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A New Year, A New Start

Posted in family, Happy New Year, happy places, life with tags , on January 1, 2014 by hendu

First off, I hope that all of you had an enjoyable holiday season.

OK, now that the formalities are out-of-the-way, let’s get down to it.  I have not written a post since mid-March.  It’s really too bad because maintaining a blog was something that I really enjoyed doing.  I enjoyed connecting with a variety of people and I loved that I was able to give readers a glimpse into my world.  I wish I could sit here and explain to you why I stopped.  I don’t think there was one  specific reason but more of a bunch of little things that tended to take up my time.  Maybe it was a little bit of laziness.  Maybe it was a little bit of disinterest.  Maybe a lack of passion.  Whatever it was I felt like it seeped into my life as well.

This past year wasn’t great.  It wasn’t horrible just one that I’d like to move on from.  We lost a grandfather, a grandmother  and a father this year from our extended family.  Losing loved ones is always difficult.  Losing three in a year can wear on people.  Those weren’t the only reason 2013 was less than ideal.  Professionally it wasn’t great.  Now, I still have a job so nothing is that bad, but it just felt like I didn’t get enough satisfaction out of my job that I have in the past.  I still love what I do but for some reason this year just didn’t seem enjoyable.  Maybe it was burnout.  I had a tough time trying to get that work/life balance thing going.  There were times that while I was at work all I could think about was stuff at home and vice versa.  That’s not fair to my family at work or my family at home.  unfortunately it became just a job, and that’s the last thing I wanted to happen.

For some reason, I felt less passionate about things in my life.  I know for a fact that my passion for baseball became misplaced and I do know why.  After three years of coaching three sports at the high school level, this past spring I was done.  Basketball took so much from me.  We had a lousy season.  The varsity won 5 games and my jv team won 0.  0 games.  That tends to make a long season even longer.  I felt like I lost the passion to coach.  That most definitely carried over into the spring and the baseball season.  I’ll be honest with you, I felt I sleep-walked through the season.  Felt like I just went through the motions and I hated it.  Not only do the kids deserve better but I also demand myself to be better.  That’s why one big change has me not coaching basketball this season and I really can’t wait for the baseball season to start.  (BTW, six weeks till pitchers and catchers report for the BoSox and ten weeks till we start our season).  I felt like that lack of passion seeped into other parts of my life.  I felt less excited about football season this year.  It didn’t help that Michigan, UCONN and the NY Giants all had less than stellar seasons.  To me, the games became more like work than enjoyment.  They tended to feel more like “have-to” events then “want-to” events.  That never was the case before.

I think that can all go back to my original point: a lack of passion for the things I love.

It wasn’t all bad though.  I was able to earn and coach my 1st year as a varsity high school coach.  A longtime goal of mine.  Now, it wasn’t in the sport I thought it would be (baseball) but in the unlikely sport of girls soccer.  My passion for coaching came back during this time.  I felt like I fell in love with it all over again and it came from girls soccer!  While not the season I had promised to the girls or had wanted for myself, it was so very rewarding.  We finished with the best record in 10 years.  We had a girl set the single game scoring record.  We had our goalie make 2nd team all conference and I felt that we built a foundation of success that I hope continues into the future.  Even writing this now, I am getting excited about the possibilities come this fall.  The other event that helped me rediscover that passion, the Red Sox run to an improbable World Series win.  I rediscovered my love for the game and for that team.  That Sox team was so much fun to watch play the game.  They played it like kids and not like spoiled millionaires.  You had guys on that team that ate up baseball everyday.  Guys would go to games on their off day.  It just showed to me what you can get out of something if you put 100% of yourself into it.

I know going forward I need to stop worrying about so many little things.  I feel I let the minutia of everyday life put a damper on all the things about life.  I didn’t like that about me.  I didn’t like the way I was around my family.  I felt like I let that attitude get in the way of friendships.  Overall, I just felt that 2013 wasn’t the best year of myself.  I am willing to try to fix these things this year.  Try to rediscover my passion for my job, my family and other outside ventures.  try to let little things slide and enjoy my time off more.  Try to reconnect with longtime friends before they become one-time friends.  Call these what you will.  I’m not saying they are resolutions but just things in my life that I’m not happy with.  I think I need to get back to being what makes me, me.

That includes more blogging so better get used to it :)!!


Don't Feel New Yeary

Posted in Happy New Year with tags , , , , on January 4, 2010 by hendu

Happy 2010 everyone.  Just a quick reminder, it is not a new decade.  That starts next year.  Remember, there was no year zero. 

Hope everyone had a safe and sound holiday season.  Tell you what, I could get used to working short weeks.  These three and four day weekends are pretty sweet.

I had a relatively relaxed New Years.  Lots of food, lots of drinks and lots of relaxing.  The relaxing part was especially nice.  It helped that it involved our new living room furniture.  Finally, after 6 1/2 years of marriage and 10 years of living together, Nikki and I finally have matching “grown-up” living room furniture.  Matching leather sofa, loveseat and recliner.  Thank You Pilgrim Furniture for your 50% of sale.  Couldn’t have done it without you.

