In 2008, as a new and upcoming father, people gave me a lot of advice. I think the statement I heard most often was "Your life is going to change." The funny thing is, depending on the attitude and heart of the person talking, I translated it into several different meanings; some good and some not so good.
As often as possible, I try to give Hailey a kiss on the forehead when I leave for work in the morning. Since school started we have been waking up at the same time. This morning, however, I had to leave a little earlier so got to do it again. What I realized is that every morning I kiss her, she is older. She is a day older, then a week older, or several months older. However today, I realized she is 4 1/2 years older. Then I started thinking about how my life has changed and I wanted to share.
My priorities have changed. Normally on a beautiful weekend like this past weekend, I would have spent it on my bike which is a solo act. Now, I desire to spend time with my family. I want to watch Hailey discover new things, teach her new adventures, and allow her to get hurt but not broken. It takes a lot to allow my child to get hurt but I feel she needs to learn what those pains feel like because I won't be able to protect her forever and I won't be around forever either.
My dreams have changed. As a child a wanted to be a ninja, as a young man I wanted to be a DEA agent (I tried to join the army at 17 but my Dad said no), and as an adult I wanted to be some big business guy. All my dreams were focused around a selfish desire to be bigger than I was. Now, I still want to be successful, but for different reasons. I want to provide for my family, to know that Jess and Hailey are taken care of forever in the event something happens to me, to be able to give Hailey any opportunities she might want, and to see her become the woman God has planned. I still want a McLaren P1 but that has to come after my family is taken care of.
My daily schedule has changed. Even when dating Jessica, my routine was; get up around 6, run, eat, shower, work until 7, swim, eat, work at Starbucks until close. On the weekends we'd go to movies, beach, travel, etc. Now my schedule is a little different, get up and hang with family, go to work (some mornings I take Hailey to Starbucks and then to school), work until 6 or 7, some evenings I work out others I go home, sometimes I travel. My weekends vary too much to outline. As you can see, now, I have no schedule. I do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. Being alone it was easy to plan my days, having a family, I must be ready to adopt and change at the whim.
My fears have changed. This morning I reflect, I meant to get up early and get some work done. I reflect on the choices I have made in my life. Hailey is at an age where she hates me being away for more than the work day. She wants to see me in the morning and in the evening. If I work late she calls me home, if I come home and try to work out she gets real upset because I wasn't home long enough before leaving again. I love being a father and husband. Hailey goes through stages between showing undying love for me and not. I know that this is okay and deep down she loves me. I am not afraid of her becoming a teenager, going to college, or even getting married.
I realized today, while kissing my sleeping beauty, the thing that scares me the most, is missing it. I pray that you don't miss a second because this second, right now, has already gone!
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We've all gotten them, the emails from long lost royal cousins who are begging to give you, their last heir, money; the letters asking for a small donation of a few thousand dollars for a "good cause." The list goes on.
The trick is, how to spot the genuine emails from the spam? Obviously if someone in Africa or Russia is claiming your dream has come true and you're lost family wants to give you millions—it's too good to be true. What about those trickier messages? The ones that look innocent, from your bank or a company you've done business with, but really contain a virus? Here's a simple two-step guide for spotting the imposters:
First, check the email address that is sending you the message.
For example, we recently received an email from a company we frequently use—efax.com—claiming we had a new fax. However, the sender address was from TJB Consulting.
While the username, the A1A9C10B, looks confusing—that's the point. It's trying to mislead you. The important thing is to look for the domain name, or, what comes after the @ symbol. If this message was truly from efax.com, it would say: email@example.com.
Secondly, look at the attachment you are receiving.
Most companies will send you .doc or .pdf attachments. Be wary of anything of other file extensions—especially .txt or .zip files.
These files tend to be programs, like viruses, and once opened will run in your computer, causing damage or stealing data. Our particular attachment, shown above, is labeled ".pdf.zip.txt" which is misleading. It's trying to make us think that this file is a .pdf, but it's really a scam.
Those are the two easiest ways to make sure you avoid spam and scams!
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