bit lower than what my normal numbers read. Ahhhhhhhhh!

But, here's the thing, you can "fill in the blank" with that graphic above and put in whatever it is that you LOVE to do. You can also make it more personal by using the word "I" instead of "we". For example: "I _____________________ not to escape life, but for life not to escape me."

What would go in YOUR "blank"?

I often talk about the importance of TODAY and the fact that TODAY is all that we really have. There's no promise of tomorrow and you cannot relive or reclaim yesterday. LIFE is made up of individual days which means that each day - TODAY - makes up your life.

So, what is it that you CHOOSE to do today to make sure that LIFE doesn't "escape" you?

This doesn't mean that you have to jump out of an airplane in order to "experience" life. What it DOES mean is that you (just like me and everyone else) may just need to be reminded to make sure that you EXPERIENCE life as it unfolds around you!

If you have kids at home, don't miss out on them BEING at home. They grow way too fast and, before you know it, they will be gone and out of the house. Enjoy each day as it day at a time!

I'm sure you've heard the cautionary phrase,"Be careful what you wish for", right? Indeed, be careful, because it often comes true before you are actually ready for it to. 

This is not a long article but one that I hope will cause you think and take a look around you each and every day. Yes, sure, take advantage of those times that you get to do something out of the ordinary that you really love to do. But, at the same time, don't let the "ordinary life" pass you by without enjoying and living every moment of it before it vanishes.

You'll be glad you did!

One way to make that happen is to be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Monday, October 24, 2016

Some Days Just Suck!

Yes, it's true. Some days JUST SUCK!  No matter how positive you try to be or how careful you try to be to "make it an awesome day"...some days JUST SUCK!

I had one of those days last week, which caused me to find this graphic above. Just the "top part" of the graphic was what I found and it expressed exactly how I was feeling. Then I added the wording below the image, "But I have to keep moving on anyway", because, friend, that is what we all have to do even on those "sucky" days!

You see, it's just like what we talked about in that last "mini-series" of blog articles and boils down to being a matter of CHOICE and DECISION

 I have to tell you that, on THAT day - that "sucky" day - things happened that literally sucked the life right out of me. I was dazed and confused and things looked dark. It was tough! But, even though I found that graphic that described exactly what I was feeling ("Some days just SUCK!"), I also knew that I had to apply a positive spin on the whole situation ("But I have to keep moving on anyway"). 

When you have one of "those days" (and you will!), you have a CHOICE to make. Don't ever forget that fact! You may not be able to go back and change whatever happened that may or may not have contributed to the situation, but you CAN and you DO have the ability to CHOOSE how you will respond to the situation. WHAT WILL YOU DO?

You can "take it out" on anyone and everyone around you and make them just as miserable as you are. Misery doesn't always like company! That's one choice but, friend, that is not a very good choice and those around you don't deserve to be your "punching bag" just because YOUR day "sucked". 

You may decide that it's best that you spend some time alone until you have a chance to "get it together" or "cool off". That may not be a bad choice! In my situation, it just so happened that I was not going to be around other people for the rest of the day and, honestly, I would say that it was a good thing. It allowed me to fuss and gripe and complain with myself and there was no one else that would have to hear that or "feel" that. It allowed me to go through the process of hurt and frustration and then it allowed me to develop RESOLVE! I was RESOLVED that (just like the bottom part of the image states) I was going to "get up" and "keep going" in spite of what had happened. 

You may also choose (and be careful with this one) to get around others that you feel may help you get yourself "back on track". The reason I say "be careful" is that you want to be sure that this doesn't turn into the first scenario that I mentioned. You must be careful to not allow any negative energy to "spill over" to those around you. If you really feel that this other person - or group of people - will have a good, positive influence on you then, by all means, surround yourself with such people!

The main thing is that you have two basic choices: 
     1. Have a "pity party" and allow the circumstance to dictate how you think and behave OR
     2. Decide that YOU will dictate how you think and behave and you "move on anyway".

It's up to you. It's your choice. CHOOSE WISELY.

