My Update: “aka” Why I am not keeping up with my promise of more posts.

I haven’t written a post in a while because I have been working on my book a lot lately.  I spent the past weekend in Naples, FL with my brother visiting our grandmother.  I got to spend a lot of time writing.  This time away was very helpful as I can’t always commit large blocks of time to my book while at home.  I started writing again after talking to two publishers.  It seems that I may need more pages.  I have been shooting for a 200 page book, but they are telling me I should be closer to 250 pages.  From a content point, that should not be an issue.  I haven’t written a whole lot about all the changes in my life over the past 18 months.  (However, for a moment I did consider taking the easy way out and getting a box of crayons and some paper to draw pictures.)  The only real issue is time.  Time to write and time to have it edited. I now know why writers lock them selves in hotels in order to meet deadlines.

Last week I agreed to give another talk for a larger group (350-500 people) in May, as

Nurses Aid Class Feb 28, 2011

well as two smaller groups.  It still seems a little surreal to have large organizations pay me to talk about motivation.  I will always continue to talk to small groups (churches and civic organizations), as my schedule permits, because I love the small group experience.  The interaction with the audience is such a positive experience for me that I leave the meeting or seminar feeling even more motivated and inspired.  I get to hear so many heart-felt stories of adversity and triumph.  It amazes me how simply being honest and open encourages others to follow suite.

I have been working on getting some guest bloggers.  The first one will be a very special post that you won’t want to miss.  (No it is not my wife Tonia, but I am hoping she will eventually be ready to share her story.) Look for it soon.

There have been a few additional stories written about me lately.  My alma mater , Lebanon Valley College, wrote an article. (You can read it here.) The Pennsylvania Realtor Association also did a nice article.  (Read it here.)  Last week I did an interview with Carolyn Kimmel from the Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA.  It was a pretty enjoyable interview and Carolyn asked me a lot of questions about the role God played in my recovery.  Not a topic I get to talk about to often in interviews, but one I am very comfortable discussing.  I expect it will run on a Sunday in the next few weeks.  I still need to do the photo shoot.  (Not comfortable with that part.)  I will post a link after it comes out.

If you want to get more updates about articles and talks I am giving, you can become a “Fan” of my Facebook fan page My Recovery-My Motivation.  If you are involved with a church, organization, or business who might benefit from having me come to a meeting to talk, contact me at or comment here.  I will always do my best to accommodate requests, but I do need to be mindful of protecting balance in my life.

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