This is What 37 Looks Like

6 Apr

April 3rd 2022 was my 37th birthday and I celebrated with my family not only being a year older, but also a year wiser.

Life has been interesting since the start of the pandemic to today. A lot of things have changed, but more importantly, I am starting to reach some of my adult goals.

Mentally I’ve established a few goals for myself that I have never put on paper or written them down anywhere. I figured with my birthday having just passed, I should write them down and see how far I’ve come in life. There’s a few I’ve managed to cross off the list, and others that are still in the works, so here we go:

  • Fall in love and get married.
  • Have a couple of kids and raise them with my wife.
  • Get into a career that I am happy with.
  • Make some money and help people.
  • $100K in savings before 40.
  • 100 Pounds lost this year.
  • Quit Smoking for Good.
  • Form better eating habits.

There are a few items above that are still a work in progess however overall, I am quite happy with how far I’ve come!

Let’s Not Hope, Let’s Do.

7 Jan

Well it’s 2022 and from what I’ve seen people posting, and writing about is how they hope this year is different.

I have a much more different view of things. I don’t want to hope for a better future, I want to work towards one. All over the internet I see people posting about how they hope 2022 will be better than 2021 and how they hope things will change. I would much prefer that we all work together to make things better for eachother and it starts with action.

How about instead of being shitty to one another, we use kindness and compassion to understand what these people are going through? How about we try to help one another rather than throw eachother under the bus? How about we listen to eachother instead of trying to condemn one another for an opposing viewpoint? How about we help lift one another into a better space than put each other down?

I think if we work together as a massive global team, we can improve things regardless of the ongoing pandemic and lift eachother into better spirits, better positions, and better lives overall. Why can’t we do this? Why can’t this happen?

Instead of hoping for a better future, let’s work together and kick 2022 in the ass!

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Has Come to Ottawa!

26 Dec

This past weekend my brother caught wind of a new pizza place in Ottawa that offers true Chicago style deep dish pizza. The name of this establishment is Made in Chicago Pizza.

The shops owner Mohamad Lotf immigrated to Canada in 1992 and opened various pizza shops throughout his time in Canada and although his shops were successful, Mohamad always felt as though the Ottawa area pizza shops were missing a unique quality that sets them apart from one another. Enter Made in Chicago Pizza. Mohamads unique Chicago Deep Dish pizza restaurant.

Made in Chicago Pizza has had a pheonemenal reception here in Ottawa, and Mohamad could not be more pleased with how the community has received them.

First let’s talk about the sauce. Made in Chicago Pizza has some of the best tasting pizza sauce I have ever experienced in Ottawa and abroad! It’s nice and tangy with just the right amount of sweetness to it, that keeps your mouth happy bite after delicious bite! Our particular order was a very simple large bacon and pepperoni pizza. The images below do not do this pizza justice!

Made in Chicago deep dish pizza is the real deal. A large pizza had the weight of a small baby! The look is deceiving. There is a ton of cheese, sauce, and toppings jammed into this little delightful pizza box.

Keeping in mind that this was the soft launch of their business and I don’t think they could have anticipated just how many people in Ottawa wanted an authentic Chicago style deep dish pizza to slam into their faces, but Ottawa responded with a massive amount of business in one day. They had orders piled up but somehow still managed to get all the pizzas out with a very acceptable wait time.

This pizza is prepared with care, and offers a tremendous value even over traditional pizza places here in Ottawa. A large bacon and pepperoni pizza is going to run you $33.00 + taxes, but believe me it’s worth every penny and you certainly get your moneys worth.

Made in Chicago Pizza offers an incredible product, a fair price, and the service was fantastic! If you’ve had Chicago style deep dish pizza, this is a great spot. If you haven’t had Chicago style deep dish pizza, you definitely need to check out Made in Chicago Pizza. You won’t regret it!

For More Information you can visit them online or in person at 1481B Innes Road Ottawa, ON K1B1C5.

Looking Ahead to 2022

22 Dec

Let’s face it….. 2021 well… in a word…. SUCKED!

COVID-19 maintaned its stranglehold on our country and it seems like no matter what we do, we can’t get out of this pandemic quite yet.

People are suffering immense losses from businesses, to friends and family. It’s truly tragic to witness.

I personally have been fortunate enough that myself and my family all live under one roof with the exception of my younger brother. Thanks to technology, I have been able to maintain contact with him as well as friends that are all over the country and overseas.

For those of you who can’t see friends and family during the holidays I really feel for you. Those of you who can be with friends and family during the holidays, cherish the time you have. There are a lot of people who can’t.

To those of you who are struggling and need someone to talk to, please reach out. I am happy to hear you out and offer some advice, or just an ear to hear your story and offer some kind encouragement to stay here. You are loved, you are appreciated, and god damn it, you are worth it.

There’s a few things that I would like to do in 2022 and try my hand at.

My kids have recently expressed interest in making video content on YouTube and sharing their gaming experiences on their ipads. Personally this is something I have thought about doing for quite a while. I’ve tried my hand at streaming on Twitch, as well as making a YouTube video here and there. Ideally I would like to get more consistent and experienced with the tools such as Adobe Premiere, OBS Studio, green screens, and everything else that goes along with video production. In 2022, no more excuses. I have the tech, I have the patience, and everything I need to know can be learned. So in 2022 I want to put together a consistent content schedule, and keep things up to date while improving my skill set when it comes to creative work. If you have any great tips or tutorials, I would love for you to leave me a comment and let me know.

In 2022 I’d also get back to a regular schedule of gaming. Whether it’s playing a game with my kids, or Fornite or Counter-Strike, or something on my Nintendo switch. I’d like to get back to spending more time on it like I used to as a kid / teenager. I made a lot of amazing friends, and relationships from the games I played back then and would like to experience that some more in 2022.

The last thing I would like to do a lot more of in 2022 is take more time for my family. My mother, my brothers, my wife, my kids, and friends that are like family. I want to spend more time with them and less time focused on work.

Hopefully 2022 will be less of a disaster than 2021 has proven to be, and I am looking forward to seeing you all in a better place next year.