Puerto Rico!

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Hey everyone! I know it been well over a month since I last wrote but I have been pretty busy as of late. It has been a little over three weeks since I returned from a missions trip to Puerto Rico! I left for this trip the day after I got home from the family reunion (Which was in my last blog post) and I was gone for just over 1 week on that and when I returned I just returned right into a bunch of 40 hour weeks at my job! I could’ve definitely still written in that time but it just kept slipping my mind! Anyways, if you are reading this, I appreciate you. NOW, onto the good stuff!

Puerto Rico!

When I signed up to go on this missions trip I signed up as a chaperone/adult figure. I didn’t know what to expect and, in fact, we were supposed to go to Nicaragua but the country is in very rough times at the moment so we changed plans and we landed on Puerto Rico! Now, the last time I went on a missions trip I went to Nicaragua as a student through my church’s youth program Route 28. I had made a few friends in Nicaragua and was initially really excited to go see them again for the first time in 4 years, so when the country started going downhill and we had a change of plans I was fairly sad. NOW, I knew that I wasn’t going on a missions trip to just meet up and hang out with friends. We were there to do God’s work, I just thought that knowing some of the locals and culture would have made it easier for me to do so. With that being said, God did not want us to go to Nicaragua, and we changed the plans to go to P.R.

I went with a group of 13 youth kids from the church and a group of 8 other adults. Two of the adults were my brother’s so I did know some other people but other than those two I really didn’t know anybody that well. Now, skipping ahead of the flight to P.R. When I got to P.R. it was nothing like imagined, and due to the hurricane that ripped apart the island it looked like a mess in a lot of areas but the island was beautiful and God was in motion. I met all the kids and other chaperones, everyone was really cool and in the end, I even ended up becoming friends with a few. Our job while we were there was to put a roof on house for a family that currently had none. The story behind the family was fairly sad. They were making a new house when the father of the family died and the house was not finished. Then the hurricane came through and made it that much harder to finish the house. The whole family was living in the basement!

When we arrived at the house, the rooms of the house were filled with water all over the floor because of constant rain, trash littered the place, and of course, there wasn’t a roof! So the gang got to work right away, we worked on this house for four whole days (Also a quick note, Greg and I actually showed up to P.R. a day later than everyone else because of the family reunion so I have adjusted some of the times to fit the whole group. Greg and I were actually only there for three of the days.). In the four days, we split up the group, many of the guys ended up working on the roof and placing water treated plywood down and nailing it all down. The guys and some girls ended up being able to put a whole roof on the house and caulk the holes, and even throw a layer of paint over the few panels that were not water treated. Mostly girls ended up staying down in the main living areas and painted the WHOLE house with first and second coats! They did so much work it was so impressive to see the whole house come together. Sadly, we would not be able to place down sheets of metal over the roof as those were coming three weeks later so around this time they should be getting a final roof! I also cannot fail to mention that when we got to the house one of the family’s cousin’s who just happened to live right down the street offered to help us and ended up being a HUGE contributor in us being able to finish the roof. God really blessed us with Edward during the roofing process. I could feel God during the whole trip just moving so freely throughout the group, it was phenomenal.

So, after our three days were up, working on the house, the whole group packed our bags and moved out of our hostel that we were staying in and went to the other side of the island over by San Juan and stayed in an awesome property for the next three days. This place was partially hand built by the owner and it was basically four houses built on top of each other in a way that each floor made a balcony above the below house. I wish I would’ve taken more pictures myself so I could show you all how awesome this place was. And to top it all off, they had a huge courtyard/field area that we could play football and they even had a volleyball court! The volleyball court did not have a net hung up sadly because the group before us actually broke it but we made the most of some rope we had lying around and made a 1 rope volleyball net! Then we got half the group playing! It was a lot of fun.

In the next days we all bonded, shopped, sightsaw, wandered and just enjoyed God’s presence on the trip and it was amazing. The only sad part was having to leave. I thank God that I got to go on such an amazing trip with so many unique and awesome people. Shoutout to all the people who went on the trip!

Now, to top off the post, here are some pictures I took of my amazing trip to Puerto Rico!

Till Next Time,

W.P.

Bored on your day off? I can help with that.

13 things to do in this wonderful summer weather! As the weather only seems to get nicer every day this summer you may find yourself…not outside. And while Netflix is addicting and your bed is very comfortable. You know what is better than naps and Netflix? Making memories! And making friends! So this list has 13 things you can do outside in this beautiful summer weather.

1. Grab some friends and go get some ice cream and sit in a park!

2. Go catch a game of baseball! Whether it be minor league, major league, or high school. A good game of volleyball is a good way to enjoy the weather and relax.

