new challenges

Death to Dadbod – New Challenges

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

New Challenges are healthy. They are a necessary opportunity to establish a path you didn’t know existed. Struggle breaths life into a skeleton. Rain feeds a dying plant. But dude, new challenges are soooo challenging. I started a new job on Monday. It’s exciting. FNX is awesome. Products are awesome, people are awesome, and the environment is exactly what I’ve been missing. It ain’t easy, but man… it’s fun. There’s a CrossFit gym attached to it. All the equipment, all the …

Let’s Talk About Apologies

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

So yeah… How to Apologize I don’t know if I’m in the right mindset to write this today. The range of emotions racing through my mind has me unable to truly focus. For the last 10 years, I worked in Corporate America. As of Wednesday, that’s no longer the case. It’s bittersweet, to be sure, but 10 years anywhere is bound to seep into your bones. I’m shook… and, excited. I feel this sense of relief and disdain. Fear and …

Family Time: Quality versus Quantity

Family Time: Quality versus Quantity — Unreasonable Podcast

Christy McCarty Family, Relationships

In this episode, Pat and Taz talk about family time: quality versus quantity. The Barbers, along with their friends Sean and Kim Pastuch explore their (differing) opinions on the topic. If you know Sean, you know how he loves to go against the grain with everything he does. Therefore, his perspective on parenting is no different. Lucky for him, he has his supportive and most amazing wife, Kimberly. She keeps him grounded and brings him back in line. “My default …

self talk

Death to Dadbod: Self Talk/Arguing With Myself

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

“It’s not supposed to be easy. If it were, it wouldn’t work. Nothing easy results in growth. You persevere by making choices to overcome and offer more effort than excuses. This is why you train, not to win a trophy, but to flourish physically and mentally… and spiritually. You’re here to improve. Be like the clock, keep moving.” – Me, during a little self talk (er, therapy) session in the middle of a short workout. Self Talk I’ve been here …

Better Together — The Power of Community

Christy McCarty Family, Relationships, Uncategorized

Tribe. Clan. Network.  What comes to mind when you hear these words? Community. At one time, the community you found yourself a part of was primarily based on your location. With the advent of modern technologies, this is no longer the case. We are part of a community not only based on our location, but also based on our lifestyle, our beliefs, our heritage, our education, our talents, interests or abilities. Consider your own community. For some, this may be a …

Let’s Talk About Hard Conversations

Danial Hooper Brain Gainz, Family

So yeah… Hard conversations. It’s an easy day. Thursdays are rarely too intense. The twins and I are sitting down for dinner, as a family, enjoying some chicken, salad, and sweet potatoes. Joanie is seasoning the potatoes. Baby is taking a late nap on the account of a crazy growth spurt. AJ is upstairs in his dungeon being a moody teenager. We got some music on in the background and I’m enjoying a beer. Bella and I are talking about …

Unreasonable Podcast – Homeschooling Pros and Cons

Christy McCarty Family, Podcast

“Homeschooling is really hard. It’s not for everyone.” After having their third child, moving into a homestead on five acres that needs A LOT of work, and living through a pandemic, Pat and Taz are back to podcasting. In their most recent episode, Pat and Taz sit down together to discuss the “woes” and “great parts” (i.e. the pros and cons) of homeschooling. Homeschooling is a hot topic, and it’s popularity is growing every year. Pat and Taz address the …

Change Begins with Me.

Christy McCarty Family, No Filter Fitness

We believe that all humans are created equal, and are endowed with the ability to self-examine and become reflective. We believe that awareness of this and continued reflection creates the necessary space for growth. While not everyone is given the same start, we believe with the right support and education all humans have the capacity to grow and change on both a physiological and psychological level. We believe that by developing empathy and effective communication patterns, individuals can become guides …

Death to Dadbod: Fun Family Workout

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

I’m not entirely sure if there is such a thing. It’s an illusion. A wavy pool in the desert of parenthood. A fun family workout is a dad’s Atlantis or Holy Grail, something that can only exist in fiction. Like a child who cleans up after themselves and says thank you. The fun family workout can only exist in the mind. Even my family, a collection of moderately-active rascals with personalities and joy, cannot finish a family workout without tears …

Let’s Talk About Fitness

Danial Hooper Brain Gainz, No Filter Fitness

So yeah… What is fitness, really? I’m not asking for Webster’s definition. That’s going to give some vague smart mush about physical capabilities and yada yadas. The definition isn’t the word, it’s just a description. And it feels pretty unrealistic. I’m in my 30s, fitness ain’t the same as back in the olden days. Ain’t nobody got time for 90 minutes in the gym. Not if you’re working a 9-5 and got a spouse and kids and cats and need …