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Baron’s Blog: Diary 22

diary 22 (in aint easy!)

Sorry about the lack of an article last week, turns out that my Mac is one of the few defective apple products ever made, so I had to ship it off.

Good news! Every Haitian child that we were trying to get sponsored for school has been sponsored! I just want to thank everyone who purchased a print; it is awesome to see people pulling together to make a difference. Thank you so much. If you don’t know what I’m talking about go check out my blog at baronbatch.blogspot.com and learn how to get involved. I actually have several other international trips coming up where I plan on doing the same type of photography work for different causes so keep and eye out and ear open!

I hope that everyone is doing well because I know I am! It’s Super Bowl week and Dallas is insane. The excitement is similar to the atmosphere that surrounded the Jack in the Box on 50th street in Lubbock prior to its grand opening.

Last weekend I was able to sneak out of Dallas and make a West Texas road trip to Midland then up to Lubbock and then back to Dallas. It was a welcomed relief to be on the road away from everything, and just be able to just crank up the music and act like I was an original member of the Temptations.
My training is moving right along! My trainer has me on a diet that is different from anything that I have ever experienced. I have always said that I would never go on a diet but I was wrong. Just about all of my favorite foods and places to eat are off limits now. I can’t have anything fried so I had to divorce the love of my life. Her name was Popeye’s Chicken and Biscuits. “Sorry Babe your no good for me, I gotta go. This will never work out.” Those were my parting words!

Apparently the Green Bay Packers and the Steelers brought the arctic weather with them to Dallas. It is ridiculously cold and icy at the moment. Workouts got canceled today because of the hazardous road conditions. My Toyota Camry wouldn’t have been able to make the drive. Turns out having a snow day isn’t much fun when your living in a hotel. On a high note, I haven’t had any more run ins with the ‘one knock’ cleaning lady.

I’m really enjoying Dallas. It’s nice to be able to go home on the weekends if I want to or go see my brother in Austin. I’m glad that I am here with several of my close friends because this lifestyle could easily make someone crazy.

Last weekend in Lubbock I was honored by an organization called ‘100 Black Men of West Texas’ for being the role model of the year. When I found out that I was receiving that award I was shocked, especially when I discovered it was because of the column that I write. I found it ironic that my writing was the reason I was receiving an award for the fact that I have been told many times by several different teachers and professors that my writing is terrible. It’s funny how things turn out sometimes.
I have decided that every week my soreness is going to come back from my training. I don’t think I will ever get in good enough shape. However, that is a good thing because it means that I am progressing and not staying the same. Sometimes I learn the most powerful life lessons in the strangest ways. Like learning something from my sore gastrocnemius muscles! No I will not explain what a gasctocnemius muscle is, you have to go look it up! I am so glad that my life isn’t easy, just like my workouts aren’t easy. I’m not going to lie and say that sometimes I don’t want my training to be easy, but at the same time I know that if its not difficult, grueling, and painful I will never progress. It doesn’t really make sense for life to be easy then either huh? There is nothing better than the feeling of completing a challenging task and knowing you did it even though you wanted to quit.

The reason I bring all of this up is because someone reading this needs to hear exactly what a stranger in Target came up to me and said while I was waiting to check out. “Faith doesn’t mean anything will ever be easy, it just means that things will be possible”
God Bless.

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