Even when you have one of those days that just sucks! :)

Stay strong and stay positive and, until next time, whatever you do, be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

A roommate says to another roommate (that has been in the shower for a long time!), "Hey, what's taking you so long in there? I need to get in there and take a shower, too!" The response from the roommate in the shower? "Sorry but, this shampoo bottle says to 'wash, rinse, repeat' and I DON'T KNOW WHEN TO STOP!"


So, you may still be thinking, "What in the world does this title and that joke have to do with today's article and podcast?"

First of all, let me ask you this: Have you read and/or listened to the two previous articles/podcasts? If not, GO DO THAT FIRST, come back and then see if a light bulb doesn't go off in your head. Aha!

By the way, you can follow the podcast by CLICKING HERE to go to the iTunes page or by CLICKING HERE to listen to it on the RSS feed.

As we close out this "mini-series" on the importance of making wise decisions because they will impact us (and others) for the rest of our lives, I want to talk about how we can be successful in choosing wisely.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat.


Live life ONE DAY AT A TIME. Do what you can EVERY DAY to improve your mindset, just like you are doing right now by reading this blog article. Add to the library in your mind with as much positive information as you can and then do it again and again and again (Wash, Rinse, Repeat). 

Learn how to make WISE decisions on even the "small things" and then apply that same discipline to the "larger things" that you deal with on a daily basis. 

Don't worry about "tomorrow" doesn't even exist. Think about that! Tomorrow is something that is still in the future. We have no promise, no guarantee that it will arrive yet we spend time worrying about or planning for that time period that has yet to arrive.

What we DO have is TODAY! That's it! That's all we have...TODAY! You can't go back and relive or reclaim yesterday - it's GONE forever. I've already talked about that time period that we call "tomorrow" and you should now understand exactly what I mean when I say that all we have is "TODAY"

This applies to any area of your life, whether it be in relationships or whether it be financial matters. The choices that you make TODAY will impact your FUTURE. So, choose wisely TODAY!

In your relationships, do all that you can do TODAY to improve the relationship. Don't wait on someone else, YOU do all that YOU can do TODAY. Do all that you can do to let the other person (or people) in your relationship(s) know how important that they are to you and do it TODAY. Let that other person (or people) know that you are thankful that they are a part of your life, but do it TODAY. Get the point?

By the way, that's how you "set the table" for a long-term relationship. You don't think, "I don't know if I can do this for the next 20, 30 or 50 years!" You just do all that you can do, one day at a time, beginning TODAY and then you "wash, rinse, repeat" over and over again.

"Oh, but Mike, when it comes to financial situations, you MUST be planning for your future!" Absolutely. I agree. Here's how you do that - "You plan for your FUTURE by what you do TODAY."

Over simplified? I don't think so.

You can read or listen to any successful person that you can and you will find them all basically say the same thing concerning success. Find what works and then do it over and over again.

So, even financially, your decisions - wise or unwise - done on a DAILY basis will determine your financial future.

Remember, "Many times the PROFOUND can be FOUND in the SIMPLE." Don't miss that point.

Be sure to listen to the podcast so that you can get in on some additional thoughts and input on this topic - you'll be glad you did and, until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Choose Wisely

If you haven't done so yet, go back and read the last blog article. It "sets up" the thoughts behind today's podcast (as well as the next one to come). Also, be sure to listen to the PODCAST that goes along with this topic by CLICKING HERE for the iTunes page or by CLICKING HERE for the RSS feed. 

When it comes to making a DECISION about the DIRECTION of our life, we must CHOOSE WISELY, wouldn't you agree? 

Think about it, we're talking about the DIRECTION FOR YOUR LIFE - FOR LIFE! Yes, you can still correct that direction at a later time if you need to but, here's the thing to remember even with that: You will be further away from where you want to be and it will be more difficult and time consuming to get where you want to be and where you planned to be to start with!
There is a saying that carpenters use when cutting boards... "Measure twice, cut once." The idea behind that is to CHOOSE WISELY but do so BEFORE you make that cut! If you don't, you will have to do it again. If you cut it too long, you will waste time having to cut it again. But, if you cut it too short, you will not only waste time but you will also waste material because you will have to use another board to try to get it right. 