I won my final fantasy football league this past weekend.  Between the way UConn ended and my fantasy football ended, it helped save what was an otherwise dreadful pigskin season.  The G-Men gotta clean house and Michigan has to ditch the rebuilding mantra for 2010. 

This weather has sure reminded everyone that yes, we still do live in New England.  C’mon y’all it’s winter.  Come to expect this.  For those of you who need a little pick-me-up, just remember one thing:

Next month we can say Spring starts next month.

Year Ender

Posted in Alex, Avery, baseball, family, football, funny stuff, hale-ray baseball, Happy New Year, memories, Mornings, nbc30, Penguin Plunge, uconn football with tags , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by hendu

Well here we stand at the end of another year.  Another 365 days done and the promise of another before us.  I love the beginning of the year.  So much possibilities.  So much promise. 

It also gives us a chance to reflect on what was.  Whether it be the highest of highs or the lowest of lows.  Whatever happened helped shape the year and make it memorable.  So, to follow the thing to do, here is my list of my top moments from 2009.  It wa so convenient it came out to an even ten.  If only there was some alliterative title I could give it.  Oh well, here it goes.

#10) The Penguin Plunge in Madison.  A lot of people raising a lot of money for the CT Special Olympics.  I can’t wait to do it again this February.

#9) Tyler Witkowski winning Shoreline Player of the Year.  He was our starting varsity catcher for three years and I worked with him since he was a freshman.  It all came together for him this season and was so proud of him as a person and a player for all that he accomplished. 

#8) The UConn Games.  Tailgating in the parking lot with great friends six Saturdays during the fall was a blast.  It all wrapped up the last weekend when it was a complete guys night with the snow falling, the beer flowing and the Huskies winning a dramatic game.  Good times and we’ll be back again this year.

#7) Our win over Coginchaug at Dodd Stadium.  Not only was it a huge win but it was a gem hurled by one of my JV captains.  He threw a complete game filling in for our ace who hurt his elbow. 

#6) Youngest brother graduating high school.  Not only was I happy for him, but also for my parents who guided the four of us through all those years.

#5) Step-dad’s retirement.  He called it quits as a CT State Trooper at the end of June.  Just knowing that he worked hard, made his money and was able to get out at a young age and healthy was great.  Now he has all the time to focus on his true passion: photography(most of these were taken by him, to take a look at his work, click on the link.)

#4) Directing the GE Town Hall Meeting.  Weeks and weeks of prep went into this and it went off without a flaw.  The fact we had Jeff Zucker in the house(president of NBC Universal) and he thought we had the best facility hae had ever seen was quite a compliment.  Even better was how he noticed how smooth it all went and went out of his way to say so.  Boy, was that a stressful time.

#3) Our family reunion.  Had almost the entire clan at my parents house in late July.  It is always a good time when we get everyone together.

#2) The HD Debut.  Being the last person to direct in our old building and the first to go on the air in our new facility was quite a day.  It was such a huge undertaking but it was all worth it. 

#1)  Avery.  Easily the best thing I have ever done in my life.  She has blessed Nikki and mine lives so much.  Through all the bad times and good, I can’t help but look at her and love her more every time.  SHe is one lucky girl to be born into a family that loves her so much.  She truly is my inspiration to live a better life so I can be around her a long, long time.

There it is, my list.  I hope your year was as great as mine and that 2010 has more good times in store for us.  Thank you all for reading and I hope you are still here this time next year. 

Have a great and safe New Years.

Happy New Year!!!!!

Posted in Happy New Year with tags , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by hendu

Well, this is it.  The end of 2008.  What a year it has been.  I’m very thankful that I am still in a job and I hope the New Year brings new jobs to those who were hit the hardest by the economy.  2008 brought two championships to my teams and here’s to hoping a repeat in 2009.  2008 saw the most successful regular season in Hale-Ray baseball in decades but a miserable post-season.  Lets hope that 2009 brings a mediocre regular season and an unforgettable play-off run.  Here’s hoping 2009 welcomes in a new world order that can guide us all through the turmoil that the previous eight years put us in.  My other hopes and dreams:

A healthy baby come July.

Like I said, repeats for the Celts, and G-Men and the Yanks to fall hard on their wallets while the Sox field and pitch their way to another title. 

That Coach Rod can get the Michigan train on the right track again.

Hoping my youngest brother gets in to the college of his choice.

All my friends and family stay healthy.

That our transition into our new building goes very, very smooth and that it makes us the must-watch TV station in the state.

That my baseball players can find enough hitting and pitching to get us deep into the states.

That 2009 is as fun and exciting as 2008.

Have a great New Years celebration tonight.  Please be safe so we can all see 2009.  As my last post for the year, a huge Thank You for reading and hopefully it can continue to grow next year!!!!