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Sometimes you need a break

I’ve been flat out recently. Today is one of those days where I just don’t stop! When I came home I just wanted to lay on the couch and close my eyes. The kids had other ideas.

Kids climbing on their dad

Our couches aren’t good enough for the kids to sit on

Up at 5:30am, off to university, in classes all day, rush home in peak hour traffic, kiss my wife, swap car seats, say bye to wife, put kids in car, drive to dancing, pick up Miss 7, rush home and serve dinner.

that’s not to mention bed time routines and the fight I have with Miss 3 over bed time!

Sometimes we need a break.

A while ago, I tried to change careers. I don’t have a bachelors degree and with no experience in any other field but the Australian military, no one wanted to hire me. So I told myself that I was going to make my own experience.

This was reinforced the other night when I went a careers expo (I like to keep my eyes open). When I was talking to some of the exhibitors and I told them that I was stilling studying at the undergraduate level, I was dismissed instantly.

It’s incredibly demoralising.

But since I have chosen to make my own experience, I’m that busy it is ridiculous. Today it just boiled over and I was going through the motions. You know how it gets, you’re tired, fed up, other things on your mind and you just go through the paces.

I was in auto mode whilst picking up Miss 7 from dancing and when I got in the car, I forgot to put the car in reverse and drove over the curb! Luckily I realised what was happening before I did any damage to my car.

Although, that would have given me an excuse to call Get Approved Finance and buy a new car!

Sometimes, I drive past someone doing a job like landscaping or delivering packages. I am sure people in those jobs work really hard, but sometimes I wish I had a job that required simple tasks.

That or go camping for an extended period of time and leave my phone at home!

[This post was in collaboration with Get Approved]

My Life of Dad experience

If you haven’t listened to it yet, shame on you! But here is the link!

 Listen to me!

aftershow I was recently on the Life of Dad After Show podcast with Art and Ryan from Life of Dad. Man was it cool.

It all started a while ago when I had heard about the after show on a live Google Hangout that Tommy Riles (another amazing guy) hosted (which I can’t find anywhere!!). I immediately opened iTunes and had a listen.

I was hooked and I let them know about it.

Art and Ryan have this chemistry that just kept me wanting more. Another episode down and after a while I decided, hey! I’ll join the Life of Dad network.

I did exactly that.

The first post I wrote on Life of Dad was called “Dadstruck”. I wrote it because it was almost like I had been welcomed into a long lost brotherhood. I could relate to what most people were saying, enjoy the jokes and even join in on the conversations.

But the reason I called it “Dadstruck” was because I had been listening and reading all this content from these great guys and then all of a sudden it was like I was one of them. It was and still is a great honour.

So I told Art and Ryan how much I loved their podcast and Art invited me on the show! I was stoked. I couldn’t tell my wife enough about it.

The day came. I f**ked up the time. Little did I know when we arranged the time, EST was not on daylight savings. Fast forward a month, it’s day light savings in the states.

So here I am, eagerly waiting for 11:30 to come. “Art should call me any minute now…”. 11:34 “Surely he hasn’t forgotten, we spoke this morning…”. 11:40 I send Art a message after figuring out that they had just kicked over to daylight savings, “Hey mate, is it 8:40pm there”. “Yep, still good for 9:30?” which was 12:30pm our time..

Idiot.

I was okay with it, but it was going to be tight. I had an Information systems lecture to get to at 1:40 and the podcast usually goes for 30-45 minutes plus I needed to add on 25 minutes travel time.

I’ll be right, I told myself.

12:30 on the dot, Skype calls. It’s always awkward when you speak with someone you don’t know for the first time. Especially when you sort of “know” them from having read a lot of posts and listened to them on podcasts.

But to me, it felt like we had known each other for a long time. Art, Ryan and myself chatted for a bit, went through some details and it was on to the podcast.

The rest they say is history.

I’ve written before how many great opportunities Dad blogging has given me. I’ve met a huge amount of great people, some I’ve been lucky enough to interview in my “Why I Blog” series. But it’s also given me the confidence to strike up conversations with random people about anything.

Don’t ask me how but it has.

So if you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, do it now! Plus while your at it, go and show the guys at Life of Dad a bit of love especially Art and Ryan. Those are two top blokes and guys, if you’re ever in Australia, my house is your house!