The same quote could be applied to our lives and the decisions that we must make... "Think about it more than once before you act!" There is wisdom in the idea of needing to "sleep on it" before making a decision. 

There are so many important decisions that we need to make over the course of our lives. Hey, there are many important decisions that we need to make even over the course of a year, month, week and even - at times - a day! 

What career path will you choose? If you decide that you need to CHANGE the path that you are on for your career, what path will you decide to take next?  Is it really the career path that needs to be changed or is it something within you that needs to be changed?  Are you going to get married? Who will you marry? Believe me, this is a HUGE decision that will be made and it will have an impact on you and your life for years to come as well as an impact on another generation if you have children. 

Listen, even though these choices can be changed later, THERE WILL STILL BE AN IMPACT THAT WAS MADE AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE on your live and/or the lives of others.

So, yeah, do you get now how important it is to CHOOSE WISELY

Take a moment and just jot down all of the decisions that you have to make over the course of a single day. From the time that you get up (that, by the way, is a decision that you had to make) to the time that you go to bed (yes, another choice!). No matter how small you may think that decision is, if you had a choice, write it down. When you have done so, take a minute or two and look over each of those choices and see if even these "insignificant" choices and the decisions that you made with them could have a much bigger impact on your day if you had chosen differently (good and/or bad).


Hey listen, your decision to take the time to read this blog article was a good choice. No, not just because I'm the one that wrote it, but because you made a decision to spend some time "feeding your brain and your mindset" some good, positive information that will help you in this process.

Choosing TO do something like this and choosing NOT to do something like this WILL have an impact on your day and, in the long run, continuing with that choice on a daily basis will have a further-reaching impact on your life (and the lives of those around you).

In the next blog article I will discuss the need to do this on a DAILY basis - don't miss it! 

Until then, whatever you do, be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Decision Drives Direction

Right up front, let me give credit for the image above (as well as the article title and idea) to John C. Maxwell. I didn't read any article that went with this image so the ideas shared are my own, but I do want to acknowledge the origin of the image and title.

In my podcast, I end up saying, "Decision DETERMINES Direction", which is actually the same thing as the graphic and title above. Bottom line is this: Your decisions - on a DAILY basis - have a major impact on your life...for the rest of your life!

Everyday - every single day - we all have choices that require that a decision be made. Many we brush off as "not really important" but, at the same time, many of these "small decisions" that we make are bigger than we may think.

For example, getting into the habit of hitting the "snooze button" in the mornings may not seem like that big of a deal. By the way, it IS a choice and it reflects a DECISION that has been made! For one, those extra 10 - 30 minutes or so that we keep hitting that button are not "good sleep" minutes and that can affect you throughout your day. Too, this could result in you running late, being in a rush and throwing off the rhythm of your whole day. It may also be a reflection of your attitude toward your job (or whatever it is that you will be rushed to get to). 


Easier said than done? Of course, just like everything else I discuss through this blog and my podcast. However, you have a CHOICE that has to be made. You can keep whining and complaining and wonder why things aren't getting any better (doing the same thing you have always been doing) OR you can make the decision to CHANGE the direction of your life - and then DO it. 

It's just like when you map out your route for a journey that you plan to take. (Notice: You PLAN to in, you make PLANS for the trip!) There are many different ways to get where you want to go. There are different routes - some that can actually take you in the opposite direction of where you want to go. Perhaps some are scenic routes, while another route may take you close to where a friend lives. It's up to you! What do you want to do and where do you want to go? Too, how quickly do you want to get there? Do you want/need to take the quickest route or are you more interested in taking your time and making several stops along the way?

So it is with life, friend! 

But here's the truth on this: keep going in the same direction that are going now and - guess what? - you will end up wherever it is that this particular "direction" is taking you. If you don't like where you're going - CHANGE DIRECTION!

I could spend a ton of time on this but I hope that I've done enough to spark some thoughts and ideas in your own mind. See how far you can take the application with this and, most importantly, apply them to YOUR own situation!

Too, I want to be sure and encourage you to take a few minutes and listen to the podcast that goes along with this topic. You can do so by CLICKING HERE for the iTunes access or by CLICKING HERE for the RSS feed. 

