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Adventure is all around us…
Everyday can be an adventure or hold many little adventures hidden within our busy schedules. Recently, I’ve begun pushing the limits of my comfort zone. I’ve discovered that there are endless possibilities and opportunities for new experiences all around me. I’ve also found that my mindset was my biggest roadblock when it came to trying new things. Telling yourself “you can” is the first step to opening yourself up to trying new things. So, I’m encouraging you to stop holding yourself back from having a life filled with exciting new experiences. So lets go! Come join me for some new everyday adventures. Along the way, remember to slow down and start enjoying not only the experience, but also the journey leading to it. With a new passion for excitement and adventure, I’m starting this blog. I want to motivate, encourage, and help you and me find more adventures, so let’s team-up and Make Everyday An Adventure.
Alright, so you want to know even more about me? I see, I will do a super quick overview, and then you can get back to all the really exciting things I have on my site.
I grew up in a small town located in northwestern Pennsylvania, right on the New York state line. You may have heard of it, since it is nationally ranked with having the worst high school mascot “The Mighty Grape-Pickers”. I really did enjoy growing up in the town of NorthEast, Pennsylvania. It’s pretty, quiet, and laid back. As a kid, I enjoyed being outdoors. I also liked animals, sports, and teasing my one and only little brother, Ryan. School wasn’t really my thing, My to best skills were talking my way out of going to summer school and catching up on my sleep during class.
Right out of high school, I went to work for my dad’s landscape construction business. Working for his business was a great experience. His clients were and still are some of the most successful people in our area. I was able to get advice from and become good friends with many of them. My background with my dad’s business and his clients motivated me to start a business of my own someday. I played around with network marketing for a few years. I gained some new business knowledge and unique perspectives along the way. At the age of twenty three, I wanted to make something happen. With no Real Estate experience, I decided becoming a landlord was my next step. Why Not? After all, I was always winning at Monopoly! Check out my Maloney Rentals And Real-Estate Section for more about this business adventure. I invested in several rental properties in the city of Erie, but I still wanted to expand my business horizons.
Craving even more business chaos in my life, I mean adventure, I started another company. The creation of Innovative Services USA is quite a story, and has its own section you can check out if you’re interested. Innovative Services USA is a wholesale distribution company of snack food items. This business led me to the realization that I needed to expand into retail and online so that I could assist my customers in the areas where stores were lacking.
With that thought in my mind, the new snack retail business “Monster Snacks” was cooked up and the next project was on its way. OK, I know what you are thinking; wow 3 businesses, this next part must be where you’re rolling around in piles of money on a private island… Not quite. Being self employed is great and I love it, but the reality is, for a lot of us small business owners, we have to put in many hours and end up making under minimum wage when you add it all up at the end of a year. Now don’t get discouraged, this is a motivational website. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes the tracks lead us in new directions that have even more opportunities, but you will need to be willing to stay on board for the ride; which is what brings my journey to the “That Was Exciting” project.
I was determined to make 2015 different; after years of ups, downs, and grinding routines, I needed a change. I made a conscious effort to get out and be more social. I motivated myself to try new things. By this, I mean that I went to local events and joined groups of local young professionals. I purposefully ordered food that I’ve never tried and ate out at different restaurants. I changed my overall perspective of the world. I opened myself up to a new frame of mind and created some new goals. I wanted to travel more, to meet new people, to eat different foods, to see amazing sights, and enjoy making exciting memories.
I started looked up things to do that would be different, once in a life time kind of adventures. I searched online for amazing vacation destinations, backpacking trips and weekend getaways. (I was Really caught up for a few weeks on through hiking the Appalachian Trail for example.) My research sparked the excitement in me that had been suppressed during the years I spent building my businesses. Knowing that I currently did not have the time and money to chase these larger dreams, I decided to start my adventure seeking locally. I tried new restaurants, made new friends, stayed in some nearby cities for a night or two; my 2015 was becoming pretty exciting.
People have always asked me about all the stuff I have going on, but now my answers seemed different. I was trying to making everything an adventure and I began to realize that everything could be one. I was being asked, “how do you do it all… what’s the secret besides, not sleeping?” The only thing I could come up with was, “why not do it all?” I realized that it had been my own mindset holding me back; not time or money. It wasn’t my businesses fault or my family’s. It was mine.
Inspired by You-tubers, I started documenting some of my everyday adventures. It snowballed into a blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and more. I aptly named this new venture “That Was Exciting.”
I’m motivated more than ever to share adventures, improve businesses, explore the world, experience every moment, and help others do the same. I’m looking forward to having you come along for the next part of my journey. This website was built for you to get ideas, ask questions, find answers, and share your experiences. I challenge you to help yourself make everything you do more exciting. I’m looking forward to a growing community of adventurers working together to excel at life… Welcome to the team.
Get to know me better by following along or come join me out on some adventures.
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