3. Grab your hammock and go find strange places to hangout. This often makes for some fun adventures.

4. See how many random strangers you can convince to join a game of volleyball from your local park.

5. Sunbathe. Who doesn’t love a good tan.

6. Go swimming! This combines sunbathing with the best parts of summer. Relaxing and warm water.

7. Try to get 5 random strangers to go tubing with you.

8. Break out the kayaks and go paddle on a local lake.

9. Go stargazing! Now this doesn’t include the summer but it’s just as fun.

10. Go camping! Grab a few days off of work and steal all your best friends to make some memories from.

11. Make tie-dye shirts!

12. Try and build a huge sandcastle

13. Have a yard sale! Not only will you make money, but you can enjoy the weather and declutter your house at the same time.

That’s all for today, now quit reading this and go outside!

Till next time,

W.P.

Need Some Motivation??

Alright, short post. So recently, lack of motivation to go out and be active has struck quite a few times. Which is what no one ever wants to have, right? Wouldn’t it be nice and perfect to always want to go out and run, or go to the gym? Wouldn’t it be nice to just be motivated all the time?! No matter what you’re doing?? While since lack of motivation is a reoccurring thing in all people I’m sure, I have found a solid way to combat it… Use what inspires you. And I’m not just talking the basic answers to what inspires people: quotes, songs, etc. I’m talking use EVERYTHING. You have to be on the lookout for things that inspire you. You have to look far and wide and when you find something, you grasp it and you never let go. Look in the little things, the big things, the unexpected things. Look to the positive side of things and more positive will come out, with more motivation will follow. Find the movie that makes you want to hit the gym, the shirt that makes you feel good, inside and out, the hobby that just gives you so much joy that it’s hard to contain. Those are the types of things that keep you going, that give you motivation, that give you happiness. Because I believe that motivation is just the first car in your train to happiness, and when you finally connect it to the locomotive, everything else follows right behind it.

Till next time,

W.P.

How I Came To ENJOY Running

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First things first, this is basically a book review post so don’t go anywhere if you enjoy a good read. Now lets be real, most people will never run on a regular daily or even weekly basis, I still find it hard to get out on a weekly basis but when I do, I actually ENJOY the run! Now, this isn’t some sort of lie, just a simple….book. Thats right, a book actually made me love running.

Life At These Speeds by Jeremy Jackson. This book is one of those books that takes your soul and kinda shreds it and then puts it back together at the end of it, but not completely. And the holes that are still missing in your soul at the end of the book, I filled with running.

Life at the Speeds is about a track and cross country runner who was not a standout in 8th grade but then once someone he is close to passes away after some random circumstances, he becomes a running champion almost over night. This book follows him as he goes about daily life in high school while dealing with dark secrets and struggles. The few friends he has made have all come by under strange circumstances but seem to want to follow him to the ends of the earth. The book ends amazing but leaves you wanting more answers, so I couldn’t leave it at that. I actually exchanged some emails with Jeremy Jackson about what he thinks would happen after the book and it really helped put my restless mind at ease.

In conclusion, this book is amazing, for those who like to run already, or those who despise it, this book is the BEST book I have ever read and my all time favorite book. I promise, you will not regret reading this book, I read it at least once a year, and enjoy it more and more every time. And plus, who doesn’t like to settle down in the bed covered in blankets and read a good book?

Till Next Time,

W.P.

P.S. there is also a movie based on the book called 1 Mile To You, but like most movies based on books, watch at your own risk. I give it a solid 4/10 lol

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30 Second Read! Seeking Discomfort.

Today, I am going to be straying away from the volleyball theme and I will probably do it just a bit more often because not all people can relate to volleyball and enjoy reading about it, so in an attempt to draw new readers and make new friends, Im gonna try to make half my posts about volleyball and the other half about random topics that most people can relate to.

SO,  recently I have found a group of guys that youtube together called…Yes Theory, ever heard of them? Because you should have. These guys have a slogan that is simply “Seek Discomfort”. Their whole brand and slogan is an attempt to bring them out of their comfort zone, make new friends, live an unforgettable life, and all while recording it and putting it up on youtube for the enjoyment of others. A brilliant idea if you ask me. Their whole philosophy is something that I have been trying to get myself to live more of lately and is something that hopefully I can actually live up to in the future and make part of my philosophy, because in the end, who doesn’t want an unforgettable life?

Till next time,

W.P.

p.s. https://www.youtube.com/user/PracProcrastination

Check these guys out, you won’t regret a single second of watching EVERY single one of their videos when you get hooked. 🙂