Be sure to join me for the next article in this "mini-series" as I examine how important it is to CHOOSE WISELY when needing to make those decisions. 

Until then, whatever you do, be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Change Your _______, Change Your Life!

I'm sure, like me, you've heard all kinds of ideas and thoughts on how to "change your life", right? 

So, who is right? Like the image above says, "I want to change my life - but HOW?"

I recently have come across a couple of more that, on the surface, seem a bit "funny" in what they claim will change your life. One says that "changing your WATER" will change your life while another says that "changing your BLENDER" will change your life. 

Again, on the surface, these both seem a bit odd but, at the same time, when I (you) understand that they both are basically stating that, by changing what you put IN YOUR BODY, you can change your life, they make a bit more sense. Don't they?

There are all kinds of ways that we can change our life in a physical way and, yes, what we put INTO our bodies is a big part of that as well as what we DO WITH our bodies (such as exercise). And, as a benefit of that, our attitudes will often improve and we have a "brighter" outlook on everything around us. 

But what about NOW? What about "where I am" right now, regardless of the amount of exercise I am (or am not) getting? Yes, I understand the need for being more careful about what I put INTO my body, but what about TODAY while I'm still trying to improve in that area?

Here we go, friend Once again, it's going to sound "too simple" but, like I've mentioned before, "Many times the PROFOUND can be FOUND in the simple!" - don't miss that point. So, here it is: "CHANGE YOUR MINDSET, CHANGE YOUR LIFE".

Here's a shot of the little card I have on my "focus board" that reminds me to FOCUS on what is important. It's one that I've shared with you before but I want to use it again, as a reminder of this fact...
Take a close look at this and I honestly believe that there is not any way that you won't see what I'm saying is TRUE. (Notice: I didn't say it was easy, I said it was TRUE.)
Part of this process is something that you are doing right this very moment - reading this blog article about having and maintaining a positive mindset and attitude.  Another easy step that you can add to that is to listen to the podcast that goes along with this article by clicking HERE for the iTunes access or by clicking HERE for the RSS feed

That's right, daily - DAILY - simple, small steps repeated (guess what? DAILY) consistently will lead to CHANGE. That is true in any area of your life, good or bad  It's never too late to break a bad habit and it's never too early to develop a good one. And, friend, THIS is a good one!

The only way that you can change your BEHAVIOR (what you DO) is by first changing the way that you THINK which will develop the foundation of your BELIEFS

Do you want different RESULTS and a different/better life? Then it is imperative that you change what you think and believe and then, as a result, change what you DO.

DO and LIVE what you BELIEVE or you will be miserable. 

Again, be sure to listen to the podcast to get additional input and thoughts on this topic and  NEVER, EVER give up on improving and changing your life. If you haven't done so, go back a couple of articles and read the one on "The 4th Quarter" as well as the last one on being SO positive that negative people won't even want to be near you. 

Get it? Got it? GOOD!

Until next time, whatever you do, be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


Monday, October 10, 2016

Be SO Positive That...

From time to time I'll have people say to me, "Mike, I understand the importance of being positive but I just don't know how to do that when I'm surrounded by so much negativity!"

Anyone else relate to that? I DO!

First of all, let me ask you this: WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS? Let me explain what I mean.

Have you ever bought a certain "brand" of automobile and then, all of a sudden (so it seems), you notice how many other cars of this same brand are on the road? All of a sudden (so it seems), they are EVERYWHERE

The fact is, there are no more of these particular brands of automobile than there were before, but your FOCUS has changed to the point that you now NOTICE them more than before.

Does that example make sense? Now let me explain how that connects to the negativity that surrounds us each and every day.

I don't deny the fact that there are many negative people around us. Seriously, they seem (at times) to be EVERYWHERE! This becomes increasingly difficult if you find that a lot of that negativity comes from others under your own roof (from those in your family). 

But, do you think it's possible to change our focus to where, even though that negativity still exists, we don't notice it as much as we once did but, instead, we begin to notice that - HEY - there are also a lot of POSITIVE attitudes around us?