Why I blog with Mike from twindadtalks.com

Each week I’ll be bringing you an interview from a different Dad Blogger from around the planet. The idea behind the ‘Why I blog’ series is each week a fellow blogger can share tips and some motivation about what drives them to blog.

Kicking off the series is Mike from twindadtalks.com here’s a little about Mike before we get started.

Mike with his girls. Find him at twindadtalks.com

I am a middle school assistant principal and father of twin toddler girls.  I have contributed to The Good Men Project and Grown Ups Magazine and have articles pending in TWINS magazine and Multiplicity Magazine.  I have authored an e-book entitled: “Twin Dad Talks: Help for First-Time Fathers Navigating Pregnancy” and am starting a Twitter chat for twin parents called #TwinsChat on Monday evenings.

I’ve been married for over seven years to my wife, Holly, who also has a blog called “When Two Became Four: The Adventures of Twin Girls”.  I enjoy blogging about my family, specifically, raising twins.  I also talk about other stuff that may be relevant in the news or in my head, but the focal point is family blogging about raising children.

Mike, how long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for five months now.  I started my blog in late July after I saw how much fun my wife had with it (hers is over a year old now) and went “public” with it on August 2.

How (i.e a friend showed you how) and why did you start your blog?

My wife’s blog is through Blogger, so I knew it wasn’t hard to begin.  I started blogging because I needed a hobby and golf was too expensive.  I’ve always enjoyed writing and people I know tend to find me funny.  I’m also quite sarcastic at times, so I thought the combination would go well in a blogging atmosphere that is not deeply saturated yet.  Daddy bloggers are not a huge community yet, but they are growing.  In addition, I felt as though I could approach it from an interesting angle because there are not a lot of dads with blogs who also have twins and are school administrators.  I felt as though I could give interesting views on topics in my family and about education.  However, I don’t write much about education, because that’s what I do and I try to separate myself from that when I’m at home.

Have you learnt anything specific from blogging? 

I’ve learned that someone that writes really good content can go a while and not get a lot of pageviews.  I’m not saying that my content is awesome, but I know I’ve written a couple of decent posts that if exposed to the right communities, it could get a lot of views.  I’ve also learned that being active on social media is pretty much everything.  Before blogging, I had less than 10 followers on Twitter, now I have 1500.  But, I’ve spent a lot of time following other people and recently, joining in some Twitter chats to get my name out there.  Ideally, I’d like to tell you that I just do it as a hobby to document my thoughts, but realistically, I want people to read what I write.  That’s why I’ve put myself out there for writing for online publications.  I enjoy doing it, but it can get time consuming, and if you’re not getting paid for it (I’m definitely not), you start to wonder what the point is.

List 2 benefits you can see from starting a blog?

1. You have something that your kids can look back on.  They don’t have to ask you all the time, they can read your blog and know your thoughts when the situation happened.  When they ask you about family pictures 15 years from now, you tend to forget some things about it, but if you keep a blog and update it frequently, it’s kind of like keeping a piece of history.

2. If you have interests in freelance writing or something on a bigger scale, it’s a place to start.

Do you have any specific tools that you use for blogging? i.e. plugins?

I use the Twitter buttons like “follow” and Tweet the post, but I had my blog design customized by someone on Etsy.  I highly recommend if you are serious about blogging and want it to look nice to have someone do it for you…I know very little HTML and would have a really hard time trying to do any of it myself.  The free themes you can find are good to get started, but ultimately, you want it to look unique to anything else.  I also purchased my domain name through GoDaddy.com and got a huge discount, I think I purchased www.twindadtalks.com for $3.00.

Where can readers find your blog and how can they get in contact with you?

My blog can be found at www.twindadtalks.com, and I am on Twitter at @TwinDadTalks.  I also have a Facebook page for my blog Twin Dad Talks and have started an account on Pinterest (mgcrider).  I love connecting with new people and want to join conversations with other parents on what their joys and frustrations are in parenting.  I’m also trying to start a Twitter chat for parents of twins, since I have not seen one on Twitter.

I also enjoy taking the opportunity to do interviews like this, and I’m very appreciative of the opportunity.  I’m honored that people read my material and like it, and I just want to be able to enhance my writing and submit material that people enjoy reading.  Thanks James, for allowing me to be a part of this interview!

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