Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone got to spend the holiday with friends and family or at least managed to get a bit of time off to relax and reflect.

A lot of us in the military or similar professions that require constant vigilance often miss the holidays or end up stationed far from family and friends. It’s important to call friends and reach out, even if it’s just a simple message over social media.

For me, this years holiday season will be one I will always remember. It was my first Christmas as a father. Nothing I’ve ever experienced was more joyful than watching my daughter laughing as she tore up gift wrapping and played with all her new toys.

My father passed away in December, right around Christmas. I was nineteen years old and ever since, my holiday enthusiasm has been dulled. This year, watching my daughter enjoy herself so much brought back all the great feelings about Christmas I’ve missed since childhood.

Of course I miss my Dad and desperately wish he was here celebrating with his granddaughter. But, for the first time in my life, celebrating with my beautiful wife and child, I feel complete.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

The Christmas celebrations have been exactly how I wanted them to be, low key and involving a lot of relaxing on the couch with Netflix. 20171224_1157181982672426.jpg

Yesterday we woke up late, made orange cinnamon rolls, bacon, eggs, and a bunch of coffee, for a fantastic Christmas Eve breakfast. I made up for all my eating by going to the gym for a bench-press, deadlift, and kettlebell workout. Might as well get the bulk benefit from all the Christmas feasting.

In the evening we went out to Kamakura for dinner. We ate at one of our favorites restaurant-bars where I feasted on some spare ribs, chili fries,  homemade pickles, all washed down with a great local stout. Then we closed off the night with ice-cream and Groundhogs Day because we already watched all the XMas movies on Japanese Netflix.

20171224_1916222019280170.jpgThe new year has a lot of change in store for me, biggest thing is the upcoming birth of my first child this summer, followed by my three year orders coming to a close. Not only will I become a father but I will be leaving the hospital and most likley moving back to the United States.

I’m furiousley assesing my  plans and working hard on bringing my short and long term goals into focus. I have a vison for my writing, my fitness, this blog, and my carreer, all aspects of life that I have been approaching with a new motivation spurred on by my upcoming fatherhood.

But for now, I will be enjoying Christmass with my wife and friends tonight and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank all of you for a great year of fantastic reading, thoughtfull blog posts, and enlightened discussion.

Merry Christmas!

 

Merry Christmas From Japan

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It’s a Japan thing.

 

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas filled with good presents, giant feasts, and great friends. I wish everyone I know both here in Japan and all of my friends and family around the world the happiest holidays and I wish I could be with you guys celebrating.

This year is the first in a long time that I am spending it away from my family. Due to the way circumstances played out I’m here in Japan living in a hotel room while my beautiful wife and awesome dog are back home in California. These season isn’t the most festive for me but I know the next few will be fantastic because we will be together.

Even being thousands of miles away from my wife we were able to chat over texts all day and even had a good long skype session. I even spent last night at a coworkers house for a Christmas Eve party making new friends.  For this I am beyond thankful because I know right now across the world there are Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, and Airmen standing watch on ships and bases in far away places that don’t even have the opportunity to text, email, or skype their families. Merry Christmas to all of those guys working around the clock and I hope they all get to catch up with their families even for a little bit.