Now, I can't tell you whether you think it's possible or not, but I CAN tell you that it IS possible to change your FOCUS to where you begin to notice the POSITIVE more than you do the negative.

(By the way, this article is really very different than the podcast that I have on this same topic. So, you need to be sure to listen to it by clicking HERE or by clicking HERE.)  

 And, friend, the way that it begins is by doing exactly what you are doing right this very moment. That's right! Continue to immerse yourself with as much positive information as possible and you will soon find that you are drawn to (and others are drawn to you) others with the same positive attitude as you. This will help you focus on the POSITIVE and pay less attention to the negative. 

Listen, there are many others out there JUST LIKE YOU! That's right, there are many others that are seeking to increase the positive influence in their own life and they are looking for YOU! And then, guess what? When there are two of you combining "forces" you will find that you will attract others as a result.

Will you rid your life of all negativity. NO.

But, you WILL begin to focus less on the negativity around you and it will have less and less effect on you and your life. 

I want you to pay close attention to this FACT: It is IMPOSSIBLE for a positive attitude and a negative attitude to co-exist. One will "win out" over the other, sooner or later. 

So, if you are in a situation where those close to you (spouse, family, close friend) have a negative attitude, DO NOT GIVE UP! Surround yourself with other positive people (like I describe above) and continue to immerse yourself with positive information (like you're doing now and like you will do when you listen to the podcast) and, if you stick with it, you will begin to see that YOUR positive influence will begin to "snuff out" the negative influences around you. 

Easier said than done? YOU BET!

But it CAN be done and YOU CAN DO IT, friend!

I'd love to connect with you and encourage you directly so please feel free to connect with me via my fan page on Facebook by CLICKING HERE

Again, whatever you do, DO NOT GIVE UP! There are many that are waiting for YOUR positive influence to impact their lives in a powerful way. And, you will likely never know how many people you touched and whose lives you helped change for the better!

Be sure to check back for my next article coming soon. Until then, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


The 4th Quarter

Here we go, the 4th quarter of 2016.

What's the "score" as it relates to your life and the plans you had for your life in 2016?

If you have paid attention to just about any sport, you have witnessed how different teams approach the 4th quarter of a game. Some approach that last quarter of the game with determination while others approach it with surrender. 

We've all likely seen teams that were defeated before the 1st quarter was even over. Even though there was plenty of time left in the game, the team had already "surrendered" and "given up" and, thus, were already defeated. 

And, at the same time, we've all likely seen those teams that, even though they were behind by a seemingly insurmountable score, continue to fight all the way through to the end of the game. And, sometimes, even beyond the "regulation" time of the game, taking it into overtime and, at times, even pulling off an incredible win. 

What's the difference? Well, although there are other factors, for the most part it is MINDSET.

What's YOUR mindset going into the 4th quarter of this year? Are you discouraged? Frustrated? Hopeful? Determined?

By the way, be sure to take a few minutes and listen to the podcast that goes along with this article. You can listen to it by clicking here or by clicking here.

Here's the thing, friend...there is still time to make progress in WHATEVER it is that you are trying to accomplish in and for your life. Don't ever forget that fact and don't ever give up! (Remember, "As long as there is breath, there is hope!")

But, also remember don't HAVE to achieve all of your goals by the end of this quarter! Now, I understand that you want to finish what you set out to accomplish, but I just want you to realize that, even if you don't, you are NOT a failure! Hey, listen, when all is said and done, we're just talking about days on a calendar as opposed to life-long improvement and progression, right?


Bottom line, just don't give up. Don't surrender and keep fighting against what may seem like insurmountable odds to succeed where others have given up long ago.

Yeah, it's the 4th quarter but, friend, don't panic. If you're not where you want to be, perhaps you need to look at the "game plan" that you've been following for the first 3 quarters of this year and see what changes or "tweaks" that you may need to make and then move on BOLDLY into this 4th quarter.

But also remember, a lifetime is not made up of one year.

TODAY what you can do today (don't see yourself short), sleep easy tonight and then, if blessed with another day tomorrow, do it all over again.

Until next time, whatever you do, be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"