What’s your “Blessed Score”?

Calculate your current blessed rating out of a 100 point scale.

 

Point Values:

You’re reading this: 98.5 points 

(This factors in the fact that you are alive and have the means to access the internet and the wealth of information it provides.  We can further deduce that you have the means to feed yourself, access to clean drinking water, and have your other essentials covered.)

You are in love: 10 points

You have children: 10 points 

You have grandchildren: 10 points

You have great grand children: 10 points

You make a living doing what you love: 5 points

You’re debt free: 5 points

You purchased Apple stock before 2000 and still own it: 5 points

 

Now total your score:

98.5 – 100: Blessed

100 – 109.5: Really Blessed

110 – 119.5: Crazy Blessed

120 and over: Mega Blessed

I’m Really Blessed on my way to Mega Blessed and chances are you are too.

Give thanks for today and wish yourself and others well.

 

Thank You Everyone – But Seriously – I’m Just a Regular Guy

Dear Family, Friends, Strangers, Future Associates, and World Wide Web,

Earlier this week, I posted about my experiences running a Piggy Back Spartan Race with my sister Carden.  It was an extraordinary experience, taking a stand against muscular dystrophy and not letting it define what can and can’t be done physically.  That post, and some of the facebook photos, have gotten quite a bit of web traffic and social media attention, and for that I’m very grateful of the power of the web and sharing.  I’m also extremely thankful for those of you who have donated to our mission – we set out with a $500.00 goal and raised $690.00 – awesome stuff.  People I haven’t connected with in years are reconnecting and reaching out and that is a wonderful thing.  Simultaneously, I’m being flooded with personal emails, comments, and speaking face to face about how inspiring that story is, and for that I’m incredibly thankful and we feel the love and support from each of you.  So much adoration this week, it honestly feels like Carden and I can do no wrong in this moment.

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So Here’s The Thing People…

I am a regular guy who does regular guy good things and regular guy bad things and I fail quite often, usually in a forward direction, or so I think.

The reason I’m sharing this is because I can see (ever so slightly now) how a ton of “overnight” attention can get into a person’s head and mess with their psyche.  I also don’t want to be portrayed as this super great brother guy who can do no wrong and has it all figured out.  Yes I love my sister, yes I struggle with the fact that she struggles every single day, yes we ran an extraordinary Spartan Race, but that doesn’t mean I’m this Golden Child either… I have tons of faults that I’m working on.  And personally, I don’t want to have any Kony 2012-ish meltdowns of my own – so I’m writing today with the intention of self inflicting some humility on myself and giving my audience some more honest truths about me.  I’m really nervous about sharing all of this, but I think that’s a good place to be.  Some people might even respond back to this and say, “Spencer – you shouldn’t share all of your faults, insecurities, and misbehaviors online because now people will perceive you as those things.”  To that I say, maybe they will, maybe they won’t…  I consider this as a step towards living my life with full transparency.  If I have nothing to hide, there’s nothing anyone can do or say to break me down or have against me.  This post is a test of strength, and most of the time those tests are uncomfortable and difficult – so here goes…

List of my Not So Perfect, Often Disgusting, Just a Regular Guy things I do:

I sometimes leave the seat up after I pee standing up… OK, most of the time I leave it up.

Sometimes when I pee standing up, it splashes everywhere – and sometimes I clean it up right then… but sometimes I don’t.

Usually I brush my teeth twice a day, sometimes it’s only once, there was a time in my life where it was less often than once a day admittedly…

I have really bad smelling farts and they reload often… particularly recently.  I think it’s because my nutrition and gut health hasn’t been top notch recently.

My feet smell after a long day of being in socks and that only gets worse if you throw a workout in the mix.

I drink alcohol, typically only on weekends – beer, wine, whiskey, tequila

This morning, I had Oreos for breakfast – that was before finally getting motivated to going to the store to buy eggs and bacon.  This is not completely out of the ordinary.

I will pick my nose, usually in the car or when I’m deep in thought at a computer.  Most of the time I don’t realize I’m doing it, but sometimes I do, but then I keep doing it anyway.  It’s super gross, but sometimes I eat those boogers too.

I used to have an addiction to pornography – the temptations are still there and I give in to the temptations occasionally and then feel bad about it afterwards like an AA person who slips up.

I stress all the time about money – how I don’t think I’m making enough or worried that I won’t have enough to live the lifestyle I want to live or support a family.

I’ve smoked marijuana, I inhaled it, and I still do in moderation.

I’ve never been in a fist fight and often wonder how I would do in one… that being said, I have been hit in the face by a punch – but I don’t remember how or why it happened… I was probably being a dick at the time which brings us to the next point…

I’ve been to jail 3 times – all three were misdemeanors, all three were alcohol related, all three were expunged.

I can be a jerk sometimes, usually unintentionally, and there are times when I feed into other people’s gossip or create gossip – I’m not proud of it and am getting better at putting out those unnecessary, destructive fires.

