34th Birthday is Here

So today is my 34th Birthday and much like the middle years this isn’t really a major milestone to celebrate.  I find myself contemplating all of the things I had hoped to accomplish by 34 and found that I had a lot to be proud of though there are many goals I need to set for myself.

Most of all I didn’t even take today off of work so will feel like a normal day instead.  The cool thing is my son turns 8 next week and we are celebrating our combined birthday at Benihana’s this Sunday which is one of his favorite places.

Mostly I am just looking forward to fall break in early October where the whole family will spend some time in our Beach Cottage (what we call it) and just escape the hot Arizona weather and enjoy some time at the beach and in SoCal.

It will be a partial working vacation for me as I can’t take the entire week off of work.

My favorite cake is Blueberry Cheesecake, and maybe I will have one of those to celebrate tonight or this weekend.  Other than that I am looking forward to Might and Magic Heroes VI which will be my birthday gift but the game doesn’t release until mid October (though I will be getting the early playable Beta which has a few levels).

-Justin Germino

Take Time to Enjoy Life

I have been working so much lately that I really find it difficult sometimes to just take time to enjoy life. Even while on my vacation in Las Vegas earlier in the week I found myself checking work emails and blogging emails and keeping in touch with whats happening because I have a difficult time unplugging. The gnawing feeling of what may be waiting for me to work on when I get back, or what is happening when I am “unplugged” causes me to almost always be thinking about work even when I am on vacation.

This is something I struggle with because I am one of those people that when I go in “Work Mode” it is hard for me to unplug at the end of the day and shift focus to other topics. I do successfully break my working hours by playing with my kids, enjoying dinner and some alone time with wife or blogging but my wife now considers blogging more like a second job than a hobby due to the amount of time and effort I put into it (and how often I talk about it).

My kids are growing up so fast and I do my best to make sure I unplug each day a little to give them some time, whether it is helping my oldest with his homework or reading to both of the boys every night at bed time. I try to revel in the moments and soak up the memories as they will just be that in a few decades to come which is somewhat sad and depressing.

So my goal and quest is to take time to enjoy life more, and I vow to “unplug” when I go on future vacations so that I can live in the moment more and not divide my time between thinking about all the work I have to come back to while trying to enjoy some relaxation time.

-Justin Germino