I have taken psychedelic drugs before – but haven’t done so in years.

I have taken a picture of my man parts before and sent it to someone full well knowing it will probably live somewhere on the internet forever.

I can get really angry, but most of the time keep a cool head and am good under pressure.

I get down on myself pretty easily and often because I constantly have high expectations for my accomplishments.

That’s all I can think of at the moment – there’s probably more – but for now, weight lifted.

Why did I just share all this?

Because you needed to know and it strengthens me to share it with you.  The truth is, I want to be an inspiration to others and educate masses of people along the way, and that mission is a journey… and it would be undeserved, irresponsible, and untrustworthy of me to just accept current and future adorations without sharing my faults that make me (and You) human.  So that’s where I’m currently at in my human process – I hope you see this post as an act of courage versus a chance to judge, ridicule, or start your own gossip cycle.  The things I’ve shared might close some doors, and I’m ok with that.  However, as God as my witness, I think the doors it will open will be doors I’m more interested in walking through.

Thank you for your support and your readership.  More great content coming to you soon.

-Spencer Wyckoff

Just keep swinging, Just keep swinging…

Yes, tonight I had to take a chill pill.  I got really frustrated and hard on myself when I left the Iron Yard today because this week overall feels like it’s just not clicking.  It’s even more frustrating because the beginning of this week started on such a hight point with the creation of my first JavaScript game Five Die.  Through building that game over the weekend, everything was clicking and I broke down a lot of barriers and mental blocks to get it done.  This week, it’s just cloudy, difficult, and tough to focus – my girlfriend, who 99.9% of the time is right 😉 ,  told me I’m just overthinking things and once again she’s right.

So what did I do when I left Iron Yard?  I went to the gym to sweat it out.  Going to the gym is such a great mental and physical escape for me, and I love the people and community we have there.  Tonight, I was able to catch up with my preacher, #FittestPreacherOnEarth, and have a conversation about what I was experiencing.  And as I’m explaining myself to him, a giant wave of humble epiphany consumes me.  What I’m experiencing with coding, is the same exact experience most newbies feel when they start CrossFit classes at our gym.  They’re inexperienced, sometimes really out of shape, and in the beginning they struggle with the most basic movements… then the cycle goes something like this… they get discouraged, start comparing themselves and their progress to other people, get down on themselves, miss a couple days, fall out of the routine, and sometimes just stop showing up all together.  This will happen within the first 4-8 weeks of their journey – so they weren’t patient enough to stick through the mucky times.

I find myself experiencing the same exact hardships 4 weeks into coding with JavaScript.  Last week I had a big win.  This week I’m in a classic hitter’s slump.  So, who better to ask about slumps than one of the greatest batters of all time and the true Home Run King – Henry “Hank” Aaron.

Knock! “There’s a drive!”

 

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.

Hank Aaron

Boom Steak with a side of Wowwy Sauce!  That’s why he’s the King and an ATL living legend.

If you find yourself experiencing hardship in a new activity – whether it be learning a new language, starting a gym routine, starting a business, or whatever…! Just know that it’s completely natural to have the days where stuff juuuuust aaaaain’t clickin’.  The thing you must do in these times is to relax, keep your eye on the ball, and keep swinging… it will get better.

“I am Groot”

“I am Groot.”  3 words, 1 phrase: changes everything.  The most selfless super hero I’ve ever encountered was just introduced tonight in the Marvel flick Guardians of the Galaxy.  This was my first view of the flick and I was very pleasantly surprised by it overall.  Despite the late 80’s comedy and great soundtrack, I want to focus this post on Groot, the tree-like galaxy creature that played a vital role on the team that was Guardians of the Galaxy.  See, on multiple occasions, Groot demonstrated an ability to be completely selfless and save his team in the most dire of situations.  He was able to do so without any expectation of reward or thoughts of grandeur.  How can I tap into this skill set?  How can YOU tap into this skill?  How can all of us tap into this skill set?  He had all the desirable qualities: strength, wisdom, and women love him (at least the two in the room that I was watching it with, 1 being my girlfriend Dani).  He never did anything over the top, yet he was action oriented and kept his poise at all times. As I reflect on Groot, and his sacrifice at the end of the flick, I come to realize how impacting the quietest character can be.  This tree-like organism knew his place perfectly (if you can even call it a his…) and played the role in the super-human team that triumphed over the enemy.  Speaking from my Leo personality, it is so easy to get caught up in being the main character and to identify with the protagonist – yet when I watch a character like Groot, I’m inspired to be more selfless and to be the best character I can be in my own capacity.  I know this has nothing to do with coding or JavaScript like my previous posts, however doesn’t it make you question who you might be in the teams you’re a part of?  Let’s all consume a little more chlorophyll and become more Groot-like in the teams we participate in, sans expectation and judgement.  We can be certain that our other teammates will see us as valuable and crucial pieces in the end, for better or for worse.  Here’s to Groot! You fun-loving, root